Most inventors labor in obscurity, but patent records also include a few people famous for something other than their side gig as an inventor. From a horror icon’s diaper breakthrough to a rock legend’s model train innovations, here’s a look at some star-studded patents.
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Persons Of Extraordinary Skill In The Art: 6 Celebrity Patents Law360 Video

Most inventors labor in obscurity, but patent records also include a few people famous for something other than their side gig as an inventor. From a horror icon’s diaper breakthrough to a rock legend’s model train innovations, here’s a look at some star-studded patents. Read full article »

Qualcomm Exec Says Google, FTC Deal Was Royalties Model

A Qualcomm executive took the stand Friday during a California federal bench trial over the Federal Trade Commission's allegations the company's "no license, no chips" practice violates antitrust laws, testifying that it modeled its standard-essential patent process after Google's 2013 consent decree with the FTC. Read full article »

Fed. Circ. To Remain Open During Shutdown

The Federal Circuit said in an order published on Friday that it would remain open during the partial government shutdown, with all deadlines remaining in place and all oral arguments proceeding as scheduled, as the federal courts brace themselves to run out of available funds within the coming days. Read full article »

Movie Studios Call VidAngel's Fair Use Bid 'Utter Nonsense'

Disney and a half dozen other movie studios urged a California federal judge Friday to find that streaming service VidAngel can't rely on fair use principles to defend its practice of distributing family-friendly edits of their films online, calling VidAngel's defense against their infringement claims "utter nonsense." Read full article »

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Brand Battles: Volkswagen, Coca-Cola, 'Shark Tank'

In Law360's latest roundup of new cases at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, German auto giants Daimler and Volkswagen spar over "Smart" cars, Coca-Cola cites Smartwater to block a "Sportwater," and Sony argues that "Shark Tank" presents a different trademark story than a normal TV show title. Read full article »

GROUP OF THE YEAR

IP Group Of The Year: McKool Smith

McKool Smith PC's intellectual property attorneys notched key wins at the U.S. International Trade Commission and the federal courts, including a $110 million verdict awarded to Ericsson Inc. and favorable rulings against Apple and Comcast, landing them among Law360's Intellectual Property Groups of the Year. Read full article »

PATENTS

Mass. State Senator Files 2nd Attempt At Patent Troll Bill

A Massachusetts state senator is taking another swing at implementing measures to protect companies from patent trolls, telling Law360 on Friday his newly filed bill has a better chance to pass after the governor vetoed a similar measure last summer. Read full article »

PTAB Denies Novartis' Challenge To Cancer Drug Patents

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has declined to review two Plexxikon Inc. patents related to the skin cancer treatment Zelboraf, dealing a setback to Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp., which is facing infringement allegations over a rival medication. Read full article »

PTAB Won't Review Design Patent For Levitating Light Bulb

A company that makes levitation gadgets lost its bid for post-grant review of a design patent that covers a floating light bulb, with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board saying the company hadn’t shown the patent is likely invalid. Read full article »

COPYRIGHTS & TRADEMARKS

Jury Says Bombardier Didn't Infringe Jaguar 'Defender' TM

A Michigan federal jury on Friday rejected Jaguar Land Rover Ltd.’s claims that the Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. off-road vehicle named the Can-Am Defender infringed the British automaker’s trademark for the Land Rover Defender. Read full article »

Studios Settle Streaming Device War With Dragon Box

Netflix, Disney, Amazon and other media outlets have tentatively agreed to settle with a company accused of selling a device that allows customers to stream movies and TV shows for free, according to a Thursday notice in California federal court. Read full article »

Ex-Dallas Cowboy Tells TTAB 'Animal' TMs Aren't Similar

Retired NFL player Michael Irvin has asked the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board to uphold his trademark registration for the phrase “Train Like An Animal Play Like A Beast” against a nutritional supplement company’s claims that the phrase is too similar to its own “Animal” mark. Read full article »

Red Bull Moves To Halt NJ Gas Station's Foreign Drink Sales

The makers of Red Bull energy drink on Friday slapped a New Jersey Lukoil gas station with a trademark infringement suit accusing it of selling a version of the drink that’s only authorized for sale outside of the U.S. and thus subject to different quality-control standards. Read full article »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

The US Biosimilars Patent Litigation Outlook For 2019

After years of trending upward, the amount of new Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act litigation might slow somewhat in 2019, yet several active cases are scheduled for trial and many decisions are expected to issue, say Joshua Whitehill and Michael Cottler of Goodwin Procter LLP. Read full article »

A Stealth Upheaval In Patent Personal Jurisdiction?

