Intellectual Property

  • February 14, 2018

    Montblanc Wins $32M Default Judgment Against Counterfeiter

    A Virginia federal judge has awarded Montblanc-Simplo GmbH $32.15 million in its suit alleging a website operator violated trademark laws by selling counterfeit Montblanc products, granting default judgment to the German luxury goods company after the accused web user never responded to the complaint.

  • February 14, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Upholds PTAB Ax Of Cisco Network Security Patent

    Arista Networks Inc. notched a win in its fight with Cisco Systems Inc. over networking equipment technology on Wednesday, when the Federal Circuit upheld a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision that invalidated part of a Cisco patent that Arista had been found to infringe.

  • February 14, 2018

    Athenahealth Must Face Fired Worker's Claims

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Tuesday rejected Athenahealth’s bid to duck a former employee’s claim that it wrongfully discharged her for refusing to misappropriate another company’s intellectual property, but freed it from some of her other allegations.

  • February 14, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Finds Another Alice Ruling Came Too Soon

    The Federal Circuit faulted a lower court Wednesday for invalidating data manipulation patents as abstract ideas on a motion to dismiss, the second time in days the court has held that a judge too quickly found that patents failed the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice test.

  • February 14, 2018

    Disney Sued Again Over Allegedly Ripping Off 'Zootopia'

    A production company whose copyright feud over The Walt Disney Co.'s film "Zootopia” was tossed by a California federal judge last year has hit the media giant with a contract suit in state court, claiming Disney breached an implied contract by allegedly stealing its story to create the animated hit.

  • February 14, 2018

    Fitbit Settles Trademark Suit With Alleged Counterfeiters

    Fitbit Inc. and several of the companies that it accused of selling counterfeit versions of its products asked a California federal judge Tuesday to rule that a confidential settlement between them is fair.

  • February 14, 2018

    Sailing Looks Clear For 10th Circ., Other Judge Picks

    President Donald Trump’s nominees to the Tenth Circuit and three other federal courts look to have a clear path forward after they laid out their judicial philosophies before a Senate panel Wednesday, their thoughts ranging from giving more time for jury selection to encouraging more “coordination” between district courts and the patent office.

  • February 14, 2018

    Leason Ellis Scores Ex-Venable IP Litigator In NY

    Leason Ellis LLP has added an intellectual property litigator with more than 35 years of experience in patent litigation, according to the firm. 

  • February 14, 2018

    Illumina Uses Mosaic Of Trial Assets To Score $27M IP Win

    No one factor propelled Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP and Illumina Inc. to a recent $26.7 million trial win over Ariosa Diagnostics Inc. in a long-running case over prenatal testing technology. Rather, it was a combination of assets that included the strength of Illumina’s patents and the expertise of hard-hitters on the Weil team.

  • February 14, 2018

    Reebok-CCM Fights Deposition Of Sidney Crosby, Others

    Reebok-CCM Hockey told a Massachusetts federal court on Wednesday that Hefter Impact Technologies LLC should not be allowed to take or retake six depositions, including from Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, simply because it did not do a thorough job the first time in the suit over a royalty agreement over helmet designs.

  • February 14, 2018

    Circle K Training Videos Infringe Copyright, Suit Says

    Convenience store giant Circle K Stores Inc. on Tuesday was hit with a copyright infringement suit by a company that makes employee training videos for allegedly copying and distributing several videos to stores nationwide as part of mandatory training.

  • February 13, 2018

    'Goodfellas' Actor Can't Revive $250M 'Simpsons' Image Suit

    Fox Television Studios Inc. scored another victory in "Goodfellas" actor Frank Sivero's $250 million suit alleging the studio ripped off his likeness for a character on "The Simpsons" when a California state appeals court on Tuesday affirmed the use of the character was protected.

  • February 13, 2018

    USPTO Says Fed Circ. Ruling Misapplies Aqua Decision

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has asked the Federal Circuit to reconsider the court's recent application of a landmark en banc ruling that shifted the burden of proof for amending patents during America Invents Act reviews, suggesting that the panel's latest decision misinterpreted that order.  

  • February 13, 2018

    Ex-BigLaw Attys' Licensing Co. Loses Patent Suit Under Alice

    A patent licensing company run by former WilmerHale and Kirkland & Ellis LLP partners lost its infringement claims against two security companies on Monday, when a California federal judge found that its patent on internet data channels is invalid under the Supreme Court's Alice ruling for claiming only an abstract idea.  

  • February 13, 2018

    Taylor Swift 'Shake It Off' Lyrics Suit Gets One More Shot

    A California federal judge on Tuesday said he’ll give a pair of songwriters one last shot to bring copyright claims against Taylor Swift for allegedly ripping off lyrics to the 3LW song “Playas Gon’ Play" in her 2014 hit “Shake It Off,” saying at the same time that the lines at issue are too short and insufficiently creative to merit Copyright Act protection.

  • February 13, 2018

    9th Circ. Botched Sanctions Ruling, Startup Argues

    Indiezone Inc. asked the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday to rethink its decision that a lower court correctly sanctioned the startup and its lawyer for bringing a “sham” company into its case alleging that former employees conspired to steal its $1 billion e-commerce processing software.

