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How Rule 1 of the 2015 Amended Rules Might Have Helped Litigants Avoid Admonishment

Finjan v. Blue Coat Systems shows us that sometimes the page limit is also the patience limit.

Ninth Circuit Affirms Existence of Author's Copyright in Batmobile "Character"

Batman's car is protected against infringement by being classified as a DC character.

Defense of Laches Preserved in SCA Hygiene Products v. First Quality Baby Products

The majority opinion concluded laches is a defense to claims of equity but cannot be used to bar an ongoing royalty.

Articles »

Practice Guide to Section 285 "Exceptional Case" Findings

By John Kenneth Felter and Vincent Ling

Experienced practitioners highlight factors courts consider post-Octane in finding a case "exceptional."


Awards of Attorney Fees under the Lanham Act Post-Octane Fitness

By Michael D. Steger with Paul Cirner

District courts appear to be embracing a totality of the circumstances test.


Strategies for Preventing an Award of Attorney Fees

By Kristopher L. Reed and Samantha Picans

Minimize the risk of section 285 sanctions.


Announcements »

Upcoming Webinar—"Copyright Termination: How Authors Can Get Back a Piece of Their Pie"

Register for the free webinar, which will be held on Thursday, February 4, 2016, from 2 p.m.–3 p.m. ET.


ABA Section of Litigation Core Knowledge Project

Get more information about Core Knowledge on our Programs & Materials page.


Committee Presents Programs on Patent Trolls

The April 10th program, "Patent Trolls—Do They Help or Hurt Innovation and Will the Legislation Kill Them," offered a lively debate on this hot topic.

Join Us for Our Monthly Conference Calls!

The calls take place on the second Wednesday of each month at noon Pacific time. Upcoming Committee projects, programs, and publications are all on the agenda.

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