SAN FRANCISCO - Amazon.com Inc. on Sept. 20 won dismissal with prejudice of allegations that it infringed two patents amid findings by a California federal judge that the patents in suit do not pass muster under 35 U.S. Code Section 101 (TriDim Innovations LLC v. Amazon.com Inc., No. 15-5477, N.D. Calif.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 127483).
ROCKFORD, Ill. - An Illinois federal judge on Sept. 19 granted a professional liability insurer's request to rescind three policies because of material misrepresentations that a patent and trademark attorney insured made on his application (Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Co. v. Jerry A. Schulman, et al., No. 14-50142, N.D. Ill., Eastern Div.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 127261).
NEW YORK - Efforts by McGraw-Hill Global Education Holdings LLC and McGraw-Hill School Education Holdings LLC (McGraw-Hill, collectively) to dismiss allegations of copyright infringement were unsuccessful Sept. 16, when a New York federal judge rejected the textbook publishers' claim that 14 disputed photographs are in the public domain (Joseph Sohm v. McGraw-Hill Global Education Holdings LLC, et al., No. 16-4255, S.D. N.Y.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 126836).
NEW YORK - Although agreeing with three textbook publishers that a defendant cannot raise the affirmative defenses of copyright misuse and unclean hands to allegations of infringement, a New York federal judge on Sept. 19 denied a motion to strike the related affirmative defense of "innocent infringement" (John Wiley & Sons Inc., et al. v. Book Dog Books LLC, et al., No. 13-816, S.D. N.Y.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 127307).
DALLAS - Efforts by a copyright infringement and false advertising plaintiff to obtain a temporary restraining order barring the construction of a single-family home were unsuccessful Sept. 16, when a Texas federal judge denied the request (The Joseph Paul Corporation d/b/a The Joseph Paul Homes v. Trademark Custom Homes, Inc., et al., No. 16-1651, N.D. Texas; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 126206).
PHILADELPHIA - A dispute over the Buck Rogers character will proceed with allegations of federal trademark dilution intact, but without a related state law claim, in light of a "divergence between the Lanham Act and Pennsylvania trademark law," according to a Sept. 16 ruling by a Pennsylvania federal judge (The Dille Family Trust v. The Nowlan Family Trust, No. 15-6231, E.D. Pa.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 126191).
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Citing four pieces of allegedly invalidating prior art, Netflix Inc. on Sept. 15 sought inter partes review before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of a patent relating to the use of one device to select content for playback on another device (Netflix Inc. v. Convergent Media Solutions LLC, No. IPR2016-01812, PTAB).
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Several medical device makers on Sept. 15 took aim at a patent that claims a belt connector for electrically connecting an electrode belt to a biometric device, in a new petition for inter partes review filed with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Natus Medical Inc., et al., v. Nox Medical EHF, No. IPR2016-01822, PTAB).
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Sept. 14 revealed that it will review a patent covering teleconference technology, at the request of Microsoft Corp. (Microsoft Corp. v. Keith A. Raniere, No. IPR2016-00663, PTAB).
TYLER, Texas - After a seven-day trial in Texas federal court, a jury on Sept. 14 found that Apple Inc. infringed the asserted claims of a patent related to a method for detecting buffer status conditions, awarding the patentee more than $22 million (Cellular Communications Equipment LLC v. Apple Inc., No. 6:14-cv-00251, E.D. Texas).
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A patented method that purportedly improves electronic trading is likely invalid under 35 U.S. Code Section 101, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board concluded Sept. 13 in a decision to institute covered business method (CBM) review (CQG Inc., et al. v. Chart Trading Development LLC, No. CBM2016-00046, PTAB).
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Six claims of a patent covering database query optimization will be the subject of an upcoming inter partes review (IPR), the Patent Trial and Appeal Board announced Sept. 14 (Realtime Data LLC v. Oracle International Corp., No. IPR2016-00695, PTAB).
CHICAGO - An April 2016 dismissal, pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6), of allegations that myriad defendants infringed a patented method for enhanced mercury control in coal-fired power plants will not be reconsidered, an Illinois federal judge revealed Sept. 14 (Nalco Company v. Chem-Mod LLC, et al., No. 14-2510, N.D. Ill.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 124800).
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - One month after dismissing a purported copyright infringement case, a West Virginia federal judge on Sept. 12 granted a plaintiff leave to amend in light of the plaintiff's recently received copyright registrations (CSS Inc. v. Christopher Herrington, et al., No. 16-1762, S.D. W.Va.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 122869).
MILWAUKEE - Efforts by myriad infringement defendants to invalidate various copyrights as a sanction for the alleged spoliation of evidence were unsuccessful on Sept. 12, when a Wisconsin federal judge denied the request and instead scheduled the case for trial, indicating that no reference to spoliation will appear in the jury instructions (Design Basics LLC v. Campbellsport Building Supply Inc., et al., No. 13-560, E.D. Wis.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 123126).
SAN JOSE, Calif. - In a putative class complaint filed Sept. 12 in California federal court, a New York man alleges breach of contract and unfair competition against Apple Inc. for its purported failure to live up to its pledge to annually furnish the latest models of iPhones to members of its "iPhone Upgrade Program" (Emil Frank v. Apple Inc., No. 5:16-cv-05217, N.D. Calif.).
MIAMI - A contractual dispute was dismissed Sept. 12 by a Florida federal judge, who found that a plaintiff's allegations of trademark infringement - the only alleged basis for federal jurisdiction - fail to state a claim pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6) (Mainstream Advertising Inc. v. Moniker Online Services LLC, No. 16-61316, S.D. Fla.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 123132).
NEW YORK - A New York federal judge on Sept. 12 explained, in writing, his Aug. 31 "bottom-line Order" that dismissed allegations of copyright infringement levied against pop star Beyonce and others associated with the film and musical album "Lemonade" (Matthew Fulks v. Beyonce Giselle Knowles-Carter, et al., No. 16-4278, S.D. N.Y.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 123150).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a Sept. 13 order, the U.S. Supreme Court denied an application for stay filed by Backpage.com LLC CEO Carl Ferrer, in which he sought relief from a District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals order requiring him to comply with a U.S. Senate subcommittee subpoena related to an investigation of online sex trafficking (Carl Ferrer v. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, No. 16A236, U.S. Sup.; 2016 U.S. LEXIS 4452).
DETROIT - An expert may offer damages testimony on behalf of Garmin International Inc. in a patent infringement lawsuit concerning car navigational methods, a Michigan federal judge ruled Sept. 12 (Visteon Global Technologies Inc. and Visteon Technologies LLC v. Garmin International Inc., No. 10-10578, E.D. Mich.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 122922).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Although reaffirming a jury's finding that three patents are valid and willfully infringed, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Sept. 12 vacated a Michigan federal judge's award of treble damages and his subsequent determination that the case qualifies as exceptional (Stryker Corp. v. Zimmer Inc., et al., No. 13-1668, Fed. Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 16646).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A Virginia federal judge erred in finding no substantial controversy between a plaintiff and defendant in a patent lawsuit that requested a declaration of noninfringement and invalidity, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Sept. 8 (Asia Vital Components Co. v. Asetek Danmark A/S, No. 15-1597, Fed. Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 16476).
SEATTLE - A locksmith failed to plausibly establish that Yelp Inc. was the creator of negative online reviews of his business, a Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel held Sept. 12, affirming a trial court's finding that the locksmith's libel claims were barred by the immunity provisions of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) for interactive computer service providers (Douglas L. Kimzey v. Yelp Inc., No. 14-35487, 9th Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 16665).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals order requiring Backpage.com LLC CEO Carl Ferrer to comply with a discovery subpoena related to a sex trafficking investigation should stand, a U.S. Senate subcommittee told the U.S. Supreme Court on Sept. 9, opposing Ferrer's application to stay the order pending high court review (Carl Ferrer v. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, No. 16A236, U.S. Sup.).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Patent Trial and Appeal Board properly held two claims of two patents invalid, but erroneously deemed five other claims not anticipated and not obvious, according to a divided ruling by the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Sept. 9 (Software Rights Archive LLC v. Facebook Inc., et al., Nos. 15-1649, -1650, -1651, Fed. Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 16561).