WASHINGTON, D.C. - Although a Texas federal judge erred in barring the manufacture and sale of an accused generic form of the lymph-node-mapping dye isosulfan blue (ISB) with regard to two patents, relief was proper with regard to a third patent, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled May 19 (Mylan Institutional LLC, et al. v. Aurobindo Pharma Ltd., No. 17-1645, Fed. Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 8792).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A divided June 2016 ruling by the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board need not address in a final written decision the patentability of all claims identified in a petition for inter partes review (IPR) will be reviewed, the U.S. Supreme Court announced May 22 (SAS Institute Inc. v. Michelle K. Lee, Director, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and ComplementSoft LLC, No. 16-969, U.S. Sup.).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Changes by Congress to the general venue statute, 28 U.S.C. 1391(c), did not modify the meaning of the patent venue statute, 28 U.S.C. 1400(b), as interpreted in Fourco Glass Co. v. Transmirra Products Corp., 353 U. S. 222, 226 (1957), to mean that a domestic corporation "resides" only in its state of incorporation, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled May 22 (TC Heartland LLC d/b/a Heartland Food Products Group v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, No. 16-341, U.S. Sup.).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Final written decisions by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that rejected assertions by Medtronic Inc. that two patents directed to methods and systems for ameliorating aberrant spinal column deviations are unpatentable should stand, an inventor told the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on May 16 (Medtronic Inc. v. Mark A. Barry, Nos. 17-1169, Fed. Cir.).
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on May 17 issued a final written decision declaring seven claims of a data optimization patent unpatentable as obvious (Google Inc. v. Vedanti Systems Ltd., No. 2016-00212, PTAB).
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Claims 1-20 of a proposed patented method for quick content channel discovery, streaming content and switching from one content stream to another with minimal latency were rejected May 18 by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Ex parte Mika Kuulusa, No. 2016-007047, PTAB).
LOS ANGELES - A California appeals panel on May 16 found that a junior high student's violent Facebook post was properly deemed a criminal threat under state law because it reasonably communicated a threat of death or bodily injury to identified targets, leading it to affirm a juvenile court's conviction and sentence (In re A.F., No. B270864, Calif. App. 2nd Dist., 2017 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 3323).
ATLANTA - In a May 18 ruling, the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals concluded that copyright registration occurs when the Register of Copyrights registers a work, and not merely when an application for a registration is filed (Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corporation v. Wall-Street.com LLC, No. 16-13726, 11th Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 8766).
CHICAGO - Trademark infringement plaintiff Solo Cup Operating Corp. on May 17 won dismissal of counterclaims that Solo's complaint is preempted by the Patent Act, 35 U.S.C. 1 et seq., when an Illinois federal judge agreed that a product configuration disclosed in an expired utility patent can nonetheless be entitled to trade dress protection (Solo Cup Operating Corporation v. Lollicup USA Inc., No. 16-8041, N.D. Ill., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 74922).
FORT PIERCE, Fla. - Efforts by myriad defendants to obtain partial summary judgment in connection with allegations they used deceptive sales pitches while selling security services door-to-door were largely rejected May 17 by a Florida federal judge, who agreed only with the defendants' claim that plaintiffs ADT LLC and ADT US Holdings Inc. may not seek attorney fees in the matter (ADT LLC, et al. v. Alarm Protection LLC, et al., No. 15-80073, S.D. Fla., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 75046).
INDIANAPOLIS - An Indiana federal judge on May 16 granted third-party defendants' motion to dismiss franchise fraud claims against them in a trademark infringement case, saying counterclaimants failed to plead their claim with sufficient particularity (Britt Interactive LLC, et al. v. A3 Media LLC, et al., No. 1:16-cv-02884, S.D. Ind., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 73945).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a divided May 16 ruling, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals found no error in a Delaware federal judge's decision to invalidate two claims of a reissue patent directed to a boron-containing steel sheet (ArcelorMittal, et al. v. AK Steel Corp., et al., No. 16-1357, Fed. Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 8565).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a May 15 remand brief, the former manager of the website www.jerk.com tells the Federal Trade Commission that a proposed revision to a 2015 order in which he was found liable for deceptive conduct fails to address the First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals' finding that a compliance-monitoring provision was overbroad and not reasonably related to the violations at issue (In the matter of Jerk LLC, et al., No. 9361, FTC).
