WASHINGTON, D.C. - In his Jan. 9 reply brief in the District of Columbia U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Backpage.com LLC Chief Executive Officer Carl Ferrer defends his objections under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to a U.S. Senate subpoena that he says inappropriately seeks information and documents related to Backpage's protected editorial judgment and choices as an online intermediary (Carl Ferrer v. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, No. 16-5232 and 16-5274, D.C. Cir.)
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A petition for inter partes review (IPR) of a patented method for reducing power consumption in integrated circuits was denied Jan. 10 by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Intel Corp. v. Future Link Systems LLC, No. IPR2016-01400, PTAB).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A Delaware federal judge did not err in construing "seal," "prevent" and other phrases of four patents relating to vehicular tilt control apparatuses, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Jan. 9 (Cloud Farm Associates LP v. Volkswagen Group of America and ZF Sachs AG, No. 16-1448, Fed. Cir.; 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 325).
ATLANTA - A majority of the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Jan. 9 that an insurer has no duty to pay an insured's $405,989 in pre-tender legal expenses incurred in defending a copyright infringement lawsuit, affirming a lower court's finding that Florida's claims administration statute (CAS) does not control because the insurer relied on an exclusion and not a coverage defense in its refusal to pay the expenses (EmbroidMe.com, Inc. v. Travelers Property Casualty Company of America, No. 14-10616, 11th Cir.; 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 368).
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Finding that a Russian railcar company had demonstrated a likelihood of success in its claims against two former employees under the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), a California federal judge on Jan. 6 ordered the hosts of the employees' email accounts to preserve all electronic data associated with those accounts (OOO Brunswick Rail Management, et al. v. Richard Sultanov, et al., No. 5:17-cv-00017, N.D. Calif.; 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 2343).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 9 denied certiorari in four patent cases covering technologies ranging from pharmaceutical compounds to surgical staplers (Mylan Pharmaceuticals, et al. v. Acorda Therapeutics, et al., No. 16-360; Ethicon Endo-Surgery Inc. v. Covidien LP et al., No. 16-366; Lifescan Scotland Ltd. v. Pharmatech Solutions Inc., No. 16-377; Merck & Cie et al. v. Watson Laboratories, No. 16-493, U.S. Sup.).
MARSHALL, Texas - Efforts by patent infringement defendant Google Inc. to bar an expert witness from calculating reasonable royalty damages based upon the number of users who access Google Chrome in a seven-day period were unsuccessful on Jan. 9, when a Texas federal magistrate judge found that the methodology "appears sound" (Alfonso Cioffi, et al. v. Google Inc., No. 13-103, E.D. Texas; 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 2614).
FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Allegations that a school copied a copyrighted educational model without consent were dismissed Jan. 6 by an Indiana federal judge pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6) (Angela Brooks-Ngwenya v. National Heritage Academies, No. 16-183, N.D. Ind.; 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 2071).
CHICAGO - In what it deemed a "very unusual case," the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Jan. 6 affirmed dismissal of a dispute in which Amazon.com Inc. was accused of permitting third parties to advertise for sale six counterfeit books in violation of the Copyright Act (Reginald Hart v. Amazon.com Inc., No. 16-2793, 7th Cir.; 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 256).
SAN FRANCISCO - Allegations that a defendant willfully infringed five patents will proceed in light of a Jan. 5 ruling by a California federal judge, in a dispute over quantum dot technology (Nanosys Inc. v. QD Vision Inc., No. 16-1957, N.D. Calif.; 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 1085).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - An Illinois federal judge erroneously granted a defendant summary judgment that myriad claims of a patented method for using a graphical indicator to encode information are invalid as indefinite, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Jan. 5 (Sonix Technology Co. Ltd. v. Publications International Ltd., et al., No. 16-1449, Fed. Cir.).
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - In a ruling issued Dec. 30, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board announced it will review the patentability of nine claims of a patented method for delivering digital content (Limelight Networks Inc. v. Akamai Technologies Inc., No. IPR2016-01631, PTAB).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a letter sent to counsel on Jan. 4, Chief Justice G. John Roberts Jr. revealed that despite his December participation in oral arguments, he will take no part in the U.S. Supreme Court's upcoming decision in the patent dispute between Life Technologies Corp. and Promega Corp. (Life Technologies Corp. v. Promega Corp., No. 14-1538, U.S. Sup.).
