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Patent Owner Tells Federal Circuit Estoppel Defense Erroneously Applied
WASHINGTON, D.C. - An Arkansas federal judge's grant of summary judgment in favor of a patent infringement defendant should be reversed because the defendant "fails to show a lack of genuine issues of material fact on even one of the elements of equitable estoppel," a patent owner told the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in a July 26 reply brief (John Bean Technologies Corp. v. Morris & Associates Inc., No. 17-1502, Fed. Cir.).



Patent Owner Disputes Obviousness Holding In Appeal To Federal Circuit
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Patent Trial and Appeal Board erroneously deemed a data interface circuit patent obvious based upon a motivation to combine prior art references, the patent owner told the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in a June 15 brief (Imperium IP Holdings v. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., et al., No. 17-1571, Fed. Cir.).



Patent Defendant Tells Federal Circuit Claim Construction Too Broad
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A New York federal judge deciding the question of whether a coaxial cable connector patent was infringed "added language" to disputed claims "that substantially broadened" their scope, "such that they encompass prior art disparaged in" the patent's specification, Corning Optical Communications RF LLC tells the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in a May 30 brief (Corning Optical Communications RF LLC v. PPC Broadband Inc., No. 17-1347, Fed. Cir.).



Outcome Of Post-Grant Review Debated In Appeal To Federal Circuit
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A November 2016 final written decision by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that upheld the patentability of 13 claims of a patented method of administering ophthalmic solution was erroneous because the board relied on an "overly-formalistic reading of its procedural rules," an appellant told the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on June 8 (Altaire Pharmaceuticals Inc. v. Paragon BioTek Inc., No. 17-1487, Fed. Cir.).



Domain Registrar Appeals Fees Denial In False Advertising Suit To 4th Circuit
RICHMOND, Va. - A domain registry firm that prevailed in a Lanham Act false advertising suit appealed a denial of its quest for attorney fees to the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, arguing in a July 31 brief that a trial court used the incorrect evidentiary standard and failed to consider evidence of the plaintiff's improper motive in filing suit (Verisign Inc. v. XYZ.com LLC, et al., No. 17-1704, 4th Cir.).



DJ, Rapper Argue Trademark Likelihood Of Confusion Factors To High Court
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a July 14 brief, a rapper and related parties asked the U.S. Supreme Court to deny a Michigan DJ's petition for certiorari in a dispute over the trademark "DJ Logic," contending that the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals applied the proper standards in affirming that there was no likelihood of confusion between the parties' respective marks (Lee Jason Kibler v. Robert Bryson Hall II, et al., No. 16-1365, U.S. Sup.).



Financial Firms Argue Jurisdiction In 7th Circuit 'Ariel' Trademark Suit
CHICAGO - Two investment firms that use the "Ariel" trademark in their names filed briefs in the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, disputing whether an Illinois court properly exercised jurisdiction over the Florida-based defendant in the trademark infringement lawsuit (Ariel Investments LLC v. Ariel Capital Advisors LLC, No. 17-1516, 7th Cir.).



Clothier Tells 2nd Circuit 2003 Agreement Does Not Cover Subsequent Infringement
NEW YORK - In a July 24 reply brief in the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, a clothing manufacturer argues that a 2003 agreement that settled a trademark dispute over a rival's use of the "Lucky" mark did not serve to bar future infringement claims arising from future, distinct actions (Marcel Fashions Group Inc. v. Lucky Brand Dungarees Inc., et al., No. 17-0361, 2nd Cir.).



Copyright Immunity To Antitrust Claims Debated In Supreme Court Briefs
WASHINGTON, D.C. - An airport chart maker and an app developer recently presented arguments to the U.S. Supreme Court as to whether the assertion of intellectual property rights serves to immunize a property owner from antitrust claims (SolidFX, LLC v. Jeppesen Sanderson, Inc., No. 16-1303, U.S. Sup.).



