ATLANTA - A boat manufacturer in a June 23 brief tells the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that a trial court erred in disposing of its trade dress and trade secrets claims against a rival firm via summary judgment, arguing that the lower court failed to properly consider evidence of distinctiveness, nonfunctionality and confidentiality (Yellowfin Yachts Inc. v. Barker Boatworks, LLC, et al., No. 17-11176, 11th Cir.).
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Assertions of obviousness levied in connection with a patented process for detecting fraudulent conduct based upon a user's telephone number were rejected June 26 by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Twilio Inc. v. Telesign Corp., No. IPR2016-00360, PTAB).
CHICAGO - In a June 26 answer filed in Illinois federal court, McDonald's Corp. denies that it violated the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) by not providing equal access to its website and mobile app for visually impaired individuals, asking the court to dismiss the complaint brought by a California man (Sean Gorecki v. McDonald's Corporation, No. 1:17-cv-03036, N.D. Ill.).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a June 23 ruling, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals found that a Texas federal judge erroneously granted a defendant summary judgment of noninfringement with regard to a wastewater treatment system patent (Mark N. Chaffin v. Michael R. Braden, et al., No. 16-2572, Fed. Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 11164).
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - In a June 23 petition for inter partes review (IPR), Aurobindo Pharma Ltd. and Aurobindo Pharma USA Inc. (Aurobindo, collectively) took aim at the patented pharmaceutical formulation metformin hydrochloride, marketed as extended-release tablets by Andrx Corp. under the brand name Fortamet (Aurobindo Pharma Ltd. and Aurobindo Pharma USA Inc. v. Andrx Corporation, No. IPR2017-01673, PTAB).
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Several months after Google Inc. failed to persuade the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to review various claims of a patent directed to the digital translation technique of "dialectal standardization" Microsoft Corp. requested inter partes review (IPR) of many of the same claims, but asserting different prior art (Microsoft Corp. v. Improved Search LLC, No. IPR2017-01614, PTAB).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A Virginia federal judge's decision to deny the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) an award of attorney fees incurred in connection with defending the rejection of a patent application was reversed June 23 by a divided Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (Nantkwest Inc. v. Joseph Matal, Acting Director U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, No. 16-1794, Fed. Cir.).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Samsung Electronics America Inc. and other appellants on June 23 failed to persuade the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that three patents challenged through inter partes review were erroneously deemed valid by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Samsung Electronics America Inc., et al. v. Straight Path IP Group Inc., Nos. 2016-2004, -2008, -2009, -2019, -2020, -2021, -2112, -2113, -2114, -2182, -2183, -2184, Fed. Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 11162).
NEW ORLEANS - Finding that a staffing firm failed to establish malice in a rival's hiring away one of its employees who was found to have accessed his former employer's computer network without authorization, a Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on June 21 vacated a trial court's $124,000 exemplary damages award against the defendant firm (Merritt Hawkins & Associates LLC v. Larry Scott Gresham, et al., No. 16-10439, 5th Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 10981).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In its June 26 orders list, the U.S. Supreme Court invited the U.S. solicitor general to express the views of the federal government on whether an injunction in a patent case can be premised on findings of "some connection" between an infringing feature and alleged irreparable harm (Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., et al. v. Apple Inc., No. 16-1102, U.S. Sup.).
CHICAGO - An Illinois federal judge on June 21 denied insurers' motion to reconsider an earlier ruling that a professional services exclusion does not apply to bar coverage for an underlying lawsuit alleging that a consulting company insured conspired with a competitor's former employee to use the competitor's copyrighted material and other confidential information (Caveo, LLC v. Citizens Insurance Company of America, Inc., et al., No. 15-6200, N.D. Ill., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 95432).
SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on June 20 granted a jewelry maker's motion to dismiss claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and the Lanham Act, finding that another jewelry designer failed to show how a private correspondence asserting trademark infringement in relation to certain designs significantly threatened or harmed competition (Marco Bicego S.P.A., et al. v. Stephanie Kantis, et al., No. 17-cv-00927, N.D. Calif., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 95000).
