Peter G. Hawkins

Peter G. Hawkins

Peter Hawkins focuses his practice on intellectual property counseling and litigation. He also advises on intellectual property due diligence matters, technology transfer, licensing, and portfolio acquisition and strategy.  With a background in materials science and engineering, Peter’s experience encompasses a range of technologies, including medical devices, oil and gas refining, semiconductor memory, telecommunications, diesel engines, and wireless devices.

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It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over: 6th Circuit Confirms That Post-Trial Motions Toll The Deadline To File Attorneys’ Fees Motions And Extends Octane Fitness To Trademark Litigations

In Slep-Tone Entertainment Corp. v. Karaoke Kandy Store, et al., No. 14-3117 (6th Cir. April 6, 2015), the Sixth Circuit confirmed that post-trial motions toll the deadline for filing motions for attorneys’ fees under Rule 54.  Moreover, the Court held that the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the phrase “exceptional case,” as that phrase is used in the fees provision … Continue Reading

The Hopper Isn’t Aereo

Last year, the Supreme Court held, in American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. v. Aereo, that a distributor of copyrighted programming over the internet was liable for copyright infringement.  Recently, the Central District of California distinguished Aereo in Fox Broadcasting Co. v. DISH Network LLC, holding that certain internet-based services of a satellite television provider did not infringe a content … Continue Reading

Key Factors in Proving the Fair Use Defense

The recent decision in Kienitz v. Sconnie Nation LLC, No. 13-3004, 2014 WL 4494835 (7th Cir. Sept. 15, 2014) suggests that the Seventh Circuit is at odds with the Second Circuit as to which factor is most important for determining when the fair use defense to copyright infringement should apply, and as to the appropriate analysis for certain fair … Continue Reading