The U.S. Supreme Court's 2017 ruling on personal jurisdiction in Bristol-Myers Squibb issued a month after the court's game-changing patent venue decision in TC Heartland and has the potential to effect a similarly major shift in where patent lawsuits can be brought, say Alex Chachkes and Matthew Bush of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. Read full article »

Automated Vehicles In 2019: Predictions And Suggestions

As the automated vehicle industry continues to grow and expand in 2019, innovators will face novel questions concerning data privacy, open source compliance, advertising claims, and local, state, federal and international regulations, say attorneys with O'Melveny & Myers LLP. Read full article »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

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Skadden's Deal With DOJ Comes With Woes For Greg Craig

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP called its $4.6 million deal with the U.S. Department of Justice “closure” after failing to register its lobbying work for the Ukrainian government, yet experts say the settlement actually exposes serious legal risks faced by ex-partner Greg Craig and potentially others. Read full article »

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Skadden Began Ukraine Work With Caution, Ended It In Lies

Emails released by the U.S. Department of Justice show how Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP lawyers slowly abandoned caution toward a foreign lobbying law and began openly lying to federal investigators during their engagement with the Ukrainian government from 2012 to 2013. Read full article »

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Skadden Deal Shows DOJ's FARA Focus Shifting To High Gear

The settlement announced Thursday between Skadden Arps Meagher & Flom LLP and the U.S. Department of Justice is the latest sign of increased enforcement of the current Foreign Agent Registration Act, even as efforts to update the law have gone nowhere. Read full article »

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For Skadden's Brand, Ukraine Scandal A Shot Across The Bow

Skadden’s unregistered lobbying work for the Ukrainian government has cost the law firm $4.6 million in a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice, but could the debacle cost the firm even more in reputational damage? Read full article »

How Skadden's Foreign Agent Scandal Unfolded

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP has agreed to pay a $4.6 million settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice for failing to register as a foreign agent. Here, we look at how the firm got to this point. Read full article »

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Could A Tougher Standard For Law Schools Hurt Diversity?

The American Bar Association’s governing body is poised to vote later this month on a proposal to create stricter standards for law school bar passage rates, a move some say could have a negative impact on the diversity of the legal profession. Read full article »

GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

Two new reports found that in-house lawyers are increasingly looking for nontraditional perks such as flexible work arrangements and paid meals in addition to hefty bonuses, and that law firm leaders in the new year are overall fairly confident about their own shops' prospects but have more gloomy predictions about the domestic and global economies. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​ Read full article »

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. Read full article »

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Law360's Pro Say LIVE: SDNY Chief Talks Women In The Law

This week the Pro Say podcast is live from the New York State Bar Association's annual meeting, talking with the chief judge of the Southern District of New York about how women are faring in the legal profession. Read full article »

Judge Orders Blue Cross Attys To Shape Up In Antitrust MDL

The Alabama federal judge overseeing sweeping antitrust litigation against the Blue Cross Blue Shield network has said he can no longer wait for the insurance giant’s army of lawyers to marshal themselves into a more manageable group, ordering a dozen attorneys into a "Council of Twelve" to streamline a leadership plan. Read full article »

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Behind The Scenes, #TimesUp Fund Gets To Work

The TimesUp Legal Defense Fund, born of a social media hashtag, has grown to $24 million and is so far funding sexual harassment litigation, defamation defense, and public relations on behalf of dozens of women. But most of its work is taking place behind the scenes. Read full article »

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