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    Mealey's IP/Tech - After 5th Circuit Ruling, Google Dismisses Suit Over Mississippi AG's Subpoena

    JACKSON, Miss. - Three months after the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals found a subpoena served on Google Inc. by Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood to be not ripe for adjudication and an injunction preventing enforcement of the subpoena to be premature, Google on July 13 filed a stipulation of dismissal of its claims against Hood in Mississippi federal court (Google Inc. v. Jim Hood, No. 3:14-cv-00981, S.D. Miss.).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Ohio Federal Judge Enters Default, Awards Trebled Damages On Design Patent Claims

    CINCINNATI - A retailer on the online auction website eBay was ordered by an Ohio federal judge on July 12 to pay The Gillette Co. $55,047.42 trebled in damages in connection with allegations of trademark and design patent infringement (The Gillette Company v. Save and Discount LLC, No. 15-635, S.D. Ohio; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 90925).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - On Remand From Supreme Court, Parties, Amicus Brief On Concreteness Of FCRA Claim

    PASADENA, Calif. - In response to a directive from a Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel, as well as remand instructions from the U.S. Supreme Court, a Virginia man and an online data aggregator offered briefs July 11 arguing whether the plaintiff's allegations of the aggregator publishing false information under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) were sufficiently concrete to establish standing under Article III of the U.S. Constitution (Thomas Robins v. Spokeo Inc., No11-56843, 9th Cir.).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Inter Partes Review Sought In Dispute Over Microchip Links

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Claims 13 and 15 of a patented method for forming integrated circuit "interconnects" that link components in a microchip are unpatentable because the claims "recite well-known processes for making well-known structures," according to a July 12 petition for inter partes review filed with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd. v. Godo Kaisha IP Bridge 1, No. IPR2016-01376, PTAB).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Post-Grant Review Of Multiple Sclerosis Treatment Patent Sought

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A claimed method of treating multiple sclerosis (MS) with the injection of 40 milligrams of glatiramer acetate (GA) thrice weekly should not have received federal patent protection, Amneal Pharmaceuticals LLC alleges in a July 12 petition for post-grant review before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Amneal Pharmaceuticals LLC v. Yeda Research & Development Co. Ltd., No. PGR2016-00028, PTAB).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Delaware Federal Judge Deems Drug Patents Valid, Infringed By ANDA

    WILMINGTON, Del. - On the eve of the expiration of a 30-month stay of approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration of an abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) for generic Savella, a fibromyalgia drug, a Delaware federal judge on July 11 deemed the proposed generic an infringement of three patents and concluded that the same three patents are valid (Forest Laboratories Holdings Ltd., et al. v. Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc., et al., No. 13-1602, D. Del.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 89268).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Adidas Sues Skechers For Patent Infringement In Oregon Federal Court

    PORTLAND, Ore. - A new athletic shoe by Skechers USA Inc. makes improper use of adidas AG's patented "Springblade" technology, adidas alleges in a July 11 complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon (adidas AG v. Skechers USA Inc., No. 16-1400, D. Ore.).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Federal Circuit Affirms: Payroll Patent Claims Ineligible Subject Matter

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - An inventor's concession that the claims of his patent are directed to an abstract idea, combined with findings that the claims recite nothing more than conventional steps beyond that abstract idea, led the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on July 13 to affirm a California federal judge's determination that the patent is invalid under 35 U.S. Code Section 101 (Douglas Shortridge v. Foundation Construction Payroll Service LLC, No. 15-1898, Fed. Cir.).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Federal Circuit Affirms Outcome Of Inter Partes Review Of Wireless Patent

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A patent examiner's rejection - later upheld by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board - of all asserted claims of a patented method and system for allocating access rights to channels in a wireless network was upheld July 11 by the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (IPCom GmbH & Co. v. HTC Corporation, No. 15-1754, Fed. Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 12671.).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - California Federal Judge Reduces Award In Hookah Copyright Suit

    LOS ANGELES - A federal judge in California on July 11 partially granted a defense motion for a directed verdict, reducing by $800,000 a jury award against a retailer that sold a copyrighted hookah without the maker's permission because two of the flavors it sold were not counterfeited Kaloud Inc. v. Shisha Land Wholesale Inc., No. 2:15-cv-3706, C.D. Calif.).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Judge Awards Production Company $1.8 Million For Improper Use Of Movie Name

    LOS ANGELES - A California federal judge on July 11 awarded a movie production company that asserted causes of action for copyright infringement and violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) $1,885,969.96 in damages and entered a permanent injunction ordering another entity and its owner from ever using the company's movie trademark again (Fuzzy Logic Productions Inc. v. Trapflix LLC, et al., No. 15-6203, C.D. Calif.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 90290).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Dismissed File Sharer Cites Authority To Support Attorneys' Discovery Sanctions

    CHICAGO - A man who was once the defendant in an online file-sharing copyright suit filed a citation of additional authority in the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals July 11, asserting that admissions in a Minnesota Supreme Court attorney disciplinary proceeding supported a trial court's award for discovery sanctions against that same attorney in the current case (Lightspeed Media Corp., et al. v. Anthony Smith, et al., No. 15-2440, 7th Cir.).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Patent Board Partly Grants Samsung Petition For Patent Review

