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Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP | USA | 6 Jun 2011

Supreme Court rules that knowledge of patent is required for liability for inducing patent infringement, but willful blindness is enough

Under section 271(b) of the Patent Act, a defendant in a patent infringement lawsuit may be held liable for inducing the infringement of a patent, i.e., causing another person to directly infringe a patent.


Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP | USA | 13 Jan 2010

It's not over for MGA's Bratz doll line yet

The Ninth Circuit recently stayed an injunction entered against MGA Entertainment, Inc., that would have otherwise required MGA to ensure that none of its popular Bratz dolls, the subject of a copyright dispute with toy giant, Mattel, Inc., are available on store shelves as of January 21, 2010.


Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP | USA | 26 Feb 2009

UMG records v. Veoh Networks: Central District decides certain activities fall within a DMCA safe harbor

In a recent case, UMG Recordings, Inc. v. Veoh Networks, Inc., 89 U.S.P.Q.2d 1449 (C.D. Cal. 2008), the Central District decided a question of first impressionwhether certain activities of a website operator fit within the section 512(c) safe harbor of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") (found at 17 U.S.C. 512).

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