U.S. patent laws allow for the disgorgement of the "total profits" earned by a design patent infringer deemed to have applied the "patented design"
A US District Court Judge has overturned the highest ever award for copyright infringement in US history.
While no-one would dispute that online movie piracy and sales of counterfeit goods are a global problem in dire need of a solution, none of the proposed solutions to date have found real traction and have in many cases been as controversial and criticized as the ills they purport to solve.
The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced the formation of a new Task Force on Intellectual Property, in part to confront the growing number of domestic and international crimes involving theft of intellectual property ("IP").
In the next few months, there will be new legislation (or, failing that, continued antitrust agency enforcement efforts) to restrict the use of litigation settlement agreements to resolve disputes between pharmaceutical industry IP rights holders and generic drug companies.
The Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act of 2008 (PRO-IP Act) became law on October 13, 2008.
Congress is considering several bills purporting to strengthen the rights and remedies available to copyright and trademark holders, and make it easier to prosecute repeat offenders by creating a new federal agency to oversee intellectual property enforcement.
After tackling patent reform, the House of Representatives seeks to strengthen enforcement against piracy, trademark infringement and copyright infringement.
The US Department of Justice has announced that it intends to step up criminal prosecutions for infringement of copyright and other intellectual property, and has sought stronger powers to assist it.