Intellectual Property

  • April 18, 2018

    MoMA Claims Manhattan Cafe Is Infringing Name, Trade Dress

    The Museum of Modern Art sued newly opened Lower East Side café and art gallery MoMaCha in New York federal court on Tuesday, accusing it of infringing its famous trademarked name and trade dress that date to at least 1967 and appear in exhibition communications, retail goods and its restaurant The Modern.

  • April 18, 2018

    Panasonic Wants Samsung Sanctioned In Antitrust Suit

    Panasonic Corp. asked a California federal court on Tuesday to sanction Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. over a suit alleging Panasonic monopolized the flash memory card market, arguing that Samsung initiated and maintained the eight-year-old litigation in bad faith.

  • April 18, 2018

    WWE, Take-Two Slammed For Wrestler's Tattoos In Game

    A tattoo artist hit World Wrestling Entertainment Inc., Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. and others with a copyright infringement suit in Illinois federal court Tuesday, claiming several of the “WWE 2K” video games portray the distinctive tattoos she's done on professional wrestler Randy Orton.

  • April 17, 2018

    VIZIO, Others Broke Tariff Act By Infringing: ITC Judge

    An administrative judge for the U.S. International Trade Commission has concluded that VIZIO, MediaTek and Sigma Designs all violated the Tariff Act by importing televisions and graphics components that infringed one patent held by Advanced Micro Devices, but decided that a second patent had not been violated.

  • April 17, 2018

    PTAB Agrees To Review Uniloc's File-Copying Patent

    Defensive patent group United Patents Inc. notched a win Tuesday when the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board agreed to review a Uniloc patent covering technology meant to improve the process of copying large computer files, rejecting Uniloc's arguments that the petition should be denied because the group failed to name its members as interested parties in the proceeding.

  • April 17, 2018

    Disney Wants Singers Left Out Of 'Let It Go' IP Suit

    Singers Demi Lovato and Idina Menzel should be let go from a Chilean singer’s copyright infringement suit over the song “Let It Go” from Disney’s “Frozen,” Disney argued in a motion in California federal court Monday, saying the claims against the singers had come too late.

  • April 17, 2018

    After 'Bama Threats, LeBron Hit With Suit Over 'Shop' Show

    Weeks after LeBron James threatened to sue the University of Alabama for allegedly copying his barbershop talk show, the owners of a Detroit barbershop on Monday claimed it is the NBA superstar who ripped off the concept from them.

  • April 17, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Backs PTAB’s Nix Of Claims In Water Meter Patent

    The Federal Circuit upheld part of a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision that found an Apator Miitors ApS patent for a water and gas meter is invalid, ruling Apator was unable to corroborate the inventor’s story about when he conceived of the device.

  • April 17, 2018

    Bitcoin 'Founder' Slams $10.2B Suit As A 'Shakedown'

    The Australian computer scientist who once claimed to be Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous inventor of bitcoin, urged a Florida federal court on Monday to throw out a $10.2 billion lawsuit accusing him of stealing hundreds of thousands of bitcoins and related intellectual property from his now-deceased business partner, calling the suit a "shakedown."

  • April 17, 2018

    Pfizer, Ranbaxy Look To Dump State Claims In Lipitor MDL

    Pfizer Inc. and generic-drug maker Ranbaxy Inc. asked a New Jersey federal court Monday to quash state law claims in multidistrict litigation from a group of Lipitor buyers that say the companies participated in an illegal pay-for-delay scheme to keep a generic version of the cholesterol drug out of the market.

  • April 17, 2018

    Hendrix Estate Fights Brother's Bid To Toss Pot IP Suit

    Jimi Hendrix's estate urged a New York federal judge on Monday not to toss its lawsuit accusing the dead rock star's brother of infringing trademarks with Jimi-branded marijuana edibles and other goods, saying the "Jimi Hendrix" name is not in the public domain.

  • April 17, 2018

    Broadway Bigwig Offers To Perform 'Mockingbird' In Court

    Facing a lawsuit that claims a planned stage adaptation of “To Kill a Mockingbird” is not faithful to Harper Lee’s book, Broadway producer Scott Rudin took the dramatic step Monday of offering to perform the entire play in a federal courthouse.

  • April 17, 2018

    Akerman Adds 2 IP Litigators In Chicago

    Akerman LLP has expanded its intellectual property litigation team with the addition of former partners from Lathrop Gage LLP and Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, according to the firm.

  • April 17, 2018

    US Questions China's WTO Moves, But Will Sit For Talks

    The Trump administration has pushed back against China’s recent World Trade Organization challenges of U.S. enforcement moves regarding metal tariffs and actions to counter Beijing’s intellectual property regime, but has nevertheless agreed to talk about resolving the escalating trade imbroglio, according to WTO documents unsealed Tuesday.

  • April 16, 2018

    Why BigLaw’s Partnerships Are Shrinking

    BigLaw’s brass ring has grown more elusive in recent years, Law360 data shows, and experts say a number of potentially market-changing forces may be at work.

