Second Circuit Holds News Video Clip Search Engine Is Not Fair Use

By Justin K. Powley and David G. Barker The Second Circuit held yesterday in Fox News Network, LLC v. TVEyes, Inc., that a media service offering a search engine of video clips from news networks violates copyright law. On appeal, the Second Circuit held that such use is not protected by the fair use doctrine. TVEyes records content, including closed-captioning text, of television and radio channels in real time, and indexes and stores the content in a text-searchable database. Clients search the database using words or phrases to retrieve a list of relevant video clips. Each video clip can be   Read More »

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The Supreme Court to Consider Patent Infringement Damages Accrued Abroad

By Robert A. Clarke and David G. Barker The Supreme Court has granted certiorari to consider whether damages for infringement of a U.S. patent include lost profits resulting from activities outside the U.S. In WesternGeco L.L.C., v. Ion Geophysical Corporation, the Federal Circuit affirmed a jury verdict that Ion infringed WesternGeco’s patent for a device used to search for oil and gas beneath the ocean floor, but the Federal Circuit reversed an award of damages for lost profits.  The district court awarded lost profits from the use of the infringing devices abroad because WesternGeco would have been awarded the contracts   Read More »

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Federal Circuit Holds “Scandalous and Immoral” Ban Unconstitutional

By Tyler J. Fortner and David G. Barker Last Friday, in In re Brunetti, the Federal Circuit held that the ban on “scandalous and immoral” trademarks under 15 U.S.C. § 1052(a) is unconstitutional. The decision follows the June 19, 2017, Supreme Court decision, Matal v. Tam (discussed here), which held that the clause prohibiting marks that “disparage” in the same statute is unconstitutional. In Tam, the Court held that the PTO’s refusal to register the Asian-American band name, “THE SLANTS,” violated the First Amendment. Relying on Tam, the Federal Circuit reversed the PTO’s refusal to register “Fuct” as a trademark.   Read More »

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Federal Circuit Clarifies Venue Waiver After TC Heartland

By Peter R. Montecuollo and David G. Barker The Federal Circuit issued guidance yesterday for district courts deciding venue challenges after the Supreme Court’s May 2017 decision in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC.  In In re Micron Technology, Inc., the Federal Circuit granted Micron Technology, Inc.’s petition for a writ of mandamus, holding that TC Heartland “changed the controlling law” by making available a venue defense that was not “available” to patent infringement defendants prior to the Supreme Court’s decision. In the wake of TC Heartland, Micron Technology moved to dismiss or transfer President and Fellows   Read More »

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Ninth Circuit: Non-Exclusive Licensing Agent Has No Standing to Sue for Copyright Infringement

By Trisha Farmer Lau and David G. Barker In DRK Photo v. McGraw-Hill Global Education Holdings, LLC, the Ninth Circuit held that an Arizona stock photo agency could not sue McGraw-Hill under the Copyright Act for using images in textbooks without permission. The court recognized there was no bright line answer to this now oft-litigated issue, when it affirmed summary judgment in favor of the defendants, “because DRK is a nonexclusive licensing agent for the photographs at issue and has failed to demonstrate any adequate ownership interest in the copyrights to confer standing.” DRK Photo (“DRK”) licenses stock photos created   Read More »

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