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U.S. Government Opposes Certiorari In Samsung, Apple Smartphone Patent Suit
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In an Oct. 4 amicus curiae brief, the U.S. government recommended that the U.S. Supreme Court deny Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.'s petition for certiorari in its dispute over smartphone technology patents with Apple Inc., arguing that an appeals court judgment affirming a verdict and judgment were properly reached and present no questions of law meriting high court review (Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., et al. v. Apple Inc., No. 16-1102, U.S. Sup.).



Patent Owner Tells Federal Circuit Petition Was Time-Barred
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A final written decision by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that found certain claims of a patented moving flame, flameless candle unpatentable as obvious should be vacated because one of the underlying petitions for inter partes review was untimely, the patent owner recently told the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (In re: Luminara Worldwide LLC, No. 17-1629, Fed. Cir.).



Petitioner Tells Supreme Court That Scope Of Inter Partes Review Is Reviewable
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In an Oct. 5 reply brief before the U.S. Supreme Court, a party that initiated an inter partes review (IPR) proceeding with the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) of the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) argues that the agency's interim director incorrectly asserted that the scope of a final written decision from the board is not reviewable per the America Invents Act (AIA) (SAS Institute Inc. v. Joseph Matal, et al., No. 16-969, U.S. Sup.).



Federal Circuit Hears Arguments In Patent Eligibility Dispute
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals is poised to decide an assertion by two patent owners that their method and system for tracking and analyzing Internet interactions was improperly deemed patent-ineligible under Section 101 of the Patent Act, 35 U.S.C. 101, in a case scheduled for oral arguments on Oct. 5 (NICE Ltd., et al. v. ClickFox Inc., No. 17-1041, Fed. Cir.).



Federal Circuit Told Patent Board Re-examination Holdings Were Error
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A patent owner and licensee on Oct. 4 squared off with an inter partes re-examination challenger in oral arguments before the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in a dispute over a reciprocating rotary arthroscopic instrument used to cut semi-rigid tissue such as bone and muscle (Smith & Nephew Inc. and Covidien LP v. Hologic Inc., No. 17-1008, Fed. Cir.).



Bar On Expert Testimony In Copyright Cases Not Cert Worthy, Video Maker Says
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court should deny certiorari in a copyright infringement action over the popular John Madden Football series computer game because the federal circuit courts agree that disputed works must be placed into evidence so a jury can compare them, and any ruling on the role of expert witnesses in software copying cases would not change the outcome of the case at hand, the video game maker argues in a Sept. 28 response brief (Robin Antonick v. Electronic Arts Inc., No. 17-168, U.S. Sup., 2017 U.S. S. Ct. Briefs LEXIS 3769).



Builder Appeals Home Plan 'Thin' Copyright Protection To U.S. Supreme Court
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A homebuilder in a Sept. 14 petition for certiorari asks the U.S. Supreme Court to review an 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that it says devalues architectural plan copyrights, simultaneously arguing that the disposition of its infringement suit via summary judgment deprived it of the right to a jury trial under the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (Arthur Rutenberg Homes Inc., et al. v. Jewel Homes LLC, et al., No. 17-511, U.S. Sup.).



FedEx, Nonprofit Argue Over Noncommercial Copyright License In 2nd Circuit
NEW YORK - A nonprofit educational firm and FedEx Office and Print Services Inc. briefed the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on issues surrounding the noncommercial use requirement in a public license for downloadable materials, with the parties disagreeing whether FedEx violated the materials' copyright by copying the materials for school districts (Great Minds v FedEx Office and Print Services Inc., No. 17-808, 2nd Cir.).



Artist Appeals Unclean Hands Ruling In 'Life Is Beautiful' Trademark Dispute
SAN FRANCISCO - A street artist's limited liability company argues in an Oct. 6 brief in the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that a trial court's unclean hands judgment against it over registrations of the "Life is Beautiful" trademark failed to account for the fact that errors in the registrations were due to innocent mistakes, not fraud (Amusement Art LLC v. Life is Beautiful LLC, et al., No. 17-55045, 9th Cir.).



Tech Firm Appeals Fees Award, Judgment In 'Dropbox' Trademark Suit
SAN FRANCISCO - In an Oct. 6 reply brief in the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, a small tech company argues that a $2 million attorney fee award against it was inappropriate and "create[s] a terrible precedent" because it was merely defending its "Dropbox" trademark against a larger company (Dropbox Inc. v. Thru Inc., No. 17-15078, 9th Cir.).



