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Intellectual Property

  • January 16, 2019

    Beyoncé Drops TM Lawsuit Over 'Feyoncé' Merchandise

    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.

  • January 16, 2019

    No Winner, No Loser In Steamboat Trademark Row

    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. 

  • January 16, 2019

    High Court Urged To End Appeals Of AIA Time-Bar Rulings

    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.

  • January 16, 2019

    Napster Settles Songwriter Lawsuit Over Unpaid Royalties

    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.

  • January 16, 2019

    Fed. Circ. Upholds USPTO Rejection Of Africa-US Design TM

    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.”

  • January 16, 2019

    High-Tech Parts Maker Claims Rival Stole Trade Secrets

    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.

  • January 16, 2019

    IP Group Of The Year: Kirkland

    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.

  • January 16, 2019

    Apple Won't Face Qualcomm's Latest Patent Suit In Germany

    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.

  • January 15, 2019

    PTAB Nixes Patent In Suit Over Google 'Lucky' Button

    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.

  • January 15, 2019

    Prof Calls Qualcomm Royalties 'Naked Tax,' Invokes Microsoft

    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.

  • January 15, 2019

    EU IP Office Pulls McDonald’s Big Mac TM In Supermac Row

    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.

  • January 15, 2019

    DLA Piper Scores Tech IP Buff From Boies Schiller Flexner

    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.

  • January 15, 2019

    Quinn Emanuel Partner Dies After Lung Cancer Battle

    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.

  • January 15, 2019

    Barnes & Thornburg Adds 3 Partners To Dallas Office

    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.

  • January 15, 2019

    PTAB To Review IBM Patent Despite $57M Groupon Case

    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.

  • January 15, 2019

    Rihanna Says Father Can't Stand Under Her Name's Umbrella

    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.

  • January 15, 2019

    PTAB Hears First Case Under New Relaxed Patent Guidelines

    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.

  • January 15, 2019

    Greatbatch Gets $22M In Redo Of Pacemaker Patent Trial

    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.

  • January 15, 2019

    Fed. Circ. Affirms Alice Ax Of Monitoring Software Patents

    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.

  • January 15, 2019

    Ericsson Fights HTC's Bid To Delay Trial Over Patent Royalties

    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.

Expert Analysis

  • Patenting Cannabis: A Look At The Numbers

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    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.

  • Patent Eligibility Lessons From PTAB's Use Of Berkheimer

    Nisha Somnath

    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.

  • 7 Questions To Add To Your Lateral Partner Questionnaire

    Howard Rosenberg

    Law firms should redesign the vetting process for lateral candidates so it directly addresses sexual harassment and assault issues, says Howard Rosenberg of Decipher.

  • 5 Things To Know About USPTO’s New Eligibility Guidance

    Michelle Holoubek

    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.

  • Considerations For Data Divestitures After CFIUS Review

    Kevin Beyer

    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.

  • Farm Bill Brings IP Options For Breeders Of New Plants

    Travis Bliss

    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.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Reed Smith Chief Marketing Officer Sadie Baron

    Sadie Baron

    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.

  • 'Flexible Work' Makes Freelancing More Viable In BigLaw

    Elizabeth Black

    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.

  • How Courts Have Applied Cray Patent Venue Test

    Gregory Herrman

    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.

  • The Top Blockchain Patents Of 2018

    William Zac Duffy

    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.