Intellectual Property

  • May 01, 2024

    Artist Can Exhibit 'MetaBirkins' NFT Despite TM Trial Loss

    A New York federal judge has said the Los Angeles-based designer behind the "MetaBirkins" non-fungible token can provide permission to a Swedish museum to display his trademark-infringing artwork, despite an injunction barring him from promoting or selling the NFTs.

  • May 01, 2024

    Fed. Circ. Revives WDTX Patent Suit Tossed Over Standing

    The Federal Circuit on Wednesday reversed a decision by Western District of Texas Judge Alan Albright that a company suing Zebra Technologies Corp. for patent infringement lacked constitutional standing, holding instead that the plaintiff retained patent rights under a loan agreement.

  • May 01, 2024

    Fla., NY, DC Join Suit Demanding Halt To NCAA's NIL Policies

    Florida, New York and the District of Columbia on Wednesday joined Tennessee and Virginia in their antitrust lawsuit challenging the NCAA's policies on name, image and likeness rights, asking that the preliminary injunction barring enforcement of its NIL rules be made permanent.

  • May 01, 2024

    Judge Enjoins Baseball Bat Cos. In Fla. Trademark Fight

    A pair of companies owned by ex-MLB player Yoenis Céspedes have won a preliminary injunction against several businesses in an intellectual property dispute in Florida federal court over baseball bats, saying the former New York Mets outfielder's companies are likely to succeed on a trademark claim.

  • May 01, 2024

    J&J Unit Cuts Deal To End Cancer Drug Trade Secret Fight

    A New Jersey federal judge has signed off on a consent judgment that permanently bars Chinese drugmaker Jiangsu Hengrui Pharmaceuticals Co. from misappropriating Johnson and Johnson's pharmaceutical subsidiary Janssen's trade secrets for its popular chemotherapy drug Yondelis.

  • May 01, 2024

    'Shark Tank'-Backed Card Maker Greets Rival With IP Suit

    A greeting card company that was backed by an investor on the TV show "Shark Tank" hit a competitor with a federal suit alleging it copied card designs and violated several patents.

  • May 01, 2024

    Metal Biz Owner Cops To Tax Fraud On $2.8M Income

    The owner of a metal fabrication company admitted to neglecting to report nearly $3 million in business income to the IRS, Connecticut federal prosecutors announced.

  • May 01, 2024

    Game Developer Denies Copying Rival's 'Generic' Racing App

    A British game developer has hit back at its French rival in a copyright feud over the pair's mobile games, telling a London court that any similarities between the apps are nondistinctive features that don't merit protection.

  • May 01, 2024

    Crowell & Moring Adds 2 More Neal Gerber Attys In Chicago

    Crowell & Moring LLP announced Wednesday that it has hired two more attorneys from Chicago-based Neal Gerber & Eisenberg LLP to bolster its corporate services.

  • April 30, 2024

    Tech. Orgs Deny Being 'Apple's Puppets' In Watch Ban Fight

    A group of technology industry groups claimed they are "not Apple's puppets" as they seek to back the company in its Federal Circuit appeal of the U.S. International Trade Commission's ban on imports of Apple Watch models capable of monitoring blood oxygen levels.

  • April 30, 2024

    'Hatchet-Wielding' Killer Can't Join Netflix Suit, Judge Rules

    Convicted killer "Kai the Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker" can't get in on a defamation suit involving a Netflix documentary about the murderer's life, a Texas federal judge ruled Monday, saying that his claims don't have a sufficient basis to warrant intervention in the lawsuit.

  • April 30, 2024

    Pharmacyclics Can't Score Fees After Imbruvica Patent Win

    Delaware's top federal judge on Tuesday told AbbVie's Pharmacyclics LLC unit that it was "also guilty of vexatious conduct" and had no standing to seek legal fees after it won a patent infringement suit against generic-drug rivals over its branded blockbuster cancer drug Imbruvica.

