Financial companies are leading the rush to file patents for tools and products based on blockchain, the ledger technology underlying bitcoin, and a wave of litigation could be on the horizon. Here is what intellectual property attorneys need to know about the patent landscape for the increasingly popular tech.
The Manhattan federal judge handling a fair-use fight over a photo pulled without permission from Instagram and exhibited in New York City gallery chastised two BigLaw firms Thursday after discovery squabbles erupted hours ahead of a long-planned court conference.
L-3 Technologies failed to establish that it had any contractual or business expectation of work from Serco Inc., accused of orchestrating an $80 million scheme to cut L-3 out of the loop on an Air Force subcontract, a Virginia federal judge ruled Thursday.
A Texas state jury awarded $706.2 million on Wednesday to data-analytics startup HouseCanary, agreeing that former collaborator Title Source Inc. brazenly stole proprietary data recipes for home appraisals and comparisons as it allegedly readied to build its own software suite.
The Patent Trial and Appeal Board ruled that "World of Warcraft" maker Activision Blizzard had proven that a patent on avatars used in computer games is invalid based on prior art in an America Invents Act inter partes review, according to a decision issued Wednesday.
A European Union court ruled Thursday that a Spanish pizza chain could not register “La Mafia” as a trademark because it "trivializes the serious harm done by that organization."
Total Recall Technologies asked a Ninth Circuit panel Thursday to revive fraud and contract claims alleging the founder of Facebook’s Oculus VR stole its 3-D virtual reality headset design, saying a lower court judge erroneously dismissed the suit after one of TRT’s founders signed over rights to the claims.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is making progress on a plan to streamline the patent examination process through an automated system to identify relevant prior art early in the review, Commissioner for Patents Andrew Hirshfeld said Thursday in Washington, D.C.
A Manhattan federal judge decided Wednesday to reduce a $10,000 sanction against a “copyright troll” attorney to $2,000, but only after ordering him to complete training in “ethics and professionalism.”
Two personal injury firms have settled a dispute in Texas federal court over use of the term “The Strong Arm” in advertising, which both firms had used for years but that one had since trademarked, with the judge agreeing to dismiss the case Wednesday.
Office supplier W.B. Mason struck back Thursday at Dairy Queen’s accusation that a "Blizzard" brand of bottled water infringed the fast food chain's trademarks, describing the case as a sneak attack filed “in the midst of active settlement discussions.”
Author Harper Lee’s estate accused producer Scott Rudin and writer Aaron Sorkin of mangling her 1960 classic “To Kill a Mockingbird” in a play based on her novel, saying their version breached a contract by changing characters, including the lawyer at the center of the tale, Atticus Finch.
Harvard University’s Harvard College and Micron Technology Inc. settled their dispute over a pair of computer technology patents after the case was moved from Massachusetts to Delaware federal court because of the landmark TC Heartland U.S. Supreme Court decision.
The Patent Trial and Appeal Board rightfully upheld a Smith & Nephew Inc. patent covering a device for removing tissue from the uterus, as an international patent application the company had submitted earlier doesn't count as prior art, the Federal Circuit said Wednesday.
The Ninth Circuit on Tuesday revived part of a copyright infringement suit by a California-based software maker against DHL Supply Chain BV, finding that even though DHL is a foreign company, its use of the software in the Golden State was enough to land it in court there.
Mayer Brown LLP recently announced it has hired away from Norton Rose Fulbright a commercial litigation partner who specializes in insurance, intellectual property disputes and patent litigation to join its Houston office.
A California federal judge said Wednesday that he is inclined to grant Samsung's bid to block a Chinese injunction barring the company from selling smartphones that allegedly infringe two Huawei patents, but he criticized attorneys on both sides for adopting a litigation strategy that doesn't seem to be in the best interest of their clients.
The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Tuesday invalidated several claims in a Realtime Data LLC hardware patent related to storage devices following a challenge from Apple, but said that Realtime could amend many of the claims.
The U.S. Tax Court’s analysis of Medtronic Inc.’s license with its Puerto Rican subsidiary doesn’t dig deep enough to explain a transfer pricing method that slashed the medical device maker’s tax bill by hundreds of millions of dollars, an Internal Revenue Service attorney told the Eighth Circuit on Wednesday.
A split Ninth Circuit panel ruled Wednesday that a site hosting user-uploaded pornography was protected by Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s so-called safe harbors, even though it lacked a written policy to terminate users who repeatedly infringed copyrights.
Convincing the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to exclude evidence from America Invents Act reviews is a tall order, according to a new analysis, which shows the PTAB has granted just a fraction of these requests. Despite the daunting numbers, experts said there are still reasons that litigants may be inclined to ask.
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.
Over the past 10 months, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board has issued dozens of decisions that address whether certain references are printed publications. The many decisions where a document was found not to be a printed publication should serve as guidance to petitioners and patent owners, say attorneys with Wolf Greenfield & Sacks PC.
Public benefit corporations are unique companies in the way they combine for-profit and public benefit aims. Crucial patent strategy issues that all companies face, such as when to obtain patents and how to use patents in the marketplace, take on added complexity for PBCs, say Michael Messinger and Casey Berger of Shami Messinger PLLC.
It is undisputed that in his first year in office President Trump was able to confirm a significant number of judges to the federal bench. How it happened — and whether it's a good thing — are debated here by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.
As businesses invest more heavily in AI, they will increasingly turn to intellectual property law to protect their investments. However, many questions currently exist regarding whether AI-generated work can be protected, and who is liable when AI generates infringing work, say Jason Bloom and Stephanie Sivinski of Haynes and Boone LLP.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s January 2018 updates to the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure seem to provide guidance that is at odds with Federal Circuit and Patent Trial and Appeal Board precedent on whether Dynamic Drinkware applies to published patent applications, say Eric Steffe and David Holman of Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox PLLC.
Not all demonstratives are created equal. While lawyers as a group have mastered the art of presenting arguments orally and in writing, there is much room for improvement in how we present arguments visually, says Jason Fowler of Covington & Burling LLP.
In the final article in this five-part series, longtime trial lawyer David Dolkas discusses Level One and Level Two investigative questioning.
One of the key takeaways from a Wisconsin federal court's recent decision in U.S. v. Sinovel Wind Group is that the most serious threats to a company’s trade secrets can often be internal rather than external, says Justus Getty of Duane Morris LLP.
U.S. practitioners with clients who want design patent protection in China should familiarize themselves with the Beijing Intellectual Property Court's opinion in Qihu v. Jiangmin, the very first patent infringement dispute in China involving a graphic user interface design patent, say Junqi Hang and Xianwei Zeng of Dragon Intellectual Property Law Firm.
In the fourth article of this five-part series, longtime trial lawyer David Dolkas discusses the Sawatsky method and, specifically, the importance of asking who, what, when, where, why and how questions.