The number of patents issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office hit an all-time high in 2019, with IBM holding its top spot as the U.S. patent leader for the 27th year in a row, according to a Tuesday report.
A California appeals court has ruled that Travelers doesn’t have to cover KLA-Tencor Corp.’s costs to successfully defend against a lawsuit alleging it sought to damage a rival’s business by fraudulently obtaining a patent for advanced semiconductor measurement systems.
Elite Olympic and Paralympic athletes will be able to have “additional training expenses” paid without jeopardizing their NCAA eligibility under a rule change to be voted on next week as the NCAA takes the first steps toward reforming its rules to let athletes benefit from their names, images, and likenesses.
Newfield Exploration Co. will ask the Fifth Circuit to undo a ruling that it can't arbitrate a $40 million trade secrets dispute brought by an energy-industry waste management company.
In two decisions this week that could affect Realtime's sprawling district court patent battle against a slew of tech companies, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board upheld all claims in a patent covering digital coding and decoding but invalidated claims in a related patent.
A New York federal judge on Friday held the owner of defunct golf company King Par Corp. in contempt for failing to answer a discovery request after a rival company won an $8.9 million verdict on allegations that King Par had stolen the rival's design for a golf bag.
Ferdinand IP Law Group, Pryor Cashman LLP and Kirkland & Ellis LLP helped steer Tailored Brands Inc.’s $115 million sale of its Joseph Abboud trademarks to the new management firm WHP Global, according to a Friday release.
A Delaware federal jury has found that 2Wire Inc. infringed yet another DSL patent owned by TQ Delta LLC, and that the patent isn't invalid.
The intellectual property team at Perkins Coie LLP notched a victory at the Federal Circuit for Mylan Pharmaceuticals that allowed it to proceed with a generic cancer drug, and secured a $5 million patent win for Riddell Inc., earning the firm a spot among Law360's 2019 Intellectual Property Groups of the Year.
A whopping 26 amicus briefs supporting Google have been filed at the U.S. Supreme Court in the company’s copyright battle with Oracle, including from tech rivals like Microsoft, copyright and antitrust experts, and prominent software engineers.
An administrative patent judge has rejoined Morrison & Foerster in Los Angeles, a Jenner & Block veteran moved to a boutique firm in Chicago and King & Spalding nabbed a trial attorney from Akin Gump in Austin. Here are the details on these notable IP hires.
Cybersecurity company Zscaler has announced that it will pay Symantec Corp. $15 million to license its patents, bringing a close to all lawsuits in which Symantec accused Zscaler of infringement.
A Cornell-educated engineer testified for the California Institute of Technology on Thursday that Apple Inc. and Broadcom Ltd. infringed the university's patents in Wi-Fi chips used in Apple devices, saying the infringing technology allowed the companies to make smaller devices while improving their wireless data capabilities.
Merck & Co.'s Idenix subsidiary urged the full Federal Circuit on Wednesday to reconsider a decision that wiped out a $2.5 billion verdict in a patent dispute with Gilead Sciences Inc., saying the ruling "threatens disaster for innovation."
Golf legend Jack Nicklaus filed a lawsuit Thursday in Florida federal court alleging that a Sunshine State sports company is using his image and his trademarks without permission to promote a device meant to enhance one’s golf swing.
Ariana Grande might write her own checks, but she doesn’t write what she sings, a New York hip hop artist alleges in a lawsuit filed Thursday in Manhattan federal court accusing the pop singer of stealing the hook and chorus of her 2019 song “7 Rings.”
The preliminary trade agreement signed by the U.S. and China this week should aid the branded pharmaceutical industry by creating a system to resolve patent disputes over generic drugs before they enter the market and a way to extend the life of drug patents, attorneys say.
The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has determined in a series of 11 inter partes review decisions issued on Tuesday and Wednesday that all claims in four Qualcomm patents challenged by Apple and Intel are invalid.
A manufacturer representative agency based in New Mexico has accused a Colorado photographer of posting his pictures online without notice of copyright ownership and then sending a lawyer after anyone who uses them.
Should works created by artificial intelligence be entitled to copyright protection? The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently received public comments on the topic, including from two major intellectual property groups that took opposing views.
Administrative Patent Judge Alex Yap has rejoined Morrison & Foerster LLP after nearly four years on the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and no, it's not because the constitutionality of his old job was just threatened by the Federal Circuit.
South Carolina lawmakers formally proposed legislation that would let athletes at the state's major universities profit from endorsements and open the door for them to receive cash stipends and payments into a trust while they're playing college sports.
With a Manhattan federal judge weighing more sanctions against Richard Liebowitz, an opposing attorney is asking for stiff penalties against the litigious copyright lawyer that “go well beyond monetary sanctions,” including disbarment or sending him to the U.S. attorney’s office.
