Patent Quality Assurance LLC, which successfully challenged a VLSI chip patent but was sanctioned by the patent office, urged a Virginia federal judge Tuesday not to make it identify the people behind the company, saying VLSI wants their names to "seek retribution against them."
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Sanctioned Patent Challenger Fights VLSI Bid To ID Members

By Ryan Davis

Patent Quality Assurance LLC, which successfully challenged a VLSI chip patent but was sanctioned by the patent office, urged a Virginia federal judge Tuesday not to make it identify the people behind the company, saying VLSI wants their names to "seek retribution against them."

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AI Invention Guidance Adds New Patent Wrinkles, Attys Say

By Ryan Davis

Recent guidance from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that inventions developed with assistance from "artificial intelligence" tools can be patented prompted a sigh of relief among many attorneys, but confronting the nuances will create challenges, experts said Tuesday.

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10th Circ. Orders Redo Of $96M Award After Top Court Ruling

By Ivan Moreno

The Tenth Circuit on Tuesday ordered an Oklahoma federal court to recalculate a $96 million trademark infringement award won by a radio control maker against its European former partners after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last year that the Lanham Act applies only to domestic conduct in commerce.

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Jury Suggests $25M Damages For Co.'s Malicious IP Misuse

By Thy Vo

A Colorado federal jury has said a display technology company must pay $5.1 million for misusing a business partner's trade secrets during the development of a wireless headset, and recommended the company be punished with another $19.7 million in damages for its malicious conduct.

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Meta Secures Partial Trim Of Video Technology Patent Suit

By Adam Lidgett

A federal judge has narrowed a suit accusing Meta Platforms Inc. of infringing patents related to video technology, throwing out one of VideoLabs' patents but letting the patent owner keep moving forward with another.

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Medtronic Patent Fight With Axonics Set For September Trial

By Adam Lidgett

A California federal judge has lifted a stay in Medtronic's patent infringement suit against Axonics over an electrical stimulation system, while also scheduling a trial for September.

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NY Judge Won't Allow Default Judgment On Tekashi 6ix9ine

By David Minsky

A New York federal judge said a Miami rapper's motion for default judgment against Tekashi 6ix9ine, aka Daniel Hernandez, in a copyright infringement lawsuit should be denied, saying the rapper hadn't fully complied with the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to show Hernandez isn't in the military.

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PATENTS

Wash. Urges Federal Court To Set Bad Faith Test For IP Cases

By Dani Kass

A Washington federal judge should apply a standard analyzing patterns of harassment when determining whether the owner of a data processing network patent acted in bad faith by issuing nearly 2,000 uniform demand letters alleging infringement, the state attorney general's office has argued.

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COPYRIGHTS & TRADEMARKS

CoStar Rival Is Asking To Free Ride, 9th Circ. Told

By Matthew Perlman

CoStar urged the Ninth Circuit not to revive antitrust counterclaims from Commercial Real Estate Exchange Inc., despite backing from the Federal Trade Commission, arguing the rival is trying to use antitrust law to get free access to its platforms.

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Embattled Ex-Animal Rescue Executive Hit With TM Suit

By P.J. D'Annunzio

Last Chance Ranch, a nonprofit animal shelter and rescue based in Pennsylvania, has sued its former executive director — who was accused of stealing a kangaroo — and a new nonprofit she created, alleging unauthorized use of the shelter's name and trademarks.

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LICENSING

Forbes Wins Bid To Nix Order In Mexican Distributor Fight

By Caroline Simson

A New York federal judge on Tuesday barred a Mexican distributor of Forbes magazine from trying to enforce an order from a court in Mexico City precluding the publication from terminating their deal while the companies gear up to arbitrate a renewal dispute.

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PEOPLE

Buchanan Ingersoll Lands Former PTAB Judge In Del.

