Intellectual Property

  • June 27, 2024

    Warner Bros. Sued Over Presidential Debate Streaming Rights

    Warner Bros. Discovery is facing a suit by a YouTuber in California federal court claiming it has refused to offer social media creators streaming and commentary rights for the presidential debate.

  • June 27, 2024

    Fed. Circ. Backs Ax Of United Therapeutics' Drug Patent

    The Federal Circuit has affirmed a Patent Trial and Appeal Board finding that claims in a United Therapeutics Corp. high blood pressure drug patent challenged by Liquidia Technologies were invalid as obvious, even though Liquidia's petition included an expert declaration that did not have a required oath.

  • June 27, 2024

    GoodPop Says Rival Misleads With '100% Real Fruit' Claim

    The makers of GoodPop popsicles sued rival Jonny Pops LLC on Thursday, saying that despite Jonny Pops advertising its products as being made with "100% real fruit" and healthy "simple ingredients," the pops are mostly water and added sugar well beyond what is healthy for children or adults.

  • June 27, 2024

    EU High Court Upends Servier Decrease Of Pay-For-Delay Fine

    French pharmaceutical giant Servier is back on the hook for all but €2.4 million ($2.57 million) of a more than €300 million European Union antitrust fine after the European Court of Justice upended a lower court decision that had reduced the penalty by over €100 million.

  • June 27, 2024

    TurboTax Maker Wipes Out 2 Of 3 Software Patents At PTAB

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board delivered a mixed bag of decisions in patent challenges brought by Intuit against a small software outfit that claims to have invented the idea of "co-browsing."

  • June 27, 2024

    Rec Sports Co. Wants Proof Behind Trade Secret Theft Claims

    A recreational sports club that was accused of receiving a competitor's confidential customer information has demanded that its accuser produce its evidence, telling a New Jersey federal judge that it is "mystified" by the allegations.

  • June 27, 2024

    Nike Loses 3 Fitness Tracking Patents At PTAB

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has invalidated three Nike patents related to fitness tracking technology, challenged by retailer Lululemon Athletica Inc., in a ruling that follows setbacks for Nike at the PTAB in May.

  • June 27, 2024

    UPC Adds 8 Science And Technology Specialist Judges

    The European Union's Unified Patent Court has appointed a host of new judges, each with expertise in the fields of science and technology, as it grows in its second year in operation.

  • June 26, 2024

    Design Patent Attys Wary Of Applicant Disclosure Proposal

    Various intellectual property trade groups are expressing some skepticism toward a proposal over the United Nations using a new treaty to force design patent applicants to disclose more details in their applications.

  • June 26, 2024

    Ex-Ameriprise Father-Son Duo Agree To Return Biz Info

    A father and son and their former employer, financial services company Ameriprise, have reached an agreement that will see the two men return confidential records they allegedly took "in the dark of the night" as they exited the company for jobs with a competitor.

  • June 26, 2024

    Ga. High Court Told To Skip Inventor's 'Clerical Mistake' Fight

    A unit of the analytics giant Clarivate is telling Georgia's highest court that a neurosurgeon's $102 million legal malpractice case over "a clerical mistake" in a patent filing from an aggrieved former FisherBroyles client is definitely "not a cert-worthy case."

  • June 26, 2024

    3rd Circ. Won't Revive Distillery Investor's RICO, Secrets Case

    The Third Circuit on Wednesday agreed that the main investor of a Pennsylvania distillery can't revive his federal racketeering or trade secret claims against a former business partner and others related to the craft liquor business.

  • June 26, 2024

    IP Co. Breaching Investment Laws, Shareholder Alleges In Del.

    A shareholder of patent developer Network-1 Technologies Inc. has sued the company in Delaware's Court of Chancery, saying he needs to see the company's books and records to investigate, among other things, whether it is "operating as an unregistered investment company, contrary to the Investment Company Act of 1940."

  • June 26, 2024

    Artists Drum Up Support For Bill To Pay Music Royalties

    Congress needs to protect musical artists' intellectual property rights by requiring radio broadcasters to pay royalties for airing their sound performances, as most other countries do, the recording industry told lawmakers Wednesday.

