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Legal News
19 May 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit [official website] on Monday affirmed [opinion, PDF] Apple's smartphone patent victory against Samsung but remanded the case to the lower court to reduce the damages that must be paid to Apple [corporate websites]. The court upheld the district court's determination … [read more]


Legal News
31 Mar 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments in two cases regarding federal patent law on Tuesday. In Commil USA, LLC v Cisco Systems, Inc. [transcript, PDF], the court must decide whether the federal circuit erred in holding that a defendant's belief that a patent is invalid constitutes … [read more]


Legal News
17 Sep 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit [official website] on Tuesday overturned [opinion, PDF] an order requiring Apple [corporate website] to pay $368.2 million to VirnetX Holding Corp. in a patent dispute. The case was originally heard in the US District Court for the Eastern District of … [read more]


Legal News
9 Sep 2014
by Ann Schober

[JURIST] The Federal court of Australia [official website] has upheld [judgment] a ruling allowing US-based genetic testing company Myriad Genetics [corporate website] to retain its patent for genetic material (DNA and RNA) it has isolated from human cells. Patient advocacy group Cancer Voices Australia (CVA) [advocacy website] appealed a February … [read more]


Legal News
3 Sep 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] on Tuesday approved [judgment, PDF] a settlement between federal antitrust authorities and eBay [corporate website] over allegations that eBay agreed to not to poach employees from rival companies. Judge Edward Davila presided over the … [read more]


Legal News
28 Aug 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Judge Lucy Koh [official profile] of the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] on Wednesday denied a request by Apple for a permanent injunction barring Samsung Electronics [corporate websites] from selling products that infringe on Apple's patents. The Cupertino based tech company had sought … [read more]


Legal News
15 Aug 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL) [official websites] filed an appeal in federal court on Thursday to challenge a June ruling [text, PDF] by the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board of the US Patent and Trademark Office [official websites] that found the team name "Redskins" is … [read more]


Legal News
1 Aug 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Thursday upheld a magistrate judge's ruling [opinion, pdf] requiring Microsoft [official website] to turn over customers' emails and other account information. Microsoft had objected to the application of US search warrants to information stored in … [read more]


Professional Commentary
7 Jul 2014
by Christian Ehret of The Webb Law Firm

JURIST Guest Columnist Christian Ehret of the Webb Law Firm discusses patent law in reference to Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International... Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International 
[PDF] is the last of several patent law cases decided by the US Supreme Court in its October 2013 term. While the … [read more]


Student Commentary
25 Jun 2014
by Harrison Thorne of Loyola Law School

JURIST Guest Columnist Harrison Thorne, Loyola Law School, Class of 2016, addresses newly decided precedents in patent law and the complications that they could create... It is not always clear exactly when a patent is infringed. People typically think of infringement in a black and white manner as the unauthorized … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jun 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously Thursday in Alice Corporation v. CLS Bank International [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that an abstract idea is not patentable simply because it is tied to a computer system. In this case, Alice Corp. sued CLS [corporate websites] for patent infringement of … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jun 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. [corporate websites] on Friday agreed to drop their appeals of a patent-infringement case at the US International Trade Commission (ITC) [official website] that resulted in an import ban on some older model Samsung phones. Samsung has been seeking to overturn the ban, while … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jun 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously Monday in Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Inc. [SCOTUSblog backgrounder], a long-running patent infringement case. Biosig sued Nautilus [corporate websites] in 2004, alleging that Nautilus infringed its patent for a heart-rate monitor. A district court found Biosig's patent invalid … [read more]


Legal News
17 May 2014
by G. Redd

[JURIST] In a joint motion to dismiss [text], Apple and Google [corporate websites] agreed Friday to end all mobile technology patent litigation between Apple and Motorola. Furthermore, each company agreed to bear its own expenses after the dismissal is final at the district court level. This comes as a surprise, … [read more]


Legal News
15 May 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit [official website] on Wednesday affirmed [judgment, PDF] without comment a US International Trade Commission (ITC) [official website] decision finding that Apple [corporate website] did not infringe [determination, PDF] upon Samsung Electronics [corporate website] patents. The ITC had previously found in … [read more]


Legal News
10 May 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that programming interfaces in Oracle's Java technology can be protected under US copyright law, allowing Oracle to pursue its legal case against Google [corporate websites]. The litigation arose four year ago when Oracle sued … [read more]


Professional Commentary
7 May 2014
by Charles Duan of Patent Reform Project at Public Interest

JURIST Guest Columnist Charles Duan of The Patent Reform Project at Public Knowledge discusses problems in Patent Law and Nautilus v. Biosig Instruments... The patent system is intended to incentivize invention and the spread of knowledge. As part of dispatching this task, patent laws require that patents be described clearly—the … [read more]


Legal News
3 May 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] A jury in the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] on Friday ordered Samsung Electronics Co Ltd to pay $119.6 million to Apple Inc [corporate websites] for a finding that the company infringed on two of Apple's smartphone patents. The jury also found [Reuters … [read more]


Legal News
2 May 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Thursday announced a settlement with eBay in a lawsuit accusing the company of making deals with Intuit [corporate websites] not to recruit each others' employees. The deal between the two parties bars the company from engaging in any type of … [read more]


Academic Commentary
28 Apr 2014
by Yaniv Heled of Georgia State University College of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Yaniv Heled of Georgia State University College of Law argues that patent trolls may be better understood when viewed as analogous to biological parasites, as both are naturally occurring phenomena that thrive by syphoning resources from hosts. Viewing patent trolls as parasites can help in setting realistic … [read more]

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