The Sixth Circuit on Thursday vacated $655,689 in attorney fees that Cavitch Familo & Durkin Co. LPA and three of its attorneys were ordered to pay for discovery abuses in a dispute between two medical device companies, as the lawyers weren't given proper notice.
Gilead Sciences Inc., already facing political pressure and lawsuits over alleged anti-competitive behavior, was hit Wednesday with a proposed class action accusing the pharmaceutical giant of conspiring with other drugmakers to block the use of generics in HIV treatment regimens.
Microsoft Corp. urged the Federal Circuit on Wednesday to find Uniloc 2017 LLC owes attorney fees for filing a “frivolous” infringement suit involving a security patent that is nearly identical to another patent, arguing that the case is exceptional and warrants fees, even though the parties agreed to a stipulated dismissal.
2020 has all the ingredients to be a blockbuster year for intellectual property law developments. From pending U.S. Supreme Court cases to congressional fights, we've gathered all cases, trends and legislation you should be watching this year.
The Federal Circuit has ruled that Patent Trial and Appeal Board judges have insufficient supervision to pass muster under the appointments clause of the U.S. Constitution. Here, we look at the ruling, the initial fallout and how the decision may impact other cases.
Heading to trial in a patent case can be daunting. The dense material is often hard for attorneys and judges to understand, let alone a jury. But top patent litigators have developed strategies that ensure success. Law360 has gathered the best tips for each stage of a trial, from selecting a jury to presenting your case to arguing for damages.
In this month's bid protest roundup, Victoria Angle at MoFo highlights two December decisions from the U.S. Government Accountability Office, looks back at five of the most interesting bid protests of 2019 and provides a few takeaways from the GAO's fiscal year 2019 report.
After the Federal Circuit’s recent ruling in TCL v. Ericsson, which puts juries at the helm of calculating FRAND damages for standard-essential patents, litigators should focus on preparing a simplified and emotionally persuasive story and garnering the evidentiary support necessary for a favorable appeal, says Larry Sandell of Mei & Mark.
During the last 10 years, the need to embrace change was fundamental for law firms, and that change affected associates in many ways — most, but not all, for the better, says Brad Kaufman, co-president of Greenberg Traurig.
The U.S. Supreme Court's inquiries at Tuesday's oral arguments in Romag Fasteners v. Fossil suggest it may conclude that a showing of willful conduct is not a threshold gateway through which a trademark plaintiff must pass on the road to disgorgement of an infringer's profits, says Ben Clark of Bryan Cave.
The justices at Monday's U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments in the trademark case Lucky v. Marcel appeared skeptical of the Second Circuit’s new four-part test for defense preclusion and seemed to favor the application of existing legal precedent over the creation of a new one, say Robert Potter and Forrest Flemming of Kilpatrick.
Multinational energy and natural resources companies doing business in China face particular risks related to China's state secrecy laws, due to the broad and vaguely defined range of information that may be classified as secret, say Alvin Xiao and Fabian Roday of Fangda Partners.
Recent decisions from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board show that petitioners in inter partes review proceedings must attend to evidence of public availability in establishing that proffered documents qualify as printed publication prior art, say Paul Ragusa and Daniel Rabinowitz of Baker Botts.
With new biosimilar applications and patent infringement complaints on the horizon, 2020 may see a rebound in patent litigation under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act following a decrease last year, say Joshua Whitehill and Michael Cottler of Goodwin.
With third-party litigation funding increasingly being used to finance large and prolonged multidistrict litigations, more disclosure of funding agreements may be warranted to address potential biases and distortions of control and decision-making, say attorneys at Duane Morris.
In their new book "Democracy and Equality: The Enduring Constitutional Vision of the Warren Court," Geoffrey Stone and David Strauss provide valuable context for U.S. Supreme Court decisions under Chief Justice Earl Warren that have profoundly affected the country, but their overly protective attitude sometimes obscures reality, says Federal Circuit Judge Timothy Dyk.
The music industry may offer a model for adapting the copyright law landscape to new concerns from photographers and other content creators engendered by Instagram’s wide-reaching platform, including a more seamless and accessible registration process, says Qian Julie Wang of Robins Kaplan.
The U.S. International Trade Commission issued more general exclusion orders in 2019 than in past years due to the proliferation of intellectual property rights violations in online marketplaces, revealing that it won’t hesitate to implement this powerful and effective remedy when warranted, say attorneys at Hunton.
Last month's bipartisan budget agreement brings key developments for the health care and life sciences industries, including the repeal of certain taxes, but some controversial proposals are noticeably absent, say Kevin Rinker and Jacob Stahl of Debevoise.
For outside firms wondering how to best support busy in-house lawyers, several practices can help navigate critical legal issues and novel business challenges while strengthening the working relationship, says Virginia Hudson, associate general counsel at Capital One.
In the 50 years since the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act was passed, courts' attempts to clarify the statute have had some success, but many interpretive dilemmas remain unresolved, says Randy Gordon of Barnes & Thornburg.