  • June 26, 2024

    Feds To Reassess Whether Garage Door Imports Violated Patents

    The U.S. International Trade Commission will be reviewing an administrative law judge's ruling that Nortek Inc. violated U.S. trade law by importing products that infringe on a rival's intellectual property.

  • June 26, 2024

    Ex-Ticketmaster Exec Pleads Guilty In Hacking Case

    A former director of client relations at Ticketmaster pled guilty Wednesday to taking part in a scheme to hack into a rival company's computer system in an attempt to gain a competitive advantage.

  • June 26, 2024

    Nantucket Festival Owner Sues Over Alleged Imposter Event

    The longtime operator of Nantucket's Wine and Food Festival says a former vendor has set up a competing event with a similar name, misleading potential participants into believing the original event was acquired and that the new name was merely a "rebrand."

  • June 26, 2024

    Apple Watch Improvement Is 'Inferior,' Docs Tell 9th Circ.

    Four cardiac specialists backed medical monitoring startup AliveCor against Apple in a Ninth Circuit amicus brief Tuesday arguing a district court wrongly nixed antitrust claims by crediting the phaseout of a heart rate monitoring algorithm as an improvement when all it did was deny patient access to "potentially life-saving" technology.

  • June 26, 2024

    Fed. Circ. Says No Fees For HID Global In Patent Suit

    The Federal Circuit has backed a U.S. Court of Federal Claims finding that HID Global Corp. can't have attorney fees after being let out of patent litigation brought by Giesecke & Devrient, but it affirmed on different grounds.

  • June 26, 2024

    House GOP Gears Up For The End Of Chevron Deference

    A new memo outlines how House Republicans are gearing up for the U.S. Supreme Court to potentially overturn the decades-old precedent that courts defer to agencies' interpretations of ambiguous statutes, as an opportunity to roll back the Biden administration's policies and reclaim Congress' power.

  • June 26, 2024

    Authors Suing OpenAI Must Hand Over Pre-Suit Test Data

    A California federal magistrate judge ordered a group of authors accusing OpenAI of copyright infringement to hand over information related to their pre-suit testing of the company's artificial intelligence bot ChatGPT, saying they waived their ability to say it's protected work product by including some test results in their lawsuit.

  • June 26, 2024

    Newspapers Rip OpenAI, Microsoft Bids To End Copyright Suit

    Eight newspapers accusing Microsoft Corp. and OpenAI Inc. of infringing copyrights of their works to train their chatbots have blasted the companies' dismissal bids in New York federal court, saying OpenAI's motion reads "like a press release" instead of a legal argument and that Microsoft is "focused on telling its story," which the papers contend "is full of holes."

  • June 26, 2024

    US Leads Charge As $7T Poured Into Intangible Assets In 2023

    Investment in intangible assets grew at more than triple the pace of physical investment over the past 15 years to reach $6.9 trillion in 2023 with the U.S. and the U.K. leading the spend, the World Intellectual Property Organization has said.

  • June 25, 2024

    NC Judge Bars Consultant From Lying About Packaging Patent

    A North Carolina federal judge has enjoined a patent owner from "making bad-faith, objectively false assertions of infringement" to insulated box maker Eco Fiber Inc.'s customers, as past assertions to the company's main customer have put it at "severe risk of losing [its] business."

  • June 25, 2024

    Riley Safer Expands IP Practice With Chicago Partner

    Chicago firm Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP has bolstered its intellectual property practice by bringing on board an experienced litigator from Goldman Ismail Tomaselli Brennan & Baum, the law firm announced Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Should NIL Collectives Be Allowed Tax-Favored Status?

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    Arguments are being made for and against allowing organizations to provide charitable contribution tax deductions for donations used to compensate student-athletes, a practice with impacts on competition for student-athletes and overall tax fairness, but ultimately it is a question for Congress, say Andres Castillo and Barry Gogel at the University of Maryland School of Law.

  • What 100 Federal Cases Suggest About Changes To Chevron

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    With the U.S. Supreme Court poised to overturn or narrow its 40-year-old doctrine of Chevron deference, a review of 100 recent federal district court decisions confirm that changes to the Chevron framework will have broad ramifications — but the magnitude of the impact will depend on the details of the high court's ruling, say Kali Schellenberg and Jon Cochran at LeVan Stapleton.

