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Federal Circuit holds that Honeywell’s duplication of a previously-invented process does not qualify the company as “another inventor” under 35 U.S.C. § 102(g)(2) By Abby Lauer – Edited by Janet Freilich Solvay S.A. v. Honeywell Int’l, Inc., No. 2009-1161 (Fed. Cir. Oct. 13, 2010) Slip Opinion The Federal Circuit affirmed-in-part, reversed-in-part, and remanded the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, which had invalidated plaintiff Solvay’s patent on a process for making non-ozone-depleting refrigerant gas based on a finding ... Read More...
Posted On Oct - 19 - 2010 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Microsoft asks the Supreme Court to rule on the evidentiary standard for patent invalidity By Abby Lauer – Edited by Matt Gelfand Petition for Writ of Certiorari, Microsoft Corp. v. i4i Ltd. P’ship (U.S. 2010) Petition, hosted by Patently-O Last week, Microsoft announced that it has filed a petition for writ of certiorari to the Supreme Court in an effort to overturn a $290 million damages award imposed by a federal jury last year. The plaintiff in the case is ... Read More...
Posted On Sep - 10 - 2010 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Ninth Circuit reverses court order granting toymaker Mattel ownership of Bratz doll brand By Abby Lauer – Edited by Janet Freilich MGA Entertainment, Inc. v. Mattel, Inc., No. 09-55673 (9th Cir. July 22, 2010) Slip Opinion In a decision making headlines across the nation, the Ninth Circuit reversed the Central District of California, which had given Mattel ownership rights to the Bratz doll brand after a jury found that the designer who created the dolls was working for Mattel when ... Read More...
Posted On Jul - 31 - 2010 Comments Off READ FULL POST
District of Massachusetts reduces jury-awarded damages by 90 percent in copyright infringement lawsuit By Abby Lauer – Edited by Jad Mills Sony BMG Music Entertainment et. al. v. Tenenbaum, No. 07cv11446-NG (D. Mass. July 9, 2010) Slip Opinion In a decision by Judge Nancy Gertner, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts reduced the damages awarded by a jury to members of the recording industry in a copyright infringement lawsuit. After finding defendant Joel Tenenbaum guilty of ... Read More...
Posted On Jul - 14 - 2010 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Tenth Circuit Rejects First Amendment Challenge to U.S. Copyright Law By Abby Lauer – Edited by Gary Pong Golan v. Holder, Nos. 09-1234 & 09-1261 (10th Cir., June 21, 2010) Slip Opinion Section 514 of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act (URAA), codified in 17 U.S.C. § 104A, restored the U.S. copyrights of foreign authors who had lost copyright protection for failing to comply with certain formalities required by U.S. law.  Plaintiffs challenged Section 514 as a violation of the First ... Read More...
Posted On Jul - 1 - 2010 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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