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WWE Hall of Famer Sues ‘Call of Duty’ Publishers, Alleges Copyright Infringement

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Booker T. Huffman has filed a copyright infringement suit against the publishers of the video game franchise “Call of Duty,” claiming its character “Prophet” is too similar to the “G.I. Bro” comic book action hero character he created.

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Navigating Open Source Risk with Tools for Usage Evaluation and License Compliance

Webinar, Feb. 28, 2019
Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery LLP will present a free webinar, “Navigating Open Source Risk with Tools for Usage Evaluation and License Compliance,” featuring Philip Odence of Black Duck On-Demand and Fitch Even partners Amanda Lowerre O’Donnell, Joseph F. Marinelli, and Steven G. Parmelee.

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Google Fails to Get IP Suit Transferred Out of Plaintiff-Friendly East Texas

Google Fails to Get IP Suit Transferred Out of Plaintiff-Friendly East Texas

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Google said the case should be transferred because the presence of its servers in the district doesn’t amount to a regular and established place of business under the patent venue statute.

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Trade Secrets Take Center Stage, and Contracts Play a Lead Role

Trade Secrets Take Center Stage, and Contracts Play a Lead Role

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Breach-of-contract claims frequently have appeared alongside trade secret claims in lawsuits over the years and often materially impacted the results, according to Skadden Arps.

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Knowledge Qualifiers in IP Representations and Warranties

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Counsel must carefully craft the definition of knowledge and decide which types of intellectual property such knowledge qualifier should apply, advises Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.

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Working Smarter with Patent Counsel: Tips for Inventors and In-House Lawyers

Working Smarter with Patent Counsel: Tips for Inventors and In-House Lawyers

Webinar, Jan. 23, 2019
Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery LLP will present a free webinar, “Working Smarter with Patent Counsel: Tips for Inventors and In-House Lawyers,” featuring Fitch Even attorney Jennifer V. Suarez.

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When a Promise Isn’t Enough – Crafting Proper Employee Patent Assignments

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Unless employee patent assignments are drafted with care, manufacturers will find themselves in the unenviable position of not owning patent rights to their employees’ work, warns Foley & Lardner.

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Fifth Circuit Reminds Buyers to Beware of Buying ‘Deemed Rejected’ Contracts

Fifth Circuit Reminds Buyers to Beware of Buying ‘Deemed Rejected’ Contracts

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Squire Patton Boggs warns that a recent decision by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in In re Provider Meds, L.L.C. is a stark reminder to chapter 7 trustees that they have an affirmative obligation to examine a debtor’s assets.

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Chinese Company Charged With Stealing Trade Secrets From U.S. Computer Firm

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Federal prosecutors said one of the defendants served as president of a company acquired by Micron five years ago.

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FRAND Licensing: Recent International Developments – Webinar

Webinar, Nov. 15, 2018, 11 a.m. CT
Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery LLP will present a free webinar, “FRAND Licensing: Recent International Developments,” featuring Fitch Even senior licensing specialist and patent analyst Curtis S. Dodd.

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In a Texas Courtroom, Tech Firm Huawei Stands Accused of ‘Corporate Espionage’ to Aid China

In a Texas Courtroom, Tech Firm Huawei Stands Accused of ‘Corporate Espionage’ to Aid China

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A former employee of Huawei Technologies Co. accuses the company of using a lawsuit against his Silicon Valley startup as part of a strategy to steal intellectual property and help China achieve technological dominance over the U.S. according to a report in The Dallas Morning News.

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Legal Fight Erupts Over Lawyer’s Advertising Slogan

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The ABA Journal reports that a Florida attorney is suing San Antonio lawyer Heather Clement Tessmer for using “Ever Argue With A Woman?” on billboards, the internet and business cards to pitch her legal services.

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Copyright or Copycat? Rock Classic ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Case Sent Back to Trial Court

Copyright or Copycat? Rock Classic ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Case Sent Back to Trial Court

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A dispute over the songwriting credit for the iconic “Stairway to Heaven” took a surprising twist when a California appellate court reversed a 2016 copyright victory for Led Zeppelin and ordered a new trial.

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IP Warranties v. IP Indemnification

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Morgan Lewis discusses a frequent point of contention between parties negotiating the allocation of risk related to intellectual property rights in connection with the acquisition of intellectual property.

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Top 10 Mistakes When Drafting Non-Competes in the Oil Patch

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Bruce “Chip” Morris of Kane Russell Coleman Logan has posted a new podcast in the firm’s Energy Law Today blog about the top 10 mistakes employers can make—in the oilfield, and beyond—when drafting non-compete agreements.

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Invention Assignment Agreements – How to Avoid Pitfalls

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Agreements should also be drafted to encompass the widest range of intellectual property possible, advises Jeffrey A. Simmons of Foley & Lardner.

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Does Your Employee Agreement Address These Three Often-Overlooked IP Provisions?

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Intellectual property can be one of the most valuable assets of a company and should not be glossed over, warns John E. Munro of Harness, Dickey & Pierce.

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Contractual Allocation of Intellectual Property Ownership

Contractual Allocation of Intellectual Property Ownership

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Before entering into a business deal where intellectual property rights are implicated, it is usually better for the parties to spell out ownership rather than leave intellectual property ownership to be allocated by default laws, advises Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.

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U.S. Intellectual Property Ownership – Default Laws

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In order for a tech company to determine how to protect its intellectual property, the company should understand how the key intellectual property rights work, according to Morgan Lewis.

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Advanced Obviousness Analysis: Understanding the Reasonable Expectation of Success Doctrine

Webinar, May 31, 2018, 11 a.m. CT
Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery LLP will present a free webinar, “Advanced Obviousness Analysis: Understanding the Reasonable Expectation of Success Doctrine,” featuring Fitch Even attorneys David A. Gosse and Margaret A. Wojkowski.

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