From Cheerios box trade dress to generic “googling” to a blockbuster U.S. Supreme Court decision, 2017 was another bumper year for major rulings in trademark law. Here are the 10 you need to remember.
A Nevada writer on Wednesday filed suit in Illinois federal court against the writer of the bestselling thriller "Gone Girl" and the producers of the 2014 hit movie, saying the novel was ripped off of her own unproduced screenplay.
A Wi-Fi hot spot company urged the Federal Circuit on Wednesday to reverse a Texas federal court’s ruling that invalidated the asserted claims of a patent covering the technology that it alleges AT&T infringes, arguing that a key term was construed incorrectly.
Four former employees of Applied Materials Inc. were hit with trade secrets charges in California federal court for an alleged scheme in which they tried to copy the semiconductor company’s LCD chip technology to launch their own venture capital-funded business, prosecutors said Wednesday.
A group of inventors and entrepreneurs have thrown their support behind a patent holder’s request that the U.S. Supreme Court step in and decide that patents cannot be invalidated under Alice for covering an abstract idea or other ineligible subject matter.
Recent statements by leaders in the U.S. Department of Justice antitrust division have signaled a possible shift in policy in favor of patent holders when it comes to standard-setting organizations and their potential for anti-competitive conduct. While experts told Law360 that it’s not clear what the remarks will mean for SSOs when it comes to enforcement, they’re watching to find out.
The U.S. Supreme Court and the Federal Circuit had a busy year of reshaping patent law in 2017, issuing decisions that made major alterations to venue rules, patent exhaustion and amendments in inter partes reviews. Here’s a look back at the year’s most consequential rulings.
Time Warner Inc. and the Cartoon Network on Wednesday escaped copyright infringement allegations that the channel’s “Black Jesus” show stole its premise from a short story called “Thank You, Jesus,” as a New York federal judge ruled the two Jesuses weren’t very similar and tossed the $50 million suit.
A Federal Circuit judge suggested Wednesday that an Illinois trial court was too quick to use the Supreme Court’s Alice standard to invalidate a digital-archiving patent that has been asserted against Hewlett-Packard Co., saying there was still a genuine factual dispute as to whether the invention was abstract.
China dominated worldwide intellectual property growth in 2016 as filings for patents, trademarks and industrial designs throughout the globe set records, according to an annual report by the World Intellectual Property Organization.
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP has announced that it has brought on board five intellectual property attorneys and 10 administrative staff members from McDonald Hopkins LLC to open a Cleveland office in an effort to continue expanding the firm’s footprint in Ohio.
Four out of five businesses feel uneasy about China’s new national cybersecurity law, which could force them to divulge data security measures to Chinese authorities, according to a poll released on Wednesday.
The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Tuesday invalidated claims on two patents asserted by ATV maker Arctic Cat Inc., finding the claims to be anticipated and obvious over prior art in an America Invents Act inter partes review.
A medical device maker urged a Federal Circuit panel in oral arguments Wednesday to restore a Texas federal jury’s original conclusion that claims of two spinal correction device patents were invalid, a finding erased by U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap in what the company called an “unprecedented” Seventh Amendment violation.
American Innotek Inc. fought to overturn a ruling that its patent covering waste disposal bags used by U.S. Air Force pilots was obvious during an appeal before a Federal Circuit panel Wednesday.
Fabric-maker Unicolors Inc. told a California federal jury on the opening day of a copyright trial Tuesday that H&M ripped off one of its patterns for a jacket and skirt, while the clothing retailer countered that it never even saw the design.
Synopsys Inc. has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review a pair of Federal Circuit patent principles it says ignore the Patent Act and high court precedent, yet were applied by the appellate court to keep in place a $36 million infringement judgment in favor of Mentor Graphics.
Celltrion Inc. on Tuesday asked a Massachusetts federal court to order Janssen Biotech Inc. to turn over documents from Janssen’s recently dismissed lawsuit against Samsung Bioepis Co. Ltd., arguing that the information is relevant for its defense against Janssen’s instant suit over Pfizer Inc.’s biosimilar anti-inflammatory biologic Remicade.
