201705.25
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Daily Journal asks Ben Davidson to explain Supreme Court decision in TC Heartland dramatically limiting venue for filing patent infringement suits. (Originally Appeared In Daily Journal May 23, 2017).

Ruling Will Dramatically Change How Patent Cases Are Litigated On Monday, in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Food Group Brands LLC, 2017 DJDAR, the U.S. Supreme Court greatly limited the ability of patent owners to sue defendants in far-away venues, including in districts that have long been viewed as favorable to patent owners. The court…

201704.03
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Daily Journal article by Ben Davidson explains impact of Supreme Court decision eliminating laches in patent infringement cases

(Originally appeared in Los Angeles Daily Journal March 27, 2017)  Last week, in SCA Hygiene Products Aktiebolag SCA Personal Care, Inc. v. First Quality Baby Products, LLC, 2017 DJDAR 2683 (March 21, 2017), the U.S. Supreme Court held that the equitable defense of laches is not available as a defense to a damage claim in…

201605.04
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Davidson Law Group wins at trial for Melli Yellow Pages

On May 4, 2016, Davidson Law Group prevailed at trial on all claims asserted against Melli Yellow Pages by Ketab Corp., which had asserted claims of trademark infringement, unfair competition, and counterfeiting.  Melli Yellow Pages succeeded in showing that Ketab’s alleged trademarks were generic and not protectable, and that there was no likelihood of confusion….

201603.19
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Crakmedia Wins Appeal in Patent Fight Against Essociate

US Federal Circuit unanimously affirmed U.S. District Judge James V. Selna’s ruling confirming the unpatentability and invalidity of Essociate’s patent. Last February, Crakmedia won the first round of a hard-fought patent battle filed by Essociate, Inc. Essociate claimed Crakmedia was infringing on their patent, U.S. Patent No. 6,804,660. Their patent described a method and system for…

201603.11
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Federal Circuit Affirms Axing of Web Referral Patent Under Alice

Federal Circuit Affirms Axing of Web Referral Patent Under Alice.  (Law360 March 11, 2016).  On March 11, 2016, the Federal Circuit affirmed judgment of invalidity in favor of Davidson Law Group client Crakmedia, finding that Plaintiff Essociate Inc. had used its e-commerce patent to claim an abstract idea that was ineligible for patenting under the…

201512.30
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Offensive Trademarks Can Be Protected

(Originally appeared in Los Angeles Daily Journal Dec. 30, 2015) Can the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office refuse to register trademarks that are racist, offensive, and disparaging to minorities, religious groups, and others? For over a hundred years, the well-established answer to that question has been “yes.” Under Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act and…

201512.23
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Justices Will Revisit Willfulness in Patent Cases

(Originally published in Los Angeles Daily Journal 10/23/2015) On Monday Oct. 19, 2015, the Supreme Court decided to review the standard for determining willfulness and enhancing damages in patent cases. The Court granted certiorari in a pair of cases in which enhanced damages were rejected by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit,…