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DOJ Defends Seizing Of Foreign Megaupload Assets To Supreme Court
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a June 7 brief in the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) opposes a petition for certiorari by former executives of the now-defunct file-sharing service Megaupload, arguing that a trial court properly deemed them fugitives and ordered seizure of their foreign-held assets in accordance with the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act (CAFRA) (Finn Batato, et al. v. United States of America, No. 16-1206, U.S. Sup.).



YouTube User Says High Court Review Of DMCA Fair Use Is Needed
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a May 19 supplemental brief in the U.S. Supreme Court, filed in response to an amicus curiae brief filed by the U.S. government, a woman whose video was removed from YouTube for purported copyright violation, argues that her petition for certiorari should be granted to ensure that the safe harbor parameters of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), such as fair use, "are properly construed" (Stephanie Lenz v. Universal Music Corp., et al., No. 16-217, U.S. Sup.).



Patent Term Adjustment Provision Disputed Before Federal Circuit
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a June 7 reply brief, a patent owner told the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO)'s position that it has the authority to determine when a patent applicant has failed "to engage in reasonable efforts" to prosecute their application runs "counter to the plain language" of the Patent Act, 35 U.S.C. 1 et seq., the legislative history of the statute and Gilead Sciences, Inc. v. Lee (Supernus Pharmaceuticals Inc., et al. v. Michelle K. Lee, Director, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, No. 17-1357, Fed. Cir.).



Venue In Declaratory Judgment Patent Actions Debated Before Federal Circuit
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a June 2 reply brief, myriad declaratory judgment plaintiff-appellants argue that "calculated strikes" from a patent-licensing firm's "nest" unfairly impact "those accused of infringement and needlessly [tilt] the field in favor of non-practicing entities" through the encouragement of forum shopping (Jack Henry & Associates Inc., et al. v. Plano Encryption Technologies LLC, No. 16-2700, Fed. Cir.).



Obviousness Of 2 Patents Debated In Federal Circuit Briefs
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A finding by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that two reissue patents are obvious in light of prior art was proper because the board's broadest reasonable interpretation of the disputed claim term "port" is supported by the claim language and the patent owner's own use of the term in describing its invention, myriad appellees told the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals May 26 (Capella Photonics Inc. v. Cisco Systems Inc., et al., Nos. 2016-2394, -2395, 2017-1105, -1106, -1107, -1108, Fed. Cir.).



Patent Owner, Challenger Debate Effective Filing Date Before Federal Circuit
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The effective filing date of two patents relating to an apparatus that secures a portable electronic device to an immovable object is 2008, and not 2011 as concluded by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, a patent owner recently told the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (Think Products Inc. v. ACCO Brands Corporation, et al., No. 17-1360, Fed. Cir.).



Riflescope Makers Debate Trade Dress Functionality In 6th Circuit
CINCINNATI - Competitors in the riflescope industry have filed briefs in the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, arguing whether the trade dress on the knurling of the plaintiff's scopes are ornamental, which would permit the plaintiff to pursue infringement claims against the defendants, or functional and nonprotectable, as a trial court found (Leapers Inc. v. SMTS LLC, et al., No. 17-1007, 6th Cir.).



'Guppie' Trademark Owners Argue Reverse Confusion By Viacom To 6th Circuit
CINCINNATI - A Michigan couple who sell the "Guppie Kid" children's clothing line argue in a June 14 brief in the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that clothing related to the Nickelodeon show "Bubble Guppies" infringed their trademarks by overwhelming their senior marks via reverse confusion (Debbie Rohn, et al. v. Viacom International Inc., et al., No. 17-1225, 6th Cir.).



Daycare Operator Defends Contempt To 4th Circuit In 'Rainbow' Trademark Row
RICHMOND, Va. - Because the defendant repeatedly failed to comply with an injunction requiring it to remove all uses of the "Rainbow" trademark from its website, a trial court properly issued contempt rulings and a monetary judgment against it, a daycare operator tells the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in a June 7 appellee brief (Rainbow School Inc. v. Rainbow Early Education Holding LLC, et al., Nos. 17-1055 and 17-1123, 4th Cir.).