Energy Firm Tells High Court That Inter Partes Review Is Unconstitutional
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The inter partes review (IPR) method of challenging a patent's validity violates Article III of the U.S. Constitution and the Seventh Amendment, a patentee argues in its Aug. 24 merits brief to the U.S. Supreme Court, because it supplants the roles of a judge and jury with a decision by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's (PTO's) Patent and Trial Appeal Board (PTAB), which is not part of the Judicial Branch (Oil States Energy Services LLC v. Greene's Energy Group LLC, No. 16-712, U.S. Sup.).



Challenger Tells Federal Circuit Patent Wrongly Deemed Nonobvious
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A decision by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that confirmed the patentability of the rheumatoid arthritis drug Orencia despite findings in the same ruling that a person of ordinary skill in the art (POSITA) would have been motivated to make the claimed invention was erroneous, the patent owner recently told the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (Momenta Pharmaceuticals Inc. v. Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., No. 17-1694, Fed. Cir.).



Arguments Approach In Federal Circuit Appeal Of Patent Board Ruling
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A decision by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that invalidated as obvious various claims of a USB rotary cover patent will be debated Oct. 3 in oral arguments before the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (Pavo Solutions LLC v. Kingston Technology Co. Inc., No. 16-2209, Fed. Cir.).



Parties Brief Federal Circuit On Eligibility Of Genetic Testing Patent
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A California federal judge erred in determining that the subject matter of a patented method for detecting an antibiotic-resistant form of tuberculosis in human deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is patent-ineligible 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 (Roche Molecular Systems Inc. v. Cepheid, No. 17-1690, Fed. Cir.).



Google Waives Response In High Court Petition Over Genericness Of Its Trademark
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Google Inc. on Sept. 14 waived its right to file an opposition to a petition for certiorari in which two men assert that the term "google" has become generic and, thus, is no longer entitled to trademark protection (David Elliott, et al. v. Google Inc., No. 17-258, U.S. Sup.).



Vietnamese Food Company Appeals Cancellation Of Pho Trademarks To 9th Circuit
SAN FRANCISCO - A maker of pho soup base products tells the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in a Sept. 20 brief that a trial court erred in issuing judgment against it in a trademark dispute with a competing pho maker, arguing that its "Cot" marks are not descriptive and have acquired secondary meaning (Quoc Viet Foods Inc. v. VV Foods LLC, et al., No. 17-55331 and 17-55742, 9th Cir.).



Boat Maker Argues Rival Identified No Protectable Trade Dress, Trade Secrets
ATLANTA - A competing high-end boat manufacturer failed to identify any protectable, nonfunctional trade dress that was allegedly infringed, a craft designer tells the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in a Sept. 20 appellee brief, also alleging that purportedly misappropriated confidential information did not qualify as trade secrets under Florida law (Yellowfin Yachts Inc. v. Barker Boatworks, LLC, et al., No. 17-11176, 11th Cir.).



Megaupload Executives Cite 6th Circuit Rulings To Support Certiorari Petition
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a Sept. 1 supplemental brief further supporting their petition for certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court, former executives of the now-defunct file-sharing service Megaupload point to two recent fugitive disentitlement of assets rulings by the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that they say conflict with the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals' ruling against them in the present criminal copyright suit, deepening an already existing circuit split on the matter (Finn Batato, et al. v. United States, No. 16-1206, U.S. Sup.).



Director Says Sanctions Were Properly Vacated In Short Film Copyright Suit
NEW YORK - In a Sept. 21 appellee brief, a film director and his attorney ask the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to affirm a trial court's vacating of a sanctions award against them because it was based on the appeals court's prior finding that no tortious interference occurred in a copyright infringement dispute over a short film (16 Casa Duse LLC v. Alex Merkin, et al., No. 17-0625, 2nd Cir.).



Parties, PTO Brief High Court On Requirements Of Inter Partes Review Scope
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a pair of Sept. 5 respondent briefs, the interim director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) and a patent holder tell the U.S. Supreme Court that when the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) institutes inter partes review (IPR) of the validity of patent claims, it is not required to review or rule on every patent claim asserted in a party's petition for review (SAS Institute Inc. v. Joseph Matal, et al., No. 16-969, U.S. Sup.).



Apple, Samsung Brief On 'Article Of Manufacture' In Remanded Design Patent Case
SAN JOSE, Calif. - In briefs filed Sept. 8 in response to a California federal judge's directive after rulings and remand orders from the U.S. Supreme Court and the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. address questions about how to determine what the relevant "article of manufacture" is of products accused infringing a design patent and, relatedly, how to identify profits attributable to the article (Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., et al., No. 5:11-cv-01846, N.D. Calif.).



