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Jul 2014

Osha Liang LLP Named Among IP Boutiques Most Loved by In-House Counsel

HOUSTON July 10, 2014 — Osha Liang LLP is pleased to announce that Law360, in cooperation with BTI, has named the firm as one of seven intellectual property law boutiques most loved by in-house counsel nationwide. After a survey of more than 175 general counsel and decision makers at Fortune 1000 companies, the seven IP boutique law firms were chosen as industry standouts. Noted service...

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Jun 2014

Supreme Court Raises Risk of Attorney Fees Awards in Patent Litigation

The Supreme Court of the United States decided two cases on April 29 that make it easier for a successful patent litigant to win an attorney fees award against the loser. In Octane Fitness, LLC v. Icon Health & Fitness, Inc., No. 12-1184, 572 U.S. ___ (2014), the Court dramatically lowered both the standard for winning an attorney fees award and the burden of proof...

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Nov 2013

Jury awards $3.2 million to Texas firm in Architectural Copyright case

AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 25, 2012 – Kipp Flores Architects prevailed in a copyright infringement suit filed against Hallmark Design Homes as a federal jury returned a $3.2 million verdict for the Austin, Texas-based firm. The jury in the U.S. District Court in Houston found that Hallmark infringed Kipp Flores Architects’ copyrights by constructing hundreds of houses from copyrighted architectural designs in violation of federal law. The...

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Oct 2013

Updates and Changes in Chinese Trademark and Copyright Law

The PRC recently passed legislation affecting intellectual property rights which will take effect on May 1, 2014.  The following is a synopsis of some of the most salient points. Multi-Class Applications Applicants may now file for trademark registration in several classes in a single application.  Previously, only one class was permitted per application.  This change is expected to streamline the trademark process and cut down...

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Aug 2013

Osha Liang LLP: Fine Wine and Spirits Producers Win ITC Intellectual Property Dispute

HOUSTON, Aug. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Cognac Ferrand and W.J. Deutsch & Sons, Ltd., two producers of fine wines and spirits, prevailed in an intellectual property dispute before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), Osha Liang LLP said today. The ITC issued notice of its decision to review and terminate an investigation of patent disputes related to product packaging brought against more than a dozen wine and...

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Jun 2013

Osha Liang LLP: Standard Innovation Wins ITC Intellectual Property Dispute

HOUSTON, June 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Standard Innovation, a manufacturer of the We-Vibe® brand of sexual wellness products, prevailed in an intellectual property dispute before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), Osha Liang LLP said today. The ITC issued a final determination affirming findings by the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) that Standard Innovation’s patent was valid and infringed. In Investigation No. 337-TA-823, the Commission reversed the ALJ’s...

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May 2013

Home Design Firm Awarded $1.3 Million in Architectural Copyright Case

HOUSTON, Texas, May 20, 2013 – A federal district court has awarded $1.3 million to a Texas design firm in an architectural copyright case, according to Osha Liang LLP. Houston-based Hewlett Custom Home Designs, Inc., whose clients include Fortune 500 executives and celebrities such as Charles Barkley, claimed that Frontier Custom Builders, Inc. infringed Hewlett’s copyrighted designs in violation of federal law. The jury in...

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Apr 2013

April 2013

"America Invents Act" (Provisions Effective March 16, 2013) Tom Scherer presented on the America Invents Act to a group of attorneys and intellectual property department personnel in Tokyo, Japan.


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Apr 2013

Trademark Winner 2013

Osha Liang is please to announce we have won ‘Trademarks Law Firm of the Year in Texas’ for the 2013 Corporate Intl Magazine Legal Award.


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Apr 2013

2013 IP Today Ranking

Osha Liang is pleased to announce we have once again been placed in the top 50 patent firms in Intellectual Property Today. We are ranked 49 with a total of 727 patent applications filed in 2012 and a three-year average of 685.7. To learn more, please visit www.iptoday.com.


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Feb 2013

February 2013

Jeff Bergman, Laura Witbeck, and Kevin Kuelbs presented on Post-Grant Procedures to a group of attorneys, patent agents, and patent engineers in Houston, Texas.


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Jan 2013

Osha Liang Sponsors Hatch Pitch Competition

Osha Liang is proud to be sponsoring the Hatch pitch competition this year at SXSW in March. Aly Dossa, partner at Osha Liang is the intellectual property resource for contestants entering the competition. For more startup tutorials and advice, visit: http://www.hatchpitch.com/. HATCH is a pitch competition for revolutionary tech startups at SXSW Interactive festival. Technology founders compete to win several prizes and gain recognition to...

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Dec 2012

Osha Liang Secures Affirmance in Inter-Partes Reexamination Case from the Federal Circuit

On December 11, 2012, Osha Liang, representing the patent holder in an Inter-Partes Reexamination, secured an affirmance from the Federal Circuit that the patent at issue was valid.  Inter-Partes Reexamination is a process (now replaced by Inter-Partes Review, after the passage of the American Invents Act) by which a third party can challenge the validity of a patent that the PTO, then at the PTAB...

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Nov 2012

U.S. Court of Appeals Affirms $3.2 Million Award in Architectural Copyright Case

AUSTIN, Texas, November 7, 2012 – The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has affirmed a $3.2 million award to an Austin, Texas firm in an architectural copyright case. Last year, a federal jury returned a $3.2 million verdict for Kipp Flores Architects.  The jury found that Hallmark Design Homes infringed Kipp Flores Architects’ copyrights by constructing hundreds of houses from copyrighted...

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Aug 2012

BROAD CLAIM CONSTRUCTIONS —Be Careful What You Ask For

In a recent Federal Circuit decision, the court once again illustrated the dangers associated with seeking unduly broad claim constructions.  In MagSil,[1] the plaintiff had a claim which required a change in resistance of at least 10 percent at room temperature.  The specification showed examples up to 11.8 percent, but no greater.  During litigation, however, the plaintiff sought a claim construction that would encompass from...

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Aug 2012

SUING THE PTO —Can You Challenge PTO Decisions?

In a recent District Court decision, a judge allowed a lawsuit to proceed against the PTO, under the auspices of the Administrative Procedures Act (APA). This case is particularly interesting, because it involves a defendant in a patent litigation bringing suit against the PTO to challenge the PTO’s decision to allow the plaintiff in the litigation to late claim priority to a prior application.In Exela...

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May 2012

May 2012

U.S. Litigation (Strategic Preparations and Statistics) Tom Scherer presented on the U.S. Litigation to a group of attorneys and intellectual property department personnel in Tokyo, Japan.


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Mar 2012

March 2012

Intellectual Property Strategies for Startups Aly Dossa presented at the National Business Incubator Association Conference, Houston, Texas.



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