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Mealey's IP/Tech - Federal Circuit Dismisses Appeal, Rejects Request For Corrected Construction

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A patent owner's efforts to have the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals correct a claim construction rendered by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board were unsuccessful on July 15, when the panel found that it lacks appellate jurisdiction (SkyHawke Technologies LLC v. Deca International...

Mealey's IP/Tech - New York Federal Judge Sides With Fashion Website In Copyright Dispute

NEW YORK - Applying Cartoon Network LP v. CSC Holdings, Inc. (536 F.3d 121, 130 [2nd Cir. 2008]) (Cablevision) and related cases, a New York federal judge on July 15 concluded that "no reasonable juror" could find that a defendant Internet service provider "acted volitionally" when...

Mealey's IP/Tech - Texas Federal Magistrate: Attorney Fees Not Warranted In Patent Case

MARSHALL, Texas - A defendant failed to prove that a patent plaintiff litigated its case in an unreasonable manner or that the claims presented "stand out" from others pursuant to Octane Fitness LLC v. ICON Health & Fitness Inc. (134 S. Ct. 1749, 1756 [2014]), a Texas federal magistrate...

Mealey's IP/Tech - Federal Judge Agrees: Unclean Hands, Estoppel Trademark Defenses Are Without Merit

SHERMAN, Texas - An infringement plaintiff's affirmative defenses of unclean hands and estoppel in response to a defendant's counterclaim for cancellation of various trademarks were properly rejected by a Texas federal magistrate judge, a Texas federal judge concluded July 16 (Neal Technologies...

Mealey's IP/Tech - Class Seeks Preliminary Approval For Antivirus Auto-Renewal Suit Settlement

SAN JOSE, Calif. - The plaintiffs in two putative class actions against antivirus software designer McAfee Inc. filed a motion in California federal court on July 14, seeking preliminary approval of a settlement of their claims related to the auto-renewal program associated with subscriptions for the...

Mealey's IP/Tech - Yahoo, Message Recipient Debate Article III Standing In TCPA Class Action

CHICAGO - Yahoo Inc. and the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) filed simultaneous briefs in Illinois federal court July 15, debating whether the plaintiff had sufficiently pleaded damages to establish standing under Article III of the U.S. Constitution...

Mealey's IP/Tech - Federal Circuit Vacates, Remands Denial Of Patent Injunction

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A Massachusetts judge did not err in enhancing a plaintiff's damage award for willful patent infringement but should have granted the plaintiff a permanent injunction, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled July 19 in a dispute over marine generators ("gen-sets"...

Mealey's IP/Tech - Oregon Federal Judge Denies Efforts To Transfer Trademark Dispute

PORTLAND, Ore. - Allegations of trademark infringement by adidas America Inc. and adidas AG will proceed in Oregon federal court, an Oregon federal judge ruled July 19 (adidas America Inc., et al. v. Athletic Propulsion Labs LLC, No. 16-415, D. Ore.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 92770).

Mealey's IP/Tech - German Firm Says U.S. Navy Exceeded License For Virtual Reality Software

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A German-based software development firm filed suit against the U.S. government July 15 in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, seeking almost $600 million in damages for the U.S. Navy's copyright infringement, which the firm says occurred when the Navy far exceeded a limited license...

Mealey's IP/Tech - Federal Circuit: No Nucleus Between State Claims, Patent Infringement Claims

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Although a California federal judge properly denied a motion for attorney fees by four prevailing patent infringement defendants, she improperly exercised supplemental jurisdiction over state law claims of breach of fiduciary duty, aiding and abetting and unfair competition because...

Mealey's IP/Tech - Federal Circuit Vacates, Remands Dismissal Of Patent Dispute

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A Delaware federal judge erred in finding that a Finland-based patent infringement defendant lacked sufficient minimum contacts with Delaware to support specific jurisdiction there, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled July 20 (Polar Electro Oy v. Suunto Oy, No. 15-1930...

Mealey's IP/Tech - 7th Circuit Partly Affirms Discovery Sanctions Against Attorney In File-Sharing Suit

CHICAGO - In a July 19 ruling, a Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel affirmed discovery sanctions against an attorney in a "porno-trolling collective" for what it called egregious and obstructive behavior in failing to comply with a trial court's sanctions awards against it in the...

