• 03.03.20

    Second Circuit Affirms $6.7M VARA Judgment for Aerosol Artists

    In a major victory for street artists, the Second Circuit on Feb. 20, 2020, affirmed a lower court’s decision that awarded $6.75 million in statutory damages to aerosol artists whose graffiti art on a warehouse was destroyed so the warehouse owner could build another structure.

  • 05.30.19

    Supreme Court: Bankruptcy Law Cannot Unilaterally Revoke Trademark License

    In Mission Product Holdings Inc. v. Tempnology LLC, the Supreme Court, in an 8-to-1 decision, held that bankrupt trademark owners cannot use bankruptcy law to unilaterally revoke a trademark license.

  • 01.28.19

    Supreme Court Holds Sale Requiring Confidentiality Can Qualify as Prior Art

    In Helsinn Healthcare S.A. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., the Supreme Court affirmed the Federal Circuit’s decision that the sale of an invention to a party who is contractually obligated to keep the invention confidential can qualify as prior art to place the invention “on ...

  • 12.06.18

    Invention for Navigating Complex 3-D Worksheet Held Patent-Eligible

    In Data Engine Techs. LLC v. Google LLC, the Federal Circuit held that an invention for navigating through complex three-dimensional electronic spreadsheets was patent-eligible subject matter.

  • 10.24.18

    Correcting Inventorship in Pending Application Cannot Be Done in District Court

    In Pappalardo v. Stevins, the Federal Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a declaratory judgment action filed in federal court by a person requesting to be named the sole inventor on a pending patent application, ruling that such an action could not be filed until after a patent is issued from the ...

  • 07.07.16

    Supreme Court: Status Quo in Cuozzo

    On June 20, 2016, the Supreme Court decided Cuozzo Speed Technologies v. Lee, where it rejected challenges to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) inter partes review (IPR) process and held that (1) PTAB decisions regarding whether to institute IPR proceedings are by statute not subject to ...

  • 06.06.16

    Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016: An Overview

    The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA) was signed into law on May 11, 2016 and gives trade secret owners a federal cause of action for injunctive relief and monetary damages for the misappropriation of trade secrets, while also providing employee protections.



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