Intellectual Property

  • May 07, 2024

    Judge Limits Valve's Arguments In Controller Patent Fight

    A federal judge in Seattle has partly granted a bid from Ironburg Inventions Ltd. to block Valve Corp. from raising certain arguments when challenging a video game controller patent at district court based on estoppel rules from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

  • May 07, 2024

    DC Circ. Examines Timing In ITC's Bid To Investigate Expert

    The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday scrutinized the U.S. International Trade Commission's bid to revive an investigation into a former expert witness retained by Qualcomm for allegedly breaching a protective order, questioning whether the expert's successful suit to stop the probe was premature, as the commission claims.

  • May 07, 2024

    In Calif. Case, Samsung Contractor Points To Waco Verdict

    A Samsung contractor says a Texas jury verdict that cleared the South Korean phone maker from a $4 billion patent suit should free it from similar allegations in a case in California.

  • May 07, 2024

    Fed. Circ. Seems Wary Of Broad's CRISPR Inventorship Win

    Federal Circuit Judge Todd Hughes on Tuesday suggested that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board cited the correct standard when reviewing who first invented a particular use of the gene-editing technology CRISPR-Cas9, but then applied an improper standard when ruling in favor of a Massachusetts research team.

  • May 07, 2024

    NBA's Dominique Wilkins Sues AmeriHealth Partners Over NIL

    NBA slam-dunk legend Dominique Wilkins and his management team are suing AmeriHealth Partners LLC in Atlanta federal court for allegedly using his name, image and likeness without his permission to market pharmaceutical products nationwide in 74,000 drug stores.

  • May 07, 2024

    Tax Software Co. Still Can't Trim Rival's Trade Secrets Suit

    A corporate-focused tax preparation software company still can't pare back a suit alleging that it poached workers from its rival's recently acquired company, a Pennsylvania federal judge ruled Tuesday.

  • May 07, 2024

    Meta Gets PTAB To Wipe Out Photo-Tagging Patent In Calif. Suit

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has wiped out all challenged claims in a patent owned by a company that is suing Meta in California federal court.

  • May 07, 2024

    Ways And Means Chairs Decry China Tariff Review 'Inaction'

    The chairs of the House Ways and Means Committee and its Trade Subcommittee chided U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai in a letter Tuesday over her office's purported "inaction" in reviewing tariffs covering $300 billion worth of goods from China.

  • May 07, 2024

    Hytera Sanctions Show Strength Of Antisuit Injunctions

    The Seventh Circuit's decision upholding $1 million a day in sanctions against Hytera Communications for violating an order to drop trade secrets and copyright litigation in China highlights the difficulty for lawyers when working alongside Chinese courts, while affirming to patent attorneys how powerful antisuit injunctions can be.

  • May 07, 2024

    Texas Law Firm's Claims Partly Tossed In Click-To-Call Ad Suit

    A Texas federal judge has partially dismissed a Houston-based personal injury outfit's claims against a legal referral service it accuses of buying internet keywords that infringe the firm's trademarks in a "click-to-call" scheme meant to steal clients and business from the firm, finding some of the allegations were "conclusory" and that others were unsupported by the facts.

  • May 07, 2024

    Amazon Blasts Writer's Ownership Claim Over New 'Road House'

    Amazon Studios and others involved in the 2024 remake of 1989's "Road House" movie told a California federal court that the writer behind the original film who is suing for copyright infringement does not own the rights to the script for the original.

  • May 06, 2024

    USPTO Says Apple Foe Seeks Info That Falls Under Exemption

    U.S. Patent and Trademark Office lawyers say the agency doesn't have to give any more of its communications to an inventor whose $533 million jury verdict win against Apple Inc. was overturned, and the USPTO wants a D.C. federal judge to toss his Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

  • May 06, 2024

    Fed. Circ. Affirms PTAB Invalidation Of Voice Command IP

    The Federal Circuit on Monday backed a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision declaring that Mycroft AI had shown that several claims of a Voice Tech Corp. voice command patent for mobile devices were not valid.

  • May 06, 2024

    OnePlus, Pantech File Dueling Bids After $10M Patent Verdict

    Chinese phone company OnePlus is contesting a Texas federal jury verdict that found it owes $10 million for infringing five Pantech patents, calling the sum a "grossly inflated damages award," while Pantech is asking the court to award it even more money. 

