European IP Rights and Brexit

With U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron’s election back in 2015 came his announcement that the U.K. would hold an “in/out” referendum to decide whether the nation would remain part of the European Union. The country was strongly divided, with 52% voting for a departure and 48% voting against—a startlingly close…

Amazon’s Private Patent Proceedings

One can find nearly anything for purchase online today—as online retailers continue to stretch the bounds of the online marketplace and supplant brick-and-mortar alternatives. At the forefront, Amazon has led the charge, stocking their online marketplace with everything from books and electronics to groceries and even health care services. It…

The Commodification of College Athletes

A recent Indiana Supreme Court case has ruled that statistical information relating to college athletes’ performances is not protected under their right to publicity as they are newsworthy and the information is free to use. The holding comes after several student-athletes brought claims against online mobile fantasy sports and gambling…

The New World of Damages

Background A judge recently expanded patent infringement damages to potentially cover the whole world. The federal circuit Judge’s interpretation of a Supreme Court case has dramatically expanded the potential penalty for patent infringement. Originally, the question of whether patent owners could sue to recover profits lost outside of the U.S.…

Supreme Court: Oil States Energy Servs., LLC v. Greene’s Energy Grp., LLC

The Supreme Court recently agreed to decide whether inter partes review, a post-issuance proceeding introduced by the America Invents Act ("AIA"), violated the Constitution. The constitutional challenge alleged that the inter partes review process ("IPR") violated the Constitution by extinguishing private property rights through a non-Article III federal court and…

Blurring Some Lines

The 9th Circuit upheld an appeal challenging a verdict against artists Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke, authors of “Blurred Lines,” for infringement of the iconic Marvin Gaye song “Got To Give It Up.” The Circuit decision focused on the sound and style of the song in finding infringement, determining that…
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