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Privacy Perils: Don't "Play" Around with Some Google Apps

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

A group of researchers at the University of Michigan has discovered that hundreds of applications in Google Play, whose function is to turn Android phones into a server that allows the user to connect their phone directly to...more

Apple v. Samsung: What Does it Really Mean for Consumer Product Companies?

In 2011, Apple sued Samsung in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California (Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.) alleging that several Samsung smartphones infringed utility and design patents owned...more

Privacy TIp #86 - Android Users Vulnerable to Malware through Apps

University of Michigan researchers have discovered that hundreds of applications in Google Play turn Android phones into a server that allow the user to connect the phone directly to a PC and leave open insecure ports...more

Texting and Driving – The Evolving Theories of Liability

Distracted driving has become one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents and fatalities in the United States. In 2014 alone, Pennsylvania saw more than 13,964 crashes involving a distracted driver, including 49...more

Remand to District Court to Attempt to Identify “Article of Manufacture” for Design Patent Damages

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Addressing the design patent battle between Apple and Samsung on remand from the Supreme Court of the United States, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit declined to apply the new standard or to order specific...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms Orders Denying Arbitration In Two Class Action Lawsuits Against Samsung

by Carlton Fields on

The Ninth Circuit issued two similar opinions arising out of Samsung’s appeals of orders denying arbitration in two putative class actions filed against it. The claims against Samsung allege that the smartphone maker...more

Privacy Tip #74 – What to Do About Customs and Border Patrol

There has been lots of talk about the ripple effects of the Trump travel ban. But here’s a new twist I hadn’t heard before—U.S. Customs and Border Control (CBP) agents are detaining U.S. citizens and requiring them to unlock...more

The Apple May Not Fall Far from the Fashion Industry

by Knobbe Martens on

In 2011, Apple sued Samsung alleging among other things that various portions of Samsung smartphone products infringed claims of certain design patents owned by Apple (Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.). In 2012,...more

The right to disconnect: a new right for French employees?

A new law, called El Khomri law, passed on August 8th, 2016 in France providing a right to disconnect for employees. Such right is entered into force on January 1st, 2017 - According to the law, it belongs to the...more

Indianapolis Colts Want Class Action on Recording Conversations Moved to Home Stadium

The Indianapolis Colts mobile app is alleged by a putative class to record fans’ private conversations. In the putative class action, the named plaintiff alleges that the mobile app secretly activates the smart phone’s...more

New Lawsuits Challenge Qualcomm’s Allegedly Anticompetitive Patent Practices

by Perkins Coie on

The Federal Trade Commission filed suit last week in federal court against Qualcomm, Inc., following its investigation launched in September 2014. The FTC alleges that the semiconductor manufacturer illegally maintained a...more

Ninth Circuit: In-Box Arbitration Clause Not a Binding Contract

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Adding more complexity to the issue of arbitration contract formation, the Ninth Circuit has rejected Samsung's attempt to compel individual arbitration of fraud claims asserted by plaintiffs in two class actions. Ruling in...more

IP Cases to Watch in 2017

The New Year brings excitement and anticipation of changes for the best. Some of the pending patent cases provide us with ample opportunity to expect something new and, if not always very desirable to everybody, at least...more

For Design Patent Damages, “Article of Manufacture” Not Necessarily Entire End Product

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Justice Sotomayor, writing for a unanimous Supreme Court of the United States, held that for purposes of determining damages for design patent infringement under 35 USC § 289, the relevant “article of manufacture” may include...more

U.S. Supreme Court Substantially Devalues Design Patent Damages on Multicomponent Products: What Design Patent Holders Need to...

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

The U.S. Supreme Court in a unanimous 8-0 opinion reversed and remanded to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit an award to Apple, Inc. of $399 million of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.'s total profits on...more

Intellectual Property Law - December 2016

Design Patents—Supreme Court Decides Samsung v. Apple - Why it matters: On December 6, 2016, the Supreme Court decided Samsung v. Apple, holding that, for purposes of a "total profits" damages award for infringement of a...more

New Textalyzer App May Eliminate Distracted Driving

by Howard Ankin on

New York lawmakers have proposed to give police officers a new device called a Textalyzer to help reduce the high number of distracted driving accidents that result in serious injuries and fatalities. In Chicago, a car...more

Samsung Secures 8-0 Win in the Supreme Court Reversing Apple's $400 Million Damage Award

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

The Supreme Court of the United States handed Samsung a victory yesterday by reversing a $400 million judgment previously won by Apple for infringement of several of Apple's design patents. In a unanimous 8-0 decision, the...more

Supreme Court Takes Small Bite of Apple, Leaves Bigger Questions Aside on Design Patent Damages

A unanimous Supreme Court held in Samsung Electronics Co. v. Apple Inc. that Section 289 of the Patent Act does not demand that the entire, infringing end-user product be the basis for determining damages for design patent...more

For Design Patent Damages 'Article of Manufacture’ Not Necessarily Entire End Product

by McDermott Will & Emery on

A unanimous US Supreme Court held that for purposes of determining damages for design patent infringement under 35 U.S.C. §289, the relevant “article of manufacture” may include either the end product sold to the consumer or...more

Supreme Court Vacates $399M Design Patent Damage Award, Finding an Article of Manufacture for Damage Purposes is Not Necessarily...

In Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. v. Apple Inc., 580 U.S. ____ (2016), the Supreme Court reversed the award of $399,000,000 for infringement of Apple’s design patents covering the iPhone (U.S. Patent Nos. D618677, D593087, and...more

Apple v. Samsung – A Smartphone is More than Just a Pretty Face

by Strasburger & Price, LLP on

Since their initial release, smartphones have been a hot commodity with intense competition. One particularly contentious issue has been their appearance. During early development, Apple, Inc. (“Apple”) obtained several...more

Litigation Alert: A Unanimous Supreme Court Reverses Federal Circuit Ruling on Damages in Samsung Electronics Co. v. Apple Inc.

by Fenwick & West LLP on

On December 6, 2016, in a unanimous opinion written by Justice Sotomayor, the Supreme Court reversed the Federal Circuit’s affirmance of the damages award in Samsung Electronics Co. v. Apple Inc. The question before the...more

Supreme Court Rules Against Apple in Design Patent Case with Samsung, Remands to Federal Circuit to Formulate Test for Identifying...

by Mintz Levin on

Yesterday, the Supreme Court held that the relevant “article of manufacture” for arriving at a damages award for design patent infringement need not be the end product sold to the consumer, but may be only a component of that...more

The Sum of the Parts ? the Whole? SCOTUS on Samsung v Apple

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously overturned a $400 million damages award against Samsung for infringing Apple's smartphone design patents. In a decision that upsets a long-standing rule for calculating damages for design...more

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