Intellectual Property

  • February 15, 2024

    Intellectual Property Group Of The Year: Irell

    Irell & Manella LLP helped VLSI win a nearly $949 million verdict against Intel Corp. for infringing a patent for microchip technology, and represented Netlist in its win where a jury said Samsung owes $303 million for willfully infringing five flash memory patents, earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2023 Intellectual Property Groups of the Year.

  • February 14, 2024

    Pfizer Reaches $93M Deal With Lipitor Buyers In Antitrust MDL

    Pfizer Inc. has agreed to shell out $93 million to put to rest Lipitor buyers' claims in sprawling antitrust multidistrict litigation over the cholesterol medication that stretches back more than a decade, according to a motion filed Wednesday in New Jersey federal court.

  • February 14, 2024

    American Airlines Settles Ticketing Row With Travel Website

    American Airlines Inc. told a Texas federal court Tuesday that it has settled its lawsuit claiming that Kiwi.com sold the airline's tickets and displayed American's trademarks and copyright-protected flight symbol without permission.

  • February 14, 2024

    Honda, Ford Push For Review Of New Wireless IP

    Honda is urging U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director Kathi Vidal to vacate the Patent Trial and Appeal Board's decision not to review a Neo Wireless patent it had challenged, the same day Ford did the same.

  • February 14, 2024

    What's Left Of Judge Newman's DC Suit Likely Won't Go Far

    A D.C. federal judge may be allowing suspended U.S. Circuit Judge Pauline Newman to pursue a handful of arguments over the constitutionality of the Judicial Conduct and Disability Act, but attorneys told Law360 they aren't convinced those claims will fare any better than those already dismissed by the court.

  • February 14, 2024

    PTAB Denies DJI's Request To Review Textron Drone Patent

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board will not review the validity of a Textron Innovations Inc. drone patent challenged by Chinese rival SZ DJI Technology Co. Ltd. after finding that DJI failed to show that the claims are likely invalid.

  • February 14, 2024

    Nokia Exposure Over $23M Oral Deal Won't Be Clear Until Trial

    A federal judge said Wednesday she won't decide until trial what framework a jury will use to decide damages in a New Hampshire telecom's case against Nokia over an alleged breach of a 2017 oral contract to integrate noise-filtering technology into Nokia's cell networks.

  • February 14, 2024

    March Trial Set For Samsung Claims Against Ex-IP Attys

    A Texas federal judge has backed a magistrate judge's recommendation to resolve Samsung's claims of misconduct against two of its former in-house intellectual property attorneys through a bench trial.

  • February 14, 2024

    Music Licensor Sues Restaurant For Performing Disco Songs

    A New York music licensor has hit a Detroit-area restaurant with a copyright suit over the unauthorized performance of three 1970s-era disco songs by artists like the Bee Gees and KC and the Sunshine Band, telling the Michigan court that it had reached out to the dining establishment over 50 times ahead of filing its claims.

  • February 14, 2024

    Albright Snubs Plea That Meta Transfer Will Doom EDTX Suits

    Western District of Texas Judge Alan Albright has rejected an oil field equipment supplier's objections to a magistrate judge's ruling that transferred a patent case against Meta from the Lone Star State to California, saying the objections don't have merit.

  • February 14, 2024

    Pentagon Rule Aims To Cut Iranian Fuel From Overseas Ops

    A proposed rule posted Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Defense would put contractors on the hook to prove that fuel they provide for military operations overseas was not sourced from prohibited countries such as Iran.

  • February 14, 2024

    Split Fed. Circ. Won't Revive Patent Case Against Bank

    Judges on the Federal Circuit split in a Wednesday finding on how exactly the courts should read the phrase "transaction partner" in a patent lawsuit against a regional bank in Indiana, with the majority opting to agree with a federal judge in Illinois that the words could only be construed in such a way that meant the patent case couldn't hold up in court.

  • February 14, 2024

    GoTV Asks For New Trial, Says Netflix 'Tainted' $2.5M Award

    GoTV Streaming LLC has asked a California court for a new damages trial after a jury found that Netflix owed the company only $2.5 million for infringing its wireless patent, arguing that Netflix misled the court and showed the jury evidence that artificially suppressed the award amount.

  • February 14, 2024

    Jordan Spieth Fights Subpoena In Under Armour Patent Suit

    Golf pro and Dallas native Jordan Spieth wants to avoid testifying in a patent suit claiming Under Armour stole design features of high-performance athletic shoes, as basketball superstar Steph Curry simultaneously squashed a subpoena in the same case.

