Tag Archives: Intellectual Property

Important Opinions January – June 2018 (access required)


The “Important Opinions” that appear each week on the front page of Virginia Lawyers Weekly are those chosen by our editors as the most likely to impact law practice or a given subject area of law. Below is a listing, ...

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4th Cir.: Federal statute’s immunity waiver not valid (access required)

The federal Copyright Remedy Clarification Act’s broad abrogation of states’ sovereign immunity for copyright infringement was not a valid exercise of Congressional authority, either under Article I’s Copyright Clause or § 5 of the Fourteenth Amendment. Background In 1717, the ...

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EDVA: No servicemark in anti-cybersquatting case (access required)

A foreign company could not establish common-law trademark rights in the United States for the domain “klumba.com” because no American citizens used the company’s service. Hosting Google AdSense on the company’s Ukrainian site also didn’t put its mark in U.S. ...

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EDVA: Dog-gene mutation was “natural,” not patentable (access required)

A Swiss researcher who discovered the genetic mutation that causes Nasal Parakeratosis in Labrador Retrievers could not enforce a patent on it, because the discovery was a naturally-occurring phenomenon. Background This action concerns U.S. Patent No. 9,157,114 for an in ...

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4th Cir.: Genuine fact disputes revive grill branding litigation (access required)

Regarding its use of the mark “Backyard Grill,” genuine issues of material fact should have prevented the trial court’s conclusion as a matter of law that Walmart was liable for infringement damages of approximately $32.5 million, plus attorneys’ fees and ...

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4th Cir.: Contempt, sanctions for infringement affirmed (access required)

The district court did not err in holding a childcare center in contempt for violating the terms of an injunction related to use of the word “rainbow.” The center was liable for liquidated damages and attorneys’ fees, plus the cost ...

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EDVA: Patent claims trimmed, damages theory rejected (access required)

In advance of an upcoming jury trial, a plaintiff could not prevail on claims related to one of its asserted patents, and the court refused to present its proffered theory of damages to the jury. Background In this patent-infringement case, ...

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EDVA: Hair-clip patent claims lack sufficient details (access required)

The patent-holder and licensee for a patented hair clip were granted leave to amend their patent-infringement claims against a former licensee who continues to sell products that the patent covers. Background Plaintiff Chan Soo Kim is listed as the inventor ...

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WDVA: Limited jurisdictional discovery needed in patent suit (access required)

Outstanding stream-of-commerce issues prevented the court from immediately ruling on the defendant’s claim that the court lacked personal jurisdiction. Background Plaintiff MYA Saray LLC manufactures and distributes tobacco products, including hookahs and accessories. The company also owns a number of ...

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