A Nevada federal judge on Tuesday ordered Rimini Street Inc. to pay Oracle Corp. $28.5 million in attorneys’ fees after years of litigation in their copyright infringement case, saying the award was still justified even though the Ninth Circuit reversed Oracle’s state-law claims.
The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has rejected Hologic Inc.’s challenges to a biotech company’s patent on a method for detecting HIV, finding that Hologic’s arguments were similar to ones considered when the patent was examined.
Patent owners will have a better opportunity to make their arguments in America Invents Act reviews under new changes to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s Trial Practice Guide, a move attorneys say seems to be a response to criticism that the reviews are slanted against patentees.
Popular music festival Coachella asked a California federal court Tuesday to hand it a partial win in its trademark infringement suit against the organizer of a new movie festival called Filmchella, saying it owns valid protectable trademarks that its rival intentionally copied for a “confusingly similar” use without authorization.
The Federal Circuit on Tuesday invalidated parts of two computer memory patents that Netlist Inc. has accused SanDisk LLC of infringing, upholding a decision from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
Spirits maker Sazerac Co. Inc. urged the Ninth Circuit to revive its suit alleging that a winemaker infringed its Buffalo Trace bourbon trademark, saying it lost a bench trial because the district court didn’t even try to determine whether Fetzer Vineyards Inc.’s own buffalo logo-bearing product was likely to confuse customers.
The full Federal Circuit said Tuesday it won’t reconsider a panel’s decision to uphold a patent for Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s schizophrenia drug Fanapt, which had spurred a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office memo backing up the court on the patent eligibility of treatment methods.
Citing a ruling last month striking down the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s controversial policy on attorneys’ fees, the Federal Circuit on Tuesday started tossing out such awards against other patent applicants.
The Federal Circuit on Tuesday ruled that Facebook Inc.’s patent application for a method of arranging images was not obvious by prior art because a previously published algorithm did not sufficiently teach the rejected patent claims, reversing a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision.
The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has handed a Norwegian fishing company a win in its efforts to invalidate two krill oil patents owned by Aker BioMarine Manufacturing AS, finding all the challenged claims to be obvious in light of a combination of prior art.