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Ninth Circuit Retires Fee-Award Standard, Imports Octane Fitness to Trademark Cases

This week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit joined a majority of appellate courts that have rejected rigid tests for attorneys’-fees awards in favor of flexible discretion at the district court level.  The Ninth Circuit’s pre-Octane Fitness rulings provided a safe-harbor for litigants: fees were only to be awarded in instances of … Continue Reading

No Protection for Network Marketing Provider That Had Knowledge and Authority to Control Deceptive Conduct of Affiliates

In Federal Trade Commission v. LeadClick Media, LLC, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 17383 (2nd Cir. 2016), the Second Circuit recently held that an affiliate marketing network provider could be subjected to liability under the Federal Trade Commission Act (“FTC Act”) for deceptive marketing materials published by the affiliates.  It also concluded that Section 230 of … Continue Reading

Improper Use of Commercial Signs — Proposed Revisions to Article 5 of the PRC Anti-Unfair Competition Law

On February 25, 2016, The State Counsel Legislative Affairs Office (“SCLAO”) released a draft amendment (“Draft Amendment”) of the PRC Anti-Unfair Competition Law (“AUCL”) for comment by industry and other stakeholders.  Article 5 of the 1993 AUCL provides the basis for claims against Business Operators for unfair trade practices involving the misuse and misappropriation of … Continue Reading

Recent Developments in Recordal Procedures for Trademark Licenses in China

On August 26, 2015, the Trademark Office of The State Administration For Industry & Commerce of the People’s Republic of China (“TMO”) issued revised guidelines entitled Applications for Recordal of Licenses of Registered Trademarks, Recordal of Licensor/Licensee Name Change, Recordal of Early Termination of Trademark Licenses and Recordal of Withdrawal of Trademark Licenses (“2015 Guidelines”). … Continue Reading

Bitcoins and Liability in the Wake of Recent Silk Road Arrests

The recent arrests[1] of Robert Faiella, an alleged seller on online marketplace Silk Road, and Charlie Shrem, the CEO of the startup BitInstant, marked a recent round in a series of law enforcement actions against what the government characterizes as a “rise in criminal activity”[2] by people using the cryptographically-controlled digital currency, Bitcoin.[3]  The arrests of … Continue Reading

BONDing WITH NPE’s – The requirement for security for costs or expenses under Section 1030 of the California Code of Civil Procedure

A little used and often overlooked provision of the California Code of Civil Procedure recently played an important role in three recent cases brought by AF Holdings LLC, a foreign entity formed under the laws of the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis, against California residents for allegedly dealing with copyright infringing content through use … Continue Reading

Federal Circuit Avoids Central Joint Infringement Question and Articulates New Standard For Inducement

By Dennis Smith, Martin Bader, Gray Buccigross On August 31, 2012, the Federal Circuit, sitting en banc, issued a seminal, split decision articulating a new standard for induced infringement. Adjudicating two companion cases, Akamai Technologies, Inc. v. Limelight Networks Inc., and McKesson Technologies, Inc. v. Epic Systems Corp. (Fed. Cir., No. 2009-1372, -1380, -1416, -1417), … Continue Reading

Second Circuit Digs Its Heels Into Louboutin Dispute; Finds “Red Sole” Trademark Protectable, But Limited in Scope

By Tyler Baker and Ted Max On September 5, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued its long-awaited and highly anticipated decision in Christian Louboutin S.A. v. Yves Saint Laurent Am. Holding, Inc., Docket No. 11-3303-cv. The Second Circuit reversed the lower court decision, in part, holding that Christian Louboutin’s “red outsole” trademark was … Continue Reading

FCC’s New Closed Captioning Rules Kick Into Gear

By Edwin Komen and Brian Weimer New FCC regulations on closed captioning of IP-delivered video programming have caught many by surprise even though they have been in the works for the past two years. Many of those who will be directly impacted by the new rules may still be unaware of the rapidly approaching compliance … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Holds That a Law of Nature Applied Using Known and Obvious Steps Is Not Patent Eligible

By Kevin Capps On March 20, 2012, the Supreme Court issued its much-anticipated decision in Mayo Collaborative Services, DBA Mayo Medical Laboratories, et al. v. Prometheus Laboratories, Inc., with potentially far-reaching ramifications for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, particularly those developing diagnostic methods and assays.… Continue Reading

Digital Media Law Forum – Fall 2010

Building Brands In A Digital World Building a better mousetrap, widget, or search engine isn’t enough. Join leading branding professionals and trademark counsel for an in-depth discussion of how to build a compelling brand, including online brand development strategies as well as best practices regarding brand protection and enforcement in both the actual and virtual … Continue Reading

Beware The New Patent Trolls – Strategies For Handling and Avoiding False Patent Marking Claims After Forest Group v. Bon Tool

ABA Section of Litigation – Intellectual Property Roundtable Discussion Tuesday, May 18, 2010 – Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton New York The Co-Chairs of the Intellectual Property Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation invite you to participate in one of the Committee’s most popular programs—the Roundtables. These gatherings are informal opportunities for … Continue Reading
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