Claim Constructions Debated In New Patent Appeal To Federal Circuit
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a July 6 reply brief, a patent owner disputes assertions by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that the patent owner's appeal of an adverse inter partes review (IPR) outcome seeks a narrower claim construction of a temperature limitation that would render various dependent claims superfluous (ZoomEssence Inc. v. Joseph Matal, Acting Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, No. 17-1581, Fed. Cir.).



Patent Owner: Apparatus Claims Erroneously Deemed Indefinite
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on July 13 heard oral arguments in a dispute in which Microsoft Corp. prevailed on allegations that two data-mining patents are indefinite (MasterMine Software Inc. v. Microsoft Corp., No. 16-2465, Fed. Cir.).



Federal Circuit Holds Oral Arguments In Apple, Rembrandt Patent Case
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A panel of Federal Circuit U.S. Judges Sharon Prost, Raymond T. Chen and Todd M. Hughes heard oral argument on July 10 in a case that asserts that a California federal judge erroneously granted defendant Apple Inc. summary judgment on allegations of patent infringement (Rembrandt Patent Innovations LLC, et al. v. Apple Inc., No. 16-2324, Fed. Cir.).



Ericsson Tells Federal Circuit Patent Board Erred In Confirming Patentability
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A patent challenger recently told the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board "violated a basic tenet of patent law" in turning away allegations of obviousness presented in a petition for inter partes review (IPR) (Ericsson Inc. v. Intellectual Ventures I LLC, No. 17-1521, Fed. Cir.).



Dungaree Maker Tells 2nd Circuit 2003 Agreement Bars Trademark Claims
NEW YORK - A New Jersey-based dungaree manufacturer argues in a July 10 brief in the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that a 2003 agreement that settled a previous trademark dispute with a rival clothier serves to bar the present trademark claims brought against it by that same company (Marcel Fashions Group Inc. v. Lucky Brand Dungarees Inc., et al., No. 17-0361, 2nd Cir.).



Bourbon Seller Tells 5th Circuit Its Trademark Was Wrongly Deemed Abandoned
NEW ORLEANS - A high-end bourbon whiskey distributor argues in a June 30 brief to the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that a jury incorrectly found its "Cowboy Little Barrel" trademark to be abandoned because it was wrongly precluded from presenting evidence of an intent to resume use of the mark (Allied Lomar Inc. v. Lone Star Distillery LLC, et al., No. 17-50148, 5th Cir.).



Day Care Firm Says National Marketing Did Not Violate Regional Trademark Order
RICHMOND, Va. - In a July 5 reply brief to the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, a day care operator argues that a national marketing campaign in which it participated did not run afoul of a consent judgment prohibiting it from offering services under the "Rainbow" trademark in the Fayetteville, N.C., area and, thus, a contempt ruling against it should be reversed (Rainbow School Inc. v. Rainbow Early Education Holding LLC, et al., Nos. 17-1055 and 17-1123, 4th Cir.).



Internet Service Provider Appeals Infringement Ruling, Fees Award To 4th Circuit
RICHMOND, Va. - With briefing completed on its appeal of a trial court finding it contributorily liable for users' online infringement, an internet service provider (ISP) on June 28 filed a supplemental brief in the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, voicing its objections to a subsequent award of attorney fees against it (BMG Rights Management [US] LLC, et al. v. Cox Communications Inc., et al., No. 16-1972, 17-1352 and 17-1353, 4th Cir.).



Megaupload Executives Say Circuit Split Requires Review Of Foreign Asset Seizure
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Former executives of the now-defunct file-sharing service Megaupload filed a reply brief in the U.S. Supreme Court on June 21, supporting their petition for certiorari and urging review and clarification of procedures governing the seizure of foreign assets under the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act (CAFRA), which the petitioners say the U.S. government wrongly invoked to seize their assets in a criminal copyright case (Finn Batato, et al. v. United States of America, No. 16-1206, U.S. Sup.).



