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Status Updates - November 2014 #10

Commercial free content. Would you pay to diminish the number of ads that appear on your screen while you surf the Web? Google is testing a service that will allow users to do just that. The service, called Contributor, will...more

Tax Court Characterizes Technology Executive’s Merger Proceeds as Ordinary Income

On October 30th, the U.S. Tax Court ruled that a key executive of a technology company acquired by Google for $93 million was required to report a large portion of his merger consideration as ordinary compensation income....more

Status Updates - November 2014 #9

..A saving grace for search results. In the first case since 2007 to address the issue, a California state court judge recently held that Google’s search results are in fact protected by U.S. free speech laws, and that Google...more

Status Updates - November 2014 #8

..Pay to play. Attention, marketing professionals: The free ride that Facebook has been giving to advertisers is coming to end. We’ve recently discussed Facebook’s recently ban on “like” gating. Now, inspired by its users’...more

Google Play and the Slow Transition to Mobile for Real Money Gaming

If the past 10 years have taught us anything it’s that the future is not just online, it’s on the go. For countless consumers, mobile and tablet devices are the preferred method of accessing online content. After a slow...more

Status Updates - November 2014 #7

..Laundry time. Make sure you are getting what you’re paying for. That’s good advice in a lot of areas of human endeavor and it’s certainly true of online advertising. We wrote last month about efforts by the online...more

The Right to be Forgotten

The inherent tension between privacy and liberty was in acute focus in the European Union Court of Justice’s ruling earlier this year on the “right to be forgotten”. In that case, Spanish national Mario Costeja Gonzalez...more

Oracle v Google: Are APIs Copyrightable?

Last month, Google asked the Supreme Court to hear its appeal of an appeals court ruling that certain application program interfaces (APIs) are copyrightable. Oracle’s response is due in December, and the US Government may...more

Computer-Implemented Business Transaction Claim Must Describe an “Inventive Concept” to Be Patent Eligible

BuySAFE, Inc. v. Google, Inc. and Loyalty Conversion Systems Corp. v. American Airlines, Inc. - Addressing subject matter eligibility of claims purporting to apply abstract mental processes directed to business...more

California Employment Law Notes

Google Required To Produce Emails In Response To Former Employer's Subpoena - Negro v. Superior Court, 2014 WL 5341926 (Cal. Ct. App. 2014) - Navalimpianti USA, Inc. subpoenaed Google, Inc. to produce copies of...more

Interval Licensing: Determining Indefiniteness Post-Nautilus

The Supreme Court’s decision in Nautilus1 is considered by many as a significant development for accused infringers asserting indefiniteness. The decision is viewed as relaxing the standard thereby making it easier for...more

Internet Free-Speech and the Push Towards Unmasking Online Anonymity

Internet heavyweights including Google, Facebook, and Twitter are backing the popular business review site Yelp in a Virginia Supreme Court case that has gained country-wide attention as having the potential to significantly...more

Terms of Degree Must Provide Objective Boundaries

Interval Licensing LLC v. AOL, Inc. - Providing further elaboration on the “reasonable certainty” standard in an indefiniteness analysis involving a term of degree, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit...more

Handling Dependent Claims in a Motion to Amend

In Google Inc. v. Arendi S.A.R.L., IPR2014-00452, Paper 16 (October 27, 2014), the Board advised the patent owner on addressing dependent claims when an independent claim is amended. ...more

Privacy in the Cloud: A Legal Framework for Moving Personal Data to the Cloud

For many companies, the main question about cloud computing is no longer whether to move their data to the “cloud,” but how they can accomplish this transition. Cloud (or Internet-based on-demand) computing involves a shift...more

Status Updates - October 2014 #12

..Unfree speech? In the United States, the First Amendment would likely prevent the prosecution of someone who posted racist or anti-Semitic messages on a social media platform. But social media platforms operate worldwide,...more

Wiped Out

If you thought Google was the only organization affected by the European Court of Justice’s May decision honoring a Spanish man’s right to have a newspaper story about him erased from its search rankings, you’d be wrong. In...more

Federal Circuit Review | October 2014

Inequitable Conduct Ruling Upheld - In AMERICAN CALCAR, INC. v. AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR CO., Appeal No. 2013-1061, the Federal Circuit affirmed a finding of inequitable conduct. Calcar asserted patents related to...more

Are Browsewrap Agreements Enforceable?

Almost all social media sites contain “Terms of Service” (“TOS”). Are they enforceable against users? It depends on the presentation and the issue....more

PTAB Addresses Issue of Whether IPR Prior Art is Enabling

A “Hail Mary” of sorts, for Patent Owners, in their fight to defend the patentability of a challenged patent, can be an argument that a particular prior art reference is not relevant to the patentability analysis because it...more

Use as a verb not always the kiss of death for trademarks: Elliot v. Google

Use of a trademark as a verb is an oft-cited example of trademarks becoming generic, and frequently used as an easy case of “genericide” by legal textbook authors (not to mention legal bloggers). The owners of famous...more

Entangled in the Web of Things

By finding new uses for data, the Internet of Things heralds a host of challenges - Within a decade, analysts say, the “Internet of Things” will have transformed our lives. Billions of Internet-connected devices will...more

Japan – Google Privacy Case

On 9 October 2014, Judge Nobuyuki Seki of the Tokyo District Court granted a provisional injunction against Google Inc. (“Google“) and ordered Google to delete search results of a plaintiff who claimed his privacy rights had...more

Teva v. Sandoz -- Is Deferential Review a Boon for Patent Trolls?

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. v. Sandoz Inc. case to determine whether appellate courts should afford any deference to a trial court's claim construction...more

Automobile Technology- Set to Change the Face of Liability Litigation

Google recently announced its first truly driverless vehicle. Google’s vehicle allows an individual to “drive” a car while never touching the steering wheel. It is completely autonomous. It is sure to be the first of many...more

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