Monthly Archives: June 2013

Judge Means to Take Senior Status

After almost 22 years on the Northern District of Texas bench, Judge Means will take senior status on July 3, 2013. Judge Means has handled 10,534 civil cases and has sentenced 2,300 criminal defendants. Thank you for your service Judge … Continue reading

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Dexas Sues Progressive For Trademark Infringement In Northern District of Texas

On June 26, 2013, Dexas, a leader in cutting boards, sued Progressive International Corp. (complaint available here) for trademark infringement. Dexas claims that Progressive infringes its CHOP & SCOOP trademark by Progressive’s “use of the mark ‘Chop and Scoop’ on … Continue reading

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Wi-Lan Sues RIM For Patent Infringement In Northern District of Texas

On June 25, 2013, Wi-Lan filed a patent infringement lawsuit (complaint available here) against RIM. Wi-Lan accuses RIM of infringing U.S. Patent Nos. 8,184,661 and 8,274,991, which claim technology for the transmission of data flows and controlling a contention state, … Continue reading

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Good Sportsman Hits Hunter’s Specialties With Copyright Declaratory Judgment Lawsuit

On June 13, 2013, Good Sportsman filed a declaratory judgment lawsuit (available here) against Hunter’s Specialties. Good Sportsman claims that Hunter’s Specialties had asserted that Hunter’s owns certain copyrights in sound recordings of animal game calls used by hunters and … Continue reading

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Judge O’Connor Upholds Jury Verdict of $15 Million Against Samsung In Patent Infringement Case

On June 26, 2013, Judge O’Connor issued a thorough ruling (available here) in Summit 6 v. Samsung. A jury had earlier awarded $15 million Summit 6 in damages (writing “lump sum” on the verdict form) due to Samsung’s infringement of … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Issues Actavis Opinion

On June 17, 2013, the Supreme Court issued its opinion (available here) in FTC v. Actavis. The Court held that so-called “reverse payments” — i.e., payments from pharmaceutical manufacturers to generic drug manufacturers to keep the generic drug manufacturers’ products … Continue reading

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Taylor Publishing Company Seeks Declaratory Judgment of No Patent Infringement In Case Against CTP Innovations

On June 13, 2013, Taylor Publishing filed a lawsuit (complaint available here) against CTP Innovations, after receiving a letter from CTP on April 19, 2013 asserting that Taylor Publishing’s technology infringes U.S. Patent Nos. 6,611,349 and 6,738,155, which claim certain … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Holds DNA is Not Eligible To Be Patented

On June 13, 2013, the Supreme Court issued its Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics decision (available here). The Supreme Court held that naturally occurring DNA is a product of nature and not patent eligible merely because it has … Continue reading

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Magistrate Judge Stickney Up For Reappointment

Magistrate Judge Stickney’s current term expires on March 1, 2014. The Northern District of Texas has published a Public Notice (available here) regarding Judge Stickney’s reappointment. “Written comments from members of the bar and the public are invited as to … Continue reading

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Filing Fees Increased

Effective May 1, 2013, the cost to file a civil action increased from $350 to $400. More information about fees can be found here.

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