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The U.S. Supreme Court’s May 22, 2017, decision in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, 137 S.Ct. 1514 has dramatically impacted the demographics of patent infringement lawsuits in the United States. Since the TC Heartland decision, the patent bar has observed a major shift in where plaintiffs choose to file new patent cases. Far fewer patent lawsuits have been filed in the Eastern District of Texas while far more have been filed in venues like the District of Delaware and the Northern District of California. This article examines the impact of TC Heartland with a focus on recent Federal Circuit decisions applying TC Heartland and further clarifying the scope of where patent cases may be filed.
By James A. Trigg and Bethany R. Nelson
In Fourth Estate Pub. Benefit Corp. v. Wall-Street.com, LLC, the Supreme Court resolved a circuit split decades in the making by holding that a copyright is not “registered” within the meaning of the Copyright Act unless and until a registration certificate actually has issued.
By Dana Justus and Monica Riva Talley
This case should determine the availability of federal trademark registration for “immoral” and “scandalous” marks – in this case, the acronym “FUCT” for a clothing line.
By Arthur Beeman
The Federal Circuit’s Threat to Software Innovation in the Oracle v. GoogleDecisions<
The Federal Circuit decisions in the Oracle v. Google copyright case rattled Silicon Valley not simply because the decisions upended software developers’ understandings of copyright law, but also because the decisions do not comport with the disruptive ethos of the technology industry.
By Christine E. Weller
In celebration of International Women’s Day two years ago, State Street Global Advisors unveiled Fearless Girl at Bowling Green in the Financial District in Manhattan. Commissioned by State Street from the artist Kristen Visbal, the work has since become a part of the zeitgeist amidst global conversations about gender parity, diversity, and inclusion on a broader scale. Now, some two years later, Fearless Girl is raising additional intellectual property questions.