  • February 14, 2024

    GSK Exec Joins Troutman Pepper's Life Sciences IP Team

    Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP continued to expand its health sciences services in the Philadelphia region with the addition this week of a patent practitioner who joined the firm after more than 20 years with GlaxoSmithKline.

  • February 14, 2024

    Intellectual Property Group Of The Year: Gibson Dunn

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP scored a directed verdict of noninfringement for Dell during a $435 million patent trial in front of U.S. District Judge Alan Albright and shielded SharkNinja from any business interruption during proceedings before the U.S. International Trade Commission, earning the firm a spot in Law360's 2023 Intellectual Property Groups of the Year.

  • February 14, 2024

    Detroit Firm Adds 3 Attys, Including Ex-GM Software Engineer

    An intellectual property law firm in Detroit has recruited a trio of patent prosecution lawyers, including a former software engineer at GM and another lawyer who is going to lead the firm's new office in St. Louis.

  • February 14, 2024

    Bulleit Is No Household Name, Distiller Tells 2nd Circ.

    The Bulleit brand may be well known among whiskey drinkers but does not have the general fame needed to support a jury's finding that its bottle shape is protected by trademark law, an attorney for rival distiller W.J. Deutsch & Sons Ltd. told the Second Circuit during a hearing Wednesday.

  • February 13, 2024

    Wireless Tech Co. Can't Get $12.5M Award OK'd At 4th Circ.

    The Fourth Circuit on Tuesday overturned the enforcement of a $12.5 million arbitral award issued in a trade secrets dispute between wireless technology companies, ruling in a published opinion that the lower court lacked jurisdiction under the U.S. Supreme Court's 2022 decision in Badgerow v. Walters.

  • February 13, 2024

    Judge Says Latham Deserves Default Win Over Scam Domains

    Latham & Watkins LLP should be handed a default win against an unknown scammer it accused of registering dozens of domain names to impersonate the firm and one of its attorneys in an attempt to defraud clients, a federal magistrate judge in Virginia recommended Tuesday, determining the firm has a protectable interest in a valid trademark.

  • February 13, 2024

    Indian Pharma Co. Can't Get Fees In $950M COVID Vax Suit

    A Seattle federal judge has nixed an Indian generic-drug maker's bid for about $3 million in attorney fees after it prevailed in a biotherapy company's $950 million lawsuit accusing it of stealing its COVID-19 vaccine, saying the maker didn't convince him it spent extra money litigating the suit.

  • February 13, 2024

    Expert's 11th-Hour Change Blocked In Pet Device IP Retrial

    A New Jersey federal judge refused Tuesday to allow an expert witness to make an 11th-hour addition to his report on the "head start" period in a new damages trial on an inventor's claim that a pet supply company misappropriated her idea for a skin medicine applicator for dogs and cats.

  • February 13, 2024

    Wyndham Gets Default Win In Timeshare Exit Suit

    A Florida federal judge has granted Wyndham Vacation Ownership Inc. a default victory in its lawsuit accusing multiple companies of levying unnecessary fees to help customers exit their timeshares, after adopting a magistrate's report and recommendation when one company failed to respond.

  • February 13, 2024

    4 Takeaways From USPTO Guidance On AI And Patents

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's guidance on patents for inventions developed using artificial intelligence makes clear that help from the technology does not foreclose getting a patent, but sets standards that will spur litigation and create new obligations for attorneys, experts say.

  • February 13, 2024

    Likee Video App Can't Swipe Away BMG's Copyright Suit

    The company behind Likee must face a trimmed version of BMG's copyright lawsuit alleging the short-video creation app exploits artists' music without permission, a California federal judge ruled, tossing the music publisher's direct infringement claim but keeping alive its claim of contributory infringement.

Expert Analysis

  • How AI Inventorship Is Evolving In The UK, EU And US

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    While the U.K. Supreme Court's recent decision in Thaler v. Comptroller-General is the latest in a series of decisions by U.K., U.S. and EU authorities that artificial intelligence systems cannot be named as inventors in patents, the guidance from these jurisdictions suggests that patents may be granted to human inventors that use AI as a sophisticated tool, say lawyers at Mayer Brown.