Roxane Laboratories told a Federal Circuit panel Tuesday that Vanda Pharmaceuticals' dosage method patent for its antipsychotic Fanapt is “quintessential conventional activity,” in its effort to overturn a Delaware court's finding its proposed generic version of the drug infringed the patent.
Google defended its Patent Trial and Appeal Board victory over Summit 6 in Federal Circuit oral arguments Tuesday, but the smaller tech company will rely on briefs to argue the PTAB erred in voiding the patent of a commercially successful photo uploading system companies such as eBay paid millions to use.
Pharmaceuticals company Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. asked the Federal Circuit Tuesday to reject for lack of standing a competitor’s appeal of a U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision upholding its patent for a biologics product, saying the company cannot show injury because it has not yet developed a product that infringes the patent.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday put tighter restrictions on where patent owners can file infringement lawsuits, a decision that upends nearly 30 years of established practice and will likely force many lawsuits out of the patent litigation hotbed of the Eastern District of Texas. Here, check out all of our best coverage of the case.
Today, 97 percent of Fortune 500 companies license at least some Oracle-branded software. And, as licensees like Mars are discovering, Oracle may subject customers to an expansive auditing process. Early retention of counsel provides a licensee’s best shot at quickly resolving the audit process while avoiding the expensive and restrictive quick fixes that Oracle might propose, say attorneys with Crowell & Moring LLP.
There are at least four reasons supporting the need for some form of a mediation group within a law firm, especially in firms with larger practices, according to Dennis Klein, owner of Critical Matter Mediation and former litigation partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.
The Federal Circuit's latest Section 101 decision — Smart Systems v. Chicago Transit Authority — once again should guide patent litigators toward focusing their 101 motion practice around the goal of defining the central “idea” of the patent in their clients’ favor, says Brian Beck of SpencePC.
The insight we gathered from analyzing federal trade secret cases decided since 1990 paints a clear picture of the far-ranging effects that the Defend Trade Secrets Act, patent law and the changing labor landscape will have on trade secret litigation going forward, say Jeffrey Mordaunt and Joshua Swedlow of Stout Risius Ross LLC.
Earlier this month, the Federal Circuit reversed a Delaware state court's decision in Bayer v. Watson, holding that the lower court failed to address the defendants' prior art references. This opinion joins a growing list of Federal Circuit opinions minimizing the objective indicia of nonobviousness, say attorneys with Paul Hastings LLP.
Defending depositions is challenging. The lawyer is the only shield and protector for the witness and the client. The rules of engagement are less than clear, and fraught with ethical perils. Difficult judgment calls often must be made in the heat of battle. This is where lawyers really earn their keep, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.
Following the U.S. Supreme Court's May decision in Impression Products v. Lexmark, the patent exhaustion landscape is likely to be shaped by two issues: When is a transaction properly viewed as a license rather than a sale, and are licenses attached to the product on sale enforceable? Answers might be gleaned from existing case law, say Brian Kacedon and Kevin Rodkey of Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP.
One speculated consequence of TC Heartland is that patentees may choose to file lawsuits against other parties in the supply chain. If customer suits increase, practitioners and in-house counsel should become familiar with the “customer-suit exception” — an area that academics have called “forgotten” and in “relative disuse,” says Matthew Zorn of Yetter Coleman LLP.
There is a difference between a lawyer or investigator seeking evidence to defend against allegations and correct misrepresentations, and, on the other hand, using duplicitous means to gather information and intimidate alleged victims and journalists. Client advocacy does not mean winning at all costs, says Nicole Kardell of Ifrah Law PLLC.
Today's climate of “alternative facts” has jurors making decisions based on beliefs, emotions and social affiliations that often go unacknowledged or underappreciated. To present their case in the most persuasive manner possible, litigators should consider adapting to their audience when it comes to four psychological factors, say consultants with Persuasion Strategies, a service of Holland & Hart LLP.