HOUSTON - Although granting Viacom International Inc. summary judgment on allegations that a proposed "The Krusty Krab" restaurant would represent trademark infringement, a Texas federal judge on Jan. 11 denied Viacom's request as it relates to trademark dilution (Viacom International Inc. v. IJR Capital Investments LLC, No. 16-257, S.D. Texas.; 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 3948).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - An Indiana federal judge properly found that under Akamai Technologies Inc. v. Limelight Networks Inc. (797 F.3d 1020, 1022 [Fed. Cir. 2015]) (Akamai V), a proposed generic chemotherapy drug would indirectly infringe "methods of treatment" claimed by an Eli Lilly & Co. patent, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Jan. 12 (Eli Lilly & Co. v. Teva Parental Medicines Inc., et al., No. 15-2067, Fed. Cir.; 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 555).
SAN FRANCISCO - A Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Jan. 12 determined that Apple Inc. is a distributor of third-party created apps sold in its App Store, leading the panel to find that putative monopolization class claims related to the store could proceed (In re Apple iPhone Antitrust Litigation, No. 14-15000, 9th Cir.; 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 577).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In its Jan. 13 orders list, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will hear a closely watched dispute between two drug makers over their competing interpretations of several provisions of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA) (Sandoz, Inc. v. Amgen, Inc., No. 15-1039, U.S. Sup.; Amgen Inc. v. Sandoz Inc., No. 15-1195, U.S. Sup.).
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Jan. 10 granted a petition for inter partes review (IPR) of a patented cancer treatment method but denied a petitioner's request for joinder with a similar IPR (Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. v. Janssen Oncology Inc., No. IPR2016-01332, PTAB).
CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. - A defendant's motion to dismiss, pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6), allegations that he infringed the "Canon" trademark was rejected Jan. 11 by a New York federal judge (Canon-U.S.A. Inc. v. F&E Trading, LLC, et al., No. 15-6015, E.D. N.Y.; 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 4223).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - An appellant seeking to challenge a final written decision by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that confirmed the validity of a conjugated antibody patent was turned away on Jan. 9 by the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (Phigenix Inc. v. ImmunoGen Inc., No. 16-1544, Fed. Cir.; 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 323).
NEW ORLEANS - In a Jan. 11 ruling, the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld a Texas federal judge's determination that a state law claim of unfair competition by misappropriation - levied in connection with allegations of stolen instructional drawings - is preempted by the Copyright Act (Ultraflo Corporation v. Pelican Worldwide, et al., No. 15-20084, 5th Cir.; 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 509).
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).