Mealey's IP/Tech - 9th Circuit Affirms Pandora Privacy Suit Dismissal Per Michigan High Court Ruling

SAN FRANCISCO - Two weeks after the Michigan Supreme Court determined that the lead plaintiff in a putative class action against Pandora Media Inc. did not constitute a customer of Pandora's online streaming service per Michigan's Video Rental Privacy Act (VRPA), a Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of...

Mealey's IP/Tech - 7th Circuit Affirms: Use Of Karaoke Tracks Unlikely To Confuse

CHICAGO - A plaintiff responsible for bringing more than 150 trademark lawsuits across the country was properly rebuffed in its effort to hold a pub and its owner liable for playing unauthorized digital copies of various karaoke tracks, the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled July 21 (Slep-Tone...

Mealey's IP/Tech - New York Federal Judge Allows Patent Case Against J.P. Morgan To Proceed

NEW YORK - Although arguments by J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMC) that an accused product does not include a patent claim limitation as construed and agreed upon by the parties "has merit," a New York federal judge on July 21 nonetheless denied summary judgment of noninfringement (Intellectual...

Mealey's IP/Tech - 9th Circuit Affirms: Defendant Had Right To Use 'Crazy Horse' Mark

SAN FRANCISCO - Finding no genuine dispute of material fact as to the validity of a trademark co-existence agreement or as to the validity of a later assignment of rights under that agreement, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on July 22 upheld a Nevada federal judge's decision to grant an...

Mealey's IP/Tech - Complaint: Digital Millennium Copyright Act Provisions Violate 1st Amendment

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A complaint filed July 21 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia targets the "anti-circumvention" and "anti-trafficking" provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), stating that they chill "protected and noninfringing speech...

Mealey's IP/Tech - Federal Circuit Partly Vacates Ruling In Favor Of Apple In Patent Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A California federal judge's determination that Apple Inc. was entitled to a summary judgment that it did not infringe various claims of four patents was erroneous, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled July 22 (Unwired Planet LLC v. Apple Inc., No. 15-1725, Fed. Cir...

Mealey's IP/Tech - Lenovo Laptop Purchasers Seek Certification Of Fraud, Privacy Claims Over Adware

SAN JOSE, Calif. - A group of consumers who purchased laptops that were preinstalled with purported malware filed a motion for class certification in California federal court on July 22 of their unlawful access, consumer protection and related claims against the computer manufacturer and the software...

Mealey's IP/Tech - Patent Board Reconsiders, Reaffirms Rejection Of Various Patent Claims

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on July 25 agreed to reconsider its May 2016 rejection of 21 claims in a patent directed to software deployment but again affirmed an examiner's rejection of the claims on obviousness grounds (Ex parte Jacob Taylor, et al., No. 014-006775, PTAB...

Mealey's IP/Tech - Johns Hopkins Patent Will Not Be Subject To Post-Grant Review

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Efforts by a petitioner to secure post-grant review of U.S. patent No. 9,108,890, issued in 2015 to The Johns Hopkins University, were unsuccessful on July 25, when the Patent Trial and Appeal Board denied the request (David Adebimpe v. The Johns Hopkins University, No. PGR2016-00020...

Mealey's IP/Tech - Apple Seeks Review Of Quality Control Patent Before Patent Board

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A claimed method of measuring and reporting the quality of communications between a mobile device and a base station was well known to people of ordinary skill in the art before it was patented, Apple Inc. alleges in a July 22 petition for inter partes review (IPR) by the Patent Trial...

Mealey's IP/Tech - Federal Circuit: Online Loan-Processing Patents Are Ineligible Under Section 101

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A North Carolina federal judge erroneously denied the real estate website Zillow Inc. summary judgment on allegations that it infringed two patents directed to a process for coordinating loans on a loan-processing computer over the Internet, because both patents are directed to ineligible...

Mealey's IP/Tech - Federal Circuit: Patent License Counterclaim Not Subject To Arbitration

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A California federal judge did not err in concluding that counterclaims of breach of contract premised upon a purported license to use a disputed patent are not subject to arbitration, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled July 26 (Verinata Health Inc., et al. v. Ariosa Diagnostics...

Mealey's IP/Tech - On Reconsideration, Patent Board Upholds Rejection Of Claim

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on July 25 upheld a patent examiner's determination that a single claim of an electrical fitting patent is not patentable pursuant to 35 U.S. Code Section 103(a) (Bridgeport Fittings Inc. v. Arlington Industries Inc., No. 2015-007896, PTAB).