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    Elton John IP Suit Nixed Under Wrong Precedent, 7th Circ. Told

    A South African lyricist urged the Seventh Circuit on Friday to revive his copyright lawsuit claiming Elton John stole the words to the song “Nikita,” arguing that an Illinois judge's dismissal relied on a Seventh Circuit decision that...

    Boyd Gaming Gets $350M For Lot On Vegas Strip

    Boyd Gaming Corp. on Monday sold the site of its stalled development on the Las Vegas Strip to Malaysian conglomerate Genting Group for $350 million in cash, pocketing about $157 million in net proceeds, the Nevada-based company said in a statement. ...

    11th Circ. Scraps Nielsen Ratings Monopoly Suit

    The Eleventh Circuit ruled Monday that a Florida television station operator did not have standing to sue Nielsen Media Research Inc. for abusing its monopoly over the television ratings market because it couldn't point to any rivals that were poised...

    Antitrust Cop OKs $3.4B BCE-Astral Deal With Divestitures

    Canadian telecom giant BCE Inc.'s planned $3.4 billion merger with Montreal-based Astral Media Inc. leapt ahead Monday after Canada's Competition Bureau gave its blessing to the deal on the condition that the companies' jettison some radio...

    Cellphone Unlocking Should Be Legal, White House Says

    The Obama administration said Monday that consumers should be allowed to legally “unlock” their cellphones so they can be used on different networks, so long as they are not bound to contracts with specific wireless carriers. ...read more

    MGM, AEG To Build Las Vegas Entertainment Arena

    MGM Resorts International and AEG Worldwide have agreed to develop a 20,000-seat indoor arena in Las Vegas for sporting, entertainment and other special events, the companies announced Friday. ...read more

    Zimmer, Marketing Co. Win New Trial In Knee Injury Case

    A Pennsylvania appeals court granted a new trial Friday to medical device maker Zimmer Inc. and marketing firm Public Communications Inc. over a $27.6 million judgment awarded to a patient who allegedly reinjured her surgically repaired knee while filming...

    Video Game Exec’s Suit Blaming Banks For Tax Scheme Nixed

    A Manhattan judge has thrown out Activision Blizzard Inc. executive Brian Kelly's fraud suit against two banks, ruling he was aware of his "scheme of doubtful legality" to avoid tax liability after raking in $36 million in 2001, according...

    In 1st, USPTO Denies Inter Partes Patent Review Petition

    A U.S. Patent and Trademark Office panel recently decided not to institute an inter partes review of a Mentor Graphics Corp. patent requested by Synopsys Inc., marking the first denial of an inter partes review petition since the new proceeding became...

    Justices Seek Reply To Lexmark Cert. Bid In False Ad Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday asked Static Control Components Inc. to respond to a petition by Lexmark International Inc. seeking review of a ruling that Static Control had standing to make false advertising counterclaims in response to a Lexmark patent...

    Baxter Urges Fed. Circ. Not To Reopen Fresenius Battle

    Baxter International Inc. blasted rival medical device maker Fresenius USA Inc.'s attempt to gain a new damages trial in their patent dispute over dialysis machine technology in the Federal Circuit on Monday, saying the request is unwarranted as the...

    Drug Biz Wants Strong IP Measures In Pacific Trade Pact

    A group representing pharmaceutical companies on Monday urged the countries participating in talks on an Asia-Pacific free trade pact to build strong intellectual property protections into the proposed deal. ...read more

    Texas Lawmaker Seeks Adoption Of Uniform Trade Secrets Act

    A Texas lawmaker on Thursday proposed legislation aimed at strengthening companies' arsenals against the theft of confidential business information by imposing stricter penalties against trade secret misappropriation. ...read more

    EA, Sega, Others Dodge Patent Suits Over Animation Tech

    A California federal judge on Monday threw out 11 patent infringement lawsuits against Electronic Arts Inc., Sega of America Inc. and other video game companies, ruling that computer graphics company McRO Inc. failed to give defendants fair notice of...

    Fed. Circ. Vacates Real Estate IP Win In Light Of Akamai

    The Federal Circuit on Monday vacated a decision that real estate website operator Move Inc. did not infringe a Real Estate Alliance Ltd. patent, finding that the ruling must be reviewed in light of a recent Federal Circuit ruling on induced infringement...

    Toys R Us Tablet Trade Secrets Suit Trimmed

    A California federal judge on Friday tossed fraud and other claims from a suit alleging Toys R Us Inc. created its Tabeo children's tablet after stealing trade secrets, but kept alive Fuhu Inc.'s breach of contract and trademark infringement allegations...

    Elan Sweetens Investor Deal To Counter $6.6B Takeover Bid

    Irish life sciences firm Elan Corp. has sweetened its offer to shareholders to remain invested in the company, offering a percentage of Elan's share of royalties from a new drug if investors vote against a $6.6 billion hostile takeover attempt by...

    LA Billboard Owner Asks High Court To Hear Free Speech Fight

    The owner of a Los Angeles building has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the Ninth Circuit ruling that the city's billboard regulations passed muster under the First Amendment, reprising the argument that ads for protected expressive works...

    Illinois Judge: Sever Doe Defendants In BitTorrent Swarm Case

    PEORIA, Ill. - An Illinois federal magistrate judge on Feb. 11 found that although "there is no right or wrong answer that applies across the board" in John Doe "swarm" copyright cases, numerous defendants in multiple infringement...

    3 Lessons From Apple’s IPad Trademark Dispute In China

    The implications of the dispute between Apple Inc. and Proview Technology Co. Ltd. regarding Apple’s use of the “iPad” mark in China, including how it may impact Apple’s business in the U.S. and how Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. missed a golden opportunity...

    Covington Lands Ex-Sen. Jon Kyl For Public Policy Team

    Covington & Burling LLP has brought aboard former U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., as a senior public policy adviser in its Washington office, the firm announced Wednesday, giving corporate clients access to a seasoned attorney with insider expertise on...

    Show-Biz Managers Lose Fight To Kill Calif. Talent Agent Law

    A California federal judge ruled Tuesday that the state's Talent Agencies Act, which requires talent managers to have state-issued certification, doesn't violate the U.S. Constitution, dealing a blow to managers who claim the law allows artists...

    LinkedIn Dodges $5M Privacy Suit Over Password Hacking

    LinkedIn Corp. on Tuesday escaped a $5 million putative class action over a security breach as a California federal judge ruled the plaintiffs had not shown they suffered an “economic harm” as a result of the hacking of 6.5 million passwords...

    Samsung Patents In Apple Feud Declared Invalid By UK Court

    A U.K. judge on Thursday reportedly declared invalid three Samsung smartphone patents the company had asserted against Apple, the latest setback for the Korean tech giant in its global fight against the iPhone maker. ...read more

    Kim Dotcom Cleared To Sue NZ Intelligence Agency For Spying

    The New Zealand Court of Appeal on Thursday backed a ruling that Megaupload Ltd. founder Kim Dotcom can sue New Zealand’s intelligence agency for illegally spying on him for the U.S. during a criminal investigation of his now-defunct file-sharing...