  • April 30, 2024

    Amgen Cuts Deal To End Bone Drug IP Suit Against Sandoz

    A New Jersey federal judge has signed off on a deal that would end a suit where Amgen accused Sandoz of infringing patents on treatments for bone cancer and bone problems.

  • April 30, 2024

    OpenAI Tries To Throw Out Another Copyright Case

    OpenAI is seeking to dismiss a suit in New York federal court from two alternative news websites asserting copyright infringement allegations against the Microsoft Corp.-backed artificial intelligence developer, saying they haven't shown they've been harmed.

  • April 30, 2024

    Where VLSI-Intel's High-Stakes Patent Battle Stands Now

    Intel has managed to turn the tide on litigation where it had faced the daunting possibility of owing VLSI Technology more than $3 billion for infringing microchip patents, with the tech company winning patent invalidations and a large verdict do-over. Here's a look at where the multifaceted litigation between the companies stands.

  • April 30, 2024

    Microsoft Says Ex-Worker Made 'Trojan Horse' Patent Claims

    Microsoft accused an ex-employee of staging a "Trojan horse" in a breach of contract case to get patent damages otherwise not allowed in state court, urging a Washington federal judge to keep control of the case over Xbox console patents.

  • April 30, 2024

    Ex-Enforcers Back CoStar At 9th Circ. Against Antitrust Claims

    Several former antitrust enforcers told the Ninth Circuit that a lower court was right to toss a rival's claims that CoStar monopolizes commercial real estate information markets despite concerns from the Federal Trade Commission about the allegations.

  • April 30, 2024

    Samsung Gets PTAB To Sink Patent Tied To $142M Verdict

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has ruled in favor of Samsung Electronics Co. LTD in the company's challenge to LTE technology owned by G+ Communications LLC, invalidating one of the patents involved in a Texas case where G+ won a $142 million verdict against the tech giant.

  • April 30, 2024

    Sens. Behind Deepfake Draft Bill Say US Needs To Act Now

    U.S. senators proposing draft legislation to address the explosion of artificial intelligence-generated replicas of individuals expressed urgency Tuesday about passing a law that overhauls the nation's patchwork of right of publicity protections, saying Congress cannot afford to do nothing.

  • April 30, 2024

    FTC Continues To Target 'Junk' Drug Patents

    Federal trade officials told a series of pharmaceutical companies — including the makers of the controversial diabetes and weight loss drug Ozempic — that they may have listed faulty patents in a key register of a federal drug database.

  • April 30, 2024

    Fed. Circ. Upholds TM Win For Brazilian Hair Products Co.

    A Tuesday precedential ruling from the Federal Circuit sided with a Brazilian hair products maker in its legal fight with a Massachusetts businessman over who could claim a Portuguese phrase celebrating curly hair.

  • April 30, 2024

    Ex-DraftKings Exec Blocked From US Role At Rival Fanatics

    A Boston federal judge Tuesday blocked a former DraftKings executive from doing the same line of work for rival Fanatics in the U.S., citing his "evasive" testimony about his decampment to Fanatics.

  • April 30, 2024

    Hospital Says IP Spat Shouldn't Delay Children's Center Build

    A Michigan hospital system has asked a judge to deny an attempt to block construction of a children's rehabilitation hospital, saying it did not copy its former architect's design and has made significant design pivots since terminating the firm's contract.

  • April 30, 2024

    Alden Newspapers Allege OpenAI, Microsoft Rip Off IP

    Eight regional newspapers owned by private equity giant Alden Global Capital sued OpenAI and Microsoft in New York federal court Tuesday, accusing the tech companies of ripping off the newspapers' copyrights and misappropriating news articles to train AI chatbots that also allegedly spread fake news falsely attributed to the newspapers.

