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Post-trial dispute in doorskin case resolved (access required)

Following the jury trial in a dispute between a doorskin manufacturer and purchaser, there continued to be disputes between the parties over the terms of their supply agreement, requiring the court to issue declaratory relief. Background This matter is before ...

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Real estate-related patent ineligible for patent protection (access required)

A patent that provides a prospective buyer or renter automated entry to properties through a lockbox or door lock in conjunction with other devices was simply automation of a human, manual process that was patent-ineligible as an abstract idea. Background ...

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Important Opinions January – December 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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Change of venue for copyright suit against ISPs denied (access required)

In weighing the factors supporting transfer of venue to the Northern District of Georgia, the court denied a request by internet service providers finding copyright infringement occurred in the Eastern District of Virginia, the ISPs had not demonstrated how witnesses ...

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Stolen domain names ordered returned to plaintiff (access required)

The defendant, who defaulted, unlawfully hacked and gained unauthorized access to plaintiff’s GoDaddy.com account in order to transfer the domain names to himself and profit from the marks. The court adopted the magistrate judge’s report entering judgment for the plaintiff ...

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Government entitled to expenses in patent case (access required)

A biotechnology company that challenged a final decision of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board is responsible for covering the government’s non-personnel charges. Background Halozyme brought this action pursuant to 35 U.S.C. § 145, challenging a final decision issued by ...

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“We buy houses” trademark invalidated (access required)

Although “We buy houses” is a registered trademark, it is now widely used to describe services provided rather than a source of services, which makes it generic, not distinctive. Background Plaintiff Express Homebuyers has been in the house-buying industry since ...

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Plaintiff must pay defendants’ fees and costs (access required)

A plaintiff was liable for the defendants’ fees and costs because the plaintiff’s claims lacked merit and its conduct was unreasonable. Background On Dec. 20, 2016, Valador filed a second amended complaint against defendants HTC Corporation, HTC America, Inc. and ...

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