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Lawsuits In Florida, England Related To Elvis Music

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - (AP) Elvis Presley Enterprises said it's suing men in Florida and England on claims of copyright infringement and illegal sale of a DVD and CD box set of recordings and footage of the singer's performances. The Memphis-based company said it filed a copyright infringement lawsuit...

'State Of Mind' In Patent Cases Debated Before High Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Feb. 23 in a case that poses the question of what "state of mind" is necessary for a showing of actively induced patent infringement and whether actual knowledge of the patent's existence is required ( Global-Tech Appliances...

Drudge Settles Copyright Lawsuit With Righthaven

LAS VEGAS - (AP) Court records in Las Vegas show the founder of the Drudge Report website has settled a copyright infringement lawsuit with a company that sued on behalf of the Denver Post newspaper over a photo showing an airport pat-down. Righthaven LLC filed a notice of dismissal. . . . Full version...

New Jersey Hot Dog Mecca Sues Deli Over Name

CLIFTON, N.J. - (AP) One of New Jersey's hot dog institutions isn't sparing the sauerkraut when it comes to a competitor five miles away. Rutt's Hut in Clifton has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against the owners of Mutt's Hut. Rutt's, which is known for "ripper dogs"...

Microsoft Aims At Android With E-Reader Lawsuit

SEATTLE - (AP) Microsoft Corp. broadened its attack on Google Inc.'s Android software, filing patent infringement lawsuits Monday against Barnes & Noble Inc. and two manufacturers over the Android-based Nook e-reader. In the complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle, Microsoft said it...

Proskauer Rose LLP On The Righthaven Lawsuits: What Is Fair Use Of Online Publications?

By Jeff Neuburger of Proskauer Rose LLP Righthaven LLC is an intellectual property enforcement firm that was formed by a group of copyright attorneys and Stephens Media , the publisher of the Law Vegas Review-Journal. The company has been making a name for itself; since early 2010, has brought two...

New York Court: Keep Internet Copyright Disputes At Home

ALBANY, N.Y. - (AP) New York's top court ruled Thursday that publishers should file Internet copyright infringement lawsuits in courts where their businesses are located, even if alleged copyright violations occurred elsewhere. The Court of Appeals said this differs from traditional cases because...

Kodak Patent Complaint Against Apple, RIM Revived

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - (AP) A federal agency said Friday that it will review Eastman Kodak Co.'s high-stakes patent-infringement claim against technology giants Apple Inc. and Research in Motion Ltd. The U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington, D.C., agreed to examine a judge's finding in...

Judge Overturns $625.5 Million Patent Lawsuit Against Apple

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) A federal judge has overturned a federal jury's order that Apple Inc. pay $625.5 million in damages for violating patents held by a Mirror Worlds LLC, a small technology company. The decision by U.S. District Judge Leonard Davis in Tyler, Texas, which was disclosed in a Monday...

Charlie Sheen, Tigers Blood And Trademark Infringement

According to Gawker.com , Charlie Sheen is attempting to copyright his various catchphrases, including the phrase "Tiger Blood." However, Sheen's a little late to the game as evidenced by a recent filing from Zing Brothers, LLC, owner of the mark "TIGERS BLOOD," which is used...

Judge Tosses Mattel Lawsuit Related To Bratz Doll Case

LOS ANGELES - (AP) A state court judge has tossed a lawsuit by toy giant Mattel Inc. that accuses its rival MGA Entertainment Inc. of fraudulently transferring millions in funds to avoid paying anticipated judgments in litigation over ownership of the popular, pouty-lipped Bratz doll. Los Angeles Superior...

Miami Heat's Bosh Sues Ex-Girlfriend Over Reality Show

LOS ANGELES - (AP) Miami Heat star Chris Bosh is suing the mother of his child for appearing on a reality TV show called "Basketball Wives," which he said intrudes on his private life. Bosh claims in a lawsuit filed Monday in Los Angeles federal court that Allison Mathis and Shed Media are...

Record Labels Reach $105 Million Settlement With Lime Wire

NEW YORK - (Mealey's) Cautioning that "theft of the world's greatest music comes with a stiff price," Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) Chairman and CEO Mitch Bainwol confirmed May 12 that a settlement has been reached in the high-profile copyright infringement case against...

