From Cheerios box trade dress to generic “googling” to a blockbuster U.S. Supreme Court decision, 2017 was another bumper year for major rulings in trademark law. Here are the 10 you need to remember.
DLA Piper attorneys were thrown out of Dish Network LLC’s trademark suit against a DirecTV retailer Tuesday after they asked to file one too many amended complaints, as an Ohio federal judge ruled that the company’s latest attempt to rework its case was “blatant” bad faith conduct.
A New Jersey federal judge on Tuesday gave a former L’Oreal lawyer one more chance to serve his wrongful termination suit on the company, keeping alive his claims he was fired over his concerns the cosmetics giant was forcing him to file frivolous patent applications on the company’s behalf.
The Federal Circuit upheld on Tuesday a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision that invalidated as obvious a pair of Daiichi Sankyo’s patents for use in the anti-blood clot drug Effient, which have been asserted in numerous lawsuits.
Citing a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, a New York federal judge ruled Monday that a California vineyard was barred from relitigating a decade-old decision issued by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
Facebook Inc. and WhatsApp Inc. told the Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Tuesday that a patent for a system to initiate a conference call through an instant messaging app owned by serial patent litigator Uniloc USA Inc. failed to advance a previous invention.
R&L Carriers argued to the Federal Circuit in an opening brief Monday that an Ohio federal court abused its discretion by awarding Qualcomm $1.8 million in attorneys’ fees in the patent infringement case R&L brought against the company after finding the case is exceptional under Octane Fitness.
Leak Surveys Inc. asked a Texas federal judge Monday to vacate her decision throwing out the company's infringement suit against competitor FLIR Systems Inc. over gas-leak detection patents, arguing the ruling constituted an error of law that violated LSI's due process rights.
Generics maker SigmaPharm Inc. has settled a Pennsylvania state lawsuit accusing Mutual Pharmaceutical Co. Inc. of conspiring with Pfizer unit King Pharmaceuticals Inc. to suppress the release of generic forms of the muscle relaxant Skelaxin, according to an order docketed Tuesday.
A handful of retailers, including Walgreen Co., Rite Aid Corp., CVS Pharmacy Inc. and Kroger Co., told a California federal court Tuesday that they have settled claims against Japanese pharmaceutical company Teikoku and a domestic subsidiary in antitrust multidistrict litigation over the Lidoderm pain patch.
Attorneys from Morrison & Foerster LLP and Boies Schiller Flexner LLP will answer select written questions in Waymo’s lawsuit accusing Uber of stealing self-driving trade secrets after Uber objected to their depositions on the heels of a trial postponement over allegedly withheld evidence, according to an order filed in California federal court on Tuesday.
A California federal judge on Monday refused to dismiss Electronic Arts Inc. from a retired NFL player's putative class action alleging the game maker improperly used their likenesses in Madden video games, saying a recent Ninth Circuit decision EA based its motion on did not preempt the players’ right of publicity claims under the Copyright Act.
Baker Botts LLP has expanded its intellectual property practice with the addition of a former McDermott Will & Emery LLP partner with 16 years of experience in patent litigation.
If you juxtapose the “narrow interpretation” language of the post-TC Heartland decisions with the actual contexts in which the Supreme Court uttered such dicta, it should not be a foregone conclusion that the court meant to eschew all contemporary insights when interpreting the patent venue statute, says Sue Robinson, an attorney at Farnan LLP and former Delaware federal judge.
Google’s status as a go-to research tool has transformed legal research habits, leading critics to view law libraries as cost centers. Law firms should embrace Google-style research tools and manage costs efficiently in order to position their libraries as valuable assets for years to come, says Donna Terjesen of HBR Consulting.
Gary Ford's new book, "Constance Baker Motley: One Woman’s Fight for Civil Rights and Equal Justice Under Law," is more than a biography of the first African-American woman to become a federal judge. It presents in vivid detail how her work altered the legal landscape of the United States, says U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke of the Southern District of Florida.
The head of the Ninth Circuit has a few options for answering allegations that Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski showed porn to female clerks and engaged in sexual banter about them, but ignoring the issue shouldn’t be one of them, federal court watchers said.
The major law firm mergers just kept coming in 2017, with Dentons, Norton Rose Fulbright and Womble Carlyle each bolting on hundreds of attorneys through tie-ups, and the legal industry as a whole experiencing nearly 100 combinations as of Dec. 6. Here, Law360 takes a look at the seven biggest mergers of the year.
After weathering a volatile year, the legal profession has returned to a tentative state of normalcy, but market pressures, regulatory uncertainty and innovations in technology will alter the way firms and legal departments manage themselves, according to a report released Tuesday by Major Lindsey & Africa.
Senate Republicans on Tuesday confirmed Husch Blackwell LLP senior counsel L. Steven Grasz to a seat on the Eighth Circuit, brushing aside Democrats' concerns about his partisan bent and a "not qualified" rating from the American Bar Association.
The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee has expressed concerns about confirming two of the Trump administration’s judicial nominees, a spokesman confirmed Tuesday, including one for the Eastern District of Texas.
More than 100 fee earners and legal staff at midsize U.K. law firm Simpson Millar LLP will likely soon be out of a job, after the firm revealed a redundancy consultation Tuesday following a change in management.
Although Hamer v. Neighborhood Housing Services was not the first time I had worked on a certiorari petition, it was the first time I had personally taken on a case in which my initial involvement was at the U.S. Supreme Court level, says Jonathan Herstoff of Haug Partners.