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James B. Gehrke
Wisconsin Advanced Technology Advocates, Inc.
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‘Region-selective’ pluripotent cells raise possibility of growing human organs in animals. Sara Reardon 06 May 2015 A newly discovered type of stem cell could help provide a model for early human development — and, eventually, allow human organs to be... Continue reading
Plaintiff Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (Cypress) brought this action alleging that defendant Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (Maxim), had misappropriated a trade secret, or was in the process of doing so, by seeking to hire away specialists in touchscreen technology, a field... Continue reading
This case is before us on remand from the United States Supreme Court. Biosig Instruments, Inc. (“Biosig”) is the assignee of U.S. Patent No. 5,337,753 (“the ’753 patent”), directed to a heart rate monitor associated with an exercise apparatus and/or... Continue reading
This case comes before us on appeal of numerous rulings unfavorable to Info-Hold, Inc. (“Info-Hold”), owner of U.S. Patent No. 5,991,374 (the “’374 patent”), the sole patent in the dispute. Info-Hold asserted the ’374 patent against Muzak LLC (“Muzak”) and... Continue reading
This case comes before us on appeal of a final judgment that Applied Media Technologies Corporation (“AMTC”) does not infringe U.S. Patent No. 5,991,374 (“ ’374 patent”). Info-Hold, owner of the ’374 patent, asserted the patent against AMTC and Muzak... Continue reading
Mannington Mills, Inc. appeals the grant of summary judgment in favor of Home Legend, LLC, that Mannington’s registered copyright in its “Glazed Maple” design is invalid. Download Home Legend, LLC v. Mannington Mills, Inc. Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2015 at Creative Protection
Steve "Wild Thing" Ray brought suit against ESPN, Inc.; ESPN Classic, Inc.; and ESPN Classic Europe, Inc. (collectively, "ESPN"), asserting state-law tort claims related to ESPN's re-telecast of his wrestling performances. The district court1 held that the Copyright Act preempts... Continue reading
TriVita filed trademark application Serial No. 77/658,158 to register the mark NOPALEA on the Principal Register for dietary and nutritional supplements “containing, in whole or in substantial part, nopal juice.” The examiner rejected the application under section 2(e)(1) of the... Continue reading
This appeal arises from a dispute between two clergymen. Each believes himself to be the proper leader of The Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of South Carolina. Bishop Charles G. vonRosenberg brought this action against Bishop Mark J. Lawrence,... Continue reading
Mr. Tam is the “front man” for Asian-American dance rock band The Slants. In 2010, Mr. Tam filed Application No. 77/952,263 (’263 application) seeking to register the mark THE SLANTS for “Entertainment, namely, live performances by a musical band.” Mr.... Continue reading
The Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. §§ 1051-1141n, provides that a dissatisfied trademark applicant may seek review of an adverse ruling on his trademark application either by appealing the ruling to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, id. §... Continue reading
The Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. §§ 1051-1141n, provides that a dissatisfied trademark applicant may seek review of an adverse ruling on his trademark application either by appealing the ruling to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, id. §... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2015 at Creative Protection
Mr. Tam is the “front man” for Asian-American dance rock band The Slants. In 2010, Mr. Tam filed Application No. 77/952,263 (’263 application) seeking to register the mark THE SLANTS for “Entertainment, namely, live performances by a musical band.” Mr.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2015 at Creative Protection
This appeal arises from a dispute between two clergymen. Each believes himself to be the proper leader of The Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of South Carolina. Bishop Charles G. vonRosenberg brought this action against Bishop Mark J. Lawrence,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2015 at Creative Protection
TriVita filed trademark application Serial No. 77/658,158 to register the mark NOPALEA on the Principal Register for dietary and nutritional supplements “containing, in whole or in substantial part, nopal juice.” The examiner rejected the application under section 2(e)(1) of the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2015 at Creative Protection
Steve "Wild Thing" Ray brought suit against ESPN, Inc.; ESPN Classic, Inc.; and ESPN Classic Europe, Inc. (collectively, "ESPN"), asserting state-law tort claims related to ESPN's re-telecast of his wrestling performances. The district court1 held that the Copyright Act preempts... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2015 at Creative Protection
UWM receives $300,000 to create 'Innovation Corps' site By Kathleen Gallagher of the Journal Sentinel April 21, 2015 The National Science Foundation has awarded a $300,000, three-year grant to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to become an "Innovation Corps" site to... Continue reading
Ineos USA LLC accused Berry Plastics Corporation of infringing U.S. Patent No. 6,846,863. Ineos appeals from the district court’s summary judgment that the ’863 patent is invalid as anticipated under 35 U.S.C. § 102 (2006). We affirm. Download Ineos USA,... Continue reading
Vizio, Inc. appeals from the district court’s denial of attorneys’ and expert witness fees under 35 U.S.C. § 285, 28 U.S.C. § 1927, and the court’s inherent power. We hold that the district court abused its discretion in denying fees,... Continue reading
Automated Merchandising Systems, Inc. (AMS) petitioned the United States Patent and Trademark Office to terminate four pending inter partes reexaminations of four AMS patents that had been the subject of a patentinfringement suit between AMS and Crane Co., the requester... Continue reading
Plaintiff Slep-Tone Entertainment Corp. sued Defendants Karaoke Kandy Store, Inc., and Charles M. Polidori under federal and state law for unlawfully selling hard drives bearing Slep-Tone’s registered trademarks without authorization. After a four-day trial, the jury answered a single interrogatory... Continue reading
This case concerns the intersection between intellectual property rights and a Mardi Gras tradition. Haydel Enterprises appeals the district court’s grant of summary judgment to Nola Spice Designs and Raquel Duarte on claims of trademark infringement, unfair competition, trademark dilution,... Continue reading
Intellectual Ventures II LLC (“IV”) brought suit against JPMorgan Chase & Co.; JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association; Chase Bank USA, National Association; Chase Paymentech Solutions, LLC; and Paymentech LLC (collectively, “JPMC”) in the United States District Court for the Southern... Continue reading
This appeal arises from the judgment of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut following a jury trial on issues of infringement and invalidity of U.S. Patent 5,449,767 (“’767 patent”). The Plaintiffs, Enzo Biochem Inc., Enzo Life... Continue reading
Apotex, Inc. brought this action against Daiichi Sankyo Co., Ltd. and Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. (collectively, Daiichi) to obtain a declaratory judgment that Apotex will not infringe a patent owned but disclaimed by Daiichi if Apotex manufactures or sells a generic... Continue reading