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Dueling DJs – of the Legal (Not Dance Club) Variety

ABB Inc. v. Cooper Industries, LLC, No. 2010-1227 (Fed. Cir. Feb. 17, 2011) (Judges Rader, Lourie, and Dyk) This case of first impression presents dueling declaratory judgment actions where the potential claims and defenses involve patent infringement, but the actions themselves involve only state law questions concerning the construction and…

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When It Comes to Experts, Don’t Play with Fire

Tokai Corp. v. Easton Enterprises, Inc., No. 10-1057 (Fed. Cir. Jan. 31, 2011) (Judges Newman, Lourie, and Bryson) Here’s a case on the lighter side, literally. The Tokai companies sued Easton for infringing patents relating to safety utility lighters, like the kind you’d use to light a barbecue grill.  After…

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Fed Circuit Talks Computer Processors and Alcohol Testing

Alcohol Monitoring Systems, Inc. v. Actsoft, Inc., No. 2010-1250 (Fed. Cir. Jan. 24, 2011) (Judges Lourie, Clevenger, and Moore). The ways to measure how much you’ve been drinking might be a little blurry.  In this case, the Federal Circuit affirmed-in-part, reversed-in-part, and remanded the district court’s summary judgment grant of…

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