A unanimous eight-member California federal jury held Thursday that Samsung owes Apple Inc. $538.6 million for infringing design and utility patents covering smartphone technology in a landmark patent case that made it all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Insurance broker Marsh Ltd. has lost its bid to block the registration of a trademark lodged by London-based startup Marshmallow Financial Services Ltd., after the U.K. Intellectual Property Office found that the disputed marks convey "entirely different" meanings.
The production company that has long held the rights to Zorro is facing a trial accusing it of infringing copyrights for a musical about the masked swordsman after a California federal judge ruled Friday the character is in the public domain.
Attorneys for Apple and Samsung traded juror challenges on Monday at the start of a high-profile California federal trial to determine how much Samsung owes for infringing five of Apple's design and utility patents, winnowing 74 candidates down to a final panel of eight.
The West Virginia Supreme Court has held that, under state law, a consumer cannot bring failure-to-warn claims against a maker of a brand-name drug when a generic drug manufacturer made the drug, siding with Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. in a suit over a generic version of an antibiotic.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear several cases involving intellectual property matters, such as a trademark fight between furniture manufacturing rivals, while vacating a Federal Circuit ruling involving a web page authentication patent that focused on covered business method reviews conducted by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
Olympic gold medal-winning ice skater Oksana Baiul asked the Ninth Circuit on Friday to revive her suit seeking royalties from the 1995 airing of “Nutcracker on Ice” on NBC, saying the appeal panel relied on a dead, discredited precedent.
The New York Giants have reached a deal with a sports memorabilia dealer to resolve a New Jersey state court suit alleging the team exposed him to criminal charges to cover up how its equipment staff and quarterback Eli Manning knowingly peddled fake game-worn memorabilia, a team spokeswoman said Monday.
The Federal Circuit on Monday revived a patent lawsuit against Brazil’s Dynamic Air Ltda. over systems it installed on ships to transport oil drilling waste, overturning a ruling that a rival said created a blueprint for companies to avoid infringement cases.
The Federal Circuit found on Friday that IBM did not infringe two patents involving web page development, affirming a lower court’s ruling in favor of the tech giant.
The Federal Circuit on Monday tossed an Eastern District of Texas ruling that ZTE could be sued in the district for allegedly infringing American GNC Corp. patents because it had contracted with a call center in Plano, finding that the lower court wrongly placed the burden on the telecom company to show improper venue.
Anacor Pharmaceuticals Inc. on Monday lost its bid at the Federal Circuit to revive part of a patent covering toenail fungus treatment Kerydin, which the Patent Trial and Appeal Board invalidated after a challenge from a group started by hedge fund manager Kyle Bass.
Synergy Industries LP has filed a lawsuit accusing oilfield service company giants — National Oilwell Varco LP and Schlumberger Technology Corporation — of conspiring to rip off its proprietary wireline truck technology, in violation of a contract Synergy and Schlumberger have been operating under since 2012.
The company that owns the dating app Tinder has reached a settlement agreement to drop a sweeping intellectual property lawsuit it filed in March against a rival service billed as “China’s Tinder."
Private industry standards lose copyright protection when they are later turned into mandatory federal regulations, a public records nonprofit asserted in oral arguments Monday in urging a D.C. Circuit panel to upend a decision granting that protection to industry standards that ultimately were incorporated into federal requirements.
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on Monday announced three days’ worth of public hearings at which scores of powerful business groups are expected to voice their opposition to the Trump administration’s plan to counter China’s intellectual property practices with hefty tariffs.
Childrens toymaker VTech was hit with a lawsuit in Illinois federal court Friday, saying some of the company’s baby monitors infringe a patent Wyoming-based Secure Cam says it holds on the type of live-video transmission controls the products use.
A California federal judge has reduced an award for Microsoft from a jury that found Corel willfully infringed its Office software patents, dropping the payout from $287,000 to $124,000, and declined to make Corel pay Microsoft’s attorneys' fees, saying there was nothing exceptional about the case.
Retired Baltimore Orioles legend Cal Ripken Jr.'s baseball-camp operation has defeated claims that its pitching machines infringed two patents after a Maryland federal judge found that the camps' use of radiofrequency identification technology differed from what's described in the patents.