By Adam Lidgett

A former administrative judge at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board is going back to private practice, helping build Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC's Delaware presence of patent professionals.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

What Law Firms Should Know Amid Rise In DQ Motions

As disqualification motions proliferate, law firms need to be aware of the types of conflicts that most often lead to disqualification, the types of attorneys who may be affected and how to reduce their exposure to these motions, says Matthew Henderson at Hinshaw.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

Paul Hastings Adds Private Equity Team At New Boston Office

By Emily Sawicki

Paul Hastings LLP has expanded into Boston, the firm announced Tuesday, establishing its new Beantown foothold with the help of a seasoned private equity buyout team headed up by a former Sidley Austin LLP partner, the firm's latest move to strengthen its growing global private equity platform.

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Why A New York Federal Judge 'Loves' Discovery Disputes

By Matthew Perlman

While discovery disputes can be a frustration for many judges and attorneys, U.S. District Judge Denise L. Cote says that she loves them because they teach her a lot about the cases she is overseeing, the parties involved and the attorneys working on them.

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Podcast

Approach The Bench: Judge Rosenberg Fosters Young Talent

Soon after U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenberg of the Southern District of Florida began presiding over her first multidistrict litigation — a case alleging the heartburn medication Zantac caused cancer — she took a novel approach to selecting leadership on the plaintiffs' side.

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JAMS Implements Rules For AI-Related Disputes

By Sarah Jarvis

JAMS announced Tuesday that it has implemented new rules governing disputes involving artificial intelligence, making it the first organization in the alternative dispute resolution industry to establish an AI-tailored legal framework.

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Trump Atty 'Losing Credibility' In Defending Posts, Judge Says

By Frank G. Runyeon

The New York judge presiding over former President Donald Trump's hush money case on Tuesday gave a harsh appraisal of defense attorney Todd Blanche's attempts to keep his client out of criminal contempt for disparaging witnesses online, saying the lawyer was "losing all credibility" as he argued Trump was "being very careful" with his words.

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Tabloid Made Deal To Save Trump 'Embarrassment,' Jury Told

By Frank G. Runyeon

A longtime tabloid executive told a Manhattan jury Tuesday that he struck a secret deal with Donald Trump ahead of the 2016 presidential election to plant negative stories about his opponents and suppress salacious stories that could cause his campaign "embarrassment."

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Coverage Recap: Day 2 Of Trump's NY Hush Money Trial

By Stewart Bishop

Law360 reporters are providing live updates from the Manhattan criminal courthouse as Donald Trump goes on trial for allegedly falsifying business records related to hush money payments ahead of the 2016 election. Here's a full recap from day two.

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Lisa Blatt Becomes 1st Woman To Argue 50 High Court Cases

By Katie Buehler

Williams & Connolly LLP partner Lisa Blatt began her historic 50th oral argument in front of the U.S. Supreme Court with a chuckle Tuesday.

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Judge Allows $956M Atty Fees In 3M, DuPont PFAS Settlements

By Emily Field

A South Carolina federal judge on Tuesday signed off on attorney fees totaling more than $956 million in settlements with 3M and DuPont over so-called forever chemicals in firefighting foam that contaminated drinking water, saying that another group of lawyers may not have been able to reach the same outcome.

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ABI Names Christopher Ward President, Elects New Directors

By Alex Wittenberg

Christopher A. Ward of Polsinelli LLP will lead the American Bankruptcy Institute as president for a one-year term, the organization said Tuesday, and U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Bruce Harwood will succeed him next April.

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Atty Can Deduct $303K In Racing Ad Costs, 10th Circ. Told

By Jared Serre

A Colorado attorney asked the Tenth Circuit to reverse a U.S. Tax Court decision that prevented him from deducting $303,000 in advertising expenses tied to his automobile racing, saying the lower court incorrectly ruled that the costs were related to a hobby rather than his litigation practice.

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Denver Wants Law Firm To Turn Over Docs For Fraud Probe

By Daniel Ducassi

Fraud investigators for Denver Human Services have asked a state judge to force personal injury firm Ramos Law to provide employment records for one of the firm's case managers, saying the law firm has not yet provided records in response to subpoenas.

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6th Circ. Backs Dykema's Win In Ex-Secretary's Age Bias Suit

By Emmy Freedman

The Sixth Circuit won't reinstate a former Dykema legal secretary's age discrimination case, saying Tuesday she failed to show that her supervisor — whom she accused of giving her adult diapers for her 50th birthday and frequently asking her if she planned to retire — had anything to do with her firing.