WILMINGTON, Del. - A drug maker was ordered June 20 by a jury empaneled before U.S. Judge Leonard P. Stark of the District of Delaware to pay GlaxoSmithKline PLC (GSK) $235.5 million in damages in connection with its marketing of generic Coreg as a treatment for chronic heart failure (CHF) (GlaxoSmithKline PLC v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc., No. 14-877, D. Del.).
SEATTLE - Jurors who in February deemed Zillow Inc. an infringer of 28,125 copyrighted images did not hear sufficient evidence from which to conclude that Zillow failed to take "simple measures" to remove the works from its "Zillow Digs" mobile app, a Washington federal judge ruled June 20 (VHT Inc. v. Zillow Group Inc., No. 15-1096, W.D. Wash.; 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 95010).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In its June 19 order list, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition for certiorari by the founder of now-defunct online music-sharing service MP3Tunes LLC, who argued that neither he nor his former company had sufficient contacts with New York to establish personal jurisdiction over him in a copyright infringement lawsuit brought by a group of record labels (Michael Robertson v. EMI Christian Music Group, et al., No. 16-1227, U.S. Sup., 2017 U.S. LEXIS 3969).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Findings by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in an interference proceeding that a high amount of experimentation is necessary to synthesize a claimed compound for treating hepatitis C and that a provisional application did not enable the interference subject matter were affirmed June 21 by the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (Richard Storer, et al. v. Jeremy Clark, No. 15-1802, Fed. Cir.).
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The Patent Trial and Appeal Board was asked June 19 to review the patentability of a release assembly for a crossbow on grounds that the assembly was anticipated by a prior art crossbow marketed as "Stryker" (Ravin Crossbows v. Precision Shooting Equipment Inc., No. IPR2017-01640, PTAB).
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - At the request of a patent owner, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board on June 19 entered an adverse judgment, canceling eight claims of a semiconductor patent (Broadcom Limited v. Tessera Inc., No. IPR2017-00889, PTAB).
SAN FRANCISCO - A motion by declaratory judgment plaintiff Comcast Cable Communications to strike with prejudice infringement contentions relating to five patents was denied June 20 by a California federal judge (Comcast Cable Communications v. OpenTV Inc. and Nagravision SA, No. 16-6180, N.D. Calif., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 94117).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A Kansas federal judge's reliance, in dismissing on jurisdiction grounds, on a choice-of-law provision in a nondisclosure agreement (NDA) between a patent owner and a potential licensee was not erroneous, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled June 19 (NexLearn LLC v. Allen Interactions Inc., No. 16-2170, Fed. Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 10735).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In its June 19 orders list, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a petition for certiorari in a case questioning the general rule that each element in a patent claim is material to an invention's scope when assessing definiteness under Section 112 of the Patent Act, 35 U.S. Code 112 (Cox Communications Inc., et al. v. Sprint Communications Company LP, et al., No. 16-1106, U.S. Sup.).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In its June 19 orders list, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will not review a Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals holding that Section 301(a) of the Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. 301(a), preempts state law claims relating to ideas expressed in tangible media (Ultraflo Corp. v. Pelican Tank Parts Inc., et al., No. 16-1085, U.S. Sup.).
SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on June 16 partially granted a tax firm's motion to strike parts of an answer to its complaint in which it asserts that various defendants infringed on its trademarks and violated California's unfair competition law (UCL), but refused to strike parts of the answer that assert an affirmative defense such as unclean hands or other equitable defense (Anderson Tax LLC v. Stephane Laffont-Reveilhac, et al., No. 17-cv-01311-EMC, N.D. Calif., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 93298).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - An Ohio federal judge did not err in deeming three patents for testing bodily samples for myeloperoxidase (MPO) ineligible for patent protection under the Patent Act, 35 U.S.C. 101, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled June 16 (Cleveland Clinic Foundation, et al. v. True Health Diagnostics LLC, No. 16-1766, Fed. Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 10672).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following a May amicus curiae brief from the U.S. government urging that certiorari be denied in a longstanding copyright dispute over a viral video, the U.S. Supreme Court on June 19 indicated that it will not hear the case (Stephanie Lenz v. Universal Music Corp., et al., No. 16-217, U.S. Sup.).