The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Monday to put restrictions on where patent lawsuits can be filed will limit the ability of patent owners to file cases in favorable courts, likely marking the end of the Eastern District of Texas as a patent litigation hot spot. Here, Law360 takes a look at the impact and other possible fallout from the ruling.
An investment vehicle run by Bermuda-based private equity firm Oakley Capital Investments Ltd. has agreed to buy a majority stake in Ottawa-headquartered TechInsights, which provides intellectual property consulting, patent brokerage and technical reverse engineering services, the companies said on Tuesday.
A former Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP partner has jumped to Dilworth Paxson LLP in New York, bolstering the firm’s intellectual property and emerging company practice with a background that includes cutting-edge work on artificial intelligence, blockchain, risk-related technologies and cybersecurity.
Scientific Games Corp. on Monday asked an Illinois federal judge to exclude the opinion of an expert witness in an automatic card-shuffling company's antitrust suit claiming the gaming technology company tried to defraud the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, arguing that the expert’s opinions are not relevant.
Facebook, Google and other tech giants are urging the full Ninth Circuit to rethink a ruling last month that websites can lose copyright safe harbor immunity if they use “community moderators,” warning that the decision has already led to “tremendous uncertainty” online.
Snapchat urged a California federal judge Monday to toss Vaporstream’s patent infringement suit, saying the confidential communication company’s patents for “reducing traceability” of an electronic message are invalid under Alice because they cover an abstract idea on a generic computer without adding anything inventive.
A Maryland federal jury on Friday found that a garden center in the state had stolen nearly two dozen copyrighted photographs from landscaping plant company Under A Foot’s website and marketing materials, and awarded the landscaping company $900,000 in damages.
InterDigital Communications Inc. agreed to drop infringement claims over a wireless technology patent against Nokia Inc. in Delaware federal court Monday after the patent was found invalid, while Nokia parent Microsoft agreed to drop antitrust claims against InterDigital over an alleged failure to offer fair licensing terms.
A Florida federal jury on Friday awarded investment manager database operator eVestment Alliance LLC $3.7 million in damages after concluding that competitor Compass iTech LLC deliberately accessed its paid subscription service using a client’s password, trampling eVestment’s intellectual property and violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
Jawbone and several inventors’ groups urged the U.S. Supreme Court Friday to define what constitutes an "abstract idea" that is not patent-eligible and to clarify the standard of proof for invalidating a patent on eligibility grounds, saying unsettled law on those issues weakens patents.
Apple and Samsung, duking it out Friday over whether Apple’s $400 million damages award should stand after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, took digs at one another’s contentions in California federal court as Apple seeks to cement its award and Samsung tries to overturn it in a new trial.
Samsung Electronics Co. and its subsidiaries ripped off technology developed in the early 2000s that enabled users to send messages and emojis over Wi-Fi, a new suit in South Carolina federal court claims.
SecurityProfiling LLC’s patent infringement lawsuit against Trend Micro America Inc. has been sent to the Northern District of Texas, after a judge on Friday found the Dallas courthouse was “clearly more convenient” a place for the case than was the Eastern District of Texas.
The Federal Circuit on Monday affirmed the Patent Trial and Appeal Board's rejection of Toshiba Corp. challenges to three disc-reading patents that Optical Devices LLC has accused Toshiba and other electronics companies of infringing.
The major film studios and record labels are pushing the Second Circuit to uphold a $3.5 million copyright ruling against digital media re-sale service ReDigi Inc., saying a ruling to the contrary would “flout long-established principles of copyright law.”
Reckitt Benckiser LLC on Monday brought its Mucinex patent infringement case against two generic pharmaceutical companies to trial, telling a New Jersey federal judge that it can prove that the alleged imposters consist of immediate- and extended-release elements that belie their makers’ claims that they have only homogenous formulas for the respiratory relief drug.
Medtronic Inc. on Monday said it has settled claims it infringed on a heart valve patent, just days after an Eastern District of Texas judge declined a request from co-defendant St. Jude Medical to dismiss the case in light of a pending U.S. Supreme Court case addressing venue for patent cases.
Geico urged a Pennsylvania federal judge Friday to turn down a dismissal request from one of the plaintiffs lawyers the company is suing for allegedly trying to use trade secrets obtained in a Washington state litigation against the company in another case, saying the court has authority since the claim focuses on a disclosure at a Philadelphia deposition.
A California federal judge refused Friday to toss a copyright lawsuit that accuses late night TV host Conan O’Brien of stealing jokes about Caitlin Jenner and Tom Brady, sending the case toward trial.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear soul singer Syl Johnson's appeal challenging the Seventh Circuit's October opinion that he should have included claims in an earlier suit that music’s biggest recording labels sampled his song “Different Strokes” without getting his permission or paying him royalties.
Two technology companies, a trade association and an antitrust policy group on Friday threw their weight behind the Federal Trade Commission’s allegations that Qualcomm Inc. illegally maintained its monopoly over semiconductor chips used in cellular handsets, saying the case should be allowed to proceed.
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.
It looks as though 2017 may be the most pivotal year yet for the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act. We may finally see relative consistency and certainty in its applications, allowing us to see whether or not the BPCIA can lower drug prices without compromising patient safety, say Lisa Ferri and Christopher Mikson of Mayer Brown LLP.
It's no longer enough for law firms simply to provide expert legal advice — we are expected to mirror clients' legal, ethics and social commitments and promises. For law firm GCs, the resulting job demands seem to grow exponentially, says Peter Engstrom, general counsel of Baker McKenzie.
Wanda French-Brown of BakerHostetler examines whether a branded pharmaceutical company can (or should) use the U.S. International Trade Commission as a forum to block the importation of an active pharmaceutical ingredient, any intermediates of the API, or finished generic drug products in the context of Hatch-Waxman litigation.
Increasingly, we see companies in all industries seeking to perform various levels of due diligence on our information security defenses. We received three times as many diligence requests from clients and prospective clients in 2016 as we did in 2015. Some clients even conduct their own penetration tests, says Thomas White, general counsel of WilmerHale.
What happens when attorneys come to their general counsel’s office with knowledge of a potential positional conflict? While the inquiry will depend on the rules governing the particular jurisdiction, there are a few general questions to consider from both business and legal ethics perspectives, say general counsel Nicholas A. Gravante Jr. and deputy general counsel Ilana R. Miller of Boies Schiller Flexner LLP.
The Federal Circuit recently addressed divided infringement in the context of the pharmaceutical industry for the first time since its ruling in Akamai. The Eli Lilly v. Teva decision provides insight to companies engaged in patenting precision medicine, say attorneys with Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox PLLC.
Generally, Patent Trial and Appeal Board decisions concerning antedating references turn on the sufficiency of the evidence submitted by patent owners, say attorneys with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC.
Regardless of where we live and practice, regardless of whether trade deals succeed or fail, and regardless of whether the movement of people or capital is easy or difficult, our clients will still have needs or problems far away from home, says John Koski, global chief legal officer at Dentons.
Despite the potential for the Defend Trade Secrets Act to grant severe remedies to plaintiffs in federal trade secret claims, in the year since its implementation, the limitation of ex parte seizure to “extraordinary circumstances” may not provide plaintiffs with the leverage they initially anticipated, say Jay Hermele and Abigail Brown of Moye White LLP.
If Time Magazine is correct in that being a lawyer is one of the five worst high-paying jobs, it may be time for the legal profession to pull one from the playbook of musicians and professional athletes and seek to enter a state of “flow,” says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.