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Coleman's Armband Flotation Patent Suit Decided by Federal Circuit

The Federal Circuit dealt recently with one of its more nuanced patent infringement stipulations. In Sports Dimension, Inc. v. Coleman Company, Inc., the circuit court determined that the slight tapering angle and inclusion of flotation armbands were "functional" and not primarily ornamental in nature.

A declaratory judgment of non-infringement in favor of rival petitioner was vacated. It verifies something that patent lawyers already understand: nothing is entirely functional or ornamental on a finished consumer product.

SimpleAir Suit: Google Doesn't Have to Pay $85 Million After All

Google has walked away victorious in a suit brought against it first in 2011 by SimpleAir in which allegations that Google violated patent law with its cloud computing services. Judge Wallach concluded that "no reasonable jury could have found patent infringement" under proper claim construction.

It's shaping up to be a good couple of days for the giant Internet company as it also posted a victory in its legal dispute with GeoTag.

Fossil Magnetic Fastener Suit Clarifies 1999 Lanham Amendment

Most of you are probably not aware that the magnetic fasteners that you have on your bags are all part of a controversial intellectual property case that was just decided. Romag, the patent holder of those magnetic button fasteners successfully brought a suit against Fossil and other companies for selling counterfeits of its fasteners in Fossil bags. But "real" and "fake" can assume different meanings when dealing with certain foreign countries. The company one, but just not as much as it hoped.

The case reaffirms the rules that laches is still a viable defense in IP suits, and that damages awards can be reduced for wanting of willful disregard for trademark rights.

Vacuum Toilet Patent Dispute Decided by Federal Circuit

A recent federal case brought both victory and defeat to two companies battling over patent disagreement related to vacuum toilets in commercial airplanes. The court addressed a number of pressing issues including the doctrine of assignor estoppel and whether or not a coin could reasonably be considered a "tool."

DE Has Specific Jurisdiction Over Pharma Co. Mylan, Federal Circ. Rules

The Federal Circuit gave a nod to the famous personal jurisdiction case International Shoe by making the determination that the West Virginia pharma company Mylan purposefully availed itself of Delaware law through its actions in seeking FDA approval to market generics.

The circuit's decision comes on the heels of two major plaintiffs' suits against Mylan: Acorda and AstroZeneca.

Foreign Furniture Firm Floundering in Forum Fracas

Have you ever seen one of those armchairs built to look as if it were modeled after a B-52 bomber? Well, the maker of these retro-cool furniture pieces is bringing a lawsuit against a Canadian company for infringing on its IP, but there seems to be a little trouble with the proper venue ...

The Federal Circuit Now Recognizes a Limited Patent-Agent Privilege

A split Federal Circuit just recognized a limited privilege enjoyed by patent agents citing a number of factors including "reason and experience" of the current litigation realities.

Although patent agents already enjoy a higher level of intimacy with clients, this will be the first time intellectual property courts have come out and said that anyone besides a patent attorney may refuse to reveal confidential information about client patents.

Nintendo Beats Back Another Patent Troll Over Wii Remote

Patent troll lawsuits seem to be hitting everyone these days. Fortunately, Nintendo secured a win against patent troll company UltimatePointer. The suit against Nintendo seemed to come back from the dead after already being denied at least once in 2014.

Fortunes have reversed again in the long, long, long-running patent litigation between Apple and Samsung. The Federal Circuit, in its third appellate ruling in the dispute, held that two Apple touch-screen patents were invalid because of obviousness, including the iPhone's famous slide-to-unlock and autocorrect features.

The Federal Circuit ruling overturns a jury verdict awarding Apple $120 million.

Stealth Tech Case Revived After More Than Two Decades

The technology behind one of the most iconic shapes in American Airforce -- the Skunkwork's beaute B2 Bomber -- is back in court again after twenty-something years of legal wrangling. The question: who really developed stealth technology?

The factual issues of the case seem almost to pale against the legal issues of national security and the state secrets privilege, doctrines that have increasingly come under intense public scrutiny in recent years amidst allegations of abuse.