STLR Link Roundup – March 4, 2016

Pentagon Sets Out to Improve Cyberspace Security Through Crowdsourcing After hackers caused a power outage in Ukraine and hackers in China compromised a major U.S. weapons system, the Pentagon is looking for ways to beef up security. The pentagon is offering ‘vetted hackers’ the opportunity to find vulnerabilities in the Department of Defense’s cybersecurity system in exchange for cash.  Although similar programs have been employed by private corporations (such as Google), the government’s pilot program Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – Feb. 26, 2016

Apple Files Motion to Vacate Order to Unlock iPhone On Thursday, February 25, Apple filed a motion to vacate a court order compelling the company to aid the U.S. government in unlocking the encrypted iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters, Syed Rizwan Farook. In the motion, filed in the Federal District Court for the Central District of California, Apple argues that the All Writs Act does not give judges the authority “to compel innocent third parties Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – Feb. 21, 2016

Apple CEO Opposes Court Order to Help FBI Unlock San Berndaino Shooter’s iPhone On Tuesday, February 16, a federal judge in Los Angeles ordered Apple to provide “reasonable technical assistance” to investigators seeking to read the data on an iPhone 5C used by Rizwan Farook, who along with his wife, Tashfeen Malik, carried out the San Bernadino shootings. Such assistance would include disabling the phone’s auto-erase function, which automatically erases all of the phone’s data after Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – Feb. 6, 2016

Privacy Shield Data Transfer Agreement On