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Federal Circuit Reverses District Court on Claim Construction in Patent Suit Involving Google's Street View

On March 14, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled in a patent appeal case involving Google's Street View technology on a topic in patent law that has received considerable attention recently—claim...more

PersonalWeb v. Google: Duty to Preserve Emails Began When Patent Was Acquired

PersonalWeb Technologies, LLC ("PersonalWeb") filed a patent infringement action against Google for infringement of its "Truenames" patents. Google filed a motion for sanctions based on a contention that PersonalWeb...more

Spain launches a reform of the Intellectual Property Law. Including the so-called “Google News tax” on use of copyrighted...

The Spanish Council of Ministers has just approved a draft law for the partial reform of the Intellectual Property Law. It will be now submitted to the Spanish Parliament for discussion and final approval....more

Google's Nest Acquisition Has Much To Do With Patents

The news of Google’s acquisition of Nest Labs for $3.2 billion cast a spotlight on an ongoing debate in startups: Should they bother to seek patents to protect their inventions or not? ...more

Intellectual Property Year in Review

With the new year underway, we take a look back at some of the intellectual property-related highlights of 2013. Not only did the federal copyright and trademark agencies face a full-blown government shutdown this past year,...more

Five Patenting Lessons Exemplified by Google’s Glucose-Sensing Contact Lenses

Google recently announced on its blog that its “Google-X” laboratory is testing a prototype “smart” contact lens that includes a miniaturized electronic sensor designed to measure glucose level in the wearer’stears. I...more

Board Eschews Federal Circuit Claim Construction in Granting IPR Trial Requested by Google

In concise decision, Google was able to get 9 challenged claims of a Whitserve patent into a trial for inter partes review in a case styled as Google, Inc. v. Whitserve LLC (IPR2013-00249), involving U.S. Pat. No. 6,981,007....more

Unwired Planet v. Google: Court Reverses Decision Limiting Google to Prior Art References

Unwired Planet LLC ("Unwired Planet") filed a patent infringement action against Google and it originally identified 124 claims from ten patents as its asserted claims against Google. Unwired subsequently reduced the number...more

ITC Section 337 Update – August 7, 2013

White House Disapproves Commission Determination To Issue Exclusion Order In 794 Investigation – By Letter of August 3, 2013, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, acting on authority from the President, notified...more

Business Litigation Report -- May 2013

In This Issue: Firm News: ..Quinn Emanuel to Open Sydney Office ..Firm Expands Mass Torts and Products Liability Practice ..Susheel Kirpalani Named a 2012 “Dealmaker of the Year” by The American...more

Software Patents Put to the Test – a Bad Sign for Trolls?

One of the challenges presented by software patents, which are commonly asserted by so-called patent assertion entities (aka, patent trolls), is determining what the patent covers. Often the invention is described in vague...more

Intellectual Property Newsletter - March 2013

*News from the Bench: - First Sale Doctrine Applies To Copyrighted Works Lawfully Made Abroad. - Dissenting Federal Circuit Judges Abide By The Akamai Standard. - More On Joint Infringement and The Akamai...more

Patent Watch: Function Media, L.L.C. v. Google Inc.

On February 13, 2012, in Function Media, L.L.C. v. Google Inc., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Rader, Newman, Reyna*) affirmed the district court's judgment entering the jury verdict that Google did not...more

Intellectual Property Client Alert: Definiteness in Patent Claims

The Federal Circuit, in Function Media v. Google, has determined that use of “means” language in a claim can lead to indefiniteness. Functional Media sued Google for infringement of three patents regarding advertising...more

Business Litigation Report -- January 2013

In This Issue: Shifting the Growing Costs of E-Discovery; Quinn Emanuel Continues the Expansion of International Arbitration Practice with the Addition of Stephen Jagusch; Aesthetic Functionality and the Use of “Color...more

Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter #24

We are pleased to present the 24th edition of the Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter. This month, we highlight recent decisions addressing the statute of repose for securities fraud claims, the...more

"New Year Will See More Policing of Patent Conduct by US and EU Competition Agencies"

If recent events are any indication, U.S. and European antitrust agencies will remain focused this year on the intersection of intellectual property and competition law. In particular, the agencies have concluded that under...more

Around the Virtual World - January 21, 2013

A weekly wrap up of interesting news about virtual worlds, virtual goods and other social media. In This Issue: - USPTO Dives Into Software Patent Debate With New Group - The Hidden Risks Behind Facebook's...more

FTC-Google Consent Decree Provides Important Lessons Regarding Standards-Essential Patents

On January 3, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) entered into a Consent Decree with Google Inc. (“Google”) and its wholly owned subsidiary Motorola Mobility LLC (“Motorola”). The decree settles allegations that Google...more

"FTC Ends Google Investigation With a ‘Slap on the Wrist’"

On January 3, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) ended its highly publicized and wide-ranging investigation into Google Inc.’s business practices with an enforcement action that has been described by some as a “slap on...more

The rise of patent lawsuits in the mobile payments arena

Originally published in E-Finance & Payments Law & Policy - May 2012. Companies large and small are rushing to develop new products and technologies to net their share of the $1 trillion of projected value in mobile...more

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