Posts in Litigation


Federal Circuit Issues Several Rulings Defining Contours of Arthrex Decision

Recently, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has issued several rulings defining some of the contours of the impact of its decision last …
By Steve Brachmann
19 days ago 3

(Not) Copyright Infringement: Is dbrand Infringing Nintendo’s IP?

Is imitation really the highest form of flattery? Nintendo might not think so after seeing dbrand’s latest Switch skin set. The Nintendo Switch has become extremely …
By Samantha Levin
20 days ago 7

Federal Circuit Affirms District Court Finding of Standing Despite Improperly Filed Assignment

On May 13, 2020, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) upheld a decision of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota …
By Rebecca Tapscott
22 days ago 0

Supreme Court Reverses Second Circuit Approach to Defense Preclusion in Win for Lucky Brand

As predicted following oral arguments, the U.S. Supreme Court today ruled that Marcel Fashion Groups, Inc. cannot preclude Lucky Brand Dungarees, Inc. from raising new defenses …
By Eileen McDermott
22 days ago 0

District Court Blocks Attempt to Bar New Prior Art References Based on IPR Estoppel

The U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts on May 4 denied a motion for partial summary judgment by Palomar Technologies, Inc., holding that the estoppel …
By Eileen McDermott
23 days ago 13

Court Rejects Rogers Test, Introduces ‘Genuine Artistic Motive’ Test in Stouffer v. National Geographic

On May 8, the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado granted National Geographic’s Motion to Dismiss Stouffer’s amended complaint in Stouffer v. National …
By Rebecca Tapscott
23 days ago 1

Patent Filings Roundup: Forum Selection Clause Ends an IPR; Vape Wars: Philip Morris Strikes Back; Fortress Subsidiary Gets an NHK Spring Bounce

It was another business-as-usual week for patent filings in the District Courts and before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, with 54 suits and 29 petitions (two post grant …
By Jonathan Stroud
23 days ago 1

Assessing the Impact of American Axle Six Months Out

Since the Supreme Court’s Alice decision in 2014, many patent prosecutors in Industrial & Mechanical Technologies practice groups have been spared the headaches that the decision created for …

In re Forney Could Herald a Brighter Future for Color Marks

Trademarks consisting solely of a color applied to products or their packaging have been protectable under U.S. law for decades—if they meet a heightened standard …

Comcast’s Lobbying Won’t Dilute the ITC’s Enforcement Authority

Late last month, TiVo won its second intellectual property battle with Comcast at the International Trade Commission (ITC) and is poised to win a third ruling this …
By Christopher Smithmyer
25 days ago 2

Social Media Influencers Beware – Street Art Is Protected by Copyright

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently confirmed that street art is, in fact, protected by copyright law.  Castillo v. G&M Realty …
By Michael Garfinkel
27 days ago 3

Patent Filings Roundup: Blackberry Accused of Abuse, PayPal Isn’t Playing, WSOU Earns Its Frequent Filer Card

This week, Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) filings are back up, with four post grant reviews (PGRs) and 37 inter partes reviews (IPRs), while there were 83 district …
By Jonathan Stroud
1 month ago 0

Booking.com Oral Arguments: Will Justices’ Skepticism of USPTO Arguments Trump Monopoly Concerns?

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in United States Patent and Trademark Office, et al., v. Booking.com B.V., (Case No. 19-46) yesterday, in …
By Rebecca Tapscott
1 month ago 0

Uniloc Patent Claims Vindicated Under Alice at Federal Circuit

Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, in an opinion authored by Judge Moore, reversed and remanded a decision of the U.S. …
By Eileen McDermott
1 month ago 2

Copyright Lawyers on SCOTUS Decision in Georgia v. Public.Resource.Org: Expected, But Possibly Problematic

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Georgia et al. v. Public.Resource.Org., Inc. that a state code revision commission cannot claim copyright protection …
By Eileen McDermott
1 month ago 6