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Seventh Circuit reverses trademark damages award in default judgment because wrong standard applied

The Seventh Circuit recently reversed the amount of damages in a district court's entry of default judgment in a trademark infringement dispute. At issue was whether the Plaintiff was entitled to additional relief on the grounds that the district court applied the wrong standard to its claim for an accounting of profits. The district court […]

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First Circuit: Don’t expect to win on appeal if you admit 7 of 8 likelihood of confusion factors

In a decision Friday, the First Circuit affirmed a district court's summary judgment of trademark infringement and an associated award of the defendant's profits and attorney fees to the plaintiff. The defendant used the plaintiff's registered marks in both the metatags of its website as well as in white text on a white background in […]

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Efforts to terminate infringement after notice of patent doesn’t avoid damages

In a decision Tuesday, the Federal Circuit vacated a district court's grant of summary judgment of non-infringement of a patent on the basis of claim construction. Specifically, the district court had improperly imported limitations from nonasserted claims into the asserted claims, resulting in an unduly narrow claim construction. The court also vacated the district court's […]

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Ninth Circuit: No statutory damages for continuing infringement that began before registration

In a decision last week, the Ninth Circuit reversed a district court's award of statutory damages for copyright infringement and affirmed the district court's default judgment award of attorney's fees for trademark infringement. The plaintiff's copyright registration had an effective date of approximately one month after the first act of infringement, and nearly two years […]

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No lost profits when patent owned by parent but practiced by subsidiary

In a decision this week, the Federal Circuit affirmed a district court's grant of summary judgment in the damages phase of a patent infringement case denying recovery for lost profits. The patentee's wholly-owned subsidiary actually practiced the claimed invention, but the subsidiary paid a standard license royalty to the patentee for use of the invention, […]

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Fifth Circuit affirms injunction against trademark infringement in Saudi Arabia

In a recent decision, the Fifth Circuit affirmed a district court's finding of infringement and disgorgement of profits, but increased the amount of profits awarded because the defendant failed to provide evidence of its costs to reduce the award. Interestingly, the infringement took place entirely outside the United States, namely in Saudi Arabia. Even though […]

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Eleventh Circuit: One-satisfaction rule applies to copyright infringement awards

In a decision this week, the Eleventh Circuit reversed the decision of a district court, holding the "one-satisfaction rule" does apply to infringement claims under the Copyright Act.This appeal arose out of a jury award to copyright plaintiff of almost $1.6 million against two defendants who infringed the plaintiff's rights in its used boat price […]

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Post-verdict infringement royalty must take into account changed bargaining position of parties

In a decision Tuesday, the Federal Circuit addressed the issuance, stay, and subsequent dissolution of a permanent injunction. Further, the court addressed how damages should be allocated from infringement during a stay. The district court took the jury's reasonable royalty for pre-verdict infringement and trebled it to determine the applicable post-verdict royalty. The Federal Circuit […]

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Seventh Circuit: Sanction of no damages for improper witness contact too severe compared to harm

In a decision Friday, the Seventh Circuit affirmed a jury verdict of trademark infringement, but reversed the district court's ruling holding the plaintiff had forfeited damages because of improper conduct towards a prospective witness. The court dealt with whether the burden of proof for the sanction was by clear and convincing evidence or as the […]

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Federal Circuit once again affirms that saving patented seeds for replanting is infringement

In a decision yesterday, the Federal Circuit once again affirmed a finding of infringement against a farmer who saved seeds covered by a patent to replant the following year. The plaintiff in this case, Monsanto, has brought similar cases in the past, and they have resulted in similar outcomes.Here, the asserted claims covered the genetic […]

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