Oracle, Google Square Off Before Federal Circuit In Fair Use Appeal
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A California federal jury's finding in May 2016 that Google Inc.'s incorporation of the Java structure, sequence and organization (SSO) in its Android operating system was a fair use was proper and should not be disturbed, Google told the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on May 22 (Oracle America Inc. v. Google Inc., Nos. 17-1118, -1202, Fed. Cir.).



'Used' Digital Music Seller Tells 2nd Circuit It Makes No Infringing Copies
NEW YORK - In a May 19 reply brief in the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, a digital music reseller insists that it does not make infringing copies of "used" music files that it purchases from users of its service, asking the court to vacate a copyright infringement liability judgment against it (Capitol Records LLC, et al. v. ReDigi Inc., et al., No. 16-2321, 2nd Cir.).



Sony Defends Attorney Fees To 1st Circuit In Dispute Over Ricky Martin Song
BOSTON - In a May 24 appellee brief to the First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, Sony Corporation of America argues that a trial court properly deemed it the prevailing party and awarded it attorney fees in a songwriter's copyright infringement suit, in light of an arbitration clause that precluded the plaintiff from bringing such a suit (Luis Adrian Cortes-Ramos v. Sony Corporation of America, et al., No. 16-2441, 1st Cir.).



Songwriter Asks High Court To Review Authorship Dispute Over Usher Song
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A man who claims that he did not receive proper co-writing credit for a song that was adapted and recorded by recording artist Usher (a/k/a Usher Terry Raymond IV) filed a petition for certiorari on May 1, asking the U.S. Supreme Court to find that he was wrongly denied a determination of authorship by a trial court and an appeals court (Daniel Marino v. Usher [a/k/a Usher Terry Raymond IV], et al., No. 16-1332, U.S. Sup.).



VirnetX Appeals To Federal Circuit, Disputes Prior Art Ruling By Board
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A finding by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that prior art qualified as a "printed publication" within the meaning of the Patent Act, 35 U.S.C. 102(b), came under fire in a recent brief filed with the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (VirnetX Inc. v. Apple Inc., Nos. 2017-1131, -1132, -1186, -1274, -1275, -1276, -1291, Fed. Cir.).



In Remand Briefs, Apple, Samsung Debate Scope Of Design Patent Infringer Profits
SAN JOSE, Calif. - In remand briefs filed May 12 in California federal court, Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. argue over whether a $399 infringer's profits award related to smartphone design patents should stand or whether the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on the "article of manufacture" theory of infringement merits a new trial to determine the portion of Samsung's profits directly attributable to the infringing components (Apple Inc. v, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., et al., No. 5:11-cv-01846, N.D. Calif.).



Board Improperly Invalidated Media Sharing Patents, Owner Tells Court
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a May 26 reply brief, the owner of two patents directed to sharing digital images and video argued that efforts by Google Inc. and Samsung Electronics Inc. to "justify" an erroneous finding of invalidity by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of two patents relating to digital media sharing are "long on rhetoric but short in support" (Summit 6 LLC v. Google Inc. et al., Nos. 17-1184, -1185, Fed. Cir.).



Appellee Tells Federal Circuit: Patents Properly Confirmed As Obvious
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Final written decisions by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that rejected assertions by Medtronic Inc. that two patents directed to methods and systems for ameliorating aberrant spinal column deviations are unpatentable should stand, an inventor told the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on May 16 (Medtronic Inc. v. Mark A. Barry, Nos. 17-1169, Fed. Cir.).



'Get Lucky' Jeans Maker Tells 2nd Circuit Rival Violated Prior Trademark Ruling
NEW YORK - On a third appeal to the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals over rival clothing manufacturers' claims to the "Get Lucky" trademark, Marcel Fashions Group Inc. in its May 5 appellant brief argues that a competitor has continued its infringing conduct in violation of a previous judgment and that a trial court judge erred in deeming the present claims barred by a 2003 settlement agreement between the parties (Marcel Fashions Group Inc. v. Lucky Brand Dungarees Inc., et al., No. 17-0361, 2nd Cir.).