TAMPA, Fla. - Allegations that the owners and operators of the Arabic television service "UlaiTV" committed copyright infringement will proceed in light of a Jan. 3 ruling by a Florida federal judge (DISH Network LLC v. Gaby Fraifer, et al., No. 16-2549, M.D. Fla.; 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 380).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Finding no error in a ruling by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that invalidated, on obviousness grounds, 22 claims of a patented method of maintaining drugs delivered via drug-eluting stent, a divided Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Jan. 3 affirmed (In re: Ethicon Inc., No. 15-1696, Fed. Cir.; 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 4).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The continued viability of Achates Reference Publishing Inc. v. Apple Inc. (803 F.3d 652 [Fed. Cir. 2015]) will soon be debated in light of a Jan. 4 decision by the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to rehear, en banc, a dispute involving a data transmission patent (Wi-Fi One LLC v. Broadcom Corp., Nos. 15-1944, -1945, -1946, Fed. Cir.).
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A patented invention covering a signal-generating device would have been obvious to a person of ordinary skill in the art, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board ruled Dec. 27 (Ex parte Niels Nymark and Thomas Bove, No. 2016-001564, PTAB).
ST. LOUIS - Although a defendant won dismissal Dec. 27 of allegations that it committed tortious interference with business expectancies, its motion was denied by a Missouri federal judge as it relates to trademark infringement (John Beal Inc. v. Roofpros Inc. and Web.com Group Inc., No. 16-1151, E.D. Mo.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 178513).
WILMINGTON, Del. - A request by Bayer Pharma AG, Bayer Intellectual Property GmbH and Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Bayer, collectively) for a preliminary injunction barring a competitor from selling a generic oral contraceptive was denied Dec. 28 by a Delaware federal judge, despite a July final judgment that the generic drug would infringe (Bayer Pharma AG, et al. v. Watson Laboratories Inc., No. 12-1726, D. Del.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 179103).
JACKSON, Miss. - A request for summary judgment by a defendant accused of infringing the "Git-R-Done" tagline of the fictional character "Larry the Cable Guy" when it named its convenience store "Giterdone" was denied Dec. 28 by a Mississippi federal judge (Git-R-Done Productions Inc. v. Giterdone C Store LLC, No. 15-386, S.D. Miss.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 179201).
NEW YORK - Asserting damages in excess of $50 million, the iconic rap group Run-DMC filed suit Dec. 29 in New York federal court against retailers Wal-Mart and Amazon.com Inc. over clothing and accessories that directly infringe the "RUN-DMC" trademark (RUN-DMC Brand LLC v. Amazon.com Inc., et al., No. 16-10011, S.D. N.Y.).
NEW YORK - An Italian music publisher's claim that the "Mah Na Mah Na" song popularized by the Muppets by is an unauthorized derivative of a 1966 classical composition were dismissed Dec. 29 by a New York federal judge on grounds that the publisher lacks standing to sue for copyright infringement (Creazioni Artistiche Musicali S.r.l. v. Carlin America Inc., et al., No. 14-9270, S.D. N.Y.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 180431).
LOS ANGELES - A California federal judge on Dec. 29 declined to stay pending appeal a preliminary injunction issued against a video on demand (VOD) provider, finding that the balance of hardships weighed in favor of the plaintiff movie studios that have demonstrated a likelihood of success on their copyright infringement claims against the VOD firm (Disney Enterprises Inc., et al. v. VidAngel Inc., No. 2:16-cv-04109, C.D. Calif.).
RICHMOND, Va. - A North Carolina federal judge did not err in rejecting a jury award of $760,000 in favor of a marketing company that had accused DirecTV LLC of violating the North Carolina Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act (UDTPA), the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Dec. 29 (Exclaim Marketing LLC v. DirecTV LLC, No. 15-2399, 4th Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 23378).
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Efforts by Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. to invalidate a wireless communications patent raise identical issues to those raised by Apple Inc. and Microsoft Corp. in a joint June 2016 petition for inter partes review (IPR), the Patent Trial and Appeal Board ruled Dec. 21 (Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. v. Evolved Wireless LLC, No. IPR2016-01310, PTAB).