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No Jurisdiction for Patent ‘Partial’ IPR (access required)

An Alexandria U.S. District Court does not have jurisdiction to review a decision by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to institute “partial” inter partes review proceedings of patentability of the subject claims; the language and legislative history of the ...

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Fee Award Based on ‘Reasonable’ Virginia Rates (access required)

In these international business tort cases involving tire manufacturers’ trade secrets and a final jury verdict of $26 million for plaintiff, the Alexandria U.S. District Court concludes the appropriate value of the law firm lien filed by plaintiffs’ former law ...

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No Boundaries Stated for ‘Beard Hat’ Mark (access required)

In this trademark infringement action involving two standard character marks used to brand and market knitted beards, a Richmond U.S. District Court says the defendant states counterclaims for trademark infringement and anticybersquatting, but dismisses a counterclaim for unfair competition as ...

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Bio-Patent Case Stayed for IPR (access required)

In this patent case involving development of automated technologies to minimize degradation of stored biological samples in ultra-low temperature freezers, the Charlottesville U.S. District Court grants defendant company’s motion to stay proceedings pending conclusion of inter partes review of the ...

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Jurisdiction Arises from Ex-Employee’s Visits (access required)

Plaintiff company’s former Director of Preconstruction who allegedly diverted a government contract for a project in Abu Dhabi to a business competitor may be sued in Virginia for alleged breach of contract, breach of a confidentiality agreement, breach of fiduciary ...

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Court Cuts Lawyers’ Fee for Protective Order (access required)

When parties in this intellectual property case could not agree on the terms of a confidentiality order meant to protect defendant’s sensitive financial information, a Norfolk U.S. District Court decided defendant was not substantially justified in insisting upon an “Attorney’s ...

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