  • April 16, 2018

    Dropping Ranks: Andrews Kurth’s Pre-Merger Dip

    Andrews Kurth Kenyon saw a more than 12 percent drop in headcount in the year before its February merger with Hunton & Williams — a story experts expect to become familiar for regional firms in Texas.

  • April 16, 2018

    Dropping Ranks: Lathrop’s Rough Patch

    Lathrop Gage lost more than 15 percent of its attorneys in 2017. Can a new managing partner help bolster its headcount?

  • April 16, 2018

    Dropping Ranks: Stroock’s ‘Shrink To Grow’ Strategy

    De-equitized partners. Contracting offices. Declining headcount. The leaders of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan say it’s all part of the plan — a plan that’s already paying dividends.

  • April 16, 2018

    Justices Press Both Sides Over Foreign Patent Damages

    In a case about whether patent owners can recover profits lost outside American borders due to infringement, U.S. Supreme Court justices expressed concern Monday that such awards could conflict with laws in other countries, but that barring them would undercompensate patentees.

  • April 16, 2018

    US, UK Say Russian Hackers Targeting Vulnerable Routers

    Officials in the U.S. and U.K. warned in an unprecedented alert Monday that hackers backed by the Russian government are working to exploit vulnerabilities in routers, firewalls and other network infrastructure devices to conduct espionage and steal intellectual property from businesses and governments around the globe. 

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Doesn't Have A Diversity Problem

    Marlen Whitley

    Although the lack of racial and gender diversity among the ranks of the majority of both midsized and top law firms is a major issue, it’s past time to shed light on the real problem — inclusion, or lack thereof, says Marlen Whitley of Reed Smith LLP.

  • The Evolution Of The Female Inventor

    Jessica Zurlo

    As Women’s History Month draws to a close, let’s take a moment to celebrate some of the impressive innovations of female inventors and explore why women remain underrepresented in this arena, say Jessica Zurlo and Stephanie Scruggs of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • Opinion

    Roman J. Israel, Esquire, Meet Donald J. Trump, POTUS

    Kevin Curnin

    Despite the Trump administration's desire to shut down the Legal Services Corp., thankfully the budget that Congress passed and the president signed into law last week has restored $410 million of funding to the legal aid organization. An unlikely brief for preserving LSC may be found in the quirky Denzel Washington film "Roman J. Israel, Esq.," says Kevin Curnin, immediate past president of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • 5Pointz Ruling Explores 'Moral Rights' Copyright Damages

    Xiyin Tang

    Controversially, the recent 5Pointz litigation has established that graffiti art is protected by the Visual Artists Rights Act, despite its inherent ephemerality. However, ultimately the case might be remembered less for VARA and more for the picture it paints of a city undergoing inevitable gentrification, says Xiyin Tang of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Timing Of Patent-Eligibility Challenges In Pharma Cases

    Leslie Kushner

    Federal Circuit decisions continue to raise the question as to whether it is appropriate to challenge patent eligibility under Section 101 early in the litigation. Leslie Kushner and Eric Yecies of Holland & Knight LLP address strategic advantages of when to challenge patent eligibility, and how to defend against such challenges, with particular focus on litigation of pharmaceutical and biotechnological patents.

  • Opinion

    We Need A Cybersecurity Framework For Law Firms

    Shaun Jamison

    In order to enable lawyers to best meet cybersecurity challenges, state bars should pass rules that adopt a cybersecurity framework to be developed by a national committee, says Shaun Jamison, associate dean of faculty and professor at Purdue University's Concord Law School.

  • Equity Partnership Isn’t What It Used To Be

    Jeff Liebster

    To many young attorneys, becoming an equity partner shows a firm's long-term commitment, meaning job security and a voice in important firm matters. However, the industry has changed and nowadays it may not be better to enter a new firm as an equity partner, says Jeffrey Liebster of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Examining Exergen For Patent Eligibility Clues

    Matthew Siegal

    As illustrated by the Federal Circuit's recent decision in Exergen v. Kaz, not every diagnosis patent is invalid for being directed to a law of nature. An analysis of the majority and dissenting opinions, as well as the way the claims at issue were worded, will hopefully shed light on the types of claims that will survive eligibility challenges, says Matthew Siegal of Dilworth & Barrese LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Hardiman Reviews 'Without Precedent'

    Judge Thomas Hardiman

    In his new book, "Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times," professor Joel Richard Paul ably explains more than a dozen of Marshall’s most significant opinions, which comes as no surprise​. ​What is a surprise — a pleasant one — is the book's readability, says Judge Thomas Hardiman of the Third Circuit.

  • Where PTAB Reform May Be Headed

    Kevin Greenleaf

    The new director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has voiced openness to Patent Trial and Appeal Board reform, while the PTAB faces increased scrutiny from the Federal Circuit, intellectual property law associations, technology companies and Congress, as well as prospective admonishments from the U.S. Supreme Court in its forthcoming Oil States and SAS decisions, say Kevin Greenleaf and Scott Cummings of Dentons.