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Defendant Wins Fees for ‘Frivolous’ Claim (access required)

In plaintiff home designer/builder’s suit against a couple who allegedly built a home that infringed on plaintiff’s copyright to a “Bainbridge” home design, a Norfolk U.S. District Court denies an award of attorney’s fees for copyright infringement, but awards $13,760 ...

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‘Twiqbal’ Standard Used for Patent Pleadings (access required)

Federal pleading standards under Twombly and Iqbal apply to complaints in patent infringement cases, and will be applied by the Richmond U.S. District Court to measure the sufficiency of complaints for direct infringement, whether literal infringement or infringement by the ...

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Foil Wrap Uses ‘Tacking’ for Packaging Claim (access required)

In this suit alleging defendant Handi-Foil has infringed registered trademarks for Reynolds’ Wrap and engaged in false advertising, an Alexandria U.S. District Court grants summary judgment to plaintiff Reynolds Consumer Products Inc. on its “tacking” defense to Handi-Foil’s claim that ...

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Restaurant Owes Damages for Fight Broadcast (access required)

A Richmond U.S. District Court enters a default judgment and awards plaintiff, a sports event production company, damages of $22,321.68 for defendant restaurant’s willful interception and unauthorized broadcast transmission of a boxing match on Sept. 17, 2011, for commercial purposes, ...

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‘Markman’ Construction Issued for IP Path (access required)

In this litigation involving patents that are meant to help mobile devices communicate with each other, the Alexandria U.S. District Court defines certain terms after the court’s Markman claim construction hearing. The patents at issue are the ‘066 patent and ...

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Inventor’s Shingle Design Not ‘Secret’ (access required)

An inventor cannot recover from defendant company for breach of a Nondisclosure Agreement, the Alexandria U.S. District Court says; Invention Notes from defendant’s employee show he invented the process for multiple adhesive points for a shingle for the company’s new ...

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