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Skyworks’ Infringement Claims Grounded

In an order dated February 4, 2015, the Honorable George A. O’Toole, Jr. effectively ended Woburn-based Skyworks Solutions, Inc.’s effort to enforce patent rights against manufacturers of LED driver products used in cellphones. Skyworks’ amended complaint, filed in October 2013, accused California-based Kinetic Technologies, Inc. and Hong Kong-based Kinetic Technologies HK Limited (“Kinetic HK”) of … Continue Reading

Serial Adversaries Are No Big Deal

Massachusetts District Court Judge Indira Talwani reminded litigants that for lawyers to be conflicted out of a case, they must be on the other side of the “v” from a former client, not a former adversary, since the issue is ultimately whether counsel will be constrained from vigorous representation of their new client.  The order concerned a case … Continue Reading

A Trademark Licensor Is Not Its Licensee’s Keeper

It appears Oban’s case against Nautilus now has no pulse.  In a recent opinion in Oban US, LLC v. Nautilus, Inc. and Sports Beat, Inc., Judge Arterton granted Nautilus’ motion to dismiss Oban’s claims against Nautilus for contributory trademark infringement, vicarious copyright infringement, trade dress infringement, and unfair competition under the Lanham Act and “unspecified” state … Continue Reading

Judicial Efficiency: Judges Young and Stearns Agree to Single Claim Construction Hearing

Presiding over separate but related patent infringement suits against tech-industry giants can be neither straightforward nor efficient. The limits of judicial efficiency are further exacerbated when lawsuits involving the same patents are assigned to two or more judges, as each judge must separately construe the terms of the patents. Addressing this problem, Judges Young and … Continue Reading
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