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La. Atty Asks Justices To Stay Frivolous Filing Fine

By Jared Foretek

A Louisiana attorney is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to bail her out of a $29,000 penalty from a district judge for frivolous filings and claiming that she was poisoned in retaliation for claims against Louisiana State University's medical residency program.

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​​​​​​​Feds Ask 30 Years For Ex-FDIC Atty In Child Exploitation Case

By Lauren Berg

A former attorney with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. who admitted to participating in online groups aimed at sexually exploiting children should be sentenced to 30 years behind bars, prosecutors told a Virginia federal judge Tuesday, saying he "treated the online enticement of children like a sport."

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Fla. Atty Subpoenas Google To ID User Posting Fake Reviews

By David Minsky

A Florida state court judge granted a motion Tuesday to subpoena Google to unmask what's alleged to be a single anonymous user posting defamatory reviews about a Miami-based attorney and her law firm, arguing that the First Amendment doesn't protect false statements meant to deceive consumers.

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Ga. Bar Race Bias Suit Should Stay Dead, 11th Circ. Told

By Chart Riggall

The State Bar of Georgia told the Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday that a federal court was right to wash its hands of a racial bias suit filed by an attorney against the bar last year, because the Peach State's high court is the only court with jurisdiction over attorney discipline issues.

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LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Adams & Reese

Baron & Budd

Bartlit Beck

Bergstein Flynn

Bernstein Shur

Buchanan Ingersoll

Clement & Murphy

Dentons

Douglas & London

Duffy & Young

Dykema Gossett

Farnan LLP

FeganScott

Foley & Lardner

Fredrikson & Byron

Gibbons PC

Gibson Law Partners

Gleam Law

Goodwin Procter

Gray Reed

Hinshaw & Culbertson

Holland & Knight

Hughes Hubbard

Hunton Andrews

Jeffer Mangels

Jenner & Block

Kapila Mukamal

Keker Van Nest & Peters

Kienbaum Hardy

Kirkland & Ellis

Kravitz Talamo

Latham & Watkins

Mayer Brown

Mignott Law Group

MoloLamken

Montgomery McCracken

Morgan Lewis

Morris Nichols

Motley Rice

Nall & Miller

Napoli Shkolnik

NechelesLaw

Norris McLaughlin

Novak Druce

Ogletree Deakins

Paul Hastings

Pollack Solomon

Polsinelli PC

Portalatin Law Firm

Proskauer Rose

Ramos & Law

Ramos Law (Wheat Ridge, CO)

Reichman Jorgensen Lehman & Feldberg LLP

Riker Danzig

Seserman Law

Sheridan Ross PC

Shook Hardy

Sidley Austin

Skadden Arps

Sterling Employment Law

Taft Stettinius

Tensegrity Law

Tesser Grossman

Troutman Pepper

Underwood Murray

Williams & Connolly

Williams Mullen

Willkie Farr

Winston & Strawn

Wyche PA

COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

3M Co.

American Arbitration Association

American Bankruptcy Institute

American Bar Association

American Media Inc.

Apple Inc.

Axonics Inc.

Boston Scientific Corp.

CoStar Group Inc.

Cornell University

Corteva Inc.

DuPont de Nemours Inc.

Fortress Investment Group LLC

Getzler Henrich & Associates LLC

Google LLC

Great Hill Partners

Instagram Inc.

International Business Machines Corp.

Jack Daniel's Properties Inc.

Kopin Corporation

LinkedIn Corp.

Medtronic PLC

Meta Platforms Inc.

Micro Focus International PLC

Natural Resources Defense Council

North Texas Municipal Water District

Northern Mariana Islands Retirement Fund

Spotify Technology SA

Starbucks Corp.

State Bar of Georgia

TenThousand Projects LLC

The Coca-Cola Co.

The Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

Trump Organization Inc.

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

Federal Trade Commission

Georgia Supreme Court

Internal Revenue Service

Manhattan District Attorney's Office

National Labor Relations Board

New York Attorney General's Office

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

U.S. Department of Defense

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware

U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Tax Court

United States District Court for the District of Colorado

Washington Attorney General's Office