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Manufacturers’ Attempt to Invoke RICO Act Fails Against Non-Practicing Entity

In re Innovatio IP Ventures
By David LeRay – Edited by Kathleen McGuinness

The Northern District of Illinois granted in part and denied in part Innovatio IP Ventures’s motion to dismiss seven claims in a complaint brought by manufacturers of wireless Internet technology. The court dismissed several of the manufacturers’ claims, including the claim based on the RICO Act, but did not dismiss claims based on breach of contract and promissory estoppel.

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Posted On Feb - 26 - 2013 1 Comment READ FULL POST

Assignor Estoppel Doctrine Is Not a Federal Cause of Action, Federal Circuit Affirms

Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co. v. Nagata
By Erica Larson – Edited by Suzanne Van Arsdale

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the judgment of the Northern District of California, which ruled that plaintiff Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co. (“SEL”) could not establish federal jurisdiction over defendant Dr. Yujiro Nagata. The courts rejected a novel offensive application of assignor estoppel, traditionally a defense.

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Posted On Feb - 19 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Sixth Circuit Requires District Court to Estimate Loss in Trade Secrets Disputes

United States v. Howley
By Ron Gonski – Edited by Daniella Adler

The Sixth Circuit unanimously affirmed in part and vacated and remanded in part a ruling by the Eastern District of Tennessee, which found that defendants Howley and Roberts stole trade secrets and committed wire fraud in connection with Goodyear’s tire-manufacturing technology.

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Posted On Feb - 15 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

FilmOn Sues Aereo for False Designation of Origin and False Endorsement under the Lanham Act

FilmOn v. Aereo
By Alex Shank – Edited by Michelle Sohn

Online TV site FilmOn.com, Inc. (“FilmOn”) filed a complaint against competitor Aereo, Inc. (“Aereo”) on counts of false designation of origin and false endorsement under the Lanham Act on February 7, 2013 in the United States District Court of the Central District of California. FilmOn also seeks declaratory judgment that it does not violate the Act and that any trademark right in the name “Aereo” claimed by Aereo is invalid.

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Posted On Feb - 13 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Federal Circuit Rules Section 102(g) Requires Little Enablement or Public Disclosure from Prior Inventors

Fox Group, Inc. v. Cree, Inc.
By Dorothy Du – Edited by Suzanne Van Arsdale

The Federal Circuit affirmed in part and vacated in part the Eastern District of Virginia, which had granted defendant Cree’s motion for summary judgment on the invalidity of Fox Group’s (“Fox”) entire patent on low defect single crystal silicon carbide.

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Posted On Dec - 11 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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