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Tag Archives: Intellectual Property

Terms clarified for patents involving threat detection technology (access required)

Disputed terms such as “packet(s),” “configured to” and “proxy system” in a patent case involving threat detection computer technology were resolved after a hearing. Background These matters come to the court on eight disputed terms found in the asserted claims ...

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Attorneys’ fees denied as case was not ‘exceptional’ (access required)

A plaintiff that successfully invalidated a patent held by the defendant was denied attorneys’ fees and costs because the defendant’s position was not objectively baseless or frivolous and the case was not “exceptional.” Background On May 17, 2018, the third ...

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No jurisdiction over New Jersey corporation (access required)

Where the New Jersey corporation’s contacts with Virginia were not related to the alleged violations of the Lanham Act and did not constitute a “significant and continuous” business relationship in Virginia, personal jurisdiction was found lacking. Moreover, because the evidentiary ...

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Long-running patent dispute with Columbia remains in court (access required)

Although Symantec argued the remaining patent claims in a six-year dispute with the trustees of Columbia University were invalid because they constitute specific improvements in computer functionality, its bid for judgment was rejected because the remaining claims were viewed as ...

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Rolling paper makers prevail against counterfeiters (access required)

Where cigarette rolling paper manufacturers established the defendants were liable for trademark counterfeiting, trademark infringement, false designation of origin and common law unfair competition, the manufacturers were awarded statutory damages, an injunction and costs. The counterfeiters were also ordered to ...

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Case not “exceptional” under Lanham Act (access required)

Where the district court’s conclusions that one party was prevailing and that this case was “exceptional” under the Lanham Act were both rejected, an award of attorneys’ fees was reversed. Background Citi Trends Inc. filed a declaratory judgement action against ...

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Fees awarded against hotel trademark infringers (access required)

Where Royal Touch Hospitality and others were  found liable for continuing to use Choice Hotels’ trademarks after the franchise agreement was terminated, Choice was awarded damages and attorneys’ fees. Background Choice Hotels International Inc. alleges that A Royal Touch Hospitality ...

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Choice Hotel chain prevails in trademark suit (access required)

Where Choice Hotels demonstrated its former franchisee continued to use the hotel trademarks after the franchise arrangement ended, thus violating the Lanham Act, the hotel chain was awarded attorneys’ fees and a permanent injunction preventing defendants from using the marks. ...

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