Micron Technology Inc. willfully infringed a pair of Netlist computer memory patents, a Texas federal jury determined Thursday, saying the chipmaker owes $425 million in damages for one patent and $20 million for the other.
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Micron Owes $445M In Netlist Chip Patent Case, Jury Says

By Lauren Berg

Micron Technology Inc. willfully infringed a pair of Netlist computer memory patents, a Texas federal jury determined Thursday, saying the chipmaker owes $425 million in damages for one patent and $20 million for the other.

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Fed. Circ. Upends Inventors' Interference Win Over Time-Bar

By Dani Kass

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board wrongly chose inventors tied to Cook Medical, rather than ones tied to Medtronic, when determining who should prevail in an interference proceeding over catheters, the Federal Circuit held Thursday.

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USPTO Issues Guidance On New Fed. Circ. Design Patent Test

By Dani Kass

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued guidance laying out how to apply the Federal Circuit's Tuesday en banc decision, making the standard for obviousness in design patents more flexible.

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Proposal To Expand PTAB Practitioners Divides Atty Groups

By Andrew Karpan

Patent lawyers and others have chimed in on proposed plans from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that would potentially "designate nonregistered practitioners" to litigate at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, with some urging the agency to let nonpatent lawyers argue there, while others warn it could "dilute the importance of the registration process."

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Fed. Circ. Says Winery Minority Owner Can't Try To Cancel TM

By Adam Lidgett

The Federal Circuit has affirmed a Trademark Trial and Appeal Board decision that a family trust that is a minority owner of Paul Hobbs Winery, which owns the trademark registration on the name of winemaker Paul Hobbs, does not have the right to seek cancellation of registrations on certain trademarks.

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Old Case Can't Nix $181M AT&T, Nokia Verdict, Fed. Circ. Told

By Adam Lidgett

Finesse Wireless LLC pushed back at the Federal Circuit against AT&T and Nokia's appeal of a more than $181 million verdict in Texas federal court for infringing Finesse's patents on reducing radio frequency interference, saying the companies' reliance on a 140-year-old Supreme Court case was misplaced.

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Israeli Attys Complain To USPTO After Pro-Gaza Reddit Post

By Andrew Karpan

Various groups of Israeli lawyers have told the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that they are concerned about the "potential influence that individual political views may have on the examination of patent applications of Israel applicants."

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Analysis

House Money: The Path To A Landmark NCAA NIL Settlement

By David Steele

The NCAA is expected to pay more than $2.7 billion to settle a yearslong antitrust class action lawsuit featuring hundreds of thousands of former college athletes who alleged the organization owed them for years of unpaid name, image and likeness compensation. Here, Law360 walks you down the winding path that led to the massive reported settlement.

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NCAA, Athletes Settle NIL Class Action Over Billions In Pay

By David Steele

The NCAA said Thursday it has reached a settlement with the former college athletes who had filed an antitrust class action demanding billions in potential compensation allegedly denied to them for decades before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the NCAA's compensation ban.

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PATENTS

Sonos Gets Fed. Circ. To Affirm Axed Google Patent Claims

By Andrew Karpan

Google failed on Thursday to persuade Federal Circuit judges to breathe new life into patent claims the tech giant has asserted in its legal fight with the Sonos speaker brand.

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VW And Porsche Largely Invalidate Headlight Patent At PTAB

By Adam Lidgett

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has invalidated the vast majority of an Israeli inventor's patent covering adaptive headlights challenged by Volkswagen and Porsche, finding all but three challenged claims were obvious.

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COPYRIGHTS & TRADEMARKS

Bungie Cheat Code Sellers Dinged At Trial For Deleting Docs

By Rachel Riley

A Seattle federal judge overseeing a trial of Bungie's copyright claims against a group of cheat code sellers instructed jurors Thursday that the defendants intentionally destroyed evidence by deleting records they had a duty to preserve once they were aware of the game studio's claims.

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Dyson Says It Deserves Counterfeiters' Profits

By Lauraann Wood

Dyson told the Seventh Circuit on Thursday that a district court's refusal to award it profits from several e-commerce shops that defaulted in a trademark counterfeiting lawsuit should be reversed because it essentially "punished" the company by requiring it to provide proof that defendants should have offered.

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TRADE SECRETS

Judge Won't Strike $12.5M Suit Over LifeWallet Software

By Carolina Bolado

A Florida judge refused Thursday to strike a lawsuit accusing John Ruiz and his company, MSP Recovery, of failing to pay $12.5 million promised for LifeWallet software, finding that Ruiz had not met his burden of showing the lawsuit was a sham.

