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Intellectual Property

  • January 14, 2019

    Betting Giant William Hill Settles FanDuel Copyright Suit

    The American arm of British betting company William Hill has settled a lawsuit against FanDuel that alleged the fantasy sports and betting website stole a copyrighted gambling how-to pamphlet from a New Jersey racetrack.

  • January 14, 2019

    Judge Steps Down From Motorola Suit, Cites Spouse's Stock

    The Illinois federal judge who picked up an antitrust suit against Motorola Solutions Inc. after the case was transferred from New Jersey in December has recused himself, citing his spouse's ownership of Motorola stock.

  • January 14, 2019

    Money, Cash, Woes As Jay-Z's Music Biz Is Probed In Norway

    A music streaming service owned by rapper Jay-Z is being investigated over claims that some of its listening numbers have been fudged, the Norwegian police’s economic crime unit said Monday.

  • January 14, 2019

    Take-Two Sues After 'Red Dead' Threatened With TM Suit

    Video game giant Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. filed a preemptive lawsuit Friday after being threatened with trademark litigation for including "Pinkerton" detectives in its recently launched Wild West game "Red Dead Redemption 2."

  • January 11, 2019

    The Firms That Dominated In 2018

    Law360's top four Firms of the Year notched a combined 32 Practice Group of the Year awards after successfully securing wins in bet-the-company matters and closing high-profile, big-ticket deals for clients throughout 2018.

  • January 11, 2019

    Law360 Names Practice Groups Of The Year

    Law360 congratulates the winners of its 2018 Practice Group of the Year awards, which honor the law firms behind the litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry in the past year.

  • January 11, 2019

    Mongol Biker Group Loses Trademarked Logo In RICO Case

    The Mongol Nation motorcycle club has to give up its trademarked emblem, a California federal jury said Friday, in what prosecutors described as a first-of-its-kind verdict based on links between the image and the criminal activities attributed to the group, including drug trafficking and murder.

  • January 11, 2019

    Apple Exec Rips Qualcomm's Chip 'Stranglehold' In FTC Trial

    Apple's vice president of procurement criticized Qualcomm's business practices during day four of a California federal bench trial over the Federal Trade Commission's antitrust allegations against the chipmaker Friday, testifying that Qualcomm developed a “stranglehold” over Apple and tried to charge "gouged" chip prices, which pushed Apple to end their exclusive chip supply deal.

  • January 11, 2019

    Judge Sours In Yogurt Co. Fight, Calls Attys 'Children'

    The back-and-forth between Chobani and Dannon in a dispute over the sugar content of the companies' yogurt drinks left a bad taste in the mouth of a New York federal judge, who chided the attorneys for "behaving like small children" Friday in a terse response to a motion.

  • January 11, 2019

    TracFone Accuses NJ Company Of Device Trafficking Scheme

    Noticing evidence of a recent uptick in trafficking of mobile devices it sells, TracFone Wireless Inc. took swift action to sue a New Jersey company and its operators over an alleged scheme that has damaged the mobile provider financially and also harmed its trademarks and reputation, TracFone's attorney said Friday.

  • January 11, 2019

    Most LegalForce Claims Against Rival UpCounsel OK'd

    A California federal judge has allowed most claims of false advertising and unfair competition brought by an intellectual property firm against online legal company UpCounsel Inc. to continue.

  • January 11, 2019

    Fed. Circ. Ships $93M WesternGeco IP Row Back To Texas

    The Federal Circuit on Friday ordered a Texas district court to decide whether to hold a new trial to determine if WesternGeco LLC can recover $93.4 million in lost profits from Ion Geophysical Corp. in a long-running patent case, following a U.S. Supreme Court decision last year.

  • January 11, 2019

    Burns Charest Picks Up Dallas Litigator From Sayles Werbner

    Burns Charest LLP on Friday added a litigation partner to its Dallas office who previously practiced at trial boutique Sayles Werbner PC and who is experienced in a wide range of complex commercial disputes.

  • January 11, 2019

    Brand Battles: Pizza Hut Tackles 'Football' Trademark

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Pizza Hut defends its status as the official sponsor of the NFL and NCAA football by aiming to sack an "Official Pizza of Football" application, Nintendo isn't cryptic about its opposition to a blockchain riff on Pokémon, and Salesforce claims a broad "family" of "force"-related trademarks.

  • January 11, 2019

    Siemens, Wabtec Train Control IP Trial To Open In Del.

    An eight-day trial over the alleged infringement of eight Siemens Mobility Inc. patents used in "positive train control" systems is slated to open in Delaware federal court Monday, the culmination of a dispute rooted in broader competition for a multibillion-dollar, multiyear rail network safety upgrade.

  • January 11, 2019

    DLA Piper Adds Privacy, Data Security Specialist In SF

    Privacy and data security specialist Tracy Shapiro has joined DLA Piper's intellectual property and technology practice as a partner in San Francisco, where the Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC alum will assist clients on privacy, advertising and marketing law, the firm said.