Claim Construction By Patent Board Debated Before Federal Circuit
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In oral arguments on Sept. 8, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals heard an appeal of a Patent Trial and Appeal Board ruling that two claims of a patented tissue graft composed of the two primary layers of the human placenta patent would have been obvious to a person of skill in the art (POSITA) (MiMedx Group Inc. v. Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation, No. 17-1043, Fed. Cir.).



Oral Arguments Approach In Patent Dispute Over Safe Harbor
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Oct. 4 will hear oral arguments in a case that poses the question of whether safe harbor protection for clinical activities can be repealed based upon the use of data derived subsequent to approval (Classen Immunotherapies Inc. v. Elan Pharmaceuticals Inc., No. 17-1033, Fed. Cir.).



Eligibility Of Patented Method For File Filtering Argued In Federal Circuit Briefs
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A dispute over the eligibility of a patented method for identifying "unauthorized" files, such as those that contain offensive or illegal content, will be argued before the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Oct. 3 (Intellectual Ventures I LLC v. Erie Indemnity Company, et al., No. 17-1147, Fed. Cir.).



Trademark Applicant Tells Federal Circuit Design Is Not Functional
WASHINGTON, D.C. - An examiner's decision - later upheld by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) - that a proposed U-shaped design for a locking channel is unprotectable as functional in light of several expired utility patents will be debated Oct. 4 before the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (In re: Openings, No. 16-2307, Fed. Cir.).



Louis Vuitton, Parody Bag Maker Argue Trademark Dilution To Supreme Court
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Luxury goods maker Louis Vuitton Malletier S.A. (LV) seeks a grant of certiorari from the U.S. Supreme Court to examine the standard for determining when the use of a trademark is a parody, and thus fair use, per the Trademark Dilution Revision Act (TDRA), while a defendant asserts that its accused handbags were clearly noninfringing parodies of LV's products, as a trial court and an appeals court both ruled (Louis Vuitton Malletier S.A. v. My Other Bag Inc., No. 17-72, U.S. Sup.).



Jack In The Box Franchisee Appeals Breach, Trademark Judgment To 9th Circuit
SAN FRANCISCO - A trial court erred in granting judgment to Jack in the Box Inc. (JIB) on contractual and trademark infringement claims related to the termination of franchise agreements, an ex-franchisee of the fast-food chain argues in a Sept. 5 brief in the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, contending that genuine disputed issues of material fact exist (Jack in the Box Inc. v. Deepak Mehta, et al., No. 17-15336, 9th Cir.).



Bourbon Distiller Tells 5th Circuit Plaintiff Abandoned 'Cowboy' Mark
NEW ORLEANS - Citing years with no sales of its trademarked whiskey, coupled with having never sold its product in the United States, a bourbon distillery argues in a Sept. 6 brief to the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that a jury correctly found that a plaintiff whiskey seller abandoned its trademark years before the defendant's use of a similar mark (Allied Lomar Inc. v. Lone Star Distillery LLC, et al., No. 17-50148, 5th Cir.).



Adult Website Operator Tells High Court Usenet Provider Vicariously Infringed
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In an Aug. 30 petition for certiorari, the operator of an adult website asks the U.S. Supreme Court to consider the standards for determining vicarious copyright infringement liability, arguing that in finding a usenet provider not vicariously liable for displaying the copyrighted images of Perfect 10 Inc., the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals relied on incorrect guidelines for infringers' profits and automated processes (Perfect 10 Inc. v. Giganews Inc., et al., No. 17-320, U.S. Sup.).



9th Circuit's Bar On Expert Testimony In Copyright Cases Before High Court
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The creator of the popular John Madden Football series computer game asked the U.S. Supreme Court on July 28 to decide whether expert testimony should be barred in copyright infringement cases because juries must assess infringement as an "ordinary reasonable person" would (Robin Antonick v. Electronic Arts Inc., No. 17-168, U.S. Sup., 2017 U.S. S. Ct. Briefs LEXIS 2633).



Opposing Certiorari, Film Parties Call Screenplay Copyright Suit 'Unremarkable'
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals' summary affirming of a trial court's dismissal of a screenplay owner's copyright infringement suit against parties connected with the movie "Walk of Shame" was unremarkable and presents no issues meriting review, the defendants tell the U.S. Supreme Court in a Sept. 1 brief opposing certiorari (Shame On You Productions Inc. v. Elizabeth Banks, et al., No. 17-180, U.S. Sup.).