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Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons

By Kristin Bergman. For the second time in the last decade, the Supreme Court was presented with the challenge of ruling on a question of gray market goods in intellectual property law. The case, Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (No. 11-697), decided March 19, 2013, highlights the tension between Section 602(a)(1) and Section […]

Apple v. Samsung, Damages Update

By Jason C. Williams On Friday March 1, 2013 Judge Lucy Koh handed down her decision regarding various motions that were filed on behalf of Apple Inc. (“Apple”) and Samsung Electronics Co. (“Samsung”) over the past few months post-trial. Specifically, Apple requested additur, supplemental damages, and prejudgment interest, while Samsung moved for a new trial […]

Gunn et al. v. Minton

By Jason C. Williams. On February 20, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled on the question of whether a state law claim alleging legal malpractice in the handling of a patent case must be brought in federal court. The respondent Vernon Minton (“Minton”) developed a computer program and subsequent telecommunications network aimed […]

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Gunn v. Minton came down last week, holding that the issue of patent law involved in the malpractice claim of that case did not constitute a federal question and thus did not strip the state of jurisdiction.There’s a fair bit of analysis already. Dan Burk has an article up on Stanford Law Review Online exploring […]

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An interesting discussion of jurisdictional issues with respect to assignor estoppel by Jason Williams – a 3L at W&M and Events Chair for SIPS. I’ll let the article speak for itself, but briefly it concerns whether a patentee can assert a claim of assignor estoppel in an independent action against a party who was not […]

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Chubby Checker (real name Ernest Evans), a musician, is bringing a half-billion dollar suit against HP, alleging among other charges trademark infringement and dilution. The reason? A $0.99 novelty app by the same name used to estimate penis size. Discovery will be interesting. In other trademark infringement news, Tiffany sues Costco over alleged counterfeit diamond […]

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A judge rules that because a Batmobile is itself a fictional character, selling custom Batmobiles can violate copyright protections. H/T Prof. Heymann, who adds that this would make a good case to blog about in depth for anyone interested in a topic. James Alexander has posted at SSRN a new look at the Statute of […]

Upcoming Oral Argument in Myriad

Oral arguments have been set in Myriad for April 15, 2013. You may recall from an earlier post here that the Supreme Court recently remanded Myriad back to the Federal Circuit to reconsider in light of its holding in Prometheus. The Federal Circuit issued basically the same opinion, with little weight given to Prometheus (as […]

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Shining some sunlight on patent trolls: Company claims patent on podcasting, “[a]pparatus for disseminating a series of episodes represented by media files via the Internet as said episodes become available.” TechDirt has more. David Post explores copyright nonsense that made its way into a 9th Circuit case. In other news, Justice Scalia doesn’t much care […]

Interesting IP-related Links

We’re instituting a new policy at the SIPS blog, designed to highlight interesting IP-related news or other material that may be of interest to members, and to keep the blog contents from getting too stale. Members are encouraged to either submit their own posts, or to e-mail the blog editors links that may be of […]

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