The two-year legal war between Apple Inc. and Qualcomm Inc. over patents, licensing practices and trade secrets is barreling ahead, with a series of notable legal developments in recent months. Here is everything you need to know to get up to speed.
Law360’s latest roundup of notable patent developments outside the U.S. includes a stop in Australia, where a court has given new hope to software patent applicants, and China, which is considering a legislative proposal that could lead to larger damages awards.
Rocawear clothing owner Iconix Brand Group Inc. told a New York state court that Jay-Z's complaints about the American Arbitration Association's lack of diversity in an intellectual property dispute are an attempt to dodge arbitration "masquerading as a crusade to create further diversity."
Tinder co-founder Sean Rad violated trade secret protection agreements by making copies of his work emails and other documents, Tinder owner Match Group Inc. and its parent company said in a suit filed in New York state court.
A Texas federal judge ruled Wednesday that Texas’ anti-SLAPP law does not apply in federal court, denying Neology Inc.'s motion to dismiss a $1 million lawsuit alleging the RFID technology company published false claims that a rival company stole trade secrets.
Auto parts maker JTEKT Corp. does not have constitutional standing to bring its case challenging rival GKN Automotive Ltd.'s favorable decision from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board up to the federal courts as the Japanese company would not be injured by the patent, GKN said in its U.S. Supreme Court brief.
The Third Circuit on Wednesday affirmed that a Chubb Ltd. insurer doesn’t have to cover Tela Bio Inc.’s costs to defend against a trade secrets and unfair competition lawsuit brought by rival LifeCell Corp. over a hernia treatment product, agreeing with a lower court that the underlying action doesn’t contain any potentially covered defamation claims.
Johnson & Johnson told a Pennsylvania federal judge Tuesday that Walgreens and Kroger can't bring antitrust claims against it for allegedly inflating prices and suppressing competition for its drug Remicade, reiterating its argument that the retailers didn't directly purchase the drug from J&J.
The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Wednesday invalidated a shoe company’s patents for light-up sneakers after a rival shoemaker, Stride Rite Children’s Group LLC, challenged the patents in inter partes review, finding the claims to be obvious in light of previous inventions.
A New York federal court on Wednesday tossed, at Beyoncé’s request, a case in which the singer sought to shut down a line of “Feyoncé” merchandise aimed at newly engaged women, more than three months after she failed to secure a quick win.
Two boat companies that had fought for years over claims they infringed each other's trademarks found out from a Delaware federal jury Wednesday that their entire fight was for nothing — no one's trademarks were infringed at all.
The parent company of Yellowpages.com has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn two en banc Federal Circuit decisions allowing appeals of rulings that inter partes review petitions were filed on time, saying the appeals court is “running roughshod” over the America Invents Act.
The company that currently operates Napster reached a settlement Tuesday in California federal court to end one of several class actions that claimed streaming music services had failed to pay millions in so-called mechanical royalties to songwriters.
The Federal Circuit on Wednesday upheld the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s refusal to grant registration to a black-owned e-commerce company’s mark that overlaid an outline of the U.S. on top of an outline of Africa, rejecting the company’s argument that the board’s decision wrongly “discounts the experiences of an entire racial group.”
A high-tech parts manufacturer has accused electronics contract maker Foxconn and some of its associates of stealing exclusive designs for special connectors used in computers and automotive systems.
Kirkland & Ellis LLP scored a victory on behalf of Fox News in a closely watched copyright case against a television search engine, and also secured a $93 million patent win for Schlumberger Ltd. unit WesternGeco, landing it a spot as one of Law360's IP Groups of the Year.
Apple scored a victory Tuesday when a German regional court tossed a patent suit brought against the tech giant by Qualcomm, with the court finding that Apple did not infringe the chipmaker’s patent with the chips in iPhones.
Google LLC scored a win in its fight with Israeli company Spring Ventures Ltd. over the technology behind the search giant’s “I’m Feeling Lucky” feature, when the Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Tuesday said Spring Ventures’ patent for web searches without exact site addresses is invalid due to obviousness.
A University of California, Berkeley economics professor testified for the Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday that Qualcomm's standard-essential patent royalties serve as a competition-killing "naked tax" on its modem chips, comparing the practice to software bundling that got Microsoft in trouble with the feds 20 years ago.
The European Union Intellectual Property Office has revoked McDonald's International Property Company Ltd.’s EU trademark for the term Big Mac, finding that it was not being put to genuine use, after it was challenged by an Irish fast-food chain called Supermac’s, according to documents filed by the EUIPO Tuesday.
DLA Piper added a partner with patent litigation experience from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP to its intellectual property and technology practice in Los Angeles, the firm announced.
Stand-out intellectual property attorneys this year landed multimillion dollar verdicts, prevailed at the Supreme Court, and clarified patent infringement standards at the Federal Circuit. The accomplishments of these six IP lawyers set them apart from their peers and earned them spots on Law360's list of Intellectual Property MVPs.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director Andrei Iancu told Law360 in an interview Thursday that the many changes he has spearheaded during his busy first year in office should provide a clearer landscape where patentees and the public know better how patent disputes might play out.
The challenges of U.S. patent litigation, combined with increasing levels of comfort with courts in Europe and Asia, are driving companies in high-stakes disputes to increasingly look beyond the U.S. and adopt global enforcement strategies. But it can be daunting to sift through the intricacies of patent litigation around the world. Here, we break down what you need to know about some of the world’s hottest patent venues.
English courts have been active in the past year, grappling with patent topics like plausibility and equivalents, and 2019 promises to be another exciting year as English patent lawyers await developments on obviousness, insufficiency and employee inventor compensation, says Jin Ooi of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.
The U.S. Supreme Court should agree to review the Federal Circuit’s standing jurisprudence in JTEKT v. GKN, and confirm a “dissatisfied” petitioner’s right to challenge an inter partes review decision, as set forth by Congress, say attorneys with Amster Rothstein & Ebenstein LLP.
With its recent decision in ABS Entertainment v. CBS Corp — striking down a local rule that governs the time period for filing a motion for class certification — the Ninth Circuit created a major change to class actions in the Central District of California, say attorneys with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.
Alternative dispute resolution providers have made great strides toward diversity, but recent statistics show there is still work to be done. There are certain steps ADR providers can take to actively recruit more women and minority candidates to serve as arbitrators and mediators, says James Jenkins of the American Arbitration Association.
Alternative fee agreements can help align law firm and client interests, increase efficiency and eliminate corporate extortion, among other benefits. They are the best thing to happen to the practice of law in decades, says Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.
While the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's 2019 revised patent subject matter eligibility guidance is a well-written document that relies on considerable case law to support its position, it has certain limitations, says Lawrence Ashery of Caesar Rivise PC.
In 2018, the Trump administration took few concrete steps that will significantly impact drug prices in the near future. The most consequential ideas lack political support, while the more feasible ideas are unlikely to change much, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray LLP.
Can lawyers lead a revolution? According to "The Clamor of Lawyers: The American Revolution and Crisis in the Legal Profession" — a slim but elegant volume by Peter Charles Hoffer and Williamjames Hull Hoffer — they can and they did, says First Circuit Judge David Barron.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's 2019 revised patent eligibility guidance can be summarized and restated as a process of four sequential questions to apply the Alice-Mayo test for a Section 101 analysis, says Stephen Glazier of Akerman LLP.
The legal landscape for the automotive sector continued its evolution in 2018 with the development of new technology becoming a focal point for litigation, patenting and regulation, say attorneys with WilmerHale.