IPRs Found to be Constitutional – For Now

On April 24, 2018, the US Supreme Court handed down its decision in Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC, 138 S. Ct. 1365 (2018). The issue in the case was whether the PTO’s inter partesreview (“IPR”) procedure is constitutional. Oil States Energy asserted IPRs were not constitutional because they violated Article […]

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Did TC Heartland change much?

The U.S. Supreme Court recently decided a high profile case defining where patent cases can be filed: TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, No. 16-341 (S. Ct. May 22, 2017).In the 8-0 decision, Justice Thomas explained that the venue statute controlling patent cases is distinct from the general venue statutes. Venue in […]

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What is the Difference between Defamation and a Disparagement Claim?

Bradford T. Laney, Texas Litigation Attorney Business Disparagement is different than defamation in regards to the right it protects. Defamation protects the personal reputation of the plaintiff, while business disparagement protects the economic interests of the plaintiff. The focus on telling the difference is determining what the statements were about. If the statements were about […]

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What is Commercial Disparagement in Texas Disparagement?

– Bradford T. Laney, Texas Litigation Attorney Commercial/Business Disparagement: Commercial/Business Disparagement (referred to hereafter as “Business Disparagement” is a legal tort (i.e., a wrongful act or an infringement of a right (other than under contract) leading to civil legal liability).  Unlike a personal injury lawsuit, to win a case for Business Disparagement, you’ll need to […]

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What is a Tortious Interference Claim in Texas?

– Bradford T. Laney, Texas Litigation Attorney What is Tortious Interference? Tortious interference, also known as intentional interference with contractual relations, in the common law of torts, occurs when one person intentionally damages someone else’s contractual or business relationships with a third party causing economic harm. You May Be Entitled to Damages: A “tortious interference” is when someone […]

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