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Illinois Federal Judge Grants Partial Dismissal Of Patent Claims

CHICAGO - A dispute over wireless communications systems was partially resolved March 9 when an Illinois federal judge dismissed allegations of direct patent infringement (Intellect Wireless Inc. v. Sharp Corporation et al., No. 10-6763, N.D. Ill.; 2012 ...read more

Claim Construction Was Erroneous, Federal Circuit Says In Patent Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Because an Illinois federal judge erred in the construction of disputed patent claim terms "system memory means," "matching" and "automated exchange," the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on May 7 ...read more

Illinois Federal Judge Denies Microsoft Motion In Patent Dispute

CHICAGO - An Illinois federal judge on June 1 rebuffed allegations by Microsoft Corp. that Eolas Technologies Inc. breached a contract by asserting certain patents in Texas federal court ( Microsoft Corp. v. Eolas Technologies Inc., No. 10-3820, N.D. ...read more

'Cooling' Chewing Gum Patent Invalid As Obvious, Federal Circuit Affirms

WASHINGTON, D.C. - An Illinois federal judge did not err in deeming invalid a patented combination of N-2,3-trimethyl-2-isopropyl butanamide (WS-23) and menthol for "cooling" chewing gum, a divided Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled ...read more

Judge: Manufacturer's Motion To Sever 'Fails To See The Forest For The Trees'

CHICAGO - An Illinois federal judge on July 20 denied a dryer manufacturer's motion to sever property damage claims that are based on incidents outside of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in three insurers' subrogation ...read more

7th Circuit Sides With Kanye West In Copyright Dispute

CHICAGO - An Illinois federal judge properly dismissed copyright infringement allegations levied against rap star Kanye West, the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Aug. 20 ( Vincent Peters v. Kanye West, No. 11-1708, 7th Cir.). ...read more

Illinois Judge Denies Sanctions, Awards Fees In Song Copyright Dispute

CHICAGO - Citing evidence that a plaintiff "should have known" its copyright claim was without merit, an Illinois federal judge on Aug. 17 granted a defendant's motion for attorney fees ( The Estate of Joe Brown v. Arc Music Group et al ...read more

Oven Makers Denied Summary Judgment In Keyword Advertising Case

CHICAGO - Finding that neither side in a dispute over the use of trademarks in Internet advertising established whether any likelihood of confusion or disparagement had occurred, an Illinois federal judge on Aug. 27 denied both parties' motions for ...read more

Illinois Judge Says Jurisdiction Exists In Patent Dispute

CHICAGO - In a Sept. 20 ruling, an Illinois federal judge rejected claims that a patent demand letter created declaratory judgment jurisdiction for only one patent, as it was the only patent for which an infringement analysis was provided (BMO Harris ...read more

Illinois Court Finds Coverage In Trademark Case Was Excluded Under Policy

ELGIN, Ill. - An Illinois appeals court on Sept. 21 found that a trial court properly entered summary judgment in favor of an insurer, finding that coverage was excluded and that the insurer had no duty to defend a poultry-packaging company in relation ...read more

Copyright Claims Against Heavy Metal Band Dismissed

CHICAGO - Despite numerous performances in the State of Illinois and ongoing relationships with Illinois vendors, the heavy metal band Motley Crue won dismissal Oct. 9 of copyright infringement claims levied there on jurisdiction grounds ( Ron Toma v ...read more

Illinois Judge Says Reserve Purchase Patent Not Infringed

CHICAGO - A defendant won summary judgment of noninfringement Nov. 13 when an Illinois federal judge found that "there is no material issue of fact" that the accused practice fails to meet each of the claim limitations for a patent covering ...read more

Judge: Accused File-Sharer Denied Motion To Quash But May Proceed Anonymously

CHICAGO - An accused online file-sharer's motion to quash a discovery subpoena served on her Internet service provider (ISP) was denied Nov. 13 by an Illinois federal judge, who held that the information sought by a copyright holder was not privileged ...read more

Both Sides Win Partial Summary Judgment In Copyright, Trademark Case

CHICAGO - An Illinois federal judge on Nov. 27 issued a divided ruling in a copyright and trademark dispute over miniature figurines associated with the fictional, dystopian universe "Warhammer 40,000" ( Games Workshop Limited v. Chapterhouse ...read more

Illinois Judge Won't Dismiss Dispute Over Radiosurgical Patent

CHICAGO - Several hospitals on Dec. 4 failed to persuade an Illinois federal judge to dismiss allegations of induced patent infringement levied in connection with three radiosurgical machines (Radiation Stabilization Solutions LLC v. Varian Medical Systems ...read more

Illinois Judge Partly Grants In Limine Motions In Patent Dispute

CHICAGO - Several motions in limine filed by a patent defendant were granted Dec. 18 by an Illinois federal judge, who found that despite a recent change in the law that necessitates a new trial on induced infringement, certain legal findings contained ...read more

Illinois Judge Transfers Trademark Dispute To Florida Federal Court

CHICAGO - Citing a defendant's "slight" ties to Illinois, a federal judge on Jan. 22 agreed that Florida would be a better forum for an impending trademark infringement and unfair competition action (American Academy of Implant Dentistry ...read more

UGG Maker Granted Preliminary Injunction Over Sites With Counterfeit Goods

CHICAGO - Finding that Deckers Outdoor Corp. is likely to establish a prima facie case of trademark infringement and cyberpiracy over the operators of websites purportedly selling counterfeit UGG products, an Illinois federal judge on Jan. 16 granted ...read more

Illinois Federal Judge Won't Toss Copyright Claim But Strikes Damage Request

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Although a copyright infringement plaintiff's complaint against a competitor may proceed, it will do so without a claim for statutory damages, an Illinois federal judge ruled Jan. 29 (Lead It Corporation v. Rebecca Tallapalli et ...read more

Reconsideration Partly Granted In Copyright, Trademark Case

CHICAGO - An Illinois federal judge on April 1 reconsidered in part a previous summary judgment entered in a dispute over copyrights and trademarks related to miniature figurines used in the "Warhammer 40,000" game (Games Workshop Ltd. v. Chapterhouse ...read more

Illinois Judge Dismisses Copyright Case On Jurisdiction Grounds

CHICAGO - An action brought pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) was dismissed April 9 by an Illinois federal judge, who found that a defendant website is not subject to personal jurisdiction in the state (Brandon Wade Photography LLC ...read more

Illinois Judge Won't Sanction Patent Defendant Over Email To University

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - An email sent by patent infringement defendant Micron Technology Inc. to faculty members at the University of Illinois, while a cause for concern, is not worthy of an injunction, an Illinois federal judge ruled April 11 (Board of Trustees ...read more

Illinois Federal Judge Grants Partial Summary Judgment In Trademark Dispute

PEORIA, Ill. - Because a plaintiff continued to use a series of trademarks over a three-month period in 2011 despite knowledge that such use was unlicensed, a counterclaimant won partial summary judgment April 18 (All Star Championship Racing Inc. v. ...read more

Illinois Federal Judge Won't Deconsolidate Patent Case From MDL

CHICAGO - An effort by four patent infringement defendants to secure deconsolidation from pending multidistrict litigation (MDL) was denied May 3 by an Illinois federal judge (Unified Messaging Solutions LLC v. United Online Inc., et al., No. 13-343, ...read more