From Bieber to Biggie to Bruno Mars, 2016 was a banner year for accusations that popular music was ripped off from earlier material without permission. To recap, Law360 broke down every case – a quick rundown, the key names involved, and side-by-side audio of the songs at play.
Urban Outfitters Inc. urged the Ninth Circuit at a hearing Friday to reverse a judge’s finding that it infringed a copyrighted fabric design, saying the question of whether a pattern on one of its dresses was substantially similar to the fabric was for a jury to decide.
Software company ATopTech Inc. filed for Chapter 11 protection in Delaware on Friday, about 10 months after a California federal jury hit it with a $30 million verdict on accusations of infringing Synopsys Inc.'s copyrights, but says it has a potential buyer lined up to anchor a bankruptcy auction.
The U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission released on Friday updated antitrust guidelines for the licensing of intellectual property, taking into account recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions and changes to copyright and patent terms.
A California state judge on Friday denied startup Twist Bioscience Corp.’s bid to trim Agilent Technologies Inc.’s suit accusing Twist’s founder of stealing its proprietary DNA synthesis technology, finding that trade secret claims don't preempt breach of loyalty claims under the California Uniform Trade Secrets Act.
In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the Chicago Cubs battle the Colorado Avalanche over the hockey club's new logo, Sazerac and E&J Gallo clash over "High" brands, and Tinder aims to block a "Swipe" mark.
Reebok on Friday lost a bid in federal court to shield its former CEO Ulrich Becker from deposition in the trademark suit the company filed against apparel makers who allegedly infringed its RBK brand.
Counsel for a New York inventor who gained notoriety as an alleged self-help "cult leader" fought on Friday to revive the man’s patent infringement suit against Microsoft Corp. and AT&T Inc. over teleconferencing technology, assuring a Federal Circuit panel that he owns the rights to the patents.
Menswear supplier Hampshire Group Ltd. knit together a quick bankruptcy sale of its top brands in Delaware on Friday, netting less than $1 million but still calling the development an important step toward an orderly Chapter 11 liquidation.
A California telecommunications products company Thursday urged a California judge to ax counterclaims from a former business partner in a breach of contract case, saying the claims of fraud, forgery and misappropriation of trade secrets fail to meet basic pleading requirements.
Photographers alleging that the National Football League forced them into a raw deal with the Associated Press asked a New York federal judge to amend his judgment and allow an appeal of some of their claims, arguing that they are distinct from the claims that are scheduled for arbitration.
The beginning of 2017 has seen Squire Patton Boggs LLP, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and Fenwick & West LLP grow their life sciences teams, and Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, Mandelbaum Salsburg PC, Saul Ewing LLP and Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC expand their health care groups.
Electronic Acts Inc. scored a victory at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Thursday, when the board invalidated much of a sports video game patent that EA’s college football and golf video games are accused of infringing.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday took up a fight between Amgen and Sandoz over the obligations of biosimilar makers to give advance notice of sales and divulge approval applications to innovator counterparts, setting the stage for an industry-defining decision.
Software company HealthTrio LLC on Friday fought to reverse a ruling that its patents for an online record-keeping system asserted against health insurance giant Aetna Inc. are invalid as abstract, telling the Federal Circuit that the technology encompasses far more than simply translating information for electronic databases.
Two U.S. senators reintroduced bipartisan legislation on Thursday that proposes to crack down on anti-competitive pay-for-delay pharmaceutical deals in which brand companies pay their generic rivals not to compete as part of a patent settlement.
Visage Imaging Inc. won a ruling Wednesday that a patent for a 3-D medical image system is unenforceable after a Georgia federal judge decided that the patent's owner committed inequitable conduct while getting the patent reinstated.
The Federal Circuit on Thursday upheld an order barring Teva from launching a generic version of Eli Lilly’s lung cancer drug Alimta, ruling that the generics maker is liable for inducing infringement of an Eli Lilly patent under the court’s recent en banc Akamai decision.
The Federal Circuit reopened the patent fight between Apple and Samsung on Thursday, about a month after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Samsung may not have to pay all its profits from the smartphones found to infringe Apple’s design patents.
A California subsidiary of the Swiss digital security company Kudelski Group hit NFL Enterprises LLC with a lawsuit in Texas federal court Thursday, accusing the sports media giant of infringing seven of its patents related to video streaming and security software, including one patent for a PIN function on the NFL website.
Former Federal Circuit Chief Judge Randall Rader and Johnson & Johnson in-house intellectual property counsel Philip Johnson are among those who say they are interested in serving as U.S. Patent and Trademark Office director under President-elect Donald Trump.
In institution decisions where art or arguments were previously presented during inter partes review, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board regularly identifies eight reasons in considering whether the art or argument are “substantially the same,” say Virginia Carron and Ashley Winkler of Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP.
As critical as lawyers are to society, they are reported to be the most frequently depressed occupational group in the United States. In response to the inherently stressful nature of the practice of law, more and more lawyers are turning to an ancient contemplative practice called “mindfulness,” says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.
Virtual and augmented reality technologies are here, and are raising very real legal issues. Technology firms and content creators must take care to safeguard private information collected from users, ensure respect for the laws of copyright, trademark and right of publicity, and grapple with moral and legal questions surrounding simulations of illegal acts, say David Fink and Jamie Zagoria of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.
Virtual reality and its cousin, augmented reality, are going mainstream. Many top tech companies are developing VR systems, and firms in many industries have created VR “experiences” for their customers. But this technology raises very real legal issues, especially in the areas of consumer safety, privacy, intellectual property and First Amendment law, say David Fink and Jamie Zagoria of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.
In 2016, the development of China’s Anti-Monopoly Law was fruitful in all respects, including guideline drafting, public enforcement and litigation. We have nine predictions for 2017, say Huang Wei and Rebecca Yin of Tian Yuan Law Firm.
At times the Patent Trial and Appeal Board will deny inter partes review petitions that raise duplicative attacks based on previously submitted prior art or arguments. While no statute or regulation provides guidance on what constitutes “the same or substantially the same prior art or arguments,” certain factors seem to strongly influence the board’s decision, say Virginia Carron and Ashley Winkler of Finnegan Henderson Farabow Gar... (continued)
Blockchain is essentially a computerized public ledger that can apply to almost anything that a person might save into a database or spreadsheet. This versatile technology may enhance the legal industry by providing an improved record keeping system, setting up "smart contracts" and tracking intellectual property and land records, say R. Douglas Vaughn and Anna Outzen of Deutsch Kerrigan LLP.
While a patentee settling with multiple defendants at once may be an unusual circumstance, what is even more unusual is where a defendant in a multidefendant case needs to seek judicial intervention to preserve a settlement it had reached with the patentees. The recent decision in Horizon v. Actavis from the District of New Jersey suggests that patentees looking to enforce such a settlement may not be powerless, says Gaston Kroub o... (continued)
Without certain adjustments, the traditional software licensing model may no longer be appropriate for the licensing of artificial intelligence systems, says Michael Baumert of Mayer Brown LLP.
Few district court or Federal Circuit cases have ruled on the scope and effect of inter partes review estoppel. However, the emerging body of law is revealing a much less onerous interpretation of the estoppel provision than many originally anticipated, say attorneys with Goodwin Procter LLP.