Possible Copyright Troll Filing Lawsuit Over Illegally Downloaded Pornographic Films

Patrick Collins, Inc. has filed a number of Doe suits for copyright infringement of its pornographic films by illegal download. Patrick Collins Inc. is reported to be known as Elegant Angel Productions and was allegedly involved in the copyright troll activities of Digiprotect. As discussed by The Fail...

UCLA Law Review Excerpt: Defendant Class Actions And Patent Infringement Litigation

By Matthew K. K. Sumida* *Information Resource Editor, UCLA Law Review, Volume 58. J.D. Candidate, UCLA School of Law, 2011; B.S., University of Southern California, 2004 Excerpt from Defendant Class Actions and Patent Infringement Litigation , 58 UCLA L. Rev. 843 (February 2011) Introduction ...

Supreme Court Rules Against Microsoft In Patent Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) Endorsing a "clear and convincing" standard for proving patent invalidity, the U.S. Supreme Court on June 9 sided with a patent holding firm in its longstanding dispute with defendant Microsoft Corp. ( Microsoft Corp. v. i4i Limited Partnership et al. , No...

High Court Says Microsoft Must Pay In Patent Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Microsoft Corp. must pay a $290 million judgment awarded to a small Toronto software company for infringing on one of its patents inside its popular Microsoft Word program. The high court unanimously refused to throw out the judgment against...

Nokia, Apple Settle Drawn-Out Patent Dispute

HELSINKI, Finland - (AP) Nokia Corp. on Tuesday notched a valuable win against rival Apple Inc., with the U.S. company agreeing to pay the Finnish handset maker a one-time sum to settle long-standing patent disputes as well as royalties for current licenses. Espoo-based Nokia said that the deal. . ....

Aretha Franklin's Publishing Company Sued Over Royalties

DETROIT - (AP) A longtime songwriting partner of Aretha Franklin has sued her publishing company, claiming it did not sign a royalty agreement for a song on her recently released album. The suit filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit by Norman D. West also accuses Springtime Publishing Inc., of copyright...

Music Service Spotify In Patent Infringement Lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) Digital music service Spotify, which recently arrived in the U.S., has been sued by music and video streaming software maker PacketVideo for allegedly violating a patent it holds for digital music distribution. In court documents filed this week in U.S. District Court in the Southern...

Lil Wayne Sued For $15 Million Over Song 'Bedrock'

NEW YORK - (AP) Rapper Lil Wayne faces a $15 million legal battle over allegations he stole the hit song "Bedrock." Georgia-based production company Done Deal Enterprises is suing Wayne, Universal Music Group, Cash Money Records and Young Money Entertainment for copyright infringement. Lawyers...

Mattel Weighing Options After $309 Million Judgment

SANTA ANA, Calif. - (AP) The first salvo was fired years ago when toy giant Mattel Inc. sued MGA Entertainment Inc. over ownership of the hugely popular Bratz fashion doll line. The turbulent legal chapter has now ended with a federal judge ordering Mattel to pay its rival more than $309 million. Mattel...

4th Circuit Finds Possible Trademark Infringement In Google's AdWords Program

RICHMOND, Va. - (Mealey's) A Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on April 9 found sufficient evidence to create an issue of fact as to whether Google Inc. had committed direct infringement by allowing the use of third-party trademarks by participants in its AdWords program, reversing in part...

Jury Says Google Infringed, But It Can't Agree On Fair Use

SAN FRANCISCO - (Mealey's) After five full days of deliberation, federal jurors in California issued a partial verdict on May 7 in the closely watched copyright dispute over defendant Google Inc.'s Android software platform ( Oracle America Inc. v. Google Inc. , No. 10-3561, N.D. Calif.). ...

Houston, We Have a Problem!

After the South Texas College of Law (defendant) announced on June 22, 2016, that it was changing its name to "Houston College of Law," the University of Houston System (UH) filed a trademark infringement suit against the defendant. On October 14, 2016, Judge Keith P. Ellison of the United...