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Patent Trolls Pay Up

Patent trolls continue to be an issue. Patterson Thuente’s litigation team has defended one of the world’s largest computer security vendors, Kaspersky Lab, against multiple patent infringement claims brought by some of the most well-known patent trolls in the industry. In all instances, the trolls have gained nothing from our client and in some cases, have walked away on the eve of trial. Our latest victory for Kaspersky…

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Why a kit bag doesn’t qualify for trade dress protection

Some product features are ornamental and others are functional. One manufacturer recently learned that the hard way when the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals found that its bag’s design and shape were functional — and therefore not protected as trade dress.

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How much is enough? SCOTUS clarifies overseas patent infringement liability

Just how much patent infringement does it take to be liable for damages? The U.S. Supreme Court recently tackled this question in one context, ruling that supplying only one component of an infringing multicomponent invention made abroad doesn’t make the supplier liable for patent infringement. With that, the Court established a bright-line test for some circumstances, but created significant uncertainty for others.

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SCOTUS: Timing is everything in patent infringement cases

Three years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that “laches” — a plaintiff’s unreasonable delay in pursuing an infringement claim — couldn’t preempt a claim for damages sustained within the Copyright Act’s statute of limitations. Now the Court has extended its reasoning to patents, eliminating the laches defense for infringement allegedly committed within the Patent Act’s six-year statute of limitations.

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Access denied: Court shuts down copyright infringement claims

Vocabulary matters in the courts, as one company found out recently. According to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the term “volitional conduct” has nothing to do with voluntary actions when it comes to direct copyright infringement. The court explained the meaning in a case where it also denied a copyright holder’s secondary liability claims for infringement.

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Four Patterson Thuente IP Attorneys on 2018 Best Lawyers in America List

Patterson Thuente IP is pleased to announce that four lawyers have been named to the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Congratulations to the following attorneys:   Eric H. Chadwick, Litigation – Patent James H. Patterson, Copyright Law, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Patent Law Brad D. Pedersen, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Patent, Patent Law Bradley Thorson, Patent Law

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Patterson Thuente Listed on 2017 IAM Patent 1000

We are proud to be listed among the top patent firms in the world in this year’s IAM Patent 1000. Patterson Thuente appears in the prestigious publication, published by Globe Business Media Group of London, as one of the world’s leading patent service providers. IAM is acknowledged within the industry as the leading IP business media platform; as such, we are honored to have our own Amy Salmela, Jim Patterson, Eric Chadwick, and Brad Pederson featured as distinguished professionals. IAM characterizes Patterson Thuente as a firm that “excel[s] at developing and executing strategic solutions to the complex IP matters that are crucial to success in today’s highly competitive global marketplace,” and highlights our “interdisciplinary expertise, deep technical and scientific knowledge and clear understanding of how intellectual property affects [our] clients’ bottom line.” Further information, quoted from IAM’s official press release, underscores the significance of this honor. The IAM Patent 1000 has become the definitive directory
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Amy Salmela Profiled in Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

Patterson Thuente’s Amy Salmela is the focus of a July article in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. A link to the article is included below (full text available to subscribers), which spotlights Salmela’s rise through the firm, and her current objectives to increase diversity. Read the Article
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IP in an Ever-Evolving World

Jay Erstling recently spoke on the evolving world of IP law at Dennemeyer’s Forum on The Future of IP Law & Technology in eight US cities. Here, he share some of his thoughts on the subject, as well as what was learned during the forum Q&A discussions.

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Patterson Thuente IP Attorneys Listed by Super Lawyers

Jim Patterson and Brad Pedersen were named to the 2017 Minnesota Super Lawyers® listing for intellectual property.

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