Financial companies are leading the rush to file patents for tools and products based on blockchain, the ledger technology underlying bitcoin, and a wave of litigation could be on the horizon. Here is what intellectual property attorneys need to know about the patent landscape for the increasingly popular tech.
A rare pay-for-delay trial kicked off Monday in a Massachusetts federal court with classes of consumers and big retailers such as CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid and Safeway hammering Impax Laboratories Inc. over claims that it agreed to hold off on launching a generic version of acne medicine Solodyn in exchange for a $40 million payoff.
Sound technology company Dolby Laboratories accused Adobe Systems of refusing to comply with audits Dolby claims are required under an audio system licensing agreement in a copyright and contract suit filed in California federal court Monday.
GoPro rival 360Heros told a California federal court Friday that it did not forge any evidence in a trademark and copyright infringement suit over an underwater rig, saying GoPro can prove none of the accusations it made in a bid to sanction the company.
The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Monday held several claims in an Evolved Wireless LLC patent related to LTE wireless technology were invalid, finding the evidence “overwhelmingly” supported a challenge brought by Apple Inc. and other smartphone makers.
A photographer who won a controversial copyright ruling last month against Time Inc. and other news outlets over embedded tweets is fighting their bid for an immediate appeal, saying “unhappiness” with the ruling is not enough for such “extraordinary relief.”
The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Friday shot down Coherus BioSciences’ request to reevaluate two patents owned by Hoffman-LaRoche Inc., which are licensed to Amgen Inc. for its blockbuster immunosuppressant Enbrel.
For only the second time in the last 100 years, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has redesigned the patent cover it issues to inventors, unveiling the new look during the South by Southwest festival in Texas on Sunday to mark patent number 10 million, which will issue later this year.
The man who unsuccessfully sued Led Zeppelin for allegedly stealing the iconic intro to its 1971 hit "Stairway to Heaven" told a Ninth Circuit panel Monday that he was cheated out of a favorable verdict because the jury never got to hear and compare the original recordings of the songs.
An attorney who has been labeled a copyright "troll” pushed back Monday against a New York federal judge’s decision to hit him with $10,000 in sanctions, saying the case had already settled by the time the judge began pursuing the question of sanctions, and that she didn’t have the authority to issue punitive sanctions.
Holland & Knight LLP has hired away a litigation partner from Thompson & Knight LLP in Dallas in a move it says will bolster its complex commercial litigation practice.
Three-time Grammy Award-winner Jill Scott has been sued in Pennsylvania state court by a friend who says she went around him to partner with Hallmark, despite an oral agreement that he said would have given him a 50 percent cut of any greeting card deal.
The Patent Trial and Appeal Board shot down Verizon's attempt to challenge a network traffic steering patent Friday, declining to institute a challenge on the patent held by Bridge and Post Inc. that's part of a Virginia infringement case.
Cole Schotz PC has added an intellectual property attorney from Greenberg Traurig LLP who has experience building and protecting brands to its New Jersey office, the firm announced Monday.
Walt Disney Co.’s Lucasfilm Ltd. is striking back in a trademark lawsuit the studio filed over a mobile app named for a “Star Wars” card game, calling the defendant’s arguments “specious” and “clearly wrong.”
The Federal Circuit on Monday gave new life to a patent lawsuit over Google LLC messaging services, finding that Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas needs to re-evaluate whether SimpleAir Inc. is suing the search engine giant over simply “slightly different shades of the same invention.”
A Florida federal judge found on Thursday that Qualcomm’s shuttered office in Orlando, which closed “within weeks” of a smartphone patent suit being filed against it, was sufficient to establish venue for the San Diego-based company.
European Union pay-for-delay settlements between brand pharmaceutical companies and their generic competitors to restrict generic entry into the market “have stabilized at a low level,” European Commission antitrust regulators concluded in a report looking at deals reached in 2016 to resolve drug patent infringement lawsuits.
A New Jersey sports memorabilia dealer on Friday asked a federal judge for attorneys’ fees as sanctions following the Federal Circuit’s ruling that a payment processor’s suit seeking a declaration it didn’t infringe the dealer’s purported interactive software patents was frivolous.
An oilfield tool company has asked the Texas Supreme Court to let it proceed with its suit against a company it has accused of seeking foreign patents for its proprietary technology, arguing a lower court wrongly let a state free speech law interfere with an upcoming hearing.
A supplier that Abbott Laboratories says sold counterfeit versions of its diabetes test strips committed discovery fraud when it handed over only a portion of relevant communications, a New York magistrate judge said Friday as she tore apart the company’s ability to rely on attorney-client privilege.
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.
In its discussion of the "abstract ideas" exception, Alice relied on Bilski. But the historical precedent cited by Bilski does not support the current patent regime. Courts should return to a clear delineation between patent-ineligible laws of nature and mathematical expressions thereof, and patent-eligible novel and useful inventions made by man, say Benjamin Hattenbach and Rosalyn Kautz of Irell & Manella LLP.
While Waymo v. Uber was more high-profile than most cases, employers can and should learn lessons from it. Brian Arbetter of Norton Rose Fulbright discusses the current state of the law in the area of employee raiding and restrictive covenants and offers some best practices for employers to follow in order to fully protect their confidential information.
In this disruptive age, a successful patenting strategy should be a company core competency. Failure to shift corporate thinking has caused many well-established companies to be blindsided by technological developments that oust them from their market leadership positions, say Carey Jordan and Jeremy Harrison of Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease LLP.
As cannabis industry players aggressively build patent portfolios around their products, including marijuana strains, a cannabis patent war is likely on the horizon. Among other issues, the lack of prior art may lead to issuance of overbroad patents, which will pose risks to other market participants, say attorneys with Goodwin Procter LLP.
Among the more than 600 covered business method review and post-grant review challenges that have been brought to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, indefiniteness is perhaps petitioners' least popular weapon. The statistics for indefiniteness challenges reveal some emerging trends, say Deborah Sterling and Yunjun Guo of Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox PLLC.
A New York federal court's recent decision in FlameFlynet v. Shoshanna adds to a growing body of precedent for refusing to award substantial statutory damages requested by a copyright owner where the amount far exceeds actual damages, says Daniel Mazanec of Greenspoon Marder LLP.
Any cannabis business that is holding its breath waiting for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to start registering cannabis-related trademarks should give up. But those located in states that have legalized recreational and/or medicinal cannabis should immediately seek state trademark registration where available, says Joshua Cohen, leader of Wendel Rosen Black & Dean LLP's intellectual property group.
Post-TC Heartland, an increasingly common venue dispute revolves around whether a patent defendant must have its "regular and established place of business" in the judicial district when filing the complaint, or only when the alleged act of infringement occurred. Two recent district court decisions appear to answer this question differently, say Brian Kwok and Winnie Wong of Haynes and Boone LLP.
Late last year, the Sedona Conference released the third edition of its principles addressing electronic document production, updated to account for innovations like Snapchat and Twitter. It may be necessary for these principles to be updated more often in order to keep pace with technology, says Charles McGee III of Murphy & McGonigle PC.
Last week, the District of Delaware raised eyebrows by ruling that documents provided to a litigation funder and its counsel in connection with their due diligence are categorically not attorney work product. Acceleration Bay v. Activision Blizzard seems to be a case of bad facts making bad law, says David Gallagher, investment manager and legal counsel for Bentham IMF.