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Patent and Copyright Protection for Software API

Recently the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit had a chance to weigh in on the IP protections afforded software. When deciding Oracle v. Google (Oracle America, Inc. v. Google Inc.), the Court concluded...more

Privacy Tuesday – April 2015 #3

Some privacy & security bits and bytes to start your week: FCC to Hold Public Workshop on Broadband Consumer Privacy Tomorrow - Over the last several months, the Federal Communications Commission has taken on a...more

FAA approves Amazon’s second request to test its delivery drones in the skies

While Amazon.com Inc. (Amazon) did receive approval to fly its test drones from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) back in March of this year for its July 2014 request, that approval proved to be useless after Amazon...more

How Much Would You Pay To Not Suck?

Trademark owners are in the midst of another ‘think’ about the best way to protect and preserve their reputations online. Specifically, beginning on March 30, 2015 the Sunrise Period opened for brand owners to fork over...more

More Imaginative THANN Other Soap Brands

On a recent trip to the Washington, D.C. area, I had the opportunity to stay at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, and I’ll have to say, as a trademark type, it was difficult to avoid being drawn to their...more

Best Practices in Social Media for Employers Part 4 – Social Media: Post-Employment Considerations

After the employment relationship is terminated, employers should be aware of former employees’ social media activity to ensure continued compliance with any post-employment obligations, including nondisclosure of proprietary...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Medical Marijuana Apps – Illegal Communication Facilities or the Next Big Thing?

A number of recent news articles have discussed the increased activity in the area of technology companies that facilitate the delivery of medical marijuana to patients. For example, according to a recent Forbes Magazine...more

The Definitive Guide To Igaming In The United States

In this issue: - Introduction - Business Opportunities In Igaming - The Critical Role Of The Land-Based Casinos - As Conduits For Igaming - As Partners With Igaming Operators -...more

Aylus v. Apple: District Court Orders Production of Revenue Documents

Aylus Networks, Inc. ("Aylus") sought documents from Apple "relating to the revenue, costs and profits from (1) purchases or rentals of iTunes video content using the accused Apple TV and/or iOS products iPhone, iPad, and...more

Scope for damages for data protection violations in the UK widened by the Court of Appeal

The English Court of Appeal recently gave judgement in a case arising out of the tracking of Internet behaviour via a web browser. In Vidal-Hall v Google1, the Court of Appeal found that...more

Paul Watler Speaks: Save the Plane – Or Save Yourself From a Libel Suit?

Fear of liability may match fear of flying for many Americans. We all know that commercial aviation is one of the safest forms of modern transportation. But it only takes a gut-wrenching drop of an aircraft in the midst...more

The Bermuda Triangle of Online Defamation: Copyright, Clickwrap and the CDA

We have written many times about attempts to use copyright law to do what defamation law can’t: take stuff down from the internet. Because Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (“CDA”) prevents a defamation plaintiff...more

E-Retailers Beware: DOJ Files First Criminal Prosecution for Online Price Fixing

The Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice recently announced its first criminal antitrust prosecution in e-commerce. David Topkins was charged on April 6, 2015, with price fixing in violation of Section 1 of...more

Argentina Adopts New Data Protection Regulations for the Use of Do Not Call Registry and CCTV

The Argentinian Data Protection Authority (DPA) beefs up penalties to fight robocalls and unconsented-to video surveillance by enacting Do Not Call and CCTV regulations....more

Status Updates - April 2015 #5

Photo negative. Daniel Morel, the photojournalist who was awarded $1.2 million in damages from news agencies that distributed his iconic Haiti earthquake pictures without his permission after he posted those pictures on...more

UK: Use of image taken from social media breaches UK media privacy rules

By Duncan Calow and Verity Young The UK Independent Press Standards Organisation has upheld a complaint against a newspaper after it published an image taken from social media without consent picturing a man who had been...more

Australian Federal Court Finds Rotten Conduct In Coles' 'Freshly Baked' Claims To The Tune Of $2.5 Million

The Federal Court has ordered Coles Supermarkets to pay a $2.5 million AUD penalty for making false and misleading claims regarding its bakery range in contravention of section 18 of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL)....more

Sunrise Registration Opens: Options for Protecting Your Brand in the .sucks gTLD

The registration policies and pricing for .sucks domain names paint trademark owners into a corner. This alert explains the defensive registration options for mark owners, although there are no “good” options. The new gTLD...more

IP Newsflash - April 2015 #3

DISTRICT COURT CASES - District Court Awards Attorney Fees Under its Inherent Powers Rather than 35 U.S.C. § 285 - On October 10, 2013, plaintiff MyMedicalRecords, Inc. (MMR) sued defendants claiming...more

Wilson v. The Walt Disney Company - USDC, N.D. California, April 16, 2015

In copyright infringement action concerning trailer for Disney’s blockbuster film Frozen court denied both parties’ motions for summary judgment, finding that plaintiff established genuine factual dispute as to Disney’s...more

FTC Finalizes First Privacy Settlement Against a Retail Tracking Firm

In a first-of-its-kind enforcement action, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Thursday voted along party lines to settle deception allegations against Nomi Technologies (Nomi), a company whose technology allows retailers...more

The New Wave of Data Breach Settlements

4.8 million. 10 million. 15 million. 25 million. Before 2014, these large numbers were likely to represent the number of individuals affected by a data breach. Today, they are the dollar figures that companies must spend to...more

Junk Fax Act Compliance: One Week Left to Request a Waiver for Non-Compliance

Thursday, April 30, 2015, marks the last day a business can request a retroactive waiver for failing to comply with certain fax advertising requirements promulgated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The scope of...more

FCC Denies E-Rate Appeal in Scorching Order

On April 15, after a multi-year investigation arising from events in 2004-2008, the Chief of the Telecommunications Access Policy Division (TAPD) of the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau issued an Order denying appeals by an...more

Foursquare’s new ‘Pinpoint’ product will use geolocational data to send targeted advertisements to your mobile device

While Foursquare’s new product, Pinpoint, surely isn’t the only technology tracking your location these days, with the release of this new product, businesses can transmit targeted advertising depending on an individual’s...more

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