Intellectual Property

  • March 19, 2024

    2 Men Behind Chinese Co. Stole Tesla Trade Secrets, Feds Say

    Brooklyn federal prosecutors have charged a Canadian man residing in China and his Chinese business partner with scheming to sell secret battery manufacturing technology that belongs to Tesla, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday.

  • March 19, 2024

    Copyright Office Prevails In British Sculptor's Challenge

    The U.S. Copyright Office was within its rights to refuse registration to an artist after finding that his sculpture "lacks the necessary level of creativity to warrant copyright protection," a D.C. federal judge ruled Monday, finding that the Copyright Office didn't err in its analysis of the sculpture.

  • March 19, 2024

    Schumer Scolds McConnell For Judge-Shopping Policy Rebuff

    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday lauded the Judicial Conference's updated policy on random case assignments to prevent litigants from judge-shopping, saying that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is pushing back against the policy since it'd make it tough for hard-right partisans "to hijack our courts for their purposes."

  • March 19, 2024

    USPTO Stresses Clarity On Means-Plus-Function Patents

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office told patent examiners Tuesday to provide "consistent and clear analyses" when evaluating patent applications containing so-called means-plus-function claims, saying that will ensure any issues are addressed early in the process.

  • March 19, 2024

    Fed. Circ. Backs PTAB Invalidation Of Sisvel Wireless Patent

    The Federal Circuit on Tuesday backed a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision that found many claims in a Sisvel patent on improving the efficiency of LTE wireless networks for cellphones were invalid as obvious.

  • March 19, 2024

    Acorda Says Tribunal Ignored Patent Law In MS Drug Feud

    Acorda Pharmaceuticals is pressing the Federal Circuit to award it nearly $66 million more than the $16.5 million it won in arbitration against Irish biopharmaceutical company Alkermes in a licensing fight over a multiple sclerosis drug, arguing that the tribunal disregarded clear patent law.

  • March 19, 2024

    Reddit Reveals Patent Complaint From Nokia As IPO Nears

    Reddit Inc. on Tuesday said it received a letter from Nokia Corp. alleging that it has infringed certain Nokia patents, a disclosure that comes just ahead of the social media platform's long-anticipated initial public offering.

  • March 19, 2024

    Netflix Can't Get PTAB To Ax Patent Amid Ownership Dispute

    A board of administrative patent judges has decided to shut down its review of a data communications network patent that a Finnish businessman claimed to own, after a federal court in California ruled earlier this year that he had transferred the patent nearly two decades ago to a startup that eventually went bankrupt.

  • March 19, 2024

    Law Firm Hit With Suit Over Abandoned Patent Application

    A Louisiana-based medical software company has sued a law firm that was hired to help it with an application for a patent for its platform, saying the firm's alleged negligence led to the application being abandoned.

  • March 19, 2024

    Full 4th Circ. Won't Hear Record Labels' Piracy Fight With ISP

    The Fourth Circuit will not reconsider its decision to vacate a $1 billion verdict against Cox Communications for allowing piracy on its networks, it said Tuesday, despite neither side being happy with its ruling.

  • March 19, 2024

    NY Times Says Microsoft's AI 'Free-Riding' Threatens Revenue

    The New York Times blasted Microsoft's contention that the paper hasn't provided "real-world" examples of ChatGPT lifting its content, contending Monday its complaint references "widely-publicized" occurrences of infringement and that Microsoft and OpenAI's actions reduce the publication's revenue by keeping users within the tech companies' search ecosystem.

  • March 19, 2024

    US Chamber Report Details Digital Trade 'Peril' For USTR

    Digital trade is growing faster than the U.S. economy overall and supporting approximately 3 million jobs, but the sector is in "peril" due to the Biden administration's e-commerce policy reticence, says a new U.S. Chamber of Commerce report.

  • March 20, 2024

    Future Of Judge-Shopping Reform Hazy After Rule Proposal

    The policymaking body for U.S. courts provoked a stir last week when it proposed a rule designed to curb "judge shopping," with observers saying that the policy does address one type of the practice but that it remains to be seen if individual federal district courts will be willing to adopt even that limited reform.

