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Legal News
19 Jan 2016
by Taylor Isaac

The California District Court for the Northern District [official website] on Monday granted [order, PDF] Apple's [official website] motion for a permanent injunction against Samsung [official website] for infringing upon three software patents [Apple Insider report]. The patents involve data detector, "slide-to-unlock," and predictive text input software on certain older … [read more]


Legal News
21 Dec 2015
by Taylor Gillan

Swedish mobile telecom company Ericsson on Monday announced that it has signed a patent license agreement with Apple [corporate websites], ending a nearly year-long patent dispute. The deal will last for seven years and includes [AP report] a cross-license that incorporates patents owned by both companies. The out of court … [read more]


Legal News
5 Dec 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Samsung and Apple [corporate websites] released a joint statement [statement, PDF] Thursday with the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] saying that Samsung will pay Apple $548 million by Dec. 14 for infringing Apple's patents. Samsung also stated that it expects reimbursement if it … [read more]


Student Commentary
25 Nov 2015
by Xiaoying Zhang of University of Pittsburgh School of Law
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Xiaoying Zhang of the University of Pittsburgh, School of Law discusses how patent ownership disclosure should be regulated... On June 4, 2013, the White House issued five executive actions designed to increase the transparency of the patent system, ensure the highest-quality patents, reduce abusive patent litigation and … [read more]


Student Commentary
9 Nov 2015
by Ewelina Kemp of University of Pittsburgh School of Law
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Ewelina Kemp of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law discusses the recent developments of Patent Law in the European Union... Fall 2015 appears to be a prominent time for European Patent Law. On September 30, 2015 Italy formally became the twenty sixth EU state member involved … [read more]


Legal News
8 Oct 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The High Court of Australia [official website] ruled [order, PDF] Wednesday that the genetic material, BRCA1 [NCI backgrounder], is not a "patentable invention" under §18(1)(a) of the Patents Act 1990 [text]. Holding [judgment summary, PDF] that allowing the gene to be patented would "involve an extension of the concept … [read more]


Student Commentary
7 Oct 2015
by Lawson Huyhn of St. John's University School of Law
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Lawson Huynh from St. John's University School of Law Class of 2016, is the second author in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Huyhn discusses the impact a recent Supreme Court case might have on patentability of mobile … [read more]


Legal News
18 Sep 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that Apple should have received an injunction barring Samsung [corporate websites] from selling any devices that infringe on Apple's patents. The Federal Circuit panel ruled 2-1 that an injunction should have been given to … [read more]


Legal News
26 Aug 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Germany's highest appeal court on Tuesday affirmed [press release, in German] a 2013 decision by a lower court that invalidated a series of Apple [corporate website] smartphone patents. The ruling by the Federal Court of Justice [official website] invalidates the patents [US patent materials] regarding the "swipe to unlock" … [read more]


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
edited by Jason Kellam

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
edited by Josh Guckert

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]

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