SAN FRANCISCO — In an unpublished ruling issued June 22, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals left intact a California federal judge’s decision to award attorney fees to a prevailing trademark infringement defendant.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on June 23 vacated a $2.75 billion award in a patent infringement case against Cisco Systems Inc., upon finding that a Virginia federal judge who presided at a 22-day bench trial should have recused himself in August 2020, after learning that his wife holds $4,687.99 in Cisco stock.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on June 1 referred to the U.S. attorney general a patent owner’s constitutional challenge to the appointment of administrative patent judges (APJs), raised less than a week earlier in a May 27 appellant brief in a dispute over technology relating to an imaging device.
SEATTLE — A federal judge in Washington on June 21 denied a request by the Seattle Seahawks football franchise to stay a declaratory judgment action over a plaintiff’s right to register several trademarks involving the number “12” pending the outcome of opposition proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB).
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A California federal judge did not err in declaring a reusable, foldable shopping bag patent invalid or in ruling that even if the patent is valid, it is not infringed by a defendant, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said June 22.
MARSHALL, Texas — Efforts by NetScout Systems Inc. to amend a recent final judgment by altering the start date of a reduced royalty rate in order to align with an October 2020 mandate by the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals were denied June 22 by a federal judge in Texas.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — In a June 21 petition for inter partes review (IPR), a software company tells the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that it should cancel various claims of a patented technique for measuring the ability of an eye to adapt to dark lighting conditions.
CHICAGO — The Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on June 21 found no error in an Illinois federal judge’s determination that a plaintiff’s second copyright infringement lawsuit against Home Box Office Inc. is identical to a previously dismissed state law copyright case against the network and is thus barred by the doctrine of claim preclusion.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a June 21 holding, a divided Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said a Delaware federal judge’s finding that a “no-loading-dose” limitation in a patented multiple treatment has adequate written description was clearly erroneous.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — In a June 21 petition for inter partes review (IPR) filed with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, U.S. Well Services LLLC takes aim at a patent touted as providing improvements over existing oilfield rig technology.
LOS ANGELES — Curtis Jackson III, also known as 50 Cent, Starz Entertainment LLC and others associated with the television series “BMF: Black Mafia Family” won dismissal June 17 of allegations of infringement leveled in connection with the “BMF” trademark.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — In its June 21 order list, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition for certiorari that urged the court to resolve confusion over the delegation of claim construction duties per Markman v. Westview Instruments, Inc. and the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — In a June 18 petition for inter partes review, a voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) company urges the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to cancel eight claims of a patented method for providing telephone service in view of two prior art references.
NEW YORK — A federal judge in New York on June 15 denied summary judgment on allegations that a popular clothing chain infringed the “Stay You” common-law trademark when branding certain items in a LGBTQI+ pride-related line “Stay True Stay You.”
MADISON, Wis. — Allegations of patent infringement leveled in connection with a docking sleeve for tablets will proceed with a counterclaim for inequitable conduct in place, a federal judge in Wisconsin ruled June 16.
WACO, Texas — A federal judge in Texas on June 17 said that a patent dispute over the “Samsung Gallery” photo application should proceed in a California federal court.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a divided ruling issued June 17, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said that because a new request to vacate a decision on remand by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board by a patent owner is materially identical to one granted in 2021, it would again vacate, on grounds that the patent being challenged has expired.
SAN JOSE, Calif. — A California federal judge on June 14 granted Apple Inc.’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit contending it violated California’s unfair competition law (UCL) and other statutes by allegedly releasing software updates that intentionally harmed iPhone performance, finding that the plaintiffs failed to sufficiently plead their claims and relied in large part on “anonymous online postings.”
PITTSBURGH — A bid by The Sherwin-Williams Co. (SW) to undo a recent jury verdict of patent invalidity failed June 15, when a federal judge in Pennsylvania denied a request for judgment as a matter of law or a new trial.
RICHMOND, Va. — In a June 14 reply brief, a Chinese internet financial company tells the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that a trial court wrongly concluded that it acquired the pru.com domain in bad faith, by relying on circumstantial evidence and by not drawing inferences in its favor.