Patent owners from the U.S. and other Western countries are increasingly looking to China as they consider places to file patent infringement lawsuits, drawn by the allure of a system that is faster, less expensive and offers powerful injunctions that can provide valuable leverage in a dispute.
Media-streaming service Roku announced a multiyear intellectual property licensing deal Wednesday with TiVo that will grant it access to thousands of TiVo patents and company metadata.
The California federal judge overseeing Waymo's trade secrets and patent infringement suit against Uber over self-driving car technology said Wednesday that, less than two months in, the fight has generated so many evidentiary disputes he’s appointing a Farella Braun partner to act as a special master in charge of discovery.
An Irish dairy distributor has filed suit demanding that a Wisconsin creamery stop using packaging designed to dupe customers into mistaking its product for Kerrygold butter, taking advantage of an Irish butter shortage in the state.
Megaupload Ltd. founder Kim Dotcom and others accused of criminal copyright violations for operating the file-sharing site have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling they claim makes accused foreign nationals choose between their freedom and their assets.
The Federal Circuit on Wednesday affirmed a district court’s ruling in favor of key-making company Kaba after the owner of another key-making machine company accused it of falsely claiming to have a patent on its machine, but the court reversed an award of attorneys’ fees and remanded the case.
Roxane Laboratories Inc. could be on the hook for upward of $2 million in legal fees, after a New Jersey federal judge decided Wednesday the infringement claim it brought against two generic-drug makers over a kidney medication patent was unreasonable.
WebMD accused a former advertising executive for its magazine of stealing its trade secrets and taking them over to Time Inc. after the two companies cooperated on a joint project, according to a $2 million suit filed in New York state court Tuesday.
A New York federal judge has tossed a suit brought against UMG Recordings, Unichappell Music and Dynatone Publishing seeking royalties from a 1970s work that was sampled in a Justin Timberlake hit song, saying the copyright ownership claims were brought way too late.
The Federal Circuit on Wednesday affirmed the dismissal of a suit by a man seeking to be added as an inventor on five patents for a Nobel Prize-winning gene silencing discovery, ruling that one defendant, the University of Massachusetts, has sovereign immunity.
Snack giant Snyder's-Lance and the company behind SkinnyPop Popcorn kicked off a trademark battle Tuesday over dueling “Skinny” brands.
Syneron-Candela, which specializes in marketing and selling medical devices used to treat skin-related ailments, sued an Israeli competitor in Tennessee federal court Wednesday, claiming the company stole its employees and trade secrets.
The Federal Circuit on Wednesday affirmed the Patent Trial and Appeal Board's decision invalidating a patent covering Novartis' multiple sclerosis drug Gilenya, which had sales of $3.1 billion last year, in a win for generics makers Apotex, Mylan and Torrent Pharmaceuticals.
The U.S. International Trade Commission on Wednesday initiated an investigation into set-top boxes and other items produced by Arris International PLC, as part of a larger intellectual property dispute the company has with Sony Corp.
German footwear giant Puma SE asked a California federal court Tuesday to block “serial infringer” Forever 21 Inc. from marketing or selling shoes that allegedly copy a line it made in collaboration with pop star Rihanna, saying the inferior knockoffs tarnish Puma’s exclusive brand.
A recent Federal Circuit decision that makes invalidating patents more difficult and winning injunctions easier will harm a wide number of businesses, various groups have told the U.S. Supreme Court, urging the justices to hear Samsung’s appeal in a $120 million patent case with Apple.
The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Tuesday upheld a patent for a secure communications system that was challenged in inter partes reviews by companies including Amazon.com Inc. and IBM Corp., potentially clearing the way for a pair of infringement lawsuits to move forward.
A California federal judge on Wednesday ordered the holders of two flash memory card reader patents to pay nearly $1.8 million in attorneys’ fees to Canon when the entities persisted in their infringement case, even after the U.S. International Trade Commission cleared the imaging company of similar allegations.
A New Jersey federal judge on Tuesday entered a final judgment and injunction barring Actavis Inc., Roxane Laboratories Inc. and Alkem Laboratories Ltd. from releasing generic versions of Depomed Inc.’s opioid painkiller Nucynta until related patents expire.
Kissei Pharmaceutical and Allergan reached an agreement to dismiss all claims against Sandoz in litigation alleging the Novartis division infringed a patent for their enlarged-prostate medication Rapaflo by seeking approval for generic forms of the treatment, according to a Tuesday court filing in Delaware federal court.
Fewer patent lawsuits were filed in the first three months of 2017 than in any quarter since 2011, while the number of inter partes review petitions challenging patents reached a record high, according to a report released Thursday by legal analytics firm Lex Machina.
Determining where a company’s data is stored for purposes of venue is a relatively new issue not resolved in current case law. Traditionally, courts have focused on the location of the relevant server. But in this age of the cloud, with multiple and redundant servers enhancing access and security, we argue that the place where data is managed and controlled is the proper venue, says Richard Reice of Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney LLP.
I decided to see what an NCAA tournament bracket would look like if based on the number of trademark registrations for each school competing. During my search of federal trademark records, I noted that universities are increasingly protecting hand and body gestures, says Michael Spink of Brinks Gilson & Lione.
Although courts have not definitively interpreted what confidential information a biosimilar manufacturer must disclose to a reference product sponsor if it wishes to engage in the patent dance, future biosimilar litigants can reduce risk and increase benefits by noting issues raised in Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act litigation thus far, say Will Orlady and Tasha Francis of Fish & Richardson PC.
When it comes to means-plus-function claim terms, inter partes review petitioners are required to provide explicit claim constructions of such terms. Recent institution decisions have turned on the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s assessment of means-plus-function claim terms, say Roger Lee and Jonathan Bowser of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC.
Despite some uncertainty surrounding Brexit’s impact, the changing patent regime in Europe likely will make things easier for patent holders. Indeed, the new Unified Patent Court has several features that suggest it will be an appealing alternative to U.S. patent courts, say Ashley Keller and Katharine Wolanyk of Burford Capital LLC.
The most successful Am Law 200 law firms have evolved from being partner-run to being run by a group of highly skilled professionals reporting to firm shareholders. The data collected from our recent survey indicates this model is generally conducive to increased profitability, says Anita Turner, senior director at Colliers International.
A recent Law360 guest article's conclusion that China will see little nonpracticing entity activity over the next five years is short-sighted. I currently represent several NPEs in China, and my view is quite different, says Erick Robinson, director of patent litigation at Beijing East IP Ltd.
As the nation’s major college basketball tournament kicks off on Tuesday, the debate continues as to whether and to what extent the NCAA has the right to engage in rigorous trademark policing efforts when the use of "March Madness" is informational rather than suggesting some official connection or sponsorship, say Roberta Jacobs-Meadway and Alexander Fleisher of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC.
For the first few years of inter partes review, the data told a story of unfettered success. Recent data, however, tells a changing story. While filings have continued to rise, institution and invalidation rates have declined, say Paul Collier and Bruce Ratain of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.
The best outside counsel think like the client. That includes understanding the client’s perspectives and goals with regard to reaching a settlement — because “good results” mean different things for different clients. Outside counsel must ask themselves the right questions, and know the answers, to shape a client-focused settlement strategy, say Kate Jackson of Cummins Inc. and Patrick Reilly of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.