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SEC Settles With Apple Stock Day Trader

Apple stock is well known and popular among investors. It is also attractive to fraudsters who focus on the high tech giant’s shares for schemes. One scheme, for example, brought down New York brokerage Rochdale Securities...more

Apple’s Quest for the “Ownable” Mark

No company’s branding strategy is studied more meticulously than Apple, Inc.’s — and of late, Apple has taken a turn for the descriptive with its various operating systems. Every company wants its brands to be...more

Need to Decrypt an iPhone? There’s an “Act” for That

A pair of recent cases pitted the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) against Apple, Inc. (Apple) in a Herculean struggle between asserted interests in national security and privacy. In both cases, the DOJ relied on the same...more

Samsung Electronics America, Inc. v. Smartflash LLC (PTAB 2016)

PTAB Not Bound by Prior District Court Ruling on § 101 - On March 30, 2016, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued a Final Written Decision in a case captioned Samsung...more

Summary judgment of non-infringement and invalidity is denied

The disputed patent relates to communication terminal equipment and call incoming control method. The parties dispute whether there is sufficient structure to describe an alert sound generator, or whether the term is...more

CareKit: Apple’s new open-source heath app platform

Apple announced CareKit on Monday, a new, open-source software framework designed to help app developers in the medical care space enable people to actively manage their own medical conditions. The press release states...more

Three Point Shot - March 2016

California Court to PGA Tour Caddies: You'll Get Nothing and Like It! As the full swing of the PGA season rounds the corner, and with the azaleas blooming at Augusta, the trusted confidants of golf's premier players...more

The Smart Phone Patent Saga Continues - Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., et al.

In a case involving suits, countersuits and multiple appeals by the two giants of the mobile phone space, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed a jury’s finding of infringement, voiding the accompanying...more

The Supreme Court Emerges From Its Carbon Freeze on Design Patents

When we last left our story, Jedi combatants Apple and Samsung were circling the Supreme Court imploring it to review their dispute involving design patents—an area of the law that the Court has not touched in over a century....more

Apple’s Conflict Minerals Smelters Nearly 100% Audited

Apple has filed its Form SD for the year ended December 31, 2015. It includes this disclosure: The combination of training, public reporting and a ticking clock drove the number from 82 smelters and refiners...more

Supreme Court Decides to Hear Samsung v. Apple, Appears Ready to Weigh-In on Patent Damage Calculations

This week, in Samsung Electronics Co. v. Apple Inc., No. 15-777, the Supreme Court granted Samsung’s petition for certiorari and agreed to hear the case about Apple’s smartphone design patents in its upcoming term. This will...more

Renewable Energy Update - March 2016 #3

Renewable Energy Focus - Davis and Yolo County take charge of electricity purchases - Sacramento Bee - Mar 21 - Yolo County and the City of Davis are joining a growing number of communities in California in...more

More Questions than Answers – The DOJ’s Sudden Change in Tactics in the Apple iPhone Encryption Dispute

In the ongoing iPhone encryption battle between the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and Apple, March 22, 2016 might have been a pivotal moment in the national discourse on digital privacy rights, encryption, and the bounds of...more

The Supreme Court - March 2016 #3

The Supreme Court of the United States issued one per curiam decision on March 21, 2016: Caetano v. Massachusetts, No. 14-10078: Massachusetts enacted a law prohibiting the possession of stun guns. That law was upheld...more

Weekly Web Wrap-Up

Welcome to Sheppard Mullin’s Weekly Web Wrap-Up: Top news in the social media, gaming, and virtual goods and currencies industries curated by the Social Media & Games Team. Here are some of the stories that we’ve been...more

Apple Argues It Should Not Be Compelled to Write Software for the F.B.I.

On February 16, 2016, Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym in the United States District Court for the Central District of California issued an order compelling Apple, Inc. to provide technical assistance to the F.B.I. so it can access...more

Potential Antitrust Implications of Most Favored Nation Clauses

Both in the automotive and other industries, parties have turned to most favored nation (MFN) clauses—or clauses having the same effect—as a means to assure the lowest possible input costs. MFN clauses offer pro-competitive,...more

Hedging with Distributed Renewable Generation Sources in Times of Fossil Fuel Price Volatility

Until very recently, mainstream power purchasers have not viewed renewable energy as a reliable hedge against other energy sources, mostly because the costs associated with constructing or purchasing the output of renewable...more

The Law Behind the Apple vs. FBI iPhone Unlocking Debate

By now, you have probably read about how the FBI is asking Apple to create software that would help the FBI unlock the iPhone of one of the deceased San Bernadino attackers. You have probably heard the talking heads scream...more

The Latest Twist In The Apple v. VirnetX IPRs: Appeals Court Issues Temporary Stay

On March 7, 2016, the Federal Circuit issued a temporary stay to permit briefing by the parties on the question of whether the PTAB properly ruled that Apple could use the joinder process in Mangrove Capital’s IPR against...more

iWon’t: Apple’s Face-Off with the DOJ

In what is quickly becoming one of the closest-watched cases in the country, Apple is now at loggerheads with the Department of Justice and FBI over its refusal to unlock the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters....more

National Debate on Digital Privacy Shows No Signs of Slowing

The Justice Department’s dispute with Apple related to encryption on the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters has reinvigorated the national debate on digital privacy. Though it is not clear how the California...more

VirnetX Faces Follow-on IPR Petition from a Different Petitioner After Settling Previously Instituted IPR

In IPR2014-00614, Microsoft filed a petition for IPR against US Patent No. 7,418,504 (“the ‘504 patent) owned by VirnetX, which was instituted based upon anticipation grounds over Kiuchi (see institution decision). This IPR...more

Apple Leads the Way as Green Bonds Set to Grow in 2016

Green bonds are fixed-income debt instruments earmarked for environmental or climate change initiatives. As companies undertake more “green” initiatives, including investing in renewable energy generation, the green bond...more

Apple vs. FBI: The House Judiciary Committee Hearing and Takeaways

Among the major headlines dominating not only the recent news cycle, but also this week’s RSA Conference in San Francisco, has been Apple’s challenge to the federal government’s request that Apple assist in unlocking the...more

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