The two-year legal war between Apple Inc. and Qualcomm Inc. over patents, licensing practices and trade secrets is barreling ahead, with a series of notable legal developments in recent months. Here is everything you need to know to get up to speed.
A New York federal court on Wednesday tossed, at Beyoncé’s request, a case in which the singer sought to shut down a line of “Feyoncé” merchandise aimed at newly engaged women, more than three months after she failed to secure a quick win.
Two boat companies that had fought for years over claims they infringed each other's trademarks found out from a Delaware federal jury Wednesday that their entire fight was for nothing — no one's trademarks were infringed at all.
The parent company of Yellowpages.com has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn two en banc Federal Circuit decisions allowing appeals of rulings that inter partes review petitions were filed on time, saying the appeals court is “running roughshod” over the America Invents Act.
The company that currently operates Napster reached a settlement Tuesday in California federal court to end one of several class actions that claimed streaming music services had failed to pay millions in so-called mechanical royalties to songwriters.
The Federal Circuit on Wednesday upheld the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s refusal to grant registration to a black-owned e-commerce company’s mark that overlaid an outline of the U.S. on top of an outline of Africa, rejecting the company’s argument that the board’s decision wrongly “discounts the experiences of an entire racial group.”
A high-tech parts manufacturer has accused electronics contract maker Foxconn and some of its associates of stealing exclusive designs for special connectors used in computers and automotive systems.
Kirkland & Ellis LLP scored a victory on behalf of Fox News in a closely watched copyright case against a television search engine, and also secured a $93 million patent win for Schlumberger Ltd. unit WesternGeco, landing it a spot as one of Law360's IP Groups of the Year.
Apple scored a victory Tuesday when a German regional court tossed a patent suit brought against the tech giant by Qualcomm, with the court finding that Apple did not infringe the chipmaker’s patent with the chips in iPhones.
Google LLC scored a win in its fight with Israeli company Spring Ventures Ltd. over the technology behind the search giant’s “I’m Feeling Lucky” feature, when the Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Tuesday said Spring Ventures’ patent for web searches without exact site addresses is invalid due to obviousness.
A University of California, Berkeley economics professor testified for the Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday that Qualcomm's standard-essential patent royalties serve as a competition-killing "naked tax" on its modem chips, comparing the practice to software bundling that got Microsoft in trouble with the feds 20 years ago.
The European Union Intellectual Property Office has revoked McDonald's International Property Company Ltd.’s EU trademark for the term Big Mac, finding that it was not being put to genuine use, after it was challenged by an Irish fast-food chain called Supermac’s, according to documents filed by the EUIPO Tuesday.
DLA Piper added a partner with patent litigation experience from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP to its intellectual property and technology practice in Los Angeles, the firm announced.
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP partner Steve Anderson, a founding member of the firm’s patent practice, has died after a 15-year battle with lung cancer, the firm has announced.
Barnes & Thornburg LLP has announced the addition of three new partners to its Dallas office, allowing the firm to continue strengthening its corporate litigation, intellectual property, and labor and employment practices.
The Patent Trial and Appeal Board will review an IBM Corp. e-commerce patent challenged by a group of travel websites, rejecting Tuesday the argument that it should deny the petition in light of a recent jury verdict against Groupon Inc. in a $57 million infringement dispute.
Music icon Rihanna demanded on Tuesday that her father stop exploiting her name and brand to fraudulently make "millions of dollars" through his company Fenty Entertainment LLC, according to a lawsuit filed in California federal court.
A Patent Trial and Appeal Board panel questioned two companies Tuesday about four patents covering methods of electronically storing financial documents, just days after the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office released new guidelines on patent applications that include previously ineligible material.
Medical device maker Greatbatch Ltd. received a $22 million damages award Monday following a six-day trial in Delaware federal court over three pacemaker technology patents infringed by AVX Corp., replacing a 2016 jury decision that awarded it $37.5 million.
The Federal Circuit on Tuesday upheld a lower court decision invalidating four Power Analytics Corp. patents covering software for monitoring electrical systems under the U.S. Supreme Court Alice decision.
Ericsson has urged a Texas federal court not to delay a trial scheduled for next month on HTC Corp.'s accusation that Ericsson overcharges for royalties on cellular and wireless standard-essential patents, arguing there's no need to wait until after an arbitrator decides if some issues should be arbitrated.
Stand-out intellectual property attorneys this year landed multimillion dollar verdicts, prevailed at the Supreme Court, and clarified patent infringement standards at the Federal Circuit. The accomplishments of these six IP lawyers set them apart from their peers and earned them spots on Law360's list of Intellectual Property MVPs.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director Andrei Iancu told Law360 in an interview Thursday that the many changes he has spearheaded during his busy first year in office should provide a clearer landscape where patentees and the public know better how patent disputes might play out.
The challenges of U.S. patent litigation, combined with increasing levels of comfort with courts in Europe and Asia, are driving companies in high-stakes disputes to increasingly look beyond the U.S. and adopt global enforcement strategies. But it can be daunting to sift through the intricacies of patent litigation around the world. Here, we break down what you need to know about some of the world’s hottest patent venues.
Despite the substantial growth in cannabis-related patents in the last decade, design patenting appears to be virtually unheard of in the industry, says Joshua Glucoft of Irell & Manella LLP.
Taken together, Patent Trial and Appeal Board decisions relying on the Federal Circuit's Berkheimer ruling provide a road map for avoiding and responding to patent eligibility rejections, say Nisha Somnath and Max Colice of Smith Baluch LLP.
Law firms should redesign the vetting process for lateral candidates so it directly addresses sexual harassment and assault issues, says Howard Rosenberg of Decipher.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s new guidelines attempt to clarify examination procedures regarding patent-eligible subject matter. This will ease the burden on patenting computer-implemented innovation, but there is still some ambiguity in the guidance, say Michelle Holoubek and Lestin Kenton of Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox PLLC.
For transactions subject to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, mitigation terms may include divestiture of protected data such as personally identifiable information or intellectual property. This data may be spread out across the organization, so it is crucial for companies to have a handle on every possible location, says Kevin Beyer of BDO USA LLP.
Buried within the 2018 Farm Bill are minor changes to the Plant Variety Protection Act that are quite important to intellectual property protection for the horticulture industry, say Travis Bliss and Stephany Small of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC.
In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Sadie Baron, chief marketing officer at Reed Smith LLP.
The rise of remote work capabilities and advances in technology are making flexible, freelance legal work a more accessible career option for corporate attorneys, say Elizabeth Black and Sara Eng of InCloudCounsel.
Since the Federal Circuit's 2017 Cray decision established a three-prong test for finding a “regular and established place of business,” courts have been reluctant to find proper venue without a physical building in the district that is owned or leased by the defendant, say Gregory Herrman and Jonathan England of Blank Rome LLP.
Of the 200 blockchain patents that were issued in the United States last year, 10 stand out as being particularly interesting and provide insight into the future direction of the technology, says William Zac Duffy of Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr PC.