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Supreme Court Rules on “Tacking” and District Court Distinguishes Dish Network from Aereo

Hana Financial, Inc. v. Hana Bank – What You Need to Know

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court held that whether two trademarks may be tacked for purposes of determining priority is a question for the jury, because tacking is a factual inquiry based on the perspective of a consumer.

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Knobbe Martens Ranked as Top Trademark Firm; Six Partners Recognized as Leading Trademark Attorneys

Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP has once again been ranked as one of the top trademark law and litigation firms in the nation by the World Trademark Review 1000 (WTR 1000). This is the fifth consecutive year the firm has been so recognized.

Knobbe Martens Proud Sponsor of 28th Annual Irvine Valley College “Astounding Inventions” Competition

In an effort to inspire and intrigue the minds of future inventors, Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, LLP is sponsoring the 28th annual “Astounding Inventions” Competition hosted by Irvine Valley College (IVC). The competition, to be held at IVC’s Hart Gymnasium on January 24, 2015, will feature inventions by more than 450 students from the Irvine and Tustin Unified School Districts who are in kindergarten through eighth grade. 

Knobbe Martens Secures Appeal Victory for KFx Medical Corp. against Arthrex Inc.

Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP, one of the nation’s leading intellectual property law firms, announced on January 20 that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has affirmed a $35 million patent infringement judgment in favor of client KFx Medical Corp. against Arthrex Inc., for infringing three KFx patents. The patents relate to techniques for connecting soft tissue to bone in reconstructive surgery. 

Twenty Knobbe Martens Attorneys Named 2015 Southern California “Super Lawyers”

Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United States, is pleased to announce that twenty attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2015 Southern California "Super Lawyers" list. The list recognizes the top five percent of attorneys in a region, selected through a process that includes peer nominations, a blue ribbon review panel and independent research of candidates.

Supreme Court Decision: Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc.

Greater Deference for Review of Factual Findings Underpinning Claim Construction 

Reversing a long line of Federal Circuit precedents, the Supreme Court held that claim construction in patent cases will sometimes involve findings of fact by the District Court, and these findings of fact may be reviewed by the Federal Circuit only for clear error. The ultimate legal construction of claim terms is still reviewed de novo, without deference on appeal.

Knobbe Martens Client mophie Awarded Jury Verdict in Copyright/Trademark Infringement Suit Against Counterfeiter

mophie—the #1 selling mobile battery case for smartphones in North America—received a favorable jury verdict on December 19th against Serve Global d/b/a and Dharmesh Shah.

Knobbe Martens Announces New Associates

Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP, one of the nation’s largest intellectual property law firms, announced its continued commitment to providing the highest quality legal services with the addition of 21 new associates firm-wide. 

“As the firm’s client base continues to grow there is continued demand for the best and brightest legal talent,” said Steven Nataupsky, managing partner of Knobbe Martens. “We are proud to have an outstanding group of new associates join the firm.”     

Knobbe Martens Named to Law360’s Top “Practice Groups of the Year”

Leading legal website Law360 has named Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP to its prestigious list of “Intellectual Property Practice Groups of the Year.” The nine firms honored with the distinction were selected from hundreds of nominees nationwide based on the size, complexity, significance and number of their 2014 litigation wins. 

Knobbe Martens Partners Gerard von Hoffmann and Bryan Wahl Recognized as Innovators of the Year, a no-cost cooperative portal that provides startup medical device companies access to comprehensive legal and supplementary resources useful for new ventures or product launches, has been commended by The Recorder as an important innovation in delivering legal services to clientele.


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