  • Patent Damages Jury Verdicts Aren't Always End Of The Story

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    Recent outcomes demonstrate that patent damages jury verdicts are often challenged and are overturned approximately one-third of the time, and successful verdict challenges typically occur at the appellate level and concern patent validity and infringement, say James Donohue and Marie Sanyal at Charles River.

  • Manufacturers Should Pay Attention To 'Right-To-Repair' Laws

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    Oregon’s recently passed "right-to-repair" statute highlights that the R2R movement is not going away, and that manufacturers of all kinds need to be paying attention to the evolving list of R2R statutes in various states and consider participating in the process, says Courtney Sarnow at Culhane.

  • Why High Court May Have Rejected IP Obviousness Appeal

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    Attorneys at Womble Bond analyze possible reasons the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Vanda Pharmaceuticals' request to review the Federal Circuit’s reasonable expectation of success standard for determining obviousness, including that the court was unpersuaded by the company's argument that Amgen v. Sanofi places a bind on drug developers.

  • Opinion

    Viral Deepfakes Of Taylor Swift Highlight Need For Regulation

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    As the nation grapples with addressing risk from artificial intelligence use, the recent circulation of AI-generated pornographic images of Taylor Swift on the social platform X highlights the need for federal legislation to protect nonconsenting subjects of deepfake pornography, say Nicole Brenner and Susie Ruiz-Lichter at Squire Patton.

  • A Guide To Using The DTSA For Misappropriation Recourse

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    Nicholas Armington at Mintz explains the ins and outs of drafting a misappropriation complaint under the Defend Trade Secrets Act, and how and why companies should think strategically about federal and state law when filing a claim.

  • How Cos. Can Protect IP In Light Of FTC Noncompete Rule

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    While several groups are challenging the Federal Trade Commission’s recently approved rule banning noncompetition agreements, employers should begin planning other ways to protect their valuable trade secrets, confidential information and other intellectual property, says Thomas Duston at Marshall Gerstein.

  • The Fed. Circ. In April: Hurdles Remain For Generics

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    The Federal Circuit’s recent Salix v. Norwich ruling — where Salix's brand-name drug's patents were invalidated — is a reminder to patent practitioners that invalidating a competitor's patents may not guarantee abbreviated new drug application approval, say Sean Murray and Jeremiah Helm at Knobbe Martens.

  • Don't Use The Same Template For Every Client Alert

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    As the old marketing adage goes, consistency is key, but law firm style guides need consistency that contemplates variety when it comes to client alert formats, allowing attorneys to tailor alerts to best fit the audience and subject matter, says Jessica Kaplan at Legally Penned.

  • Series

    Walking With My Dog Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Thanks to my dog Birdie, I've learned that carving out an activity different from the practice of law — like daily outdoor walks that allow you to interact with new people — can contribute to professional success by boosting creativity and mental acuity, as well as expanding your social network, says Sarah Petrie at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.

  • The Secret Sauce For Trademarking Viral Food Products

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    Three recent high-profile trademark disputes in the food industry illustrate the importance of protecting brands early — especially for any company aiming for viral fame — and underscore the value of intent-to-use applications, say Elliot Gee and Matthew Dowd at Dowd Scheffel.

  • Chanel TM Ruling Shows Resellers Must Tread Carefully

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    The Southern District of New York's recent jury verdict in Chanel v. What Goes Around Comes Around, in which Chanel brought trademark infringement and false association claims, serves as a reminder that businesses must routinely ensure their practices are protected by the first sale and fair use doctrines, say Stephen Barrett and Gabriela Rios at Wilson Elser.

  • Think Like A Lawyer: Follow The Iron Rule Of Trial Logic

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    Many diligent and eager attorneys include every good fact, point and rule in their trial narratives — spurred by the gnawing fear they’ll be second-guessed for leaving something out — but this approach ignores a fundamental principle of successful trial lawyering, says Luke Andrews at Poole Huffman.

  • Fed. Circ. Ruling Shows Difficulty Of Proving Deceptive Intent

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    The Federal Circuit’s recent Freshub v. Amazon decision demonstrates how proving the deceptive intent requirement for inequitable conduct can be challenging, even when there is a five-year delay after abandonment before revival, say attorneys at BCLP.

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