News & Insight

Intellectual Property Law: Patent Trolls, The Intellectual Property Predators Trying to Take a Bite Out of Your Business

April 2, 2013

Stand guard against patent owners who acquire patents, and attempt to enforce them, for the sole purpose of extracting fees. You are not defenseless. A patent troll is usually a person or entity, often called a non-practicing business entity (NPE)

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Intellectual Property Law: The bell has not yet tolled for permanent injunctions in patent cases

January 29, 2013

On January 10, 2013, the United States District Court, N.D. California, San Jose Division entered a permanent injunction against a patent-infringing defendant in BROCADE COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS, INC. v. A10 NETWORKS, INC., Dist. Court, ND California 2013 – Google Scholar. The ruling

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Intellectual Property Law: When a Cease-and-Desist Letter Arrives, Keep Calm, Carry on, But Do Respond

January 18, 2013

The arrival of a cease-and-desist letter is an obvious warning; your choice among less obvious options in response may have a profound effect on your defense of any resulting lawsuit. It is usually less costly to bring or to defend

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Apple's Patent Law Judgment Against Samsung

September 26, 2012

In August, a jury  in the Northern District Court of California awarded Apple over $1 billion in damages after finding that Samsung infringed Apple’s utility and design patents with over 20 cell phone and three computer devices. The utility patents

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Beware of the inducement bogeyman

September 1, 2012

In AKAMAI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. v. LIMELIGHT NETWORKS, INC. (Fed Cir. August 31, 2012) the en banc court held that a person can be liable for inducement to infringe even if the direct infringement is only found by combining the acts

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From the patenting-the-internet-is-not-a-good-idea department – Ultramercial decision goes back to the CAFC

May 28, 2012

We have all seen them – the short clips of video advertising we must watch before we are granted access to some other video content.  A company known as Ultramercial claims that the “idea” of putting that short advertising clip

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