SEATTLE - In a Sept. 3 motion filed in its unfair billing case against Amazon.com Inc. in Washington federal court, the Federal Trade Commission seeks a protective order to prevent Amazon from using the discovery process to obtain documents about competitor Apple Inc. related to a similar, but separate FTC proceeding against Apple (Federal Trade Commission v. Amazon.com Inc., No. 2:14-cv-01038, W.D. Wash.).
NEW YORK - A copyright dispute over electronic textbooks and instruction solution manuals that were reproduced and distributed online without authorization should yield a $5 million award and a permanent injunction, a New York federal magistrate judge recommended Sept. 3 (Cengage Learning Inc. et al. v. Mike Shi et al., No. 13-7772, S.D. N.Y.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 119322).
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - A declaratory judgment copyright defendant must produce documents relating to the publication and first sale of products not at issue in the litigation, if they were included in the same copyright registrations as those products that are at issue, a New York federal magistrate judge ruled Sept. 8 (Classic Touch Decor Inc. v. Michael Aram Inc., No. 15-453, E.D. N.Y.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 119249).
NEW YORK - The "Tiffany" trademark is valid and was infringed by Costco Wholesale Corp., a New York federal judge ruled Sept. 8, granting Tiffany and Co. summary judgment (Tiffany and Company v. Costco Wholesale Corp., No. 13-1041, S.D. N.Y.).
CHICAGO - Allegations of trademark infringement, unfair competition and state law deceptive trade practices in connection with the "Four Aces" trademark for tobacco products will proceed, an Illinois federal judge ruled Sept. 3 (Top Tobacco, et al. v. Fantasia Distribution Inc., No. 14-8981, N.D. Ill.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 117533).
SAN FRANCISCO - Although denying a defendant's motion to strike, a California federal judge on Sept. 7 ordered a patent owner to amend its infringement contentions for specificity (Synopsys Inc. v. ATopTech Inc., No. 13-2965, N.D. Calif.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 118796).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A Virginia federal judge properly deemed "compliance mechanism" a means-plus-function term that lacks sufficient structure as it is used in a patent covering a method for preventing unauthorized recordings, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Sept. 4 (Media Rights Technologies Inc. v. Capital One Financial Corporation, et al., No. 14-1218, Fed. Cir.; 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 15767).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A California federal judge's summary judgment determination of patent invalidity was reversed and remanded by the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Sept. 8, in a dispute over a medical device (Ivera Medical Corporation v. Hospira Inc., No. 14-1613, -1614, Fed. Cir.).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A District of Columbia federal judge's decision to uphold findings by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) that a patent covering rigid, gas permeable contact-lens materials is invalid as obvious was not clearly erroneous, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals concluded Sept. 3 (Dome Patent LP v. Michelle K. Lee, Director, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, No. 14-1673, Fed. Cir.).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A petitioner that failed to persuade the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board to invalidate two claims of a plastic molding patent on inter partes review was similarly unsuccessful Sept. 4 before the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (Dynamic Drinkware LLC v. National Graphics Inc., No. 15-1214, Fed. Cir.).
ATLANTA - In what it deemed an "extraordinary case predicated upon extraordinary legal theories," the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Sept. 3 found that a Florida federal judge abused her discretion in retaining supplemental jurisdiction over various state law claims after entering a consent decree mooting a federal false advertising claim (Ameritox Ltd. v. Millennium Laboratories Inc., No. 14-14281, 11th Cir.; 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 15664.).
SANTA ANA, Calif. - A lead plaintiff's credit card statements are relevant to establishing his putative class claim under California's Consumers Legal Remedies Act (CLRA), a California federal magistrate ruled Aug. 31, declining to quash a subpoena served on the credit card issuer by defendant Barnes & Noble Inc. (BN) (Kevin Khoa Nguyen v. Barnes & Noble Inc., No. 8:12-cv-00812, C.D. Calif.).
WILMINGTON, Del. - A Delaware federal judge on Sept. 2 granted myriad infringement defendants judgment on the pleadings, deeming an asserted patent invalid under Section 101 of the Patent Act (Novo Transforma Technologies LLC v. Sprint Spectrum L.P. et al., Nos. 14-612, -613, -614, -615, -616, D. Del.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 116647).
