Bud Light used an actor dressed as a medieval town crier last week to ask a Minnesota brewery to stop using the company’s trademarks, becoming the latest brand to transform a cease-and-desist into a marketing stunt.
With tax season fast approaching, H&R Block Inc., the world’s largest tax services company, has filed suit against its competitor Intuit Inc., alleging false and misleading advertising, unfair competition and trademark infringement. The charges center on Intuit’s $25 million national advertising campaign for its TurboTax tax preparation software.
Business litigation law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges LLP believes it has struck gold by luring a trial-happy attorney from the practice he founded with promises of courtroom battles over intellectual property.
Seeking to expand its intellectual property practice, Kaye Scholer has plucked two former partners from another firm’s ranks to lead a newly formed IP litigation team at its Washington D.C. office.
For the first time in its 75-year history, a judge at the International Trade Commission (ITC) has rejected a $40 million claim that an injunction was violated after a product redesign, according to the law firm representing a German auto parts manufacturer.
Two feuding genetic testing product companies have ended a patent dispute over testing methods used to detect risk for the human papilloma virus, a common sexually transmitted infection that causes cervical cancer.
In an attempt to speed up its drastically overtaxed screening process, the Japan Patent Office is considering increasing the examination fee refund amounts for withdrawn patent applications.
A pilot program for appeals at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is on track to save applicants at least $30 million per year, while exposing the fact that many patent applications were indeed rejected erroneously.
A small software development company has decided to assert its patents in court by challenging several corporate giants, including Microsoft and Yahoo, which allegedly co-opted its method of controlling access to various computer systems.
An astounding 98% of approved U.S. patent applications contain mistakes ranging from simple spelling errors to omitted claims. Many of those mistakes could result in losses of millions of dollars for inventors and licensees, a patent support firm has found.
Riding a winning streak of patent litigation in the technology and pharmaceutical industries, Brown Raysman Millstein Felder & Steiner LLP has just opened a new office in the heart of Silicon Valley.
Coffee giant Starbucks, accustomed to prevailing in trademark infringement suits worldwide, has recently been dealt a rare blow by a federal judge, who ruled that a New Hampshire coffee company can continue to sell its Charbucks brand coffee beans.
In the shadow of the Supreme Court, the debate over authorized generics is heating up as brand-name drug companies and generic makers prepare to do battle over what they both consider to be their rightful share of the trillion-dollar healthcare industry.
Heirs to Spanish painter Pablo Picasso were dealt another blow by the European Union’s highest court in their long-running attempt to prevent German car maker DaimlerChrysler AG from using the trademark “Picaro” for one of its vehicles.
Thousands of lawsuits and a Supreme Court victory later, there are increasing signs that the music industry has failed to grapple with the problem of piracy.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has upheld two Microsoft patents covering technology for saving computer files using longer names, marking a victory for the software company’s much challenged file saving system.
Companies that serve on creditors’ committees for struggling airlines have been ordered to pledge not to expose confidential information they obtain during bankruptcy proceedings after a judge worried that companies may improperly use the information.
A tiny electric engine maker filed a complaint Wednesday with the U.S. International Trade Commission against auto giant Toyota for infringing on its patented hybrid car technology. The action comes just four months after another suit was filed against Toyota by Solomon in a Florida District Court, which has been stalled due to troubles financing the litigation.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has denied Shell Oil’s bid for a re-hearing en banc in a $150 million patent infringement lawsuit brought against it by Dow Chemical Inc.’s Union Carbide, leaving the Supreme Court as Shell’s last resort for an appeal.
With more than 120 IP attorneys and the largest patent portfolio in the world, IBM is a force to be reckoned with. Now Big Blue is setting its sights on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, determined that the best way to address poor patent quality is to put the full force of its innovation to work for the agency.
The trophy title for top patent filer has once again gone to intellectual property boutique Oblon Spivak McClelland Maier & Neustadt PC, which has dominated the list for years while stoking its rivalry with runner-up Sugrue Mion PLLC.