  • May 06, 2024

    Fla. Jury Sides With Polo Star In Fight Over Cloned Horse Deal

    A Florida federal jury on Monday handed an Argentine polo star a win on breach of contract and trade secret claims against a competitor over the use of genetic material in cloned foals.

  • May 06, 2024

    Miles Davis Photog Denied New Trial Over Kat Von D Tattoo

    A California federal judge on Friday denied a photographer's new trial motion in a copyright case accusing celebrity tattooist Kat Von D of infringing his portrait of Miles Davis, rejecting his argument that the jury's finding of fair use of the portrait conflicted with the evidence at trial.

  • May 06, 2024

    DC Circ. Dubious Of DMCA Speech-Rights Fight

    Opponents of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's anti-circumvention provision met a skeptical D.C. Circuit panel on Monday as judges grappled with whether the provision hinders First Amendment activity.

  • May 06, 2024

    Judge Turns Down Realtek's Patent 'Conspiracy' Case

    A California federal judge has found that Taiwanese chipmaker Realtek can't use the federal courts to sue one of its major rivals for allegedly using a "bounty" to fund "patent troll" litigation against it because that doesn't break any federal antitrust laws.

  • May 06, 2024

    Amazon Loses Bid To Ship Patent Case From EDTX To Wash.

    An Eastern District of Texas judge has denied Amazon's motion to transfer a two-factor authentication patent suit against it to the Western District of Washington, ruling that the e-commerce giant didn't show that its home base was clearly a more convenient location.

  • May 06, 2024

    Fed. Circ. Urged Not To Limit Use Of Patents Apps At PTAB

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Samsung, and tech industry groups have urged the Federal Circuit to reject an argument that patent applications can only be used to invalidate patents in inter partes reviews based on their publication date, saying the filing date is what counts.

  • May 06, 2024

    Home Builder Beats NC Trade Secrets Suit

    The North Carolina's business court scrapped an interior designer's claims that a competitor stole cabinetry designs and customer information when it hired a former employee, sparing only an accusation that the ex-worker embezzled money.

  • May 06, 2024

    Activision Blizzard Owes $23.4M In Patent Row, Jury Finds

    Video game developer Activision Blizzard owes Acceleration Bay $18 million for infringing a patent with its "World of Warcraft" game and an additional $5.4 million for infringing another patent in "Call of Duty," a Delaware federal jury found Friday.

  • May 06, 2024

    Experienced Trade Disputes Atty Joins Baker McKenzie In DC

    Baker McKenzie announced Monday that it has hired an experienced attorney with more than a decade spent working on international trade matters as a partner in its Washington, D.C., office.

  • May 06, 2024

    Mintz Adds Proskauer Life Sciences IP Litigation Team

    Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC has brought on a life sciences patent litigation team of roughly a dozen attorneys from Proskauer Rose LLP in Los Angeles, Boston and New York led by the former chair of Proskauer's life sciences patent practice, the firm announced Monday.

  • May 03, 2024

    10th Circ. Blasted For Warhol Reading In 'Tiger King' IP Suit

    Filmmakers, authors and law professors have urged the Tenth Circuit to revisit its decision to revive part of a copyright complaint against Netflix for its popular "Tiger King" docuseries, arguing that an appeals panel misapplied the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Warhol decision when it ruled against the streaming service.

Expert Analysis

  • Valeant Ruling May Pave Way For Patent-Based FCA Suits

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    The Ninth Circuit’s recent ruling in Silbersher v. Valeant marks a significant development in False Claims Act jurisprudence, opens new avenues for litigation and potentially raises the stakes for patent applicants who intend to do business with the government, say Joshua Robbins and Rick Taché at Buchalter.

  • Webpages Must Meet Accessibility Standard To Be Prior Art

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    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board's First Solar Inc. v. Rovshan Sade decision, that an available internet resource doesn't necessarily qualify as a prior art "printed publication" that is publicly accessible, serves as a reminder of the unforgiving requirements that must be satisfied to establish that a reference is a printed publication, say attorneys at Akin.

