28 Jun’20

Romag v. Fossil: Resolving a Circuit Split on Willfulness and Profit Awards for Trademark Infringement

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In the midst of the COVID pandemic, the Supreme Court resolved an issue that was split evenly between the circuit courts. The issue before the Court was whether the Lanham Act, which is the federal statute governing trademarks, required a plaintiff to prove that the defendant had willfully infringed their trademark before the plaintiff could […]

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26 Apr’19

When a Stick Becomes a Carrot: How Toyota’s Royalty-Free Patent Move Impacts The Valuation of Its IP Portfolio

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Toyota has recently announced (April 2019) that it will grant royalty-free licenses on nearly 24,000 patents related to its hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) market. In the announcement, Toyota stated that its goals were to promote widespread adoption of electrified vehicles in an effort to help governments, automakers and society at large accomplish goals related to […]

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29 Nov’18

FIRRMA and its Impact on That Which it Seeks to Protect

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The Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2018 (FIRRMA) was signed into law by the current Administration on August 13, 2018, to protect US technological superiority and address national security risks associated with the ability of foreign parties to obtain equity interests in domestic businesses and influence decisions or obtain information related to critical […]

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