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - In three petitions for covered business method (CBM) review filed May 15 with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Yahoo! Inc. asserts that various claims of patents relating to targeted advertising cover ineligible subject matter (Yahoo! Inc. v. AlmondNet Inc., No. CBM2017-00050, PTAB).
NEW YORK - A New York federal judge on May 16 denied a defendant restaurateur's motion to dismiss a complaint that its use of trademarks infringes a pizza franchisor's trademark that predates the restaurateur's mark, finding that the complaint states a claim upon which relief can be granted (I.O.B. Realty Inc. v. Patsy's Brand Inc., et al., No. 1:16-cv-7682, S.D. N.Y., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 74108).
SAN FRANCISCO - An Arizona federal judge did not err in concluding that a plaintiff failed to establish that the primary significance of the word "google" to the relevant public is as a generic name for internet search engines, instead of as a trademark identifying the Google Inc. search engine in particular, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled May 16 (David Elliott and Chris Gillespie v. Google Inc., No. 15-15809, 9th Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 8583).
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Three months after a wireless services and solutions firm's trade secret claims against it were initially dismissed as insufficiently pleaded, Google Inc. on May 11 again moved for dismissal in California court, arguing that the plaintiff's amended complaint still fails to properly identify the trade secrets that were purportedly misappropriated (Space Data Corp. v. Alphabet Inc., et al., No. 5:16-cv-03260, N.D. Calif.).
SAN DIEGO - Conan O'Brien and myriad other defendants associated with the "Conan" show on May 12 won a partial summary judgment that various copyrighted jokes O'Brien allegedly infringed are entitled only to "thin" protection, but in the same ruling, a California federal judge denied O'Brien summary judgment with regard to willfulness (Robert Alexander Kaseberg v. Conan O'Brien, et al., No. 15-1637, S.D. Calif., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 72921).
NEW YORK - Efforts by Comcast Corp. to enjoin patent allegations pending against it before the International Trade Commission (ITC) were again unsuccessful on May 15, when a New York federal judge refused to reconsider an earlier order denying a preliminary injunction (Comcast Corporation v. Rovi Corporation, No. 16-3852, S.D. N.Y., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 73669).
SAN FRANCISCO - Finding "compelling evidence" that a former Waymo LLC employee misappropriated confidential files and provided them to Uber Technologies Inc., a California federal judge on May 15 granted in part Waymo's motion for a preliminary injunction, ordering Uber to cease using any of the stolen materials in the development of its self-driving car technology (Waymo LLC v. Uber Technologies Inc., et al., No. 3:17-cv-00939, N.D. Calif.).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A Delaware federal judge's award of $2.5 million in attorney fees in connection with a successful defense of an equity action alleging fraud upon the court was not an abuse of discretion, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled May 11 (NOVA Chemicals Corp., et al. v. Dow Chemical Co., No. 16-1576, Fed. Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 8338).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A New York federal judge properly granted Twitter Inc. a summary judgment that five direct message publishing patents claim ineligible subject matter, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled May 12 (EasyWeb Innovations LLC v. Twitter Inc., No. 16-2066, Fed. Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 8436).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A request by a patent licensee for en banc hearing of an appeal over the right of third parties to challenge patents in a petition for inter partes review (IPR) before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board was denied May 11 by the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (Cascades Projection LLC v. Epson America Inc., et al., Nos. 17-1517, -1518, Fed. Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 8337).
HAMMOND, Ind. - An Indiana magistrate judge on May 10 granted a Texas grill and saloon franchisor's motion to compel discovery of franchise agreements of a western-style restaurant franchisor that is accusing it of trademark and trade dress infringement, but limited it to production of U.S. franchise agreements because requiring production of foreign franchise agreements, if any, would be "disproportional to the needs of the case" (Texas Roadhouse Inc., et al. v. Texas Corral Restaurants Inc., et al., No. 2:16-cv-28, N.D. Ind., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 71182).
PASADENA, Calif. - The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on May 9 affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded a coverage dispute arising from an underlying lawsuit alleging that insureds breached an intellectual property agreement and committed trade libel and tortious inducement to breach of contract (The Burlington Insurance Co. v. Minadora Holdings, LLC, et al., Nos. 15-55702 and 15-56657, 9th Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 8232).