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Permanent Injunctions for Non-Practicing Entities in Patent Cases

Many patent practitioners assume that non-practicing entities cannot obtain permanent injunctions in patent cases.  This is attributed to the belief that NPEs fail the four-factor test set out by the Supreme Court in eBay.  Given that belief, it is surprising for some to learn that a recent decision from the Northern District of California resurrected … Continue reading this entry

When Can a Company Be Liable for Its Vendor’s Copyright or Patent Infringement?: Hollywood Studios’ IP Headache

The case of Rearden LLC et al. v. The Walt Disney Company et al., Nos. 3:17-cv-04006, 04191 & 04192 (N.D. Cal.), has been covered more in the Hollywood Reporter than in legal publications, but it is both a “Hollywood story” and a case with intellectual property issues that cover the spectrum of patent, copyright and … Continue reading this entry

The Evolving Standard for Pleading Direct Patent Infringement

It has been a little more than half a year since the amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure abrogated Rule 84 and put an end to the Form 18 bare-bones style patent complaint.  The question on the minds of many patent litigators has been: What standard would emerge for pleading direct patent infringement … Continue reading this entry

The Importance of Contracts for Joint Infringement in Patent Cases

It has been about a year since the Supreme Court rendered its decision in Limelight v. Akamai regarding induced infringement for methods performed by two or more actors. At that time, commentators predicted that attention would shift to contract analysis for determining direct, rather than induced, infringement in these multi-actor method situations, known as joint or divided infringement.  … Continue reading this entry

District Judge Payne Holds That Form 18's "Talismanic" Pleading Is Superseded By Iqbal/Twombly

In a March 10, 2014 opinion in Macronix Int’l Co. v. Spansion Inc., District Judge Robert E. Payne held that the sufficiency of patent infringement pleadings should be governed by the Supreme Court’s rulings in Iqbal and Twombly rather than the widely-used standard of Fed. R. Civ. P. Appx. Form 18 (“Form 18”), which Judge … Continue reading this entry