The U.S. government has been hit with a $100 million lawsuit alleging the cancellation of patents in America Invents Act reviews represents an unconstitutional taking of property rights.
The Federal Circuit has thrown out a post-grant review decision upholding an eye solution patent challenged by Altaire Pharmaceuticals Inc., although one judge questioned whether the drugmaker had standing to appeal the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s decision.
The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued two big patent rulings — upholding a system for challenging patents as constitutional, but finding the Patent Trial and Appeal Board must decide the validity of every challenged claim when it agrees to institute those American Invents Act reviews. Here, Law360 looks at how we got here, what the court ruled, and how these decisions will impact practicing before the PTAB.
After a three-year surge, patent suits at the Federal Circuit leveled off last year as the court showed signs of adjusting to its bustling workload. The judges found time to write more opinions, and they reached greater consensus, penning fewer separate concurrences and dissents than in 2016.
A Supreme Court ruling redrew the patent litigation map. The International Trade Commission became an ever more popular patent venue. District courts saw fewer cases. The Patent Trial and Appeal Board isn’t what it used to be. 2017 was a challenging year for patent attorneys.
If the Second Circuit affirms the Goldman v. Breitbart decision that embedded content may constitute copyright infringement, it will create more burdens on publishers and journalists, and it may invite some creative defenses under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, says Marcus Chatterton of Balch & Bingham LLP.
The FBI raid of the office of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer set off a firestorm of controversy about the sanctity of the attorney-client privilege, epitomized by Trump's tweet that the "privilege is dead." But attorney-client privilege is never taken lightly — I have battle scars from the times I have sought crime-fraud exceptions, says Genie Harrison of the Genie Harrison Law Firm.
In this series, experts discuss the unique aspects of closing a law firm, and some common symptoms of dysfunctionality in a firm that can be repaired before it's too late.
I am often asked, “When there are one or more partner departures, what can a firm do to prevent this from escalating to a catastrophic level?” The short answer is “nothing.” Law firms need to adopt culture-strengthening lifestyles to prevent defections from occurring in the first place, says Larry Richard of LawyerBrain LLC.
Until recently it was not clear which party bears the burden of proving whether an asserted patent covers licensees’ products that are not marked. The Federal Circuit's decision in Arctic Cat v. Bombardier may change the way both parties approach settlement agreements, say Louis Touton and Andrea Jeffries of Jones Day.
Given the competing public policies of protecting clients’ right to counsel of their choice, lawyer mobility, and the fiduciary duty partners owe to a dissolved firm, it behooves law firms to carefully review their partnership agreements to make sure they adequately spell out what happens in the unfortunate event that the law firm chooses to wind down, say Leslie Corwin and Rachel Sims of Blank Rome LLP.
For the vast majority of the 1952 Patent Act’s history, the requirement that an invention possess “utility” has been such a low bar as to effectively be nonexistent. Perhaps the tension highlighted in the Federal Circuit's Polaris v. Arctic Cat decision will prove the impetus needed to brush the dust off of the utility requirement in future cases, say Michael Rounds and Adam Yowell of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP.
There has been, of late, significant dispute as to the application of the unfinished business doctrine, particularly with respect to hourly rate matters of now-dissolved large law firms. And the California Supreme Court’s recent decision in Heller Ehrman, like others as to similar points, is highly questionable, says Thomas Rutledge of Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC.
While the media has been reporting on tax reform, tax reform will impact the media industry itself. Reform's effects are numerous, from a reduction in tax rates and new deductions to the loss of important deductions and new international regimes that have kept tax experts waiting in anticipation of further guidance, say attorneys Michele Alexander and Ryan Davis of Bracewell LLP.
Congress recently introduced a bill to strip Native American tribes of sovereign immunity on issues relating to patents, but this proposed law only delays resolution of the confusion over a real problem on new attacks on pharmaceutical patents, says Anthony Caso, director of the Claremont Institute’s Constitutional Jurisprudence Clinic at Chapman University Fowler School of Law.