The Federal Circuit ruled on five appeals from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and U.S. International Trade Commission in short opinions and brief judgments Friday, including one dealing a blow to Toyota Motor Co. and another handing a victory to auto parts maker Robert Bosch.
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Fed. Circ. Makes Quick Work Of 5 PTAB, ITC Appeals

The Federal Circuit ruled on five appeals from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and U.S. International Trade Commission in short opinions and brief judgments Friday, including one dealing a blow to Toyota Motor Co. and another handing a victory to auto parts maker Robert Bosch.

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Trump Blames Virus For Bleak China Trade Deal Prospects

President Donald Trump indicated Friday that it was unlikely his administration would work toward striking the next phase of a preliminary trade deal with Beijing, an about-face he blamed on China's response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan.

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WTO Director Candidates Get A Month Less To Campaign

The eight hopefuls vying to replace Roberto Azevêdo as director-general of the World Trade Organization will have a month less than normal to win the support of country delegations, the WTO announced Friday.

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The Firms That Won Big At The Supreme Court

Supreme Court oral arguments are always a high wire act. This term, a global pandemic, a docket of hot-button cases and an experiment with remote technology took the challenge to new heights. Here’s a look at the law firms that argued the most, and how they fared.

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The Majority Of One: How Roberts Is Shaping The Court

The 2019 term has removed all doubt: Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. is the power broker on the U.S. Supreme Court. But unlike past swing justices, the nation's top jurist puts the reputation of the court before his own conservative instincts and is willing to compromise when he needs to.

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Breaking Down The Vote: The High Court Term In Review

A docket packed with divisive cases. Experiments in remote oral arguments. Defining moments for the court’s new swing justice. Here, Law360 takes a data dive into the numbers behind this historic court term, when the unexpected reigned supreme.

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Lockers Made In China Targeted For Steep New Duties

Four U.S. companies that manufacture metal lockers used in schools, gyms, and break rooms submitted a petition for countervailing and anti-dumping duties on Chinese competitors Thursday, citing increased imports and dwindling profits dating back to 2017.

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TracFone Inks $8M Deal With Cos. That Flipped Its Phones

TracFone Wireless will be walking away from a fight with a pair of international cellphone distributors with $8 million and an injunction blocking them from continuing to buy and sell its phones overseas, if a Florida federal court chooses to bless the deal.

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US Moves Ahead On French Tariffs Over Digital Taxes

The U.S. Trade Representative's Office said Friday it is moving ahead with tariffs as high as 25% against $1.3 billion worth of French products, in retaliation for France's 2019 tax on digital activities. 

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Let's Create An Ethical Obligation For Attys To Fight Racism

In this moment of national recognition of historical institutional racism, the American Bar Association must implement a model rule that explicitly declares efforts to fight racism and advance equality to be a matter of attorneys' ethics and professional conduct, say Marc Firestone at Philip Morris International and David Douglass at Sheppard Mullin.

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Possibilities If Justices Review PTAB Judge Constitutionality

Should the U.S. Supreme Court grant certiorari in a series of Federal Circuit cases concerning the constitutionality of Patent Trial and Appeal Board administrative patent judges, its decision could give losing owners the chance to have their ex parte and inter partes cases reheard, say Brent Babcock and Tyler Train at Womble Bond.

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Firms Wanted PPP Money, But Will It Prevent More Cuts?

Law firms accounted for a large portion of the recipients of federal bailout funds designed to save small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, but some observers speculate that, for a number of those shops, the funds won't be enough to prevent future cuts if COVID-19 continues to drag down the market.

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Law Firm Leaders' 3 Biggest Worries For The Rest Of 2020

After a wildly tumultuous first half of 2020, law firm leaders are now preparing to take on whatever the second half of the year has in store. Here, leaders share their biggest worries for the remaining six months of the year.

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Brown Rudnick IP Litigation Team Leaves To Start New Firm

The head of Brown Rudnick LLP's patent litigation practice has decamped with his team and clients in tow to launch his own firm in New York City, walking away with virtually all of Brown Rudnick's Manhattan-based patent litigation group.

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Miller Canfield Lays Off Attorneys Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Miller Canfield Paddock & Stone PLC has instituted layoffs and furloughs of attorneys and other employees amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to reports.

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NY Bill Would Suspend Two-Fail Bar Exam Rule For Pandemic

New legislation would allow New York public defender and government law graduates who have twice failed the bar exam to continue to practice under supervision for the duration of the state's ongoing coronavirus state of emergency.

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Chicago Federal Court Extends Remote Hearings To Mid-Sept.

The Northern District of Illinois' latest COVID-19 safety order entered Friday extends remote hearings into mid-September and keeps an early August target date for jury trials to resume, and the court's two clerk's offices will reopen to the public on Monday.

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LA Labor Partner Accused Of Sexually Harassing Associate

The head of the labor and employment practice at Los Angeles-based law firm Ivie McNeill Wyatt Purcell & Diggs APLC is facing allegations he engaged in an extended campaign of "creepy" behavior toward an associate that peaked with a "nightmarish" incident during a work trip overseas.

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DOJ's DuCharme Named Acting US Attorney For EDNY

U.S. Department of Justice official Seth DuCharme has been tapped as acting U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, U.S. Attorney General William Barr said Friday, replacing Richard Donoghue, who is in turn taking DuCharme's old job.

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Study Noting 'Racial Tension,' 'Nepotism' Shakes Philly Courts

Court leadership in Philadelphia County on Friday vowed to take action following the release of a damning report from an outside consultant detailing "a culture of nepotism, mistrust and racial tension that is constantly brewing" for staff and judges alike.

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Flynn Case Paused, DC Circ. Weighing Judge's En Banc Bid

The D.C. Circuit hit the brakes Friday on a panel's recent ruling instructing a federal judge to immediately grant the government's request to end the prosecution of former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn as the full appeals court considers whether to rehear the matter.

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GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

A new survey showed that corporate counsel are divided on whether they think recent work-from-home adjustments will continue or be reversed once the pandemic wanes, and a separate report revealed that more attorneys are getting comfortable with litigation funding. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

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In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms And Stories On Law360

For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week.

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Law360's Pro Say: Absolutely (Not) Immune

The U.S. Supreme Court ended its term with a bang this week, rejecting President Donald Trump's claim that he was absolutely immune to a subpoena for his financial records by New York state prosecutors who are pursuing a criminal investigation.

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Client Says Hagen Berman Pulled Fast One On Special Master

A Minnesota woman told a Pennsylvania federal court that Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP used clients' protected information as "a sword and a shield" to hide its alleged wrongdoing in its report provided to a special master, who was investigating the firm's bid to drop clients suing GlaxoSmithKline and others for birth defects caused by thalidomide.

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