U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh has denied a petition filed by Qualcomm and the Federal Trade Commission to delay a partial ruling in an antitrust case in California federal court brought by the commission alleging that the chipmaker engaged in anti-competitive licensing practices.
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Qualcomm, FTC Hope For Deal, But Judge Won't Pause Case

U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh has denied a petition filed by Qualcomm and the Federal Trade Commission to delay a partial ruling in an antitrust case in California federal court brought by the commission alleging that the chipmaker engaged in anti-competitive licensing practices. Read full article »

Cardiac Monitoring Patent Invalid Under Alice, Judge Rules

A Massachusetts federal judge on Tuesday ruled that a CardioNet LLC cardiac monitor patent asserted against rival InfoBionic Inc. is invalid under the U.S. Supreme Court's Alice decision because it claims only the abstract idea of identifying heart arrhythmia by analyzing heartbeats. Read full article »

Hard Rock Says It 'Did The Right Thing' By Dropping TM Suit

Hard Rock Cafe said Monday that it should not be punished after it “did the right thing” and dropped a trademark lawsuit against a startup called RockStar, sharply criticizing the smaller company for seeking repayment of nearly half a million dollars in legal bills. Read full article »

Policy Groups Back Teva In On-Sale Bar Case At High Court

Two public policy groups have backed Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. in its patent fight with Helsinn Healthcare SA over the nausea drug Aloxi, telling the U.S. Supreme Court that the latter’s reading of the on-sale bar in patent cases would threaten the patent system and hinder public safety research. Read full article »

Comcast Gets PTAB To Ax Another TiVo Patent

Comcast notched another win against TiVo in a broad-ranging intellectual property dispute, as the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Monday invalidated a patent for an interactive television guide held by TiVo subsidiary Rovi. Read full article »



The Path To Becoming A Supreme Court Advocate

A look at the careers of attorneys who have dominated oral advocacy at the U.S. Supreme Court over the last decade shows a similar path for men and women, with a few key differences. Here’s how the top 10 male and female advocates stack up. (This article is part of a series examining the gender gap among high court advocates.) Read full article »


1st Circ. Overturns Class Cert. In Allergan Price Fight

The First Circuit has overturned certification of a class of buyers who purportedly bought Allergan medicines at artificially high prices, saying the suit didn't offer a way to weed out large numbers of purchasers who never suffered any injury. Read full article »

Ski Co. Gets Rival's Binding Patent Wiped Out At PTAB

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board ruled Monday that ski equipment maker Marker Volkl USA Inc. had shown in an inter partes review that much of a ski binding patent it is accused of infringing by rival Kneebinding Inc. is invalid as anticipated or obvious. Read full article »

Purina, Attys Sanctioned For 'Gamesmanship' In Cat Litter Suit

An Illinois federal judge has sanctioned lawyers for Nestle Purina Petcare Co. for “gamesmanship” during the deposition of a key witness in its cat litter patent fight against a competitor. Read full article »

Teva, Eagle Fight To Block Generic Versions Of Chemo Drug

Teva Pharmaceuticals International GmbH and Eagle Pharmaceuticals Inc. have challenged two drugmakers' applications to make generic versions of a chemotherapy drug, claiming in a lawsuit filed Monday in Delaware federal court that the generics would rip off two of Eagle's patents. Read full article »


Nespresso Brews Up TM Fight Over 'NYXpresso' Coffee Pods

Nestlé SA’s Nespresso launched a trademark lawsuit in Manhattan federal court Monday over the sale of “Nespresso compatible” coffee pods under the name “NYXpresso.” Read full article »

Netflix Wants Author's 'Narcos' Copyright Suit Tossed

Netflix said Tuesday that a Florida federal court should dismiss a copyright infringement suit over its popular series “Narcos” because the Colombian ex-journalist claiming parts of the series resemble her memoir about her romantic relationship with drug kingpin Pablo Escobar didn’t allege that the show’s producers had access to her work. Read full article »


Axinn Enters California With SF Office, Plans To Expand

Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider LLP announced Tuesday that it has launched a new office in San Francisco, bringing its antitrust and intellectual property capabilities to the West Coast and planning to lure talent to serve its major clients in the state. Read full article »

Cozen O’Connor Nabs Oblon Patent Atty For Int’l IP Group

Cozen O’Connor has scored an experienced patent litigator and former engineer from intellectual property boutique Oblon McClelland Maier & Neustadt LLP, bolstering the global law firm’s international IP practice, the firm said on Tuesday. Read full article »


5 Things To Consider Before Heading To PTAB

Patent Trial and Appeal Board proceedings remain powerful tools for companies accused of patent infringement. However, recent case law developments, rule changes and shifting legal frameworks have increased the hurdles faced by petitioners, say Harper Batts and Jeffrey Liang of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP. Read full article »

Data Privacy Vs. Cybersecurity At Your Company

​Which is more important — data privacy or cybersecurity? ​M​ost in-house counsel know the answer depends on which receives the limited available compliance budget.​ But companies should think about the issue from a broader trade secret perspective, says Scott Warren of Squire Patton Boggs LLP. Read full article »


A Chat With Allens Pricing Chief Pier D'Angelo

In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Pier D'Angelo, chief pricing and practice officer at Allens. Read full article »

A Holistic Approach To Client Retention

In an era when law firms are fighting for business and clients can dictate the terms of the relationship, "value" has become a moving target. Firms that take a proactive approach by using strategies designed to articulate value over time will gain the competitive advantage, says Dan Tacone at Intapp Inc. Read full article »


DC Investigations Lawyer To Be New White House Counsel

President Donald Trump has selected Pat A. Cipollone to replace Don McGahn as White House counsel, the president told reporters Tuesday, bringing in a well-known Washington litigator as his new top lawyer as the special counsel investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election continues unabated. Read full article »

Berry Appleman Adds 9 Epstein Becker Immigration Attys

Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP has nabbed a 60-person immigration team from Epstein Becker Green, including nine attorneys, expanding the firm's footprint to New York City with the opening of a new Manhattan office on Monday. Read full article »

SEC Comes Up Short In Fraud Case Against RD Legal Capital

A U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission administrative law judge on Monday shot down much of the agency’s case alleging that fund manager RD Legal Capital LLC and its owner misled investors about their hedge funds’ legal receivables investments, ruling that while some misrepresentations had been made, they hadn’t been made with fraudulent intent. Read full article »

Justices Asked If Sanctions Can Cover Presuit Actions

A whistleblower has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to consider whether federal courts can impose sanctions for behavior that happened before a suit was filed, saying a Tenth Circuit decision upholding sanctions against him created a circuit split. Read full article »

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