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.
An Illinois federal judge on Monday tossed copyright infringement claims lobbed by a woman who claimed “Gone Girl” author Gillian Flynn wrongly stole from a screenplay she wrote years before, saying her alleged infringements are too general to warrant protection.
A California federal judge on Monday said she’s unlikely to grant drugmaker Collidion Inc.’s bid to trim rival Sonoma Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s trade secrets suit, saying the claims probably aren’t time-barred and that it’s too soon to say whether Sonoma was injured by the alleged theft.
GoPro Inc. and 360Heros Inc. struck a confidential settlement resolving GoPro's hotly contested trademark and copyright infringement lawsuit against the camera rig company, according to a California federal judge's order Monday.
The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe is gearing up to actively use the patents it bought from Allergan PLC to develop new medicines, proving the purchase wasn’t just a sham deal to help Allergan avoid patent reviews and bring in income for the tribe, the pair told the Federal Circuit.
A California federal judge has slapped a law firm and a medical scrubs manufacturer with a $250,000 sanctions order after determining that they failed to adequately participate in discovery in litigation over a trademark dispute and ignored a court order to pay $21,886 in fees and costs.
It was not what was being smoked in bongs sold by a South Florida company that landed it in federal court, but the water pipes themselves, which a European manufacturer and its United States licensee say wrongly bore their trademarks, according to a federal suit filed Friday.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up a case challenging the constitutionality of America Invents Act reviews related to a dispute over intellectual property used in Sony’s PlayStation gaming system, continuing its cleanup of cases impacted by its recent ruling that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board has the authority to invalidate patents.
President Donald Trump has called an abrupt truce in his ever-escalating trade spat with China as the two powerhouses try and hammer out a broader agreement, marking the latest dramatic turn in a saga that has come to define the early stages of the administration’s economic policy.
Daily fantasy sports operators FanDuel and DraftKings on Friday told the Indiana Supreme Court they do not need permission to use the names, likenesses and statistics of college athletes in their pay-to-play contests, while the athletes said the opposite in a lawsuit that is raising the issue of who owns such information as fantasy sports, and now sports betting, spread across the country.
A panel of jurors on Monday in federal court in Houston deliberated for about two hours without deciding whether the popular Texas-based convenience store chain Buc-ee's had presented enough evidence to support its argument that a competitor's cartoon alligator logo was infringing its cartoon beaver logo.
A Massachusetts semiconductor maker on Monday sued a Bay State competitor, claiming three former employees who had jumped ship brought with them trade secrets that have led to two different patents being infringed.
Two attorneys with experience in complex intellectual property litigation, commercial litigation and patents have joined Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP as partners in San Francisco, where they’ll lead the firm’s Taiwan practice, Pillsbury announced Monday.
A global research agency on Friday won its bid for attorneys' fees in an intellectual property suit against TiVo that stretches back nearly seven years, after a New York federal judge found that TiVo had unnecessarily prolonged frivolous arguments defending its patented advertising platform.
The Federal Circuit on Monday upheld a ruling that parts of three patents covering roof mount assemblies are invalid, preserving a victory for two solar energy companies that had been accused of infringement.
The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board is refusing to let LG Electronics register the logo for its "G5" smartphone as a trademark, saying it's confusingly similar to a Chinese electronics company's "G'Five" brand.
A California federal judge has tossed Uniloc USA Inc.'s infringement suit against Apple Inc. without leave to amend, finding that its patent for cooling down devices when a battery is overheating involved "industry standard" technology that didn't sufficiently explain how its method for controlling the current in the battery is patentable.
The Federal Circuit on Friday asked Google to weigh in on a patent licensing company’s request for the entire court to review whether a panel erred in holding that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board goofed on its construction of a claim term included in several media search patents challenged by the tech giant.
Though it's still a vibrant hub for patent litigation, the Eastern District of Texas' volume of new cases is well below half what it was before the U.S. Supreme Court's TC Heartland decision, and Texas patent litigators are fulfilling predictions that the justices' new venue requirements would force them to turn their focus away from the once-dominant local docket.
Gilead Sciences Inc. and Emory University accused Aurobindo Pharma Ltd. in Delaware federal court Friday of infringing two of their patents covering the HIV treatment Truvada, the latest in a series of lawsuits attempting to block a generic version of the blockbuster drug.
The popular New York City eatery The Meatball Shop is suing over a restaurant at a Houston airport called The Magnolia Meatball Shop, saying it infringes the chain’s trademarks.
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.
Based on his experience as a BigLaw associate for six years and now as general counsel for a tech startup, Jason Idilbi of Passport Labs offers some best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.
If the Patent Trial and Appeal Board wants to significantly improve the predictability of its decisions — a priority for U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director Andrei Iancu — it should limit its review of the merits in ex parte appeals to the facts and reasons in the “statement of rejection” section of the examiner’s answer, say William Smith and Allen Sokal of BakerHostetler.
Standard form architect agreements provide significant protections to architects and their firms, which may result in an architect having too much control over an owner's construction project. Owners should negotiate to obtain a transfer of those rights, say attorneys with Akerman LLP.
For the first time in four years, the National Venture Capital Association recently updated its model legal documents. The latest drafts not only reflect the necessity for quick transactions and bespoke solutions to unique problems facing venture capital investors, but they anticipate needs that will arise in this ever-evolving industry, say attorneys with Paul Hastings LLP.
For companies in the life sciences industry, the scope of patent eligibility continued its apparently inexorable contraction in 2017. But in the first months of 2018, the Federal Circuit has exhibited a more generous approach to both steps one and two of the patent eligibility analysis, say Ewa Davison and David Tellekson of Fenwick & West LLP.
My advice to prospective clerks will now include the suggestion that they read Adam Winkler's new book, "We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights," for the same reason I recommend taking a corporations course — appreciating the critical role of business corporations in American life and law, says Ninth Circuit Judge Marsha Berzon.
While not obvious at first glance, the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in SAS Institute v. Iancu benefits patent owners, with favorable implications for estoppel. It may even resolve a split concerning the scope of estoppel, say Scott Hejny and Chelsea Priest of McKool Smith PC.
In this third installment of their series on how the tax overhaul impacts U.S. media companies, Bracewell LLP attorneys Michele Alexander and Ryan Davis look at how the international and domestic provisions intended to bring tax dollars home have affected media companies' decisions regarding foreign versus domestic production.
In the #MeToo era, the American Bar Association’s recently passed Resolution 302 is a reminder of harassment policy best practices to all employers, and it should be of particular interest to employers in the legal industry, say attorneys with Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.
The Federal Circuit's decision in Disc Disease v. VGH may help to further inform patent owners as to what a sufficiently pled complaint should contain to survive a motion to dismiss under Rule 12(b)(6) for “simple” technologies, say Stephanie Scruggs and Jessica Zurlo of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.