Chief Judge Stark Denies Toshiba’s Motion for Summary Judgment of Non-Infringement of Patent-in-Suit

Chief Judge Stark Denies Toshiba’s Motion for Summary Judgment of Non-Infringement of Patent-in-Suit

By Memorandum Order entered by The Honorable Leonard P. Stark in St. Clair Intellectual Property Consultants, Inc. v. Toshiba Corporation, et al., Civil Action No. 09-354-LPS (D.Del., August 27, 2014), the Court denied the Motion for Summary Judgment of Non-Infringement of U.S. Patent No. 5,630,163 of defendants’ Toshiba Corporation, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. and Toshiba America, Inc. (collectively, “Toshiba”).

Out of Africa: Business Summit Focuses On Renewal of AGOA

Out of Africa: Business Summit Focuses On Renewal of AGOA

The United States government in conjunction with the Bloomberg Philanthropies held the first ever US-Africa Business Summit on August 4 – 6, 2014 to discuss trade opportunities in Africa. A primary focus of discussion at the summit was the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), a regulation passed in 2000 to implement trade benefit provisions for sub-Saharan Africa.

Washington Redskins Seek Reversal of TTAB Decision Canceling Its Trademark Registrations

Washington Redskins Seek Reversal of TTAB Decision Canceling Its Trademark Registrations

On August 14, 2014, Pro-Football, Inc. (“Pro-Football”) appealed the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s (“TTAB”) June 18, 2014 decision to cancel its registrations for six REDSKIN-formative trademarks. As we previously reported, the TTAB’s 2-1 decision found that those trademarks were not entitled to be registered on the basis that a “substantial composite of Native Americans found the term REDSKINS to be disparaging in connection with [the football team’s] services” during the time period when registration was sought.

Washington Redskins Challenge the Constitutionality of Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act

The Washington Redskins trademark controversy is far from over. Despite the fact that certain news and sports commentators and mainstream newspapers and organizations have announced that they will no longer use the term “Redskins” when reporting on the National League football team, and the fact that a variety of public figures, including President Obama, have expressed an opinion that the name should be changed, team owner Dan Snyder continues to steadfastly defend the name as expressing only “honor and respect” and state that he has no intention of ever changing it.