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Legal Marketer, Ark. Firm Agree To End Trade Secrets Suit

By Rose Krebs

A legal marketing business has agreed to dismiss a Georgia federal lawsuit accusing an Arkansas law firm and others of stealing and profiting off its trade secrets, including a database of client leads for mass torts over talcum powder and heartburn medication.

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RIGHTS OF PUBLICITY

Man Behind NH Primary Deepfake Faces Charges, FCC Fines

By Christopher Cole

The Democratic consultant accused of making robocalls with a cloned voice of President Joe Biden discouraging voters from taking part in the New Hampshire primary faces a state indictment on 13 felony voter suppression charges and $6 million in potential federal fines.

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PEOPLE

Ex-Shook Hardy IP Team Joins Boies Schiller In DC

By James Boyle

Boies Schiller Flexner has beefed up its intellectual property services in Washington, D.C., with the addition of a trio of attorneys who previously practiced together for nearly a decade at Shook Hardy & Bacon, the firm announced Thursday.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

Patent Lessons From 4 Federal Circuit Reversals In April

Four Federal Circuit decisions in April that reversed or vacated underlying rulings provide a number of takeaways, including that obviousness analysis requires a flexible approach, that an invalidity issue of an expired patent can be moot, and more, say Denise De Mory and Li Guo at Bunsow De Mory.

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Tips For Companies Tapping Into Commercial Cleantech

A recent report from the European Patent Office and European Investment Bank examining the global financing and commercialization of cleantech innovation necessary for the green energy transition can help companies understand and solve the issues in developing and implementing the full potential of cleantech, says Eleanor Maciver at Mewburn Ellis.

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How To Use Exhibits Strategically Throughout Your Case

Exhibits, and documents in particular, are the lifeblood of legal advocacy, so attorneys must understand how to wield them effectively throughout different stages of a case to help build strategy, elevate witness preparation and effectively persuade the fact-finders, say Allison Rocker at Baker McKenzie and Colorado prosecutor Adam Kendall.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

Analysis

Biden's Judicial Impact And What's Left On The Wish List

By Courtney Bublé

President Joe Biden secured confirmation of his 200th federal judge Wednesday and has transformed the judiciary by picking more women and people of color than any other president. But the upcoming election season could derail his hopes of confirming many more judges.

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Meet Biden's Latest Pennsylvania Picks For District Court

By P.J. D'Annunzio & Matthew Santoni

President Joe Biden has continued his trend of nominating public defenders to the federal bench, this time selecting two longtime defense attorneys to occupy vacancies in Pennsylvania.

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DOJ's Live Nation-Ticketmaster Suit: What You Should Know

The U.S. Department of Justice and a slew of state attorneys general filed a suit challenging the 2010 merger of Ticketmaster and Live Nation. Here, catch up on Law360's coverage of the deal and those who have challenged it along the way – Taylor Swift fans, investors and regulators.

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Exiled Chinese Businessman Is No $1B Fraudster, Jury Told

By Stewart Bishop

Exiled Chinese businessman and purported billionaire Guo Wengui ran legitimate companies in support of a broad movement that opposed the Chinese Communist Party, his attorney told a Manhattan federal jury Friday, rather than what prosecutors say was a multifaceted $1 billion fraud.

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Menendez, Kasowitz Firm Spar Over Subpoena To Cooperator

By Elliot Weld

Amid his bribery trial, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey is urging a Manhattan federal judge to order a government cooperator to turn over communications involving his current counsel at Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP and his former attorneys.

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McElroy Deutsch Seeks Win Against Ex-CFO After Guilty Plea

By Rose Krebs

McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP is urging a New Jersey state court to order its former chief financial officer to pay roughly $1.5 million damages for "unauthorized compensation" he paid himself and force him to disgorge $5.4 million in pay he received from the firm.

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Ex-DOJ Atty Clark Says He Was Denied A Fair Ethics Hearing

By Alison Knezevich

Former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark was denied a fair hearing in his Washington, D.C., ethics case and should not face punishment, he told an attorney disciplinary committee in a Thursday filing.

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GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

By Sue Reisinger

Antitrust law took center stage this week as college general counsel try to figure out the what and how of paying student athletes under a new court ruling, and the U.S. Department of Justice is trying to break up the entertainment venue dominance of Live Nation and Ticketmaster.

