WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a Jan. 4 appellant brief, a patent owner urges the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to vacate and remand a Delaware federal judge’s determination that “Google Sheets” does not infringe a patented electronic spreadsheet system.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — In its Jan. 11 order list, the U.S. Supreme Court granted the U.S. government’s motion for divided argument in upcoming oral arguments in a combined appeal over whether administrative patent judges (APJs) in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (PTO’s) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) constitute principal officers and, thus, must be appointed by the president under the U.S. Constitution’s appointments clause.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — In its Jan. 11 order list, the U.S. Supreme Court turned away a petition for certiorari that poses the question of whether U.S. courts can enforce monetary judgments against foreign companies under the All Writs Act (AWA) in a dispute involving copyrighted software.
NEW YORK — In a Jan. 11 holding, a federal judge in New York agreed with the owner of the musical compositions and sound recordings of the late Jimi Hendrix that Leon Hendrix, brother of the legendary guitarist, has violated permanent injunctions covering various Jimi Hendrix-related copyrights and trademarks.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — In a Jan. 13 decision, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board granted a petition for post-grant review (PGR) by Philip Morris Products S.A. of a patent issued in December 2019 relating to an article for smoking vaporized substances.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Jan. 13 agreed with a California federal judge that various claims of three patents relating to the release of an electronic payment at the completion of a transaction claim ineligible subject matter under Section 101 of the Patent Act, 35 U.S.C. § 101.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a Jan. 11 Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals corrected appellant brief, a declaratory judgment plaintiff accused of infringing an audio-conferencing patent maintains that it complied with the “very specific roadmap” provided by an Illinois federal judge in a 2019 preliminary injunction, redesigning the accused product, but was nonetheless again enjoined unfairly and found in contempt.
DENVER — An internet service provider (ISP) has not established a sufficient need for an investigator’s “hash report” to overcome its protections as privileged work product, a Colorado federal magistrate judge ruled Jan. 7, denying a motion to compel by Charter Communications Inc. as it defends itself from vicarious copyright infringement claims brought by a group of record labels.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — In a Jan. 11 petition for inter partes review (IPR) Google LLC took aim at a patent directed to climate control fraud reduction efforts, telling the Patent Trial and Appeal Board it should cancel 16 patent claims on grounds of obviousness.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The maker of an antibody cocktail that recently won emergency use authorization for the treatment of COVID-19 is being challenged on a different front before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, with a Jan. 11 petition for post-grant review (PGR) that takes aim at a patented vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) antagonist for sufferers of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — In a Jan. 11 preliminary response filed with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, a patent owner defends its technology against allegations of obviousness made in an August petition for inter partes review (IPR).
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The owner of two Russian-based stream-ripping websites lost his bid to challenge Virginia jurisdiction on Jan. 11, when the U.S. Supreme Court denied his petition for certiorari in a copyright infringement suit filed by a group of record labels.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — In its Jan. 11 order list, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition for certiorari in a trademark infringement and dilution case that drew amicus briefs from seven interested parties.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Allegations that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board erred in allowing an expert to rely on nonpublic documents to support his opinion of unpatentability will not be addressed by the U.S. Supreme Court, which on Jan. 11 denied a petition for certiorari by a patent owner.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Allegations that The Walt Disney Co. infringed a group of characters called “Moodsters” in making the film “Inside Out” will not be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, which denied a petition for certiorari in the case on Jan. 11.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Microsoft Corp. on Jan. 8 saw its award of $191,130.18 in taxable costs following its successful defense of patent infringement allegations in Delaware federal court trimmed by the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.
NEW YORK — A lawsuit alleging that “Girl 6,” a song by the late artist Prince, which was dismissed in March 2017, precludes a lawsuit filed in February 2019 by the same plaintiff against some of the same defendants, and involving the same musical works, the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Dec. 28.
PHILADELPHIA — In a ruling issued Dec. 24, the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals reversed a New Jersey federal judge’s determination that the three-year statute of limitations for copyright infringement is tolled from the date of injury.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — In its Jan. 8 orders list the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will hear an appeal of an April decision by the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that barred a patent assignor from challenging the validity of a patent in Delaware federal court, where it was later deemed liable for infringement.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A decision by a Texas federal judge to transfer a planned patent infringement trial from one division to another due to COVID-19 restrictions was vacated Dec. 23 by the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.