  • February 13, 2018

    LeClairRyan Can't Toss Malpractice Suit

    LeClairRyan is stuck defending against a malpractice suit brought by a disgruntled client, after a newly assigned Illinois federal judge refused to toss the case despite harsh words from a previous judge who called the client’s claims “bizarre” and “extraordinarily troubling.”

  • February 13, 2018

    Finjan Drops IP Retrial Against Symantec Unit, Signals Deal

    Finjan Inc. announced Monday it had vacated a California federal patent infringement retrial set to start that day against a Symantec Corp. unit, saying it reached confidential settlement terms with its cybersecurity rival and expects by the month’s end to finalize a “definitive agreement.”

  • February 13, 2018

    PTAB Won't Review 2 Humira Patents In Sandoz Challenge

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board denied challenges to two patents for AbbVie Inc.’s blockbuster autoimmune drug Humira, finding that generics maker Sandoz Inc. hadn’t shown they were likely invalid.

  • February 13, 2018

    VidAngel Asks 9th Circ. To Revive Claims Against Studios

    VidAngel Inc. urged the Ninth Circuit on Monday to revive its antitrust counterclaims against Disney Enterprises Inc., Lucasfilm Ltd. LLC and other studios in their copyright suit against the streaming service, arguing a California federal judge held its conspiracy theory to too harsh a standard.

Expert Analysis

  • Lessons From President Trump's Failed Judicial Nominations

    Arun Rao

    On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced 12 new judicial nominations. We will soon discover whether these candidates learned from the mistakes of the three nominees forced to withdraw in December after bipartisan concerns arose over their qualifications, says Arun Rao, executive VP of Investigative Group International.

  • High Court Considers Upending Patent Damages

    Rayiner Hashem

    The U.S. Supreme Court recently granted certiorari in WesternGeco v. Ion, a case that could have significant ramifications for U.S. patent holders who compete in foreign markets, say attorneys with MoloLamken LLP.

  • Beware Traps In Advisory Board Agreements

    David Leffler

    Advisory board agreements are often overlooked and ignored, and clients frequently sign them without your review. Yet, these agreements sometimes contain provisions that make breaching almost inevitable, says David Leffler of Culhane Meadows PLLC.

  • How To Control Data As Technology Complicates E-Discovery

    Peter Ostrega

    While technology is making certain aspects of e-discovery faster and easier, it is also creating new challenges as quickly as we can provide solutions. The good news is that there are concrete steps businesses can take to address those challenges, says Peter Ostrega of Consilio LLC.

  • Sorting Out Single-Reference Obviousness At Fed. Circ.

    Andrew Bramhall

    Since 2008, Federal Circuit rulings have shown a tendency to impose on single-reference obviousness validity challenges the same set of requirements that apply when multiple references are asserted in combination, tailoring those requirements as necessary. Three recent inter partes review appeals offer important guidance to those asserting as well as those opposing single-reference obviousness, say Andrew Bramhall and Bill Margeson... (continued)

  • Opinion

    An Important Evidentiary Issue In The ‘Blurred Lines’ Appeal

    Richard Busch

    The "Blurred Lines" verdict on copyright infringement and the district court’s decision sustaining that verdict were not at all surprising, decided in conformity with well-established Ninth Circuit precedent. However, there was an evidentiary decision that, if it stands on appeal, could have far-reaching implications for future cases, says Richard Busch of King & Ballow, who represents the Gaye family in this case.

  • Fed. Circ. Presens Ruling Provides Insights On Prior Art

    Samuel Drezdzon

    The technology at issue in University of Maryland v. Presens offers patent practitioners a relatively straightforward illustration of the useful but sometimes tricky technique of starting with a primary reference’s base physical structure and/or principle of operation, and modifying it with a more narrowly tailored teaching from a second reference, says Samuel Drezdzon of Haynes and Boone LLP.

  • Tips For Overcoming Unfavorable ITC Initial Determination

    Daniel Valencia

    The adjudication process at the U.S. International Trade Commission, which involves discovery and trial before an administrative law judge, is followed by a “final initial determination” that goes to the full commission for review. This stage warrants proper attention for both complainants and respondents seeking to change the course of a Section 337 proceeding, says Daniel Valencia of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • When And How To Use Conjoint Analysis For Patent Damages

    Daniel Korczyk

    Under the right conditions, conjoint analysis is appealing as a mechanism to help disaggregate royalty rates consistent with relative contributions of technology components to a product’s overall value. There are several factors to consider in determining whether it is the appropriate damages methodology, says Daniel Korczyk of GlassRatner Advisory & Capital Group LLC.

  • IPR Appeals In 2017: The Outcomes In Remands To PTAB

    Kerry Taylor

    One reason why there were few 2017 inter partes review remand decisions that reached the same result as the pre-remand decisions may be that the Federal Circuit has left less room for the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to do so, say Kerry Taylor and Clayton Henson of Knobbe Martens.