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Repeated Disparagement of the Prior Art in the Specification Can Operate as a Clear and Unmistakable Disavowal of Claim Scope -...

Addressing issues of claim construction, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s narrow construction based on a disclaimer in the specification. Openwave Systems, Inc., NKA...more

Publishers close the book on one e-books case; Supreme Court decides whether to reopen another

We will soon know whether the Supreme Court will grant Apple’s cert petition asking the Court to review and reverse its antitrust violation for conspiring with publishers to fix the prices of e-books. The Court will consider...more

WSGR Obtains First-of-Its-Kind Precedent on California's Automatic Renewal Law

A host of Silicon Valley companies have been targeted by suits claiming that recurring payments the companies receive for services have been obtained in violation of California's Automatic Renewal Law (ARL), Business and...more

Still Alice: Not all software patents are being invalidated under Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l

On June 19, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l (Alice). In Alice, the Court held that several patents that pertained to a computerized platform for eliminating risk in...more

U.S. Regulators Disagree On Government Access To Encrypted Information

On January 25, 2016, at the State of the Net Internet Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell from the Department of Justice and Commissioner Terrell McSweeny from the Federal Trade...more

IP Newsflash - February 2016 #2

SUPREME COURT CASES - Post-Complaint Events or Transactions Cannot Cure Prudential Standing Defects - The U.S. Supreme Court denied Alps South’s writ to review the Federal Circuit’s decision that the company lacked...more

High Stakes Race Between Apple and VirnetX: Will PTAB Trump The Texas Jury's Award of $326.5M?

A Texas jury today raised the stakes even higher in a race involving parallel proceedings between the PTAB and Texas district court when it found that Apple infringed the VirnetX patents and awarded to VirnetX $625.6M in...more

Patent Trolls – What’s the Verdict? A Look at the Impact of the Apple Case

In what is potentially the largest “patent troll” verdict in history, Apple has lost a $625 million patent jury award to VirnetX, according to Reuters news service. The jury verdict in the Eastern District of Texas includes...more

IP Newsflash - February 2016

FEDERAL CIRCUIT CASES - Federal Circuit Strikes Down Award of Attorneys’ Fees - In a decision that rejects a recent trend of district courts’ willingness to award attorneys’ fees since the Supreme Court’s 2014...more

Cuozzo Expanded to CBMs to Bar Appellate Review of Institution Decisions - SightSound Tech., LLC v. Apple Inc.

Addressing the bar on appellate reviewability of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (PTAB or Board) decisions, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit concluded that § 324(e) bars review of the Board’s decision to...more

News of Note for the Internet-Minded – 1/29/16

It’s been a week when virtual reality news reigns supreme, with the technology shown off in medicine, film and entertainment, and as part of Apple’s future plans. The FCC has even suggested a spectrum designation for it. Oh,...more

Federal Circuit Review | January 2016

The Federal Circuit Will Review Appeals from Inter Partes Review Proceedings Under the “Substantial Evidence” Standard - In Merck & Cie v. Gnosis S.p.A., Appeal No. 2014-1779, the Federal Circuit affirmed a PTAB IPR...more

Patent Trends to Watch in 2016

2016 is starting off with a bang! A number of interesting new developments have occurred as we enter into this new year: The Supreme Court will review broadest reasonable interpretation (BRI), courtesy of the petition for...more

News of Note for the Internet-Minded – 1/22/16

Stories of interest include Apple’s moves in VR and AR, the future of AI research, the security holes in the Internet of Things, and more....more

"Global Antitrust Enforcement in the Digital Age: Recent Developments in E-Commerce"

Competition authorities worldwide ramped up scrutiny of e-commerce business practices in 2015. The European Commission (Commission) launched an expansive sector inquiry in May 2015 aimed at identifying anticompetitive...more

Apple (Finally) Enjoins the Sale of (Obsolete) Samsung Phones

In the latest development in the patent skirmishes between Apple and Samsung, on Monday, January 18, 2016, U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh of the Northern District of California entered a permanent injunction barring...more

The “Smart Phone” Wars – Episode VII: Will the Force of the Supreme Court Awaken?

Design patents protect the ornamental features of utilitarian objects, that is, the uniqueness of aesthetic features, form, or configuration of products. Design patents can be a significant weapon in the intellectual...more

IP Newsflash - January 2016

SUPREME AND FEDERAL COURT CASES - U.S. Supreme Court Denies Writ to Overturn Application of the Kessler Doctrine - The U.S. Supreme Court denied software developer’s SpeedTrack writ to overturn the Federal...more

Do You Need To Pay Employees For "Off-The-Clock" Work Time?

As part of our continuing Advisory series on wage and hour issues, this week’s Advisory focuses on compensation for work that occurs “off-the-clock.” Employers generally know that they must pay non-exempt employees for all...more

Don’t Get On the Wrong Side of Taylor Swift in a Copyright Case!

Taylor Swift has been in the news a lot over the last year or so. She is phenomenally successful. Her hit album “1989” concert tour was the highest grossing tour in the world in 2015 (over $250 million) and the highest...more

Court Can’t Change the Claim Construction After a Verdict

In Wi-Lan, Inc. v. Apple Inc., [2014-1437, 2014-1485] (Fed. Cir. 2016), the Federal Circuit reversed the trial court’s JMOL determination of no invalidity of U.S. Patent No. RE37,802 because it was based on a post-verdict...more

News of Note for the Internet-Minded – 1/6/16

Stories of interest include the return of the bots, an exploration of Facebook’s interest in virtual reality, a host of wearable tech developments, and more. Whether they crawl, answer queries, message or just chat, the...more

Self-Driving Cars: Legal Issues Ahead

Companies including Apple, Google, Tesla, Toyota and Uber are all developing and testing self-driving car technology. Toyota announced in November that it would spend $1 billion over the next five years on research centers...more

A Solution to Business Problems May Not Be a Technological Invention - Apple Inc. v. Smartflash LLC

Addressing the standard for instituting a covered business method (CBM) review, as well as patent eligibility issues under 35 U.S.C. § 101, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) found patents related to payment...more

Legal Issues Raised by the Driverless Vehicle Revolution: Part 1

Fueled by the high-profile efforts of technology giants like Google, major manufacturers like General Motors and Tesla, and new auto industry entrants like Uber and Apple, the driverless car revolution is here. Tomorrow’s...more

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