Amazon Waives Right To Respond To Author's DMCA Claims, Petition For Certiorari
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In the wake of trial and appeals court rulings in its favor, Amazon.com Inc. on June 28 waived its right to respond to a pro se plaintiff's petition for certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court, in which he asserts that the online retailer was negligent in its duty to remove infringing items from its website under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) (Reginald Hart v. Amazon.com Inc., No. 16-1549, U.S. Sup.).



Dispute Over Radio Frequency ID Patents Briefed Before Federal Circuit
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A Georgia federal judge erroneously rejected various patents covering a specialized radio frequency identification (RFID) system as unpatentable under Section 101 of the Patent Act, 35 U.S.C. 101, the patent owner recently told the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (Automated Tracking Solutions LLC v. The Coca-Cola Company, No. 17-1494, Fed. Cir.).



Patent Dispute Over 'Versa' Board Debated Before Federal Circuit
WASHINGTON, D.C. - An infringement action over the "Versa" water recreation board was terminated on the basis of an erroneous summary judgment of patent obviousness, the patent owner recently told the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (ZUP Inc. v. Nash Manufacturing Inc., No. 17-1601, Fed. Cir.).



Retroactive Application Of Abrogated Patent Pleading Standard Briefed
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In dismissing an infringement action for failure to state a claim, a Georgia federal judge erroneously imposed a heightened pleading requirement in response to the abrogation of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 84 and Form 18 of the Appendix of Forms, a patent owner recently told the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (Disc Disease Solutions Inc. v. VGH Solutions Inc., et al., No. 17-1483, Fed. Cir.).



Federal Circuit Poised To Rule On Allegation Oracle Infringed Patent
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The propriety of a summary judgment by a California federal judge that Oracle Corp. did not infringe a patented middleware software program will be argued July 10 before the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (Thought Inc. v. Oracle Corporation, No. 16-2369, Fed. Cir.).



Tech Firm Appeals Dropbox Trademark Ruling To 9th Circuit
SAN FRANCISCO - In a June 16 appellant brief in the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, a Texas technology firm argues that a trial court improperly granted summary judgment to Dropbox Inc. (DBI) in the parties' dispute over infringement and priority of ownership of the "Dropbox" trademark, with the appellant contending that its claims against the bigger company are not barred by laches (Dropbox Inc. v. Thru Inc., No. 17-15078, 9th Cir.).



Boat Maker Appeals Trade Dress, Trade Secrets Judgment To 11th Circuit
ATLANTA - A boat manufacturer in a June 23 brief tells the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that a trial court erred in disposing of its trade dress and trade secrets claims against a rival firm via summary judgment, arguing that the lower court failed to properly consider evidence of distinctiveness, nonfunctionality and confidentiality (Yellowfin Yachts Inc. v. Barker Boatworks, LLC, et al., No. 17-11176, 11th Cir.).



Firms Debate In 7th Circuit If Defamation Suit Agreement Settled Trademark Case
CHICAGO - A trial court erred in finding that a settlement agreement in a defamation lawsuit constituted a global settlement that negated a trademark lawsuit judgment involving the same parties, a machine company argues in a June 21 brief in the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, calling the agreement ambiguous (Engineered Abrasives Inc. v. American Machine Products & Services Inc., et al., No. 17-1429, 7th Cir.).



Vacating Of Fees, Sanctions In Copyright Suit Over Film Appealed To 2nd Circuit
NEW YORK - In a June 16 appellant brief to the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, a film production firm argues that a trial court's remand order, which vacated a previous award of attorney fees and sanctions against a director and his attorney in a copyright dispute over a short film, was based on a misinterpretation of an earlier Second Circuit ruling that had recommended reconsideration of just a small portion of the award (16 Casa Duse LLC v. Alex Merkin, et al., No. 17-0625, 2nd Cir.).