From Cheerios box trade dress to generic “googling” to a blockbuster U.S. Supreme Court decision, 2017 was another bumper year for major rulings in trademark law. Here are the 10 you need to remember.
Rival wearable fitness device makers Fitbit Inc. and Jawbone told a California federal judge Thursday that they’d reached a settlement agreement resolving their multifront intellectual property war, requesting and subsequently receiving dismissal of a patent infringement suit Fitbit had brought against its competitor.
The Federal Circuit on Thursday averted potential chaos by not letting drugmakers use a wide variety of state laws to extract biosimilar manufacturing information from rivals, and its ruling will turn attention to what sort of information rivals must provide under federal law.
The U.S. International Trade Commission said Thursday it will be kicking off an investigation into intraoral scanners for dental and orthodontic treatments, after dental products maker Align Technology Inc. accused a Danish rival last month of infringing its patents for certain scanners.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will roll out a new electronic filing system for patent applications early next year that it says is more "user-friendly" and will allow applicants to file and view their documents in one location.
A Delaware federal judge on Thursday rejected Jaguar’s bid to squeeze $2 million in attorneys’ fees out of two owners of a tech company that sued the car giant for intellectual property theft, ruling the court could not enforce judgment on people not named in the suit.
A loading dock maker urged a Wisconsin federal judge not to allow an immediate appeal in a design patent case, saying the Federal Circuit has made clear it’s not ready to address a question left open by the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Samsung v. Apple.
Pearson Education filed suit Wednesday in Indiana federal court against the owner of an interactive flash card-sharing site, alleging that the owner "thumb[ed] his nose at copyright law" by exploiting pirated test banks from the publishing company for personal profit.
A Maryland federal court on Wednesday granted a company suing Cal Ripken Jr.'s baseball camps a chance to amend its suit against the retired player's camps over patent infringement, finding that adding other Ripken-owned camps would not prejudice the company.
A California federal judge indicated Thursday that she’d likely toss willful infringement allegations from Finjan Inc.’s suit accusing Cisco Systems Inc. of buying and using technologies from a smaller company that infringe its cybersecurity patents, saying she didn’t see “egregious conduct” in the pleadings.
All athletes should have the right to a grievance process in which they have an equal say about the choice of arbitrator and have complete ownership over their name, image and likeness, according to new benchmark principles released Thursday by a group of major international sports players unions.
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved President Donald Trump's pick to head the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on a voice vote Thursday, along with nominees for five U.S. attorney positions.
Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP’s James Dabney persuaded the U.S. Supreme Court to put limits on where patent lawsuits can be filed, a decision that upended almost 30 years of established practice and has changed the patent litigation map, earning him a spot among Law360’s 2017 Intellectual Property MVPs.
The federal biosimilars act prevents drugmakers from using state laws to punish rivals for withholding information about copycat products, the Federal Circuit ruled Thursday.
Federal prosecutors have launched a criminal investigation in the wake of Waymo’s California federal lawsuit alleging Uber stole self-driving car trade secrets from the Alphabet subsidiary, according to a U.S. Department of Justice letter to U.S. District Judge William Alsup unsealed Wednesday.
A Fourth Circuit panel decided Wednesday to uphold a lower court’s ruling on allegations of trademark infringement against T-Mobile US Inc., dismissing Simply Wireless Inc.’s complaint after finding that it signed an agreement to allow an arbitrator to resolve all arbitrability disputes.
An Uber shareholder on Wednesday launched a derivative lawsuit against the ride-hailing app’s founder, Travis Kalanick, and other directors in Delaware state court, claiming the top brass got Uber into legal trouble by recklessly approving the $680 million acquisition of a company founded by a former Google engineer.
Swiss army knife maker Victorinox AG filed suit in Texas federal court Tuesday alleging that rival B&F System Inc. fraudulently transferred $29 million and valuable intellectual property during a separate trademark infringement suit Victorinox filed against the company.
The New York-based operator of The Pod Hotels chain sued PodShare Inc. on Tuesday in California federal court, alleging the Los Angeles-located competitor’s use of the term "pod hotel" to describe its rentable spaces confuses and misleads consumers and infringes its trademarks.
The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board on Monday refused to register “Fall Harvest” as a trademark for coffee, ruling that the name is confusingly similar to a line of “Autumn Harvest Blend” from coffee giant Keurig Green Mountain.
A California judge on Wednesday paused Amazon.com’s effort to nix an auto parts maker’s allegations that the online retailer violated a state trade secrets law by selling counterfeit versions of its products, saying she’ll rule after co-defendant eBay argues a similar motion in January.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday put tighter restrictions on where patent owners can file infringement lawsuits, a decision that upends nearly 30 years of established practice and will likely force many lawsuits out of the patent litigation hotbed of the Eastern District of Texas. Here, check out all of our best coverage of the case.
Gary Ford's new book, "Constance Baker Motley: One Woman’s Fight for Civil Rights and Equal Justice Under Law," is more than a biography of the first African-American woman to become a federal judge. It presents in vivid detail how her work altered the legal landscape of the United States, says U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke of the Southern District of Florida.
Google’s status as a go-to research tool has transformed legal research habits, leading critics to view law libraries as cost centers. Law firms should embrace Google-style research tools and manage costs efficiently in order to position their libraries as valuable assets for years to come, says Donna Terjesen of HBR Consulting.
Millennials are now the largest living generation and comprise one-third of jurors. While it is impossible to generalize a group so large and diverse, trial lawyers should be mindful of certain generational differences, say baby boomer Lee Hollis and millennial Zachary Martin of Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC.
Last week, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development held a roundtable on extraterritorial remedies, including on global portfolio-wide remedies in antitrust patent licensing cases. Koren Wong-Ervin, director of IP and competition policy at Qualcomm Inc., reviews some of the public statements made by speakers at the off-the-record event.
Last month, a New York district court ruled in Cohen v. G&M that a real estate developer's demolition of famous graffiti space 5Pointz violated an obscure federal statute. This ruling may represent an expanded conception of what visual art qualifies for protection under the Visual Artists Rights Act, says Roberta Jacobs-Meadway of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC.
The past year has seen significant changes to all practice areas before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Many of these changes are positive for patent owners, innovators, inventors and the U.S. patent system, says Russell Slifer, a principal at Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner PA and former deputy director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
The best intellectual property strategy to protect connected and autonomous vehicle developments will depend on multiple factors. With appropriate planning, a company may successfully employ a strategy involving both patents and trade secrets to maximize the chances of protecting innovation, say attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP.
From the perspective of venue availability, continued skepticism over China's patent enforcement strength is unwarranted. After all, China is increasingly a preferred venue for patent litigation, even for U.S. patent owners — maybe more so since the U.S. Supreme Court's TC Heartland ruling, say Junqi Hang and Qingfen Hao of Dragon Intellectual Property Law Firm.
Contractors need to prepare for the 2018 version of the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes significant changes to the U.S. Department of Defense approach to acquiring and licensing intellectual property, says Mary Beth Bosco of Holland & Knight LLP.
While Rule 12 motions are tempting because success can bring clients early victory, counsel should think carefully and consider a number of practice pointers before deciding whether doing so is worth the time and expense, say Amelia Brankov and Azita Iskandar of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC.