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    Mealey's IP/Tech - Delaware Federal Magistrate Judge: Don't Dismiss Patent Case Against WhatsApp

    WILMINGTON, Del. - A Delaware federal magistrate judge on Nov. 20 recommended that allegations that WhatsApp Inc. infringed two electronic messaging patents should proceed, rejecting a request for dismissal on grounds of patent ineligibility (TriPlay Inc. v. WhatsApp Inc., No. 13-1703, D. Del., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 191330).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Federal Circuit Remands Indefiniteness Holding By Delaware Federal Judge

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A judgment of patent invalidity based upon findings that certain language in a patented catalytic conversion system is indefinite was reversed Nov. 20 by the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (BASF Corporation v. Johnson Matthey Inc., No. 16-1770, Fed. Cir.).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Federal Circuit: Patent Board Properly Rejected Application As Anticipated

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Nov. 17 turned away an inventor's challenge to a decision by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that rejected - as anticipated - various claims of a patent application (In re: C. Douglass Thomas, No. 17-1100, Fed. Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 23135).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Federal Circuit Affirms Delayed Motion To Amend Dooms Patent Complaint

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A Florida federal judge's decision to dismiss a patent infringement complaint without prejudice following a plaintiff's delayed efforts to add a co-inventor was upheld by the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Nov. 17 (Cobra International Inc. v. BCNY International Inc., et al., Nos. 16-2103, -2173, -2635, Fed. Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 23133).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - 9th Circuit Affirms: Use Of 'Empire' Mark Protected By 1st Amendment

    SAN FRANCISCO - Two broadcasters were properly granted a summary judgment that their use of the name "Empire" is protected under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Nov. 16 (Twentieth Century Fox Television, et al. v. Empire Distribution Inc., No. 16-55577, 9th Cir.).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - IT Specialist Can Opine On Falsity Of Investor Statements, Judge Says

    SHERMAN, Texas - An information technology specialist can testify about whether statements made to investors by the CEO of a computer server development company were false, but cannot opine on whether the statements were misleading, a Texas federal judge ruled Nov. 14 (Securities and Exchange Commission v. William E. Mapp, III, No. 4:16-cv-00246, E.D. Texas, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 188083).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Architectural Expert's Testimony Restricted In Home Design Copyright Case

    TOLEDO, Ohio - An architectural expert in a home design copyright infringement action cannot opine that a company's designs do not merit copyright protection because the opinion is an impermissible legal conclusion, though the expert can testify about the similarities and differences between the parties' designs, an Ohio federal judge held Nov. 14 (Design Basics LLC v. Forrester Wehrle Homes, Inc., et al., No. 3:15-cv-00666, N.D. Ohio, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 188005).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Rehearing By Patent Board Sought, Reliance On General Plastic Factors Disputed

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A recent ruling by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that established a series of factors to consider when multiple petitions for inter partes review (IPR) of one patent are filed by one party should not have been relied on by the board in turning away a petition for IPR in October, the petitioner asserts in a Nov. 13 request for rehearing (NetApp Inc. v. Realtime Data LLC, No. IPR2017-01196, PTAB).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Refusal To Register 'Sensi' Trademark Upheld By Federal Circuit

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Findings by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board that the "Sensi" trademark in Class 5 of the Trademark Classifications for Goods and Services for diapers would likely cause confusion with two previously registered marks for "Sensi-Care" for use in connection with a treatment for diaper rash were not erroneous, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Nov. 13 (In re: P.T. Arista Latindo, No. 17-1292, Fed. Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 22637).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - TC Heartland Represents Change Of Law, Federal Circuit Concludes

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - In granting a petition for mandamus by Micron Technology Inc. on Nov. 14, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals resolved lingering uncertainty following the May 2017 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, deeming the case an intervening change of law (In re: Micron Technology Inc., No. 17-138, Fed. Cir.).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Panel: Employee Fired For Pro-Trump Tweet Wrongly Denied Unemployment Benefits

    HARRISBURG, Pa. - A Pennsylvania appellate panel on Nov. 13 found that an employee's tweet, which led to her dismissal, did not violate her employer's social media policy and, thus, did not constitute willful misconduct to disqualify her from receiving unemployment compensation (UC) benefits (Waverly Heights Ltd. v. Unemployment Compensation Board of Review, No. 312 CD 2017, Pa. Cmwlth.).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - 5th Circuit Affirms: State Law Claim Preempted By Copyright, Patent Statutes

    NEW ORLEANS - An allegation of unfair competition by misappropriation under Texas law was properly rejected by a Texas federal judge on the basis of federal preemption under the Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. 101 et seq., and Patent Act, 35 U.S.C. 1 et seq., the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Nov. 14 (Motion Medical Technologies LLC, et al. v. ThermoTek Inc., No. 16-11381, 5th Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 22826).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Caltech Urges Patent Board To Reconsider Grant Of Apple Motion

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. - An October decision by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to grant Apple Inc.'s motion to file supplemental information in its challenge to a California Institute of Technology (Caltech) patent is "deeply prejudicial in both its timing and its scope," the university told the board on Nov. 13 (Apple Inc. v. California Institute of Technology, No. IPR2017-00728, PTAB).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - In Final Decision, Patent Board Partly Sides With Justice Department

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A challenge by the U.S. States Department of Justice to various claims of a security alarm system patent was partly successful Nov. 10, when the Patent Trial and Appeal Board agreed that 18 claims are unpatentable as anticipated (U.S. Department of Justice v. Discovery Patents LLC, No. IPR2016-01041, PTAB).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Yahoo, Promotions Firm Announce Settlement In Remanded NCAA Contest Suit

    DALLAS - In a joint filing Nov. 13 in Texas federal court, Yahoo! Inc. and a former promotional partner announced that they had stipulated to settlement of the remaining issues in a remanded case centering on contractual disputes over a 2014 online NCAA contest three months after the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals found that Yahoo owed the plaintiff $4.4 million (SCA Promotions Inc. v. Yahoo! Inc., No. 3:14-cv-00957, N.D. Texas).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Indiana Federal Judge Denies Relief In Dispute Over Wine Aeration Patent

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Efforts by a patent owner to obtain a preliminary injunction barring a competitor from selling a similar device designed to aerate and dispense wine were unsuccessful on Nov. 13, when an Indiana federal judge questioned the likelihood that the lawsuit will succeed (MercAsia USA Ltd. v. 3BTech Inc., et al., No. 17-718, S.D. Ind., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 187000).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - On Remand From Supreme Court, Federal Circuit Affirms Noninfringement Judgment

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a reversal of its previous findings, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Nov. 13 upheld a Wisconsin federal judge's decision to deny a new trial on damages and infringement of various genetic testing kit patents (Promega Corporation v. Life Technologies Corp., No. 13-1011, Fed. Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 22635).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - 4th Circuit Affirms: Computer Fraud Claims Preempted By Copyright Act

    RICHMOND, Va. - Allegations that the creator of a cloud computing environment committed computer fraud when it copied and transferred data to former employees of a company it once contracted with are preempted by the Copyright Act, the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Nov. 13 (OpenRisk LLC v. MicroStrategy Services Corp., No. 16-1852, 4th Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 22736).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Federal Circuit Hears Oral Argument In Dispute Over Gattex Patent

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The owner of a patent covering the short bowel syndrome (SBS) drug Gattex argued before the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Nov. 9 that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board erred in deeming various claims obvious under Section 103 of the Patent Act, 35 U.S.C. 103 (In re: NPS Pharmaceuticals Inc., No. 17-1392, Fed. Cir.).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Federal Circuit Affirms: Biologics For Neutropenia Treatment Do Not Infringe

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A Florida federal judge did not err in rejecting allegations by Amgen Inc. and Amgen Manufacturing Limited (Amgen, collectively) that proposed biosimilar versions of two Amgen pegfilgrastim and filgastim products would infringe a patented method of refolding recombinant proteins expressed in non-mammalian cells, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Nov. 13 (Amgen Inc., et al. v. Apotex Inc., et al., No. 17-1010, Fed. Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 22638).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Arbitration Ordered In Class Suit Over Faulty Live Steam Of Mayweather Fight

    NEW YORK - A class complaint alleging that the live stream of an August boxing match suffered from technical failures and caused pay-per-view viewers to miss large portions of the fight was stayed Nov. 7 by a New York federal judge, who ordered the matter to arbitration (Victor Mallh, et al. v. Showtime Networks Inc., No. 17-6549, S.D. N.Y., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 184471).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - 75 Website Operators Enjoined From Offering Counterfeit Gucci Items

    FORT LAUDERDALE - A Florida federal judge on Nov. 8 granted Gucci America Inc.'s motion for a preliminary injunction against 75 website operators that the plaintiff said were selling counterfeit goods bearing the "Gucci" mark, finding Gucci "very likely" to succeed in its trademark infringement claims (Gucci America Inc. v. 532buy.com, et al., No.0:17-cv-62068, S.D. Fla.).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Delaware Federal Magistrate Judge: Dismiss Patent Case Against Home Depot

    WILMINGTON, Del. - Allegations that Home Depot U.S.A. Inc. directly infringed various method claims of two patents by providing installation guides and videos on its website for accused luxury vinyl tile and wood plastic composite flooring products should be dismissed, a Delaware federal magistrate judge ruled Nov. 9 (Valinge Innovation AB v. Halstead New England Corporation, et al., No. 16-1082, D. Del., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 185826).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Judge Clarifies Fact, Opinion Work Product In Patent Antitrust Suit

    SAN JOSE, Calif. - Responding to discovery disputes by the parties in a lawsuit alleging monopolization and false advertising of patents for specialty medical software, a California federal judge on Nov. 6 clarified a previous order compelling production, differentiating between fact and opinion work product in the context of waiver of privilege (Cave Consulting Group Inc. v. OptumInsight Inc., No. 3:15-cv-03424, N.D. Calif, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 183672).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Petitioner Seeks Rehearing Of Patent Board Denial Of Inter Partes Review

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. - R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co. on Nov. 6 requested rehearing of an Oct. 23 ruling by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that partly denied institution of inter partes review (IPR) of an electronic cigarette patent (R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co. v. Fontem Holdings 1 BV, No. IPR2017-01120, PTAB).