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- Light bulb maker could grant distributor a copyright sublicense to use licensor’s photos of light bulbs without saying so and as matter of law did grant it one. media.ca1.uscourts.gov/pdf.opinions/1
- Argentina may have to pay bond owners who traded their right to principal for “Custody Certificates”. ca2.uscourts.gov/decisions/isys
- SnugglyCat could dismiss its Lanham Act case without prejudice despite defendants’ desire for attorney’s fees. ecf.ca8.uscourts.gov/opndir/20/03/1
- Exception to removal of case to federal court under CAFA for local “event or occurrence” didn’t apply to suit against 10 defendants over supply of chemicals to foundry. media.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/f
- Jury got proper instructions in design patent case. cafc.uscourts.gov/sites/default/
- Method patent on fetal DNA didn’t claim natural phenomenon. cafc.uscourts.gov/sites/default/
- Withdrawal and replacement of partner in Delaware L.L.P. resulted in new partnership. courts.delaware.gov/Opinions/Downl
- Federal court could defer to state court on arbitration question. media.ca7.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/rssExe
- Federal court could decline to defer to state court on breach of contract class action. ca10.uscourts.gov/opinions/19/19
- PTAB can’t allow party that instituted IPR to add claims after one-year deadline passed. cafc.uscourts.gov/sites/default/
- Delaware corporations can require shareholders to bring actions under Securities Act of 1933 in federal court. courts.delaware.gov/Opinions/Downl
- Loss before and loss after remand didn’t mandate judge change. ca2.uscourts.gov/decisions/isys
Note for readers
Because my practice focuses on complex commercial disputes–especially antitrust, oil and gas, and patents–I keep daily track of important decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court, the 13 U.S. Courts of Appeals, and the highest appeals courts in Delaware, New York, and Texas.
You can follow along during the week on Twitter (@contingencyblog) or here at The Contingency each Monday with this Commercial Appeals Roundup.