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The Supreme Court limits the scope of "full costs” in the Copyright Act fee-shifting provision Published
Monday, March 11, 2019
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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, March 4, 2019, held in a 9-0 decision that the term “full costs” in § 505 of the Copyright Act is limited by the general “costs” statute (28 U.S.C. §§ 1821 and 1920). For example, § 505 does not allow courts to shift expenses such as expert witness fees, e-discovery fees, or jury consulting fees. The case, Rimini Street, Inc. v. Oracle USA, Inc, now returns to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for further proceedings. 

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The Supreme Court holds that a copyright claimant may not sue for infringement until the Copyright Office has granted or refused registration of the work at issue Published
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
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On Monday, March 4, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court held in a unanimous decision that, under § 411(a) of the Copyright Act, a claimant may not bring suit for copyright infringement until the Copyright Office has either granted or refused the copyright claimant’s application for registration. Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v. Wall-Street.com, LLC. The Court’s decision affirmed the dismissal of a copyright suit on the grounds that the plaintiff did not comply with § 411(a) prior to filing the suit.

 

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Knobbe Martens Ranked Top Trademark Firm with Seven Partners Recognized as Leading Trademark Attorneys Published
Friday, February 8, 2019
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For the ninth consecutive year, Knobbe Martens has been ranked as one of the top trademark law firms in the nation by the World Trademark Review (WTR) in the “WTR 1000” guide.

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Eighteen Knobbe Martens Attorneys Named 2019 Southern California “Super Lawyers” Published
Thursday, January 31, 2019
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The firm is pleased to recognize eighteen attorneys who are included in the 2019 Southern California "Super Lawyers" list. The attorneys selected for this prestigious recognition are among the top five percent of attorneys in a region and are vetted through a rigorous process that includes peer nominations, third-party validations, and independent research of the candidates’ professional accomplishments.

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The Supreme Court Holds that Non-Public Sales May Trigger the On Sale Bar Under the America Invents Act Published
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
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On Tuesday, January 22, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court held in a unanimous decision that, even where the details of the invention are kept confidential, a commercial sale may place the invention “on sale” under the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (“AIA”).  Helsinn Healthcare S.A. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.

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Knobbe Martens Announces New Partners for 2019 Published
Monday, January 14, 2019
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Knobbe Martens, one of the leading intellectual property law firms in the United States, is pleased to announce that eleven associates have been promoted to partner effective January 1, 2019.  The new partners include Jessica Achtsam, Jeremy Anapol, Charlene Azema, Vikas Bhargava, Morgan Coates,

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