  • January 11, 2019

    Tech Startup Partner Gets $5.9M Arbitration Award OK'd

    A federal judge in Texas has affirmed a nearly $6 million arbitration award in favor of a founding partner of a technology startup, rejecting arguments from the inventor of the technology that the sum should be axed altogether or knocked down to $500,000.

  • January 11, 2019

    Fed. Circ. OKs PTAB Save Of Patent Covering Pfizer’s Toviaz

    The Federal Circuit ruled Friday that a patent on Pfizer Inc.’s incontinence drug Toviaz was correctly upheld in an inter partes review challenge from generics maker Amerigen Pharmaceuticals Ltd., while rejecting the patentee’s claim that Amerigen lacked standing to appeal.

  • January 11, 2019

    3 Takeaways From The PTAB's Cannabis Experience

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board dipped its toe into the pool of marijuana-related inventions with a recent decision involving an epilepsy treatment patent, providing the cannabis industry a glimpse at what to expect in America Invents Act reviews.

  • January 11, 2019

    AMD Hits MediaTek With Graphics Patent Suit After ITC Probe

    American semiconductor company Advanced Micro Devices ramped up its patent fight with rival MediaTek on Friday, asking a Delaware federal judge to find that Taiwan-based MediaTek is selling and importing televisions and graphics components that infringe two AMD patents.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    New Hatch-Waxman Integrity Act Brings Hope For Patients

    Anthony Caso

    The Hatch-Waxman Integrity Act of 2018 introduced last week will not completely satisfy either branded pharmaceutical companies or their generic challengers, but would be a win for patients counting on access to new miracle drugs, says professor Anthony Caso, director of the Claremont Institute’s Constitutional Jurisprudence Clinic at Chapman University Fowler School of Law.

  • The State Of Pharma Class Certification After Asacol

    Aaron Yeater

    The First Circuit's recent decision in the matter of the Asacol Antitrust Litigation may prove to be a watershed in pharmaceutical antitrust litigation, offering some precision in interpreting the burden of class certification and making clear what defendants must establish, say experts at Analysis Group Inc.

  • Will Fed. Circ. Consider The Competitor Standing Doctrine?

    Matthew Dowd

    A major hurdle to the Federal Circuit’s full participation in developing patent law is Article III standing to appeal from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Matthew Dowd of Dowd Scheffel PLLC and Jonathan Stroud of Unified Patents examine whether the Federal Circuit will recognize and apply competitor standing for establishing an injury in fact.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Mills Reviews 'Mississippi's Federal Courts'

    Judge Michael Mills

    ​​David M. Hargrove's​ new book​,​ "Mississippi’s Federal Courts: A History," is a remarkably candid portrait of the characters and courts serving the state's federal judiciary from 1798 on, and contributes new scholarship on how judges were nominated during the civil rights era, says U.S. District Judge Michael Mills of the Northern District of Mississippi.

  • Companies Must Beware Street Artists' IP Suits

    Kimberly Almazan

    A California district court recently ruled in Falkner v. General Motors that a graffiti artist may move forward with a copyright infringement lawsuit. This case, among others, is emboldening street artists and muralists to seek legal affirmation of their copyrights, says Kimberly Almazan of Withers Worldwide.

  • The NantKwest Saga: Do Gov't Expenses Include Attys' Fees?

    Charles Miller

    In NantKwest v. Iancu, since the government is seeking U.S. Supreme Court review of the meaning and scope of Section 145 of the 1952 Patent Act — concerning expenses to be paid by applicants — odds are its petition for certiorari will be granted, say members of the Association of Amicus Counsel.

  • Clarifying Multi-Embodiment And Single-View Design Filings

    Bradley Van Pelt

    Recently, two cases in the Federal Circuit have provided some certainty on polar-opposite design application issues: the consequences related to filing multiple embodiments, and those related to filing only a single view, say Bradley Van Pelt and Alisa Abbott of Banner & Witcoff Ltd.

  • Guest Feature

    The Subtle Art Of Fred Fielding

    Fred Fielding

    One of the rare attorneys to serve as White House counsel to two presidents, Fred Fielding of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP may be the quintessential Washington insider. Attorney Randy Maniloff asks him to elaborate.

  • Protecting Innovation While Justices Ponder Helsinn V. Teva

    David Gornish

    While the U.S. Supreme Court's upcoming decision in Helsinn Healthcare v. Teva Pharmaceuticals will certainly interest the patent community, a few best practices will go a long way toward rendering the outcome largely irrelevant for innovators engaged in early stage commercialization, says David Gornish of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC.

  • 10 Tips For Law Firms To Drive Revenue Via Sports Tickets

    Matthew Prinn

    Many law firms have tickets or luxury suites at sporting events to host clients and prospects. Matthew Prinn of RFP Advisory Group and Matt Ansis of TicketManager discuss some of the ways that firms can use those tickets effectively.