09 Oct’20

Centripetal Networks v. Cisco Systems

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The 22-day bench trial in the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia concluded last week with a verdict in favor of Centripetal Networks for $1.9 billion in past damages and a running royalty of 10% for three years followed by a 5% royalty for an additional three years. The Centripetal Networks, Inc. v. […]

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28 Jul’20

USPTO v. Booking.com: Acquired Distinctiveness of a Generic Domain

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The Supreme Court (“Court”) in USPTO v. Booking.com resolved a dispute about whether a generic name can become eligible for federal trademark registration though the addition of an internet-domain-name suffix such as “.com.” The USPTO rejected applications by travel-reservation website Booking.com seeking federal registration of marks including the term “Booking.com.” The USPTO concluded that “Booking.com” […]

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27 May’20

Allen v. Cooper: North Carolina’s Piracy of Blackbeard’s Pirate Ship

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In a recent decision by the Supreme Court in Allen v. Cooper, Governor of North Carolina the Court opined that States are immune from copyright infringement. While the Court noted that Congress may still act to remove this blanket immunity that the States have over copyright infringement, this holding makes clear that States generally have […]

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26 Nov’19

Arthrex v. Smith & Nephew: Inter Partes Review and Unconstitutional Appointment of APJs

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On Halloween, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit delivered its opinion in Arthrex, Inc., v. Smith & Nephew, Inc. that the appointment of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s Administrative Patent Judges (“APJs”) violates the Appointments Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The background of this case involved Arthrex receiving a final […]

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