PHILADELPHIA - A Pennsylvania federal judge's finding that standing is lacking in a false advertising case pursuant to Conte Bros. Auto. Inc. v. Quaker-State Slick 50 Inc. (165 F.3d 221 [3rd Cir. 1998]) was affirmed Sept. 2 by the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, albeit under a newer standard from the Supreme Court (The Knit With v. Knitting Fever Inc., et al., No. 12-3219, 3rd Cir.; 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 15575).
SAN FRANCISCO - In a consolidated complaint filed Aug. 28 in California federal court, three Illinois residents allege violations of an Illinois biometrics statute by Facebook Inc. in the social network's "Tag Suggestions" feature for pictures (Carlo Licata, et al. v. Facebook Inc., No. 3:15-cv-03748, N.D. Calif.).
SAN FRANCISCO - The creator of the PhantomALERT smart phone and global positioning system (GPS) device applications (apps) on Sept. 1 filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in California federal court, asserting that its proprietary database was copied and used in the competing Waze app (PhantomALERT Inc. v. Google Inc., et al., No. 3:15-cv-03986, N.D. Calif.).
WILMINGTON, Del. - A defendant won dismissal on Aug. 31 of copyright infringement allegations as they relate to one software program but was denied dismissal with regard to another (Micro Focus U.S. Inc. v. Insurance Services Office Inc., No. 15-252, D. Del.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 115244).
MARSHALL, Texas - Efforts by two patent infringement defendants to transfer the allegations levied against them to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California were rejected Sept. 1 by a Texas federal magistrate judge (Core Wireless Licensing S.A.R.L. v. LG Electronics Inc. et al., No. 14-911, E.D. Texas; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 115801).
SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge did not err in granting a new trial on trade dress infringement allegations, nor in his decision to exclude a plaintiff's damages expert at the new trial and bar the plaintiff from seeking lost profits, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Aug. 31 (Stop Staring! Designs v. Tatyana LLC, d/b/a Bettie Page Clothing, No. 13-55051, 9th Cir.; 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 15388).
DENVER - Allegations of false advertising under Section 43(a) of the Lanham Act were properly dismissed by a Utah federal judge, the 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Aug. 31 (Dr. Drake Vincent M.D., et al. v. Utah Plastic Surgery Society, et al., No. 13-4146, 10th Cir.; 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 15345).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A final judgment of noninfringement was reversed and remanded Aug. 27 by the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals because it rested upon an erroneous claim construction (Inline Plastics Corporation v. EasyPak LLC, No. 14-1305, Fed. Cir.; 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 15117).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A Delaware federal judge's award of supplemental damages in a patent case was reversed by the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Aug. 28, in light of the "intervening change in the law of indefiniteness" resulting from Nautilus Inc. v. Biosig Instruments Inc. (134 S. Ct. 2120 ) (Dow Chemical Company v. NOVA Chemicals Corp. et al., Nos. 14-1431, -1462, Fed. Cir.; 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 15191).
INDIANAPOLIS - Citing the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on divided infringement in Limelight Networks Inc. v. Akamai Technologies Inc. (134 S. Ct. 2111 ) and a recent en banc Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling in the same case, an Indiana federal judge on Aug. 25 found that abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) for generic Alimta would indirectly infringe an Eli Lilly and Co. patent (Eli Lilly and Company v. Teva Parenteral Medicines Inc. et al., No. 10-1376, S.D. Ind.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 112221).
NEW YORK - A New York federal judge on Aug. 25 found that two disputed functions of a Web-based media-monitoring service did not constitute fair use and, therefore, posed copyright infringement risks to media outlets, granting in part a motion for summary judgment by Fox News Network LLC (Fox News Network LLC v. TVEyes Inc., No. 1:13-cv-05315, S.D. N.Y.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 112836).
SAN FRANCISCO - A limited, permanent injunction barring a declaratory judgment trademark plaintiff from using the "Magnolia" trademark in connection with butter, margarine and cheese (BMC) products domestically was vacated Aug. 27 by the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (San Miguel Corporation et al. v. Ramar International, No. 13-55537, 9th Cir.; 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 15145).