intellectual property News

Supreme Court Allows Larger Damages in Intentional Patent Infringement

The U.S. Supreme Court eased the way for larger damage awards when a company intentionally copies a patented invention. Voting unanimously, the justices said a key federal appeals court had placed overly rigid limits on the ability of trial judges …

China Counterfeiters Helped by Western Firms’ Weak Response

Alex Theil lost his innocence the day an envelope landed on his desk. It was filled with money from a counterfeiter of Toyota auto parts he’d busted, mistakenly delivered to him by a lawyer hired to help with the raid. …

Greater Cooperation Among Public, Private Entities Urged to Fight Cybercrime

Attorney General Loretta Lynch urged greater cooperation between the government and private industry to combat computer hackers, a key component of a new cyberattack playbook released by the Justice Department. Speaking to a gathering of government and industry leaders in …

Domains Selling Counterfeit Merchandise Shut Down by Global Teamwork

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) teamed with industry and 24 law enforcement agencies across 18 countries to shutdown 29,684 domain names that were illegally selling counterfeit merchandise online to unsuspecting consumers as part of Project …

Changes in Law Help Bring Down ‘Patent Trolls’

For two decades, companies that buy software patents to sue technology giants have been the scourge of Silicon Valley. Reviled as patent trolls, they have attacked everything from Google’s online ads to Apple’s iPhone features, sometimes winning hundreds of millions …

Facebook, Ferrari Sued for Seizing Fan Pages

A Swiss father and his son who gained millions of Facebook Inc. followers through their Ferrari SpA fan pages sued the social media company and the carmaker claiming they teamed up to illegally seize control of the websites. The lawsuit …

Cybercrime Thefts Reach $445 Billion

Cybercrime remains a growth industry. That’s the main message from former U.S. intelligence officials, who in a report outlined scenarios for how $445 billion a year in trade theft due to computer hackers will worsen. They warned that financial companies, …

Adjuster Claims He’s Up for Lengthy Battle with Nationwide Over ‘On Your Side’ Slogan

A Tennessee adjuster sued by Nationwide Insurance for alleged trademark infringement because he used the company’s slogan, On Your Side, in his firm’s name and marketing, is fighting back in court and on the web. Jeremy Snyder, owner of On …

Samsung, Apple Both Infringed on Smartphone Patents

A jury determined Friday that Samsung infringed Apple smartphone patents and awarded $120 million in damages. The panel delivered its verdict in federal court San Jose in the latest lawsuit involving the two tech giants. It also ruled that Apple …

Mississippi Law Protects University Intellectual Property

Mississippi lawmakers have extended trade-secret protections to universities and community colleges by exempting materials tied to any commercial, scientific or technical research from the state’s Open Records Act before the research is published. Gov. Phil Bryant signed House Bill 116 …