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Chicago IP Litigation Blog

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Aesthetic Appeal of a Patent’s Claimed Design Is Inadequate to Render It Functional

USA - August 12 2019 In a relatively rare opinion regarding design patents, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit weighed in recently on the requirements for…

Court Denies Leave to Add Substantively Identical Patent Claims to Suit

USA - June 19 2019 Judge Leinenweber granted in part plaintiff Fellowes’ motion to amend its complaint adding a new patent and addressing the results of Patent Office…

Restriction of Trademark Class of Goods Requires Proof that the Restriction Avoids Confusion

USA - June 17 2019 Easton v. Primal Wear, Inc., No. 17 C 6081, Slip Op. (N.D. Ill. Mar. 29, 2019) (Tharp, J.). Judge Tharp denied the plaintiffs’ (collectively “Primal…

Copyright First Sale Doctrine & Patent Exhaustion Prevent Equitable Estoppel Defenses

USA - June 14 2019 Quan v. Ty, Inc., No. 17 C 5683, Slip Op. (N.D. Ill. Mar. 20, 2019) (Kennelly, J.). Judge Kennelly denied defendant Ty’s Fed. R. Civ. P. 56 motion for…

Court Strikes Allegations Regarding Previously Dismissed Lanham Act Claims

USA - June 12 2019 VitalGo, Inc. v. Kreg Therapeutics, Inc., No. 16 C 5577, Slip Op. (N.D. Ill. Mar. 27, 2019) (Dow, J.). Judge Dow granted in part defendant Kerg’s Fed…

Copyright Claims Not Preempted by Related Breach of Contract Claims

USA - June 10 2019 Fair Isaac Corp. v. Trans Union, LLC, No. 17 C 8318, Slip Op. (N.D. Ill. Mar. 27, 2019) (Coleman, J.). Judge Coleman granted in part defendant Trans…

Antitrust Claims Regarding Credit Scores Survive Motion to Dismiss

USA - June 7 2019 Fair Isaac Corp. v. Trans Union, LLC, No. 17 C 8318, Slip Op. (N.D. Ill. Mar. 27, 2019) (Coleman, J.). Judge Coleman granted in part plaintiff FICO’s…

Patent’s Description of Technological Solutions to Prior Art Problems Overcomes Early §101 Invalidity

USA - June 5 2019 Upaid Sys., Ltd. v. Card Concepts, Inc., No. 17 C 8150, Slip Op. (N.D. Ill. Mar. 25, 2019) (Feinerman, J.). Judge Feinerman denied defendant Card…

Declaratory Judgement Claims in BitTorrent Porn Case Allowed to Balance the Playing Field

USA - June 3 2019 Judge Leinenweber granted in part plaintiff Malibu Media’s Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss individual defendants’ declaratory judgment…

Patentholder Must Specifically Identify Conception & Reduction to Practice Dates

USA - May 31 2019 Magistrate Judge Rowland granted in part defendants’ (collectively “Sysmex”) motion to compel more definite responses regarding plaintiff Beckman…