On June 22, 2011, a new law will go into effect in Washington state that makes it an act of unfair competition for product manufacturers to use "stolen or misappropriated IT" in their business operations.
The Federal Circuit has recently rejected the so-called "25 percent rule" long used by litigants and accepted by federal courts to establish a "reasonable royalty" as compensation for patent infringement under Section 284 of the Patent Act.
The tide continues to turn against those dealing in counterfeit goods, as the Federal Court has once again awarded punitive damages in a case of infringement of intellectual property rights.
A federal court has granted Microsoft Corporation default judgment against two PC Village businesses and two individuals associated with the businesses in an action for copyright and trade-mark infringement.
A recent motion for default judgment shows a willingness on the part of the Federal Court to strike out against the worst infringers.
The European Commission has issued a decision easing the monitoring of Microsoft’s compliance with the Commission’s 2004 Decision that Microsoft abused its dominant position.