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Sorry, Apple, Assignment of ITU Applications Isn’t MAGIC

Another installment of Apple surveillance: it appears the tech giant has enlisted a shell company to file trademark applications for its newest products. Problem is, they might be stuck there....more

Practical Implications from the Federal Circuit’s Rare en Banc Reversal in Apple v. Samsung

In a precedential opinion issued en banc on Friday, October 7, 2016, the Federal Circuit overturned a panel decision, affirming and reinstating the district court’s judgment and the jury’s verdict. The majority opinion...more

Smartphone Patent War: En Banc Federal Circuit Rebukes Earlier Panel Decision and Reinstates Jury Verdicts for Apple against...

In its October 7 en banc decision in Apple v. Samsung, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, without benefit of en banc briefing, issued an unusual opinion overturning a panel decision for the purpose of...more

Federal Circuit Patent Updates - September 2016

Husky Injection Molding System v. Athena Automation Ltd. (No. 2015-1726, 9/23/16) (Lourie, Plager, Stoll) - Lourie, J. Dismissing an appeal from a PTAB decision in an IPR for lack of jurisdiction. “[W]e conclude that we...more

Claim Differentiation Doctrine Does Not Overcome Construction Dictated by Written Description or Prosecution History **WEB ONLY**

Addressing the application of the claim differentiation doctrine in claim construction, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s construction, finding that the doctrine of claim...more

Exclusive Recitation of Specific Device in Specification Limits Claim Term

Addressing issues of claim construction, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a limiting construction of a claim term where the specification exclusively used the disputed term in the limited fashion. GPNE...more

Encryption: Ensuring the Right to Privacy in the Information Age?

On December 2nd, 2015, a tragic mass shooting occurred in San Bernardino, California. The attack resulted in 14 deaths and severe injuries to 22 others. The attackers, a married couple, targeted the husband’s workplace – the...more

Demystifying Phantom Equity

Phantom equity is a colorful term for a simple concept: compensation that rewards key contributors for increasing the value of the company without the immediate issuance (or even any future issuance) of equity securities....more

Federal Circuit Clarifies That It Still Lacks Jurisdiction To Review Whether Petition Was Time-Barred

A “determination by the Director whether to institute an inter partes review under this section shall be final and nonappealable.” 35 U.S.C. § 314(d). A series of decisions from the Federal Circuit have clarified to what...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 9.23.16

Well, see, Yahoo just doesn’t have enough on its plate these days. So why not the revelation that hackers stole data on 500 million users in 2014? The hack—thought to be a state-sponsored affair—is likely the biggest data...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 9.21.16

Testifying before the Senate Banking Committee yesterday, Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf admitted that the illegal sham-account-creation activity at the heart of its recent SEC fine may have begun earlier than first reported....more

PTAB Explains how to Determine Whether a Reference Qualifies as a “Printed Publication” Under 35 U.S.C. § 102(b)

In a final written decision issued on August 30, 2016, in an inter partes review, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) examined whether a “Request for Comments” (RFC) document qualified as a printed publication under 35...more

Digesting the €13 Billion Apple-EU Tax Ruling

King & Spalding experts assess what international businesses need to be aware of following the EC's ruling on State Aid in the Apple case - Partners in King & Spalding’s tax department have shared their perspectives and...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: September 2016 #3

Last week, the legal battle between federal authorities and North Carolina over transgender bathroom access took a turn. North Carolina’s governor quietly withdrew the state’s suit against the federal government, instead...more

iPhones Vulnerable to Pegasus—Update Your iPhone Now

Apple has issued an urgent warning to iPhone users about a crucial iOS update that is the only way to protect iPhones from “the extremely malicious Pegasus software.” According to Apple, Pegasus can completely take over...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 9.12.16

The past 2 years have been just short of disastrous for most hedge funds. But even without much to show in the form of results, the world’s biggest fund manager—Bridgewater Associates—has attracted $22.5 billion in investor...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 9.8.16

In a move anticipated over the past year or so, Caliber Home Loans—with PE Lone Star Funds’ backing—is making more loans to “borrowers with spotty credit histories.” A euphemism for subprime, by the way. That targeting has...more

State aid – the European Commission charges forward

This note provides an update on the EU state aid decisions and aims to put recent developments in context. We review the current state of the state aid investigations, provide some political context, touch on the US...more

California Governor Extends CEQA Litigation Streamlining Provisions for Large Projects Promoting Job Creation and Innovative...

Law Will Expedite Schedules for Qualified Projects - On Friday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill extending special California Environmental Quality Act litigation streamlining provisions for large,...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 9.6.16

Dealbook gives us the story of Airgas, where founder Peter McCausland’s reticence to sell (despite serious shareholder pressure) resulted in a $5 billion windfall rather than the all-too-often result of a later sale for...more

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane . . . No, It’s a Drone. Long Awaited FAA Drone Regulations Finally Take Flight

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s a drone. Also known as an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or unmanned aircraft (UA). And, technically, they’ve been around a long time, since at least 1849 when the...more

Common Sense Is Not So Common-ly Obvious

Almost a decade has elapsed since the Supreme Court’s decision in KSR Int’l Co. v. Teleflex, Inc. altered the law of patent obviousness. In reversing the judgment of the Federal Circuit, the Court in KSR limited the...more

Indirect Infringement Not Overcome by Objective Strength of Non-Infringement Case

Addressing indirect infringement and claim construction issues, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed the district court on three of the four patents at issue, finding that it applied the wrong standard for...more

EU tax ruling levies €13 billion state aid penalty on Apple

On 30 August 2016, Ireland was ordered by the EC to recover up to €13 billion from Apple on the basis that tax arrangements implemented between Apple and Ireland, originally in 1991, amounted to the provision of unlawful tax...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 8.31.16

Continual rejections worked for Hershey in fending off Mondelez’s takeover bid. The Deal Professor thinks that Tronc faces considerable risks in following the same strategy with Gannett’s repeated overtures....more

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