Federal Circuit Hears Oral Arguments In Dispute Over E-Commerce Patent
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In oral arguments on May 8, a patent owner took aim at a covered business method (CBM) review decision by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that rendered unpatentable all claims of two patents covering e-commerce transactions (Linkgine Inc. v. VigLink Inc., et al., Nos. 16-2087, -2088, Fed. Cir.).



On Remand, Samsung Seeks Vacated Award, New Trial In Apple Design Patent Suit
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. on April 21 filed a remand brief in California federal court, contending that, in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that invalidated the basis for a $399 million infringement damages award against it, a new damages trial is merited in the long-running smartphone design patent dispute with Apple Inc. (Apple Inc. v, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., et al., No. 5:11-cv-01846, N.D. Calif.).



Tech Firm Seeks High Court Review Of Abstract Patentability Standard
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A company that received a trial court judgment declaring its signal analyzing patents invalid as abstract, which was upheld by the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, filed a petition for certiorari April 6, asking the U.S. Supreme Court to correct what it calls a widespread practice of courts to incorrectly apply and improperly conflate patentability standards (Blue Spike LLC v. Google Inc., No. 16-1223, U.S. Sup.).



Means-Plus-Function Limitations Debated Before Federal Circuit
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A finding by a California federal judge that the means-plus-function limitation "means for mounting" in a patented method and system for real-time replication of file systems components was invalid for insufficient structure is under review by the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, which heard oral arguments on May 8 (Twin Peaks Software Inc. v. IBM Corporation, No. 16-2177, Fed. Cir.).



PTO Director Says Patent Claims Are Invalid, Ineligible for Protection
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a May 4 appellee brief, Michelle K. Lee, acting director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), told the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board properly rejected various claims of a patent application as anticipated (In re: C. Douglass Thomas, No. 17-1100, Fed. Cir.).



Patent Owner: Board Improperly Reallocated Burden In Review
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A decision by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that a patented computer-assisted surgery planner for joint placement procedures is unpatentable was proper, an appellee told the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in a May 3 brief (Blue Belt Technologies, et al. v. Mako Surgical Corp., No. 16-2740, Fed. Cir.).



Machine Company Tells 7th Circuit Defamation Pact Did Not Include Trademark Suit
CHICAGO - In a May 8 brief to the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, a machine company appeals a trial court's finding that the settlement of a defamation suit with a competitor also applied to a previously issued trademark judgment between the two firms and released a judgment in the plaintiff's favor (Engineered Abrasives Inc. v. American Machine Products & Services Inc., et al., No. 17-1429, 7th Cir.).



Government Opposes Certiorari In Dispute Over YouTube Video Takedown
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a May 4 amicus curiae brief in the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. government voiced its opposition to a YouTube user's petition for certiorari, opining that a Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling on good faith related to a copyright holder's Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown notice does not conflict with existing case law, also stating that key issues regarding the copyright owner's "mental state" were not properly before the lower courts (Stephanie Lenz v. Universal Music Corp., et al., No. 16-217, U.S. Sup.).



Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke Argue 'Blurred Lines' Does Not Infringe Gaye Song
SAN FRANCISCO - Even though musicians Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke admit to being inspired by the "groove" and "feel" of a 1977 Marvin Gaye song when writing their 2013 hit song "Blurred Lines," in an April 24 brief to the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, they argue that a jury's finding of copyright infringement was improperly based on noncopyrightable musical elements and not on the song's lead sheet (Pharrell Williams, et al. v. Frankie Christian Gaye, et al., No. 15-56880, 16-55089 and 16-55626, 9th Cir.).



Abbott, Costello Heirs Assert 'Who's On First?' Copyright Interest To High Court
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In an April 18 petition for certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court, heirs of Abbott and Costello assert their copyright interests in the legendary comedy duo's iconic "Who's on First?" routine, arguing that renewal of unitary copyrights in two films containing the routine preserved its copyright, which was ultimately transferred to them (TCA Television Corp., et al. v. Kevin McCollum, et al., No. 16-1258, U.S. Sup.).