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Global Tax News - February 2016

The European Commission has released its highly anticipated anti-tax-avoidance package. The package, released January 28, 2016, contains proposed rules and recommendations to avoid aggressive tax planning within the...more

[Webinar] Keeping What is Yours Yours: Best Practices for Software Companies to Protect Their “Secret Sauce” - Feb. 9th, 1:00pm,...

In today’s fast paced, if not neck-breaking, speed at which advancements in software development and platforms occur, one issue facing software companies is how to keep their competitors from obtaining the "secret sauce." ...more

PTAB Refuses Attempt to Kill ATM Patent as Claiming Abstract Idea: NRT Technology Corp. and NRT Technologies, Inc., Petitioner, v....

In what appears to be a small measure of good news (and hope for the future) for patent holders in the automated teller machine art, the PTAB last week held that claims to an ATM-implemented money dispensing process were not...more

China’s MIIT Issues Long-Awaited New Telecoms Catalogue

More than twelve years after the promulgation in 2003 of the Catalogue of Telecommunications Services; the “2003 Catalogue”) China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (“MIIT”) finally promulgated the amended...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

Michigan Backs Off Cloud Tax, Refund Opportunities Available

After refusing to back down on the issue for years, the Michigan Department of Treasury (Department) issued guidance last week to taxpayers announcing a change in its policy on the sales and use taxation of remotely accessed...more

Michigan’s New Year Resolution: Refund Opportunities Associated with Electronically Accessed Software and Certain Online Services

The Michigan Department of Treasury (Department) issued a Notice announcing that it will no longer impose sales or use tax on certain prewritten computer software accessed electronically and associated online services. The...more

State and Local Tax Alert - Deadline to File for Chicago Lease Tax Relief is 1/1/16: Remotely Accessed Software Providers Take...

After a slew of negative publicity and business community backlash in the wake of the June 2015 issuance of Lease Tax Ruling #12, the Chicago Department of Finance has offered relief for prior non-payment of the Chicago Lease...more

Software Patents: History and Strategies (Pt. II – Strategies)

Last week we posted part one of this article, which focuses on the history of patent protection for software. Today we post part two, focused on current strategies for obtaining software patents....more

Fuel for the Flames

A company called WildFireWeb is suing Tinder, Inc. in the Central District of California for allegedly infringing on its TINDER mark. For those who don’t know what Tinder, Inc.’s TINDER is, it’s a dating application that...more

Software Patents: History and Strategies (Pt. I – History)

1952-2010: Software Patents Historically (before Bilski and Alice) - For centuries in United States patent law, the question of patentability of the subject matter of an invention under 35 U.S.C. §101 was fairly...more

DMCA Loosening the Reins for Education

You may know the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) from the widely deployed DMCA take-down notices that copyright owners use to remove putatively infringing content from the Internet. Enacted in 1998, the DMCA is...more

EU Control List Update

The European Commission is revising the list of dual use items subject to EU export, transit and brokering controls. This briefing summarises the main new and deleted entries, primarily concerning machine tools, avionics...more

Big Data, Big Problems: The Liability Pitfall Lurking Beneath the Shiny Surface of “People Analytics”

The use of big data in employment decisions—a practice often referred to as “people analytics”—has exploded in recent years. Lately, however, the concept is gaining more and more attention not only for its appeal of faster...more

2015 DMCA Exemptions In Detail: When Is It OK to Technologically Circumvent Copyright Protections?

On October 28, 2015, the LOC reported a new set of regulations regarding exemptions to the DMCA provision that prohibits circumvention of technological measures that control access to copyrighted works. Here's a summary of...more

Court Of Chancery Calculates The Length Of An Injunction Against Unfair Competition

How long should competition in violation of an agreement be enjoined? Normally, that would depend on what the agreement says. But when that is not set out by the parties’ contract, this decision explains how to determine the...more

The Latest Writers and CAT Software Technology – Part 4

Parts 2 and 3 of this blog featured the latest and greatest in technology for your writer. Now, just as important, let’s discuss the newest technology in CAT software. When is the last time you upgraded versions of your...more

IP Newsflash - October 2015 #3

DISTRICT COURT CASES - Mobile Device Data Monitoring Patent Not Directed to Abstract Idea Under § 101 - On October 26, 2015, Judge Sparks of the Western District of Texas denied defendant’s motion for summary...more

[Webinar] Software Patent Eligibility - A Post-Alice Landscape Discussion - Nov. 10th, 10:00am PST

Join our panel of Knobbe Martens partners for this complimentary and informative webinar to discuss the state of software patent eligibility after Alice Corp v. CLS Bank International. Since the Supreme Court's...more

Precedential Cloud Victory in Michigan Court of Appeals

On October 27, 2015, a three-judge panel sitting for the Michigan Court of Appeals unanimously affirmed a lower court decision finding that the use of cloud-based services in Michigan is not subject to use tax in Auto-Owners...more

The Latest Writers and CAT Software Technology – Part 3

In Part 2 of this series, we highlighted the features of the Luminex writer. Perhaps it piqued your curiosity that it may be a good fit for you? Before you make the financial commitment, however, you owe it to yourself to be...more

Higher Wages for Computer Software Employees for 2016

The Department of Industrial Relations recently announced an increase in the minimum hourly wage required for certain computer software workers who are exempt from overtime under California Labor Code section 515.5....more

Major Verdict Shows the Power of Per Se Theories

How much is a per se theory under N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1 worth? According to a recent verdict in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, it’s worth 52.7 million dollars (plus, no doubt, a big...more

The Growing Power of Fair Price and Process in Delaware Appraisal Actions

On October 21, 2015, the Delaware Court of Chancery issued a post-trial opinion in an appraisal action in which it yet again found that the merger price was the most reliable indicator of fair value. Vice Chancellor...more

Access to Continued Litigation Denied: Method for Intrusion Detection Found Invalid Under Section 101

Order Granting Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings, Protegrity USA, Inc., et al. v. Netskope Inc., Case No. 15-cv-02515-YGR (Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers) - The NorCal IP Blog has extensively covered the increasing...more

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