  • The Pros And Cons Of Protecting AI As Trade Secrets

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    Despite regulatory trends toward greater transparency of artificial intelligence models, federal policy acknowledges, and perhaps endorses, trade secret protection for AI information, but there are still hurdles in keeping AI information a secret, say Jennifer Maisel and Andrew Stewart at Rothwell Figg.

  • Trending At The PTAB: Navigating A Motion To Amend

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    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board's recent decisions in motions to amend patent claims highlight the challenges of taking advantage of the board's pilot program for amending such claims, and owners and petitioners should keep several strategic considerations in mind as the program continues through mid-September, say Joshua Goldberg and Kai Rajan at Finnegan.

  • How Firms Can Ensure Associate Gender Parity Lasts

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    Among associates, women now outnumber men for the first time, but progress toward gender equality at the top of the legal profession remains glacially slow, and firms must implement time-tested solutions to ensure associates’ gender parity lasts throughout their careers, say Kelly Culhane and Nicole Joseph at Culhane Meadows.

  • How Echoing Techniques Can Derail Witnesses At Deposition

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    Before depositions, defense attorneys must prepare witnesses to recognize covert echoing techniques that may be used by opposing counsel to lower their defenses and elicit sensitive information — potentially leading to nuclear settlements and verdicts, say Bill Kanasky and Steve Wood at Courtroom Sciences.

  • Fed. Circ. In Feb.: Using Prior Products To Invalidate A Patent

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    The Federal Circuit's recent Weber v. Provisu ruling, that prior-product operating manuals constituted printed publications that can be used to invalidate patents in an inter partes review proceeding, makes it easier for a petitioner to invalidate a patent, say Sean Murray and Jeremiah Helm at Knobbe Martens.

  • How Cos. Can Assess Open-Source Contribution Patent Risks

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    Recent trends underscore the importance of open-source software to the technology industry for both engineering and strategic purposes, and companies should consider using a framework that addresses whether contributions require granting licenses to patent claims in portfolios to analyze associated risks, says Shrut Kirti at TAE Technologies.

  • 7 Common Myths About Lateral Partner Moves

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    As lateral recruiting remains a key factor for law firm growth, partners considering a lateral move should be aware of a few commonly held myths — some of which contain a kernel of truth, and some of which are flat out wrong, says Dave Maurer at Major Lindsey.

  • What's At Stake In Pending Fed. Circ. Design Patent Test Case

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    The full Federal Circuit recently heard argument in LKQ v. GM Global, a case concerning patent obviousness in the aftermarket for auto parts; the court's decision will likely influence how design patents are obtained, enforced and challenged, and affect the broader innovation ecosystem, says Larry DeMeo at Hunton.

  • No AI FRAUD Act Is A Significant Step For Right Of Publicity

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    The No Artificial Intelligence Fake Replicas and Unauthorized Duplications Act's proposed federal right of publicity protection, including post-mortem rights, represents a significant step toward harmonizing the landscape of right of publicity law, Rachel Hofstatter and Aaron Rosenthal at Honigman.

  • Series

    Cheering In The NFL Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Balancing my time between a BigLaw career and my role as an NFL cheerleader has taught me that pursuing your passions outside of work is not a distraction, but rather an opportunity to harness important skills that can positively affect how you approach work and view success in your career, says Rachel Schuster at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Averting Patent And Other IP Risks In Generative AI Use

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    While leveraging generative AI presents potential problems such as loss of ownership of patents and other intellectual properties, a series of practice tips, including ensuring that the technology is used as a supplementary tool and is not contributing to invention conception, can help mitigate those concerns, say Mackenzie Martin and Bryce Bailey at Baker McKenzie.

  • After TikTok, Tiptoeing Toward Patent Transfer Alignment

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    Following the Fifth Circuit's TikTok decision, which aimed to standardize transfer analysis in patent cases, the Federal Circuit and Texas federal courts facing transfer requests have taken small steps to consider the practical realities of patent litigation, reinforcing the intensely factual focus of the analysis, says Charles Fowler at McKool Smith.

  • New Hydrogen Regulations Show The Need For IP Protections

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    The introduction of hydrogen regulations, such as the IRS' proposed tax credit for clean hydrogen under the Inflation Reduction Act, are reshaping the competitive landscape, with intellectual property rights an area of increased emphasis, say Evan Glass and James De Vellis at Foley & Lardner.

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