  • How Biotech Cos. Can Utilize Synthetic Royalty Financing

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    Synthetic royalty transactions have been on the rise as a funding structure for biotechnology companies, but questions have arisen surrounding how such transactions work, and structuring them correctly requires a nuanced understanding, say Todd Trattner and Ryan Murr at Gibson Dunn.

  • Copyright Lessons Following Ruling In Artist AI Suit

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    The recent California district court ruling in Andersen v. Stability AI — that artists needed to specify how the training of artificial intelligence tools violated their copyrights — shows that lawyers on either side of generative AI matters must carefully navigate copyright issues including temporary copying and data sourcing, says Carlos Araya at Magnolia Abogados.

  • The Legal Industry Needs A Cybersecurity Paradigm Shift

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    As law firms face ever-increasing risks of cyberattacks and ransomware incidents, the legal industry must implement robust cybersecurity measures and privacy-centric practices to preserve attorney-client privilege, safeguard client trust and uphold the profession’s integrity, says Ryan Paterson at Unplugged.

  • Fed. Circ. In Jan.: One Word Can Affect Claim Construction

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    The Federal Circuit's recent Pacific Biosciences v. Personal Genomics decision highlights how even construction of a simple term can be dispositive, and thus disputed, in view of the specific context provided by the surrounding claim language, say Jeremiah Helm and Sean Murray at Knobbe.

  • The State Of Play In NIL, Compensation For Student-Athletes

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    Recent NCAA developments — including name, image, and likeness legislation and a governance and compensation proposal — reflect a shift from the initial hands-off approach to student-athletes' NIL deals and an effort to allow colleges to directly compensate student-athletes without categorizing them as employees, say attorneys at Pillsbury.

  • 5 Reasons Associates Shouldn't Take A Job Just For Money

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    As a number of BigLaw firms increase salary scales for early-career attorneys, law students and lateral associates considering new job offers should weigh several key factors that may matter more than financial compensation, say Albert Tawil at Lateral Hub and Ruvin Levavi at Power Forward.

  • UK Ruling Revitalizes Discussions On Harmonizing AI And IP

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    The U.K. Supreme Court's decision in Thaler v. Comptroller-General last month has reinvigorated ongoing discussions about how the developments in artificial intelligence fit within the existing intellectual property legislative landscape, illustrating that effective regulation will be critical as the value and influence of this sector grows, say Nick White and Olivia Gray at Charles Russell.

  • Expediting Psychedelics Approvals In The US And Canada

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    Accelerated regulatory pathways for psychedelics in the U.S. and Canada play a pivotal role in the progression of drugs, devices and novel therapies toward commercialization, say Kimberly Chew at Husch Blackwell, and Ana Dukic and Sabrina Ramkellawan at AxialBridge.

  • Series

    Playing Competitive Tennis Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My experience playing competitive tennis has highlighted why prioritizing exercise and stress relief, maintaining perspective under pressure, and supporting colleagues in pursuit of a common goal are all key aspects of championing a successful legal career, says Madhumita Datta at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • Series

    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge Djerassi On Super Bowl 52

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    Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Ramy Djerassi discusses how Super Bowl 52, in which the Philadelphia Eagles prevailed over the New England Patriots, provides an apt metaphor for alternative dispute resolution processes in commercial business cases.

  • AI Takes Transformers Beyond Robots In Disguise

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    At the intersection of artificial intelligence and copyright law, the shape-shifting models known as transformers raise the question of whether using copyrighted materials to train such models constitutes a transformative use, says Sean Li at Benesch.

  • AI Inventorship Patent Options After UK Supreme Court Ruling

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    The U.K. Supreme Court's recent ruling in Thaler v. Comptroller-General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks that an AI system cannot be an inventor raises questions about alternative approaches to patent protection for AI-generated inventions and how the decision might affect infringement and validity disputes around such patents, says David Knight at Brown Rudnick.

  • Considerations For Lawyer Witnesses After FTX Trial

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    Sam Bankman-Fried's recent trial testimony about his lawyers' involvement in FTX's business highlights the need for attorney-witnesses to understand privilege issues in order to avoid costly discovery disputes and, potentially, uncover critical evidence an adversary might seek to conceal, says Lawrence Bluestone at Genova Burns.

  • Del. Ruling Features Valuable Analysis For IPR Estoppel Args

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    Last month, the District Court of Delaware held in Prolitec v. ScentAir Technologies that IPR estoppel does not apply to device art, and the analysis in the case provides welcome illumination for how IPR estoppel arguments should be decided, says Chris Ponder at Sheppard Mullin.

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