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UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

By Max Austin

This past week in London has seen an IT engineer seek permission to search a landfill hiding a hard drive supposedly storing millions of pounds in bitcoin, Glencore take on legal action by American Century Investments, gold payment app Glint bring a breach of duty claim against FRP Advisory, and an ongoing dispute between a solicitor and the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

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In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms And Stories On Law360

For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week.

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Using A Children's Book Approach In Firm Marketing Content

From “The Giving Tree” to “Where the Wild Things Are,” most children’s books are easy to remember because they use simple words and numbers to tell stories with a human impact — a formula law firms should emulate in their marketing content to stay front of mind for potential clients, says Seema Desai Maglio at The Found Word.

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LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

ArentFox Schiff

Baker Botts

Baker McKenzie

Bloom Parham

Boies Schiller

Bradley Arant

Brooks Kushman

Buckley LLP

Bunsow De Mory

Burnham & Gorokhov

Caldwell Carlson

Caplan Cobb

Carle Mackie

Clement & Murphy

Clifford Chance

Clyde & Co

Commins & Knudsen

Cooley LLP

Crowell & Moring

DWF LLP

Davidoff Hutcher

Davis Polk

Dimond Kaplan

Duane Morris

Emerson Thomson

Eversheds Sutherland

Fieldfisher

Finnegan

Fish & Richardson

Fox Rothschild

Fox Williams

Friedman PA

Gateley PLC

Greenberg Traurig

Greer Burns

Hagens Berman

Hamlins LLP

Harris St. Laurent

Haug Partners

Hill Dickinson

Holland & Knight

Horwich Farrelly

Howes Percival

Irell & Manella

JMW Solicitors LLP

Johnson & Vines

Jones Day

Kasowitz Benson

KaurMaxwell

Kirkland & Ellis

Latham & Watkins

Marino Tortorella

Mayer Brown

McDonald & MacGregor

McElroy Deutsch

McKool Smith

Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

MoloLamken

Oliver Maner

Orrick Herrington

Pallas Partners

Paul Hastings

Penningtons Manches

Perkins Coie

Pillsbury Winthrop

Poole Huffman

Potter Clarkson

Pryor Cashman

Reed Smith

Robinson Bradshaw

Rosen Hagood

Ross LLP

Saporito Falcone

Shook Hardy

Sidley Austin

Spector Roseman

Spencer Fane

Stanley Esrey

Sterne Kessler

Susman Godfrey

Ward Smith

Ward and Smith

Welsh & Recker

Wilkin Chapman

Wilkinson Stekloff

Williams & Connolly

WilmerHale

Winston & Strawn

Woodard Emhardt

COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

AXA SA

AXA XL Ltd.

Academy Sports & Outdoors Inc.

Amazon.com Inc.

American Bar Association

American Intellectual Property Law Association

Atlantic Coast Conference

Atlantic Global Insurance Services

Avolon Holdings Ltd.

Bayer AG

Bayerische Motoren Werke AG

Boehringer Ingelheim

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc.

British Broadcasting Corp.

Cook Group Inc.

Defender Association of Philadelphia

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd.

EMCOR Group Inc.

ESPN Inc.

Eli Lilly & Co.

Ferrari SpA

Ford Motor Co.

Fordham University

Glencore PLC

Google LLC

HSBC Holdings PLC

Icertis Inc.

Integrys Energy Group Inc.

Intellectual Property Owners Association

Jubilee Holdings Ltd.

LKQ Corp.

LifeWallet

Live Nation Entertainment Inc.

Major Lindsey & Africa LLC

Mediterranean Shipping Co. SA

Medtronic PLC

Mercedes-Benz USA LLC

Micron Technology Inc.

MilliporeSigma

Mondelez International Inc.

NBCUniversal Media LLC

National Collegiate Athletic Association

Nokia Corp.

Norfolk Southern Corp.

Pac-12 Enterprises LLC

Paysafe Group PLC

Pegasus Capital Advisors LP

PetroChina Company Limited

Polycom Inc.

Porsche

QBE Insurance Group Ltd.

Reddit Inc.

Sanmina Corp.

Solicitors Regulation Authority Ltd.

Sonos Inc.

Space Exploration Technologies Corp.

Sumitomo Pharma Co. Ltd.

Swissport International Ltd.

Teleflex Inc.

Tesla Inc.

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

The District of Columbia Bar

The New York Times Co.

University of Virginia

Volkswagen AG

Wells Fargo & Co.

eBay Inc.

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Companies House

European Commission

European Union

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Federal Communications Commission

National Labor Relations Board

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Supreme Court

United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia

World Intellectual Property Organization