Press Release July 17, 2015

Good Wins: Recent Goodwin Procter Litigation Victories

Goodwin Procter’s litigation attorneys have recently delivered key victories on a wide range of complex legal matters for clients including:

Goodwin Procter Wins Dismissal of Securities Class Action for ARIAD Pharmaceuticals Underwriting Syndicate

Goodwin litigators recently won dismissal of a securities class action lawsuit filed against a group of seven investment banks that served as the underwriters of a $310 million secondary public offering by ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“ARIAD”) in January 2013.

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Goodwin Attorneys Help Make New Law in Appellate Win for IBM

Goodwin Procter attorneys helped to make new law in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit for our client IBM in Williamson v. Citrix Online LLC, et al. Legal commentators and scholars in the blogosphere have already noted that the decision will have a significant impact on the interpretation of computer software patents.

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Goodwin Procter Secures Complete Dismissal for John Hancock in Third Circuit ERISA Case

Goodwin Procter litigators recently achieved a conclusive victory for client John Hancock Life Insurance Company (U.S.A) and its affiliates in a challenge to its 401(k) and mutual fund businesses. On April 21, 2015, the United States Supreme Court denied the plaintiffs’ petition for certiorari, securing full dismissal of all claims against the firm’s client.

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Goodwin Procter Secures U.S. Supreme Court Win for B&B Hardware

A team of attorneys from Goodwin Procter’s Appellate and IP Litigation Practices recently achieved a major victory for client B&B Hardware before the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Trademark disputes often focus on whether two marks create a “likelihood of confusion” with one another. That issue can come up before a court considering trademark infringement; before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), an administrative body that considers trademark registration; or sometimes both. In B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries Inc., the Supreme Court held that when “materially identical” likelihood of confusion issues are presented to both tribunals (court and TTAB), the first final decision is binding on the parties, under the doctrine of “issue preclusion.” The Court rejected arguments that the TTAB cannot render a decision that is binding on courts, or that confusion before the TTAB is always a different issue. The Supreme Court’s decision also endorsed the general principle that agency tribunals can render preclusive judgments. The case was argued before the court in December 2014.

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Goodwin Prevails for Teva Pharmaceutical in U.S. Supreme Court Victory

In a decision that continues patent protection for Goodwin client Teva Pharmaceutical’s multiple sclerosis drug Copaxone®, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated and remanded a Federal Circuit decision invalidating one of Teva’s patents, ruling that the appeals court had not given proper deference to findings of fact by the District Court during claim construction. Partner Willy Jay, co-chair of Goodwin’s Appellate Litigation Practice, successfully argued the case for Teva before the Supreme Court.

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Goodwin Wins Jury Verdict for Veracode in Patent Infringement Case

Goodwin Procter IP litigators from the firm’s Boston and Washington, D.C. offices recently won two significant trial victories for client Veracode, headquartered in Burlington, Mass., against Appthority, a start-up located in Silicon Valley. Veracode’s pioneering software scanning technology helps identify malware, spyware and other security vulnerabilities in Apps downloaded onto smartphones.

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Goodwin Procter Wins Major Patent Victory for Roxane and Cipla

Goodwin’s patent litigators recently won a significant bench trial for clients Roxane Laboratories, Inc. and Cipla Ltd. in which the court invalidated the last patent blocking the commercial launch of the first generic treatment for diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome (IBS-D).

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Goodwin Procter Wins Dismissal for Clients in California Money Transmission Act Lawsuit

Goodwin Procter litigators recently won the dismissal of a high-profile lawsuit brought by Think Computer Corporation against its clients Mail.ru Group Limited and certain investment funds. Airbnb, Facebook and other technology companies and their investors were also defendants.

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Goodwin Procter Wins for ZTE in ITC Patent Case

Goodwin litigators recently won a complete victory for clients ZTE Corporation and ZTE (USA) Inc. when the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled in favor of ZTE in a patent challenge by FlashPoint Technology, Inc. ZTE is the sixth-ranked mobile phone maker in the world based on market share, and is a significant player in the U.S. no-contract phone market.

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