STLR Link Roundup – Nov. 20, 2015

Law professors oppose federal trade secret act Forty-two law professors submitted a letter to Congress urging that the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) be rejected. The DTSA was introduced in July 2015 and would create a federal civil cause of action for misappropriation of trade secrets. With the exception of the Economic Espionage Act – which criminalizes theft of trade secrets – state law largely governs the area (typically through adoption of some version of Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – Nov. 14, 2015

GoPro sued by Polaroid over design patent C&A, the company behind Polaroid cameras, filed suit against GoPro last week alleging that GoPro’s Hero4 Session camera copied the “ornamental design” of the Polaroid Cube Camera. In January 2014, C&A filed for a US Design Patent for its Polaroid Cube Camera; they obtained the patent titled “Cubic Action Camera” (U.S. Patent No. D730,423) in May 2015. GoPro denies copying the design patent, and insists that it had Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – Nov. 10, 2015

Laches still a valid defense in patent infringement cases In 2014, in Petrella v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc., the Supreme Court held that laches was no longer a defense to copyright infringement, causing concern as to whether laches could still be used in the patent context. Recently, the Federal Circuit met en banc and held that Petrella does not extend to patent infringement; laches is still a valid defense in the patent context. To arrive at this conclusion, the Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – Oct. 24, 2015

Pandora Royalties Pandora Media, the Internet Radio service, announced this week that it had reached a $90 million settlement agreement in a lawsuit over Pandora’s use of pre-1972 recordings. This lawsuit, brought by Capitol Records, Sony, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, and ABKO Music, alleged that Pandora had violated New York State law by playing these recordings, as Federal copyright laws only apply to recordings made after 1972. This Pandora settlement is similar to the Continue Reading →

STLR Link Round Up – October 2, 2015

New Rules Require Credit Cards to Use Security Chips As of October 1, retailers may be liable for fraudulent transactions at their stores if they fail to use chip cards. Visa and MasterCard set the deadline for the new rules as part of their agreement with various retailers and banks, and American Express will be shifting liability to their retail partners on October 16. The new rules follow President Obama’s executive order last year mandating Continue Reading →

STLR Link Round – September 25, 2015

Xi Jinping Seeks to Reassure American Business and Tech Community As part of a busy week-long U.S. Tour, President Xi Jinping of China has reached an agreement with President Barack Obama of the U.S. that neither country’s government will conduct or support cyber-theft of intellectual property or trade secrets for commercial advantage. The deal establishes a law-enforcement dialogue between specific senior officials in both countries, who will be responsible for analyzing incoming requests for legal Continue Reading →

STLR Link Round Up – April 7

Google Receives Patent for Robot Personalities The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently awarded Google a patent for “methods and systems for robot personality development.” The patent describes a cloud-based system whereby a user could choose and download different personalities to a robot. The robot will further “develop” its personality based on information from the owner’s electronic devices – such as phones or tablets – as well as from speech and facial patterns. Some, however, Continue Reading →

STLR Link Round Up – March 27, 2015

Google’s First Privacy Loss A UK Court of Appeal ruled that safari users will retain their right to sue Google over alleged misuse of privacy settings. Safari users argued that Google, bypassing individual Safari security settings, installed tracking cookies on their computer. Plaintiffs alleged that this allowed Google to gather individual data about the user to target them with advertising, which Safari, unlike other browsers, aims to prevent. The initial right to action was established Continue Reading →

STLR Link Round-Up – March 13, 2015

Tracking License Plates The increasing use of Automatic License Plate Reader (ALPR) technology is causing concern. Police in Oakland, California recently released the data they have collected using the technology, and the sheer amount of information is astounding. Analysis by the Electronic Frontier Foundation revealed that as few as two patrol cars equipped with ALPRs could be responsible for collecting as many 63,272 data points. According to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), ALPR technology uses high speed Continue Reading →

STLR Link Round-Up – March 13, 2015

Obama Announces ‘TechHire’ Jobs Initiative President Obama has announced a new $100 million grant program to train and hire new job seekers in the technology space. “TechHire” may not have the same ring as “America Works,” but the initiative plans to provide tech training and job placement opportunities in 20 regions across the country, with the help of 300 private sector employers. Together, these 20 regions have 120,000 openings in the technology sector, where some entry Continue Reading →