  • April 30, 2024

    Kimmel Calls Mocking Santos' Cameo Vids 'Classic' Fair Use

    Late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel has urged a Manhattan federal court to toss a copyright complaint from indicted former congressman George Santos over Cameo clips the comedian tricked him into making for fodder on his show, saying videos to "mock a controversial political figure" are a "quintessential example" of fair use.

Expert Analysis

  • Key Factors In Establishing Compelling Merits At The PTAB

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    A look at over 450 Patent Trial and Appeal Board decisions between June 2022 and now provides insights into strategies for petitioners and patent owners in establishing compelling merits arguments in post-grant proceedings, say David Holman and Tyler Liu at Sterne Kessler.

  • Business Litigators Have A Source Of Untapped Fulfillment

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    As increasing numbers of attorneys struggle with stress and mental health issues, business litigators can find protection against burnout by remembering their important role in society — because fulfillment in one’s work isn’t just reserved for public interest lawyers, say Bennett Rawicki and Peter Bigelow at Hilgers Graben.

  • Takeaways From USPTO's AI-Assisted Invention Guidance

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    Recently issued guidance from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office clarifies how patent inventorship is to be determined when AI is involved, and while the immediate risk of prosecution for failing to meet the new standards appears low, the extent of examiners’ scrutiny remains to be seen, say attorneys at Foley & Lardner.

  • The Taylor Swift Effect: Leveraging IP Thresholds In Ads

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    The Cetaphil #GameTimeGlow commercial, which aired before the Super Bowl, has garnered attention for its indirect use of Taylor Swift-related symbols that were easily spotted by fans — sparking questions about the legality of nodding to the iconic pop star without violating intellectual property rights, say attorneys at ​​​​​​​Brooks Kushman.

  • 5 Ways To Hone Deposition Skills And Improve Results

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    Depositions must never be taken for granted in the preparations needed to win a dispositive motion or a trial, and five best practices, including knowing when to hire a videographer, can significantly improve outcomes, says James Argionis at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Series

    Skiing Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    A lifetime of skiing has helped me develop important professional skills, and taught me that embracing challenges with a spirit of adventure can allow lawyers to push boundaries, expand their capabilities and ultimately excel in their careers, says Andrea Przybysz at Tucker Ellis.

  • Can A DAO Be Sued? SDNY Case May Hold The Answer

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    A case pending in the Southern District of New York will examine whether decentralized crypto co-op MakerDAO is a partnership with the capacity to be sued in federal court, and the decision could shape how legal frameworks will adapt to accommodate blockchain technologies moving forward, say attorneys at Haynes Boone.

  • Navigating Trade Secret Litigation In A High-Stakes Landscape

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    Recent eye-popping verdicts are becoming increasingly common in trade secret litigation — but employers can take several proactive steps to protect proprietary information and defend against misappropriation accusations in order to avoid becoming the next headline, say Jessica Mason and Jack FitzGerald at Foley & Lardner.

  • Disney Copyright Expiration Spurs Trademark Questions

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    While the recent expiration of Disney’s Steamboat Willie copyright is not likely to have an immediate impact, it could provide clarity on the extent to which trademark rights in character names and appearance affect what others can do with characters from works whose copyright has expired, says Bryan Wheelock at Harness IP.

  • Think Like A Lawyer: Forget Everything You Know About IRAC

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    The mode of legal reasoning most students learn in law school, often called “Issue, Rule, Application, Conclusion,” or IRAC, erroneously frames analysis as a separate, discrete step, resulting in disorganized briefs and untold obfuscation — but the fix is pretty simple, says Luke Andrews at Poole Huffman.

  • Opinion

    There Is No NCAA Supremacy Clause, Especially For NIL

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    A recent Tennessee federal court ruling illustrates the NCAA's problematic position that its member schools should violate state law rather than its rules — and the organization's legal history with the dormant commerce clause raises a fundamental constitutional issue that will have to be resolved before attorneys can navigate NIL with confidence, says Patrick O’Donnell at HWG.

  • 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.

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