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Assertions by Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. that a data stream error detection patent is invalid pursuant to 35 U.S. Code Sections 102(a), 102(b) and 103(a) have merit, in part, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board concluded July 8 (Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. v. Koninklijke KPN N.V., No. IPR2016-00392, PTAB).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Oklahoma Judge Denies Dismissal Of Trademark Dispute Over Supplements

    AUGUSTA, Ga. - Allegations of trademark infringement stemming from a defendant's enlistment of third-party affiliates to drive Internet traffic away from a plaintiff will proceed, an Oklahoma federal judge ruled July 12 (Premium Nutraceuticals LLC v. Leading Edge Marketing Inc., et al., No. 15-141, S.D. Ga.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 90319).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Judge Allows Damages Testimony In Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

    MADISON, Wis. - In a copyright infringement lawsuit, an expert may testify that a software company did not suffer any damages at all, a Wisconsin federal judge ruled July 8 (Epic Systems Corp. v. Attachmate Corp., No. 15-179, W.D. Wis.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 88572).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Lanham Act Dispute Over Online Criticism Will Proceed In New York

    NEW YORK - Allegations by the maker of the anti-malware program "SpyHunter" that a computer support website violated the Lanham Act by making false and defamatory statements online survived a motion to dismiss July 8, when a New York federal judge ruled that the case should proceed in part (Enigma Software Group USA LLC v. Bleeping Computer LLC, No. 16-57, S.D. N.Y.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 89160).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Terror Victims' Families Seek $1 Billion For Facebook's Support Of Hamas Attacks

    NEW YORK - In a complaint filed July 10 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, a group of family members of terror attack victims allege that Facebook Inc. "knowingly provided material support and resources to" Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas through its social network and communications platforms in violation of the Antiterrorism Act (ATA) (Stuart Force, et al. v. Facebook Inc., No. 1:16-cv-05490, S.D. N.Y.).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - En Banc Federal Circuit Clarifies Standard For On-Sale Bar In Patent Cases

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - To trigger the "on-sale" bar set forth at 35 U.S. Code Section 102(b), a product "must be the subject of a commercial sale or offer for sale," and a commercial sale is "one that bears the general hallmarks of a sale pursuant to Section 2-106 of the Uniform Commercial Code," a unanimous, en banc Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled July 12 (The Medicines Company v. Hospira Inc., et al., Nos. 14-1469, -1504, Fed. Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 12667).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Patent Board Reconsiders, Reaffirms Rejection Of Venipuncture Method Patent

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A May 2016 final decision by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that upheld a patent examiner's rejection of a patented method for improving vein accessibility during venipuncture will stand, despite reconsideration on July 11 by the board (Ex parte Hermsmeyer, No. 2013-010635, PTAB).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - North Carolina Federal Judge Upholds Verdict Of Willful Infringement

    ASHEVILLE, N.C. - A jury's award of $852,000 in damages upon finding that a transformer patent was willfully infringed will stand, a North Carolina federal judge ruled July 8 (Sociedad Espanola de Electromedicina Y Calidad S.A. v. Blue Ridge X-Ray Company Inc., et al., No. 10-159, W.D. N.C.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 88739).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Federal Judge Dismisses Patent Invalidity Declaratory Judgment Complaint

    SAN FRANCISCO - Failed efforts by a nationwide provider of health care services for patients with AIDS to solicit generic drug manufacturers to develop products containing tenofir alafenamide fumarate (TAF) do not represent a sufficiently real and immediate dispute to confer standing in a declaratory judgment action with the TAF brand name manufacturer, a California federal judge concluded July 6 (AIDS Healthcare Foundation Inc. v. Gilead Sciences Inc., et al., No. 16-443, N.D. Calif.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 87578).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Class Action Alleges Snapchat Exposes Minors To Adult Content

    LOS ANGELES - In a putative class action filed July 7 in California federal court, a minor user of Snapchat Inc.'s photo messaging application alleges that editorial content on Snapchat's app exposes minors to sexually offensive content in violation of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) and California's unfair competition law (UCL) (John Doe v. Snapchat Inc., et al., No. 2:16-cv-04955, C.D. Calif.).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Federal Judge Rejects Lanham Act Allegations

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - A dispute over mineral and land rights was dismissed July 6 by an Alabama federal judge who found that a plaintiff failed to state a claim with regard to allegations that various defendants violated the Lanham Act (Black Diamond Land Management LLC v. Twin Pines Coal Company Inc. et al., No. 14-2333, N.D. Ala.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 87022).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Federal Circuit Affirms Injunction, Wait Period To Market Biosimilar Drug

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A Florida federal judge properly awarded Amgen Inc. a preliminary injunction barring Apotex Inc. from entering the market for 180 days after receiving a requested license from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for a biosimilar product, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled July 5 (Amgen Inc. v. Apotex Inc., No. 16-1308, Fed. Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 12353).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Michigan Supreme Court: Pandora User Not Renter, Borrower Under Privacy Law

    LANSING, Mich. - Responding to a question certified by the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, the Michigan Supreme Court on July 6 unanimously concluded that a user of Pandora Media Inc.'s online streaming service did not constitute a "customer" because he did not "rent" or "borrow" the service under the state's Video Rental Privacy Act (VRPA) (In Re Certified Question from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Peter Deacon v. Pandora Media Inc., No. 151104, Mich. Sup.; 2016 Mich. LEXIS 1385).