Waymo and Uber reached a settlement Friday to end their blockbuster trade secrets fight over self-driving car technology, capping off a year of contentious discovery disputes, shocking revelations and numerous delays. Here's a play-by-play of how we got here.
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP announced Monday that it had hired a White & Case LLP partner with a high-profile intellectual and technology transactions practice for its Silicon Valley office.
MillerCoors was sued for trademark infringement Monday by a California craft beer maker called Stone Brewing Co. over the giant’s recent decision to market its Keystone brand simply as “Stone.”
A gluten intolerance group suing celebrity chef Jamie Oliver for allegedly infringing its trademark by using a symbol that misleads consumers into believing his recipes are certified gluten-free asked a Washington federal court Monday to dismiss the suit.
The Federal Circuit gave patent lawyers a primer on a law governing administrative procedures in 2017, but issues surrounding the interpretation of another law, the America Invents Act, are expected to take center stage in the coming months in appeals involving decisions from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
A California federal judge on Monday tentatively agreed to dismiss a copyright infringement suit alleging Taylor Swift ripped off lyrics for her 2014 hit “Shake It Off” from a 2001 song by female singing group 3LW, but the judge said he’s considering allowing an updated complaint.
A Louisiana federal judge ruled that the former owner of famous New Orleans restaurant Camellia Grill correctly claimed that the eatery’s current owner breached the terms of their license agreement by unlawfully using trademarks associated with the original restaurant, in a split decision Friday.
A UnitedHealth unit pushed a Federal Circuit panel in oral arguments Monday to toss a $12.3 million jury verdict holding that the company infringed a patent for measuring doctors’ efficiency, contending its own technology predated the patent.
A California visual artist rocked Live Nation Entertainment and its concert promotion business with a lawsuit Friday that claims the entertainment giant used artwork he created for the music festival Lollapalooza after their licensing agreement expired and outside the original provisions.
A federal judge ruled Monday that the sudden destruction of famous New York City graffiti space 5Pointz was an intentional violation of federal law, issuing a strongly worded decision ordering the site’s “unrepentant” owner to pay $6.75 million in damages.
Advanced Video Technologies LLC on Friday asked for a full Federal Circuit review of a January split panel decision that axed the company’s patent claims against HTC Corp., BlackBerry Ltd. and Motorola Mobility LLC for lack of standing, saying the panel mistakenly attributed partial ownership of the patent to a former AVT employee.
The U.S. International Trade Commission has determined that U.K. company Oxford Nanopore Technologies’ imported DNA sequencers do not violate two patents by Silicon Valley-based Pacific Biosciences of California, according to a notice issued by the commission on Wednesday.
At the wrap of a California federal trial over damages Corel Corp. must pay for infringing Microsoft’s patents, Microsoft’s attorney argued Friday the infringement was willful, while Corel’s attorney conceded his client possibly erred but said the tech giant's warning “never made it to the right ears."
Chicago’s historic Whitehall Hotel said a Houston hotel should not be allowed to exit a suit accusing it of infringing on its trademarks by having the same name and a confusingly similar logo, telling an Illinois federal judge Thursday that the court has jurisdiction over the Texas hotel.
The Federal Circuit gave new life on Friday to part of a Polaris Industries Inc. all-terrain vehicle patent that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board invalidated following a challenge from rival ATV maker Arctic Cat Inc.
The Federal Circuit transferred an antitrust dispute in a long-running patent battle to the Fifth Circuit on Friday after finding that a claim involving a company's alleged fraud on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to obtain market power did not fall within the court's exclusive purview over patent appeals.
Illinois-based Mini Donut Factory Inc. finds nothing sweet about similarly named Mini Doughnut Factory LLC, accusing the owners of the South Tampa, Florida, business of infringing on its state and federal trademarks in a lawsuit filed in Illinois federal court Friday.
Customers who received phony error messages after trying to install third-party ink cartridges in Hewlett Packard Co. printers have asked a California federal court to certify a nationwide class action against the company for federal computer fraud and common law trespass.
A licensing partner of bankrupt shoe and accessory retailer Aerogroup International Inc. objected Friday to the debtor’s proposed sale of its assets, arguing that it would breach their long-term licensing deal.
A Delaware federal judge rightly found that Amneal Pharmaceuticals LLC wouldn’t infringe one of Merck & Co. Inc.’s patents when selling a generic version of the nasal spray Nasonex, despite discovery flubs by Amneal, the Federal Circuit said Friday.
Eversheds Sutherland said Thursday it has snagged two labor and employment attorneys from Jackson Walker LLP, saying they have come on to the firm as partners in the Houston office.
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.
Since the U.S. Supreme Court's TC Heartland decision narrowed venue choices in patent cases under the patent venue statute, district courts have struggled to apply the statute in Hatch-Waxman cases. An issue no reported decision has yet questioned, however, is whether the patent venue statute should apply in Hatch-Waxman cases at all, say attorneys with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.
Lawyers who have left the traditional practice for perceived greener pastures are many. But the circumstances surrounding broadcast journalist Bob Woodruff’s departure are unique. Like none I’ve ever heard, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.
As someone who spent half her days last year on the bench presiding over trials, I often find the alarmist calls to revamp the jury trial system a tad puzzling — why is making trial lawyers better rarely discussed? Then along comes a refreshing little manual called "On the Jury Trial: Principles and Practices for Effective Advocacy," by Thomas Melsheimer and Judge Craig Smith, says U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall of the Northe... (continued)
The recent decision in Travel Sentry v. Tropp represents the Federal Circuit’s latest re-evaluation of the standard for divided infringement and underscores the potential breadth of the scope of divided direct infringement under Akamai V, say Charanjit Brahma and Anup Shah of Troutman Sanders LLP.
In Finjan v. Blue Coat, the Federal Circuit continues to refine its approach to patent eligibility under Alice, and solidifies a set of concrete criteria for determining when software-based inventions provide a technical improvement and thus become eligible for patent protection, say Richard Marsh and Braden Katterheinrich of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.
China's significant recent developments in trade secret law are encouraging trade secret rights-holders, including multinational companies with a presence in China, to enforce their trade secret rights in the world’s second largest economy, say attorneys with Covington & Burling LLP.
Initial selection of defense counsel is usually made at the outset of litigation, long before it is known whether the case may actually proceed to trial. Attorneys with McDermott Will & Emery discuss questions in-house lawyers should consider when deciding whether their litigation counsel should remain lead trial counsel in a case proceeding to trial.
The Federal Circuit's recent ruling on a reasonable royalty damages theory in Exmark v. Briggs & Stratton continues a trend of the Federal Circuit departing from the vigorous application of the entire market value rule and seemingly unambiguous statements in earlier decisions prohibiting apportionment of the royalty rate, says Matthew Becker of Banner & Witcoff Ltd.
If used strategically, supplemental examination at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office can provide a powerful tool for chemical patent owners to add to their armamentarium of options for Orange Book-listed patents when conducting a due diligence analysis of their patent estate prior to Orange Book listing, say attorneys with Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP.
Expect to see antitrust developments in 10 areas this year, including continuing scrutiny of vertical mergers, no-poach agreements and conduct by pharmaceutical companies, say attorneys with Cooley LLP.