  • March 19, 2024

    Amazon Prevails In University's Patent Suit Over Alexa

    A New York federal judge has cleared Amazon in a case where a research university said its language processing patent was being infringed by the company's Alexa devices.

  • March 19, 2024

    Insurer Meets 6th Circ. Resistance In Bid To Undo Amway Win

    Sixth Circuit judges appeared skeptical Tuesday of an AIG unit's argument that it shouldn't have to defend and indemnify Amway Corp. in copyright litigation, with one judge saying he doubted Amway's self-insured policies should take priority over an AIG internet policy.

  • March 19, 2024

    J&J Says Former Exec Stole Thousands Of Files In Move To Pfizer

    Johnson & Johnson has sued a former competitive strategy director in New Jersey federal court, claiming he illegally downloaded thousands of confidential files on his way out the door to work for direct competitor Pfizer.

  • March 19, 2024

    Jackpocket App Co. Leaves 2nd Circ. Empty-Handed

    A lottery startup called Jackpocket Inc. that DraftKings Inc. bought last month has failed to persuade the Second Circuit to disturb a ruling out of a New York federal court that rejected its trademark case against a newer U.K. rival that operates a website called Jackpot.com.

  • March 19, 2024

    Warhol Foundation Will Pay $22K To End 'Orange Prince' Row

    The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts has agreed to pay photographer Lynn Goldsmith about $21,500 to settle a dispute that reached the U.S. Supreme Court last year, with the justices holding in a landmark ruling that Warhol's silkscreens of music icon Prince, based on a Goldsmith photo, were not fair use.

  • March 19, 2024

    4 Things To Watch In Reddit's Coming IPO

    Social media platform Reddit Inc. aims to go public this week in a potentially landmark initial public offering that carries distinct risks but, if successful, could energize the broader IPO pipeline. Here, Law360 walks through four things to watch in Reddit's upcoming IPO.

  • March 18, 2024

    Patent Suit Over AstraZeneca's Tagrisso Heads To Jury

    A Delaware federal judge said Monday that there are too many "genuine factual disputes" to end a lawsuit from a Pfizer brand claiming it developed a cancer treatment that's being infringed by a drug that has racked up billions in sales for rival AstraZeneca.

  • March 18, 2024

    Fed. Circ. Won't Block Intel License Defense In Calif. Case

    The Federal Circuit on Monday refused to undo a California judge's order letting Intel argue that it has a license to VLSI's microchip patents in cases with billions of dollars at stake, ruling that VLSI hadn't shown that the appeals court should step in.

  • March 18, 2024

    2nd Circ. Rejects 'New Standard' Of Patent Monopolies

    A Second Circuit panel on Monday revived antitrust allegations accusing Novartis of concealing the true history of an eye syringe treatment's development from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to edge Regeneron out of the market, faulting a district court for holding that antitrust markets can't be "coextensive" with the patent.

  • March 18, 2024

    Corteva Wants Jury Trial In FTC Pesticides Case

    Corteva has demanded a jury trial for the Federal Trade Commission's case in North Carolina federal court accusing Corteva and Syngenta of blocking competition from generic pesticides through rebate programs.

  • March 18, 2024

    Fed. Circ. Won't Order Albright To Ship Apple IP Case To Calif.

    The Federal Circuit on Monday denied an appeal from Apple Inc. of a decision denying its bid to move an infringement suit over authentication and fraud reduction patents from Texas federal court to California.

  • March 18, 2024

    The Biggest Trade Secrets Awards In The Last 5 Years

    Trade secrets cases are having a moment in the spotlight, thanks to some gargantuan damages awards over the past five years and more flexibility for plaintiffs to argue for what they think they are owed.

Expert Analysis

  • Trending At The PTAB: 6 Areas To Watch In 2024

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    Expect further changes in a half-dozen areas in 2024 following a busy 2023 at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, including more adjustments to the director review process and the first case to hit the Appeals Review Panel, say attorneys at Finnegan.

  • Law Firm Strategies For Successfully Navigating 2024 Trends

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    Though law firms face the dual challenge of external and internal pressures as they enter 2024, firms willing to pivot will be able to stand out by adapting to stakeholder needs and reimagining their infrastructure, says Shireen Hilal at Maior Consultants.

  • What's In The USPTO Policy Pipeline This Year

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    Practitioners can expect a number of policy updates and initiatives from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office this year, including development of AI capabilities, pushback against fraudulent patents and expansion of educational opportunities, say Rosaleen Chou and Lauren Katzenellenbogen at Knobbe Martens.

  • AI In IP Law: The Top Guest Articles Of 2023

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    Keeping up with generative artificial intelligence was the name of the game for intellectual property lawyers in 2023 as the government worked to determine whether AI-generated output is protectable under the law and guest writers assessed the technology's risks and rewards.

  • The Most-Read IP Law360 Guest Articles Of 2023

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    U.S. Patent and Trademark Office incentives and restrictions, Federal Circuit decisions on exact meaning, and lessons from the comedic whodunit “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” were among popular intellectual property topics guest authors tackled this year.

  • The Most-Read Legal Industry Law360 Guest Articles Of 2023

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    A range of legal industry topics drew readers' attention in Law360's Expert Analysis section this year, from associate retention strategies to ethical billing practices.

  • Inside Higher Education's New FCA Liability Challenges

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    As the educational sector expands its use of government funding, schools are at increased risk under the False Claims Act, but recent settlements offer valuable lessons about new theories of liability they may face and specific procedures to reduce their exposure, say James Zelenay and Jeremy Ochsenbein at Gibson Dunn.

  • Attorneys' Busiest Times Can Be Business Opportunities

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    Attorneys who resolve to grow their revenue and client base in 2024 should be careful not to abandon their goals when they get too busy with client work, because these periods of zero bandwidth can actually be a catalyst for future growth, says Amy Drysdale at Alchemy Consulting.

  • Reviewing 2023's Global AI Landscape Across Practice Areas

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    2023 stands out as a landmark year for artificial intelligence, both domestically and internationally, so legal professionals should brace for an increasingly complex future shaped by AI's integration into a multitude of sectors, including intellectual property, data privacy and cybersecurity, and ethics, say Fran Faircloth and May Yang at Ropes & Gray.

  • 2024 Trends To Watch As AI And IP Litigation Intersect

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    Just as generative artificial intelligence tools have proven unpredictable, the resulting legal disputes may also hold a few surprises in store for 2024, as intellectual property litigation related to AI inputs, outputs and the tools themselves takes shape, say Philip Warrick and Chengming Liu at Irell & Manella.

  • In The World Of Legal Ethics, 10 Trends To Note From 2023

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    Lucian Pera at Adams and Reese and Trisha Rich at Holland & Knight identify the top legal ethics trends from 2023 — including issues related to hot documents, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity — that lawyers should be aware of to put their best foot forward.

  • The Year In FRAND: What To Know Heading Into 2024

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    In 2023, there were eight significant developments concerning the fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory patent licensing regime that undergirds technical standardization, say Tom Millikan and Kevin Zeck at Perkins Coie.

  • NCAA Proposal Points To A New NIL Compensation Frontier

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    Although NCAA President Charlie Baker's recent proposal for Division I institutions to pay student-athletes for name, image and likeness licensing deals is unlikely to pass in its current form, it shows that direct compensation for student-athletes is a looming reality — and member institutions should begin preparing in earnest, say attorneys at Pillsbury.

  • How Attorneys Can Be More Efficient This Holiday Season

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    Attorneys should consider a few key tips to speed up their work during the holidays so they can join the festivities — from streamlining the document review process to creating similar folder structures, says Bennett Rawicki at Hilgers Graben.

  • How Int'l Student-Athlete Law Would Change The NIL Game

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    Recently proposed legislation to allow international student-athletes the opportunity to profit from their name, image and likeness without violating their F-1 nonimmigrant student visa status represents a pivotal step in NIL policy, and universities must assess and adapt their approaches to accommodate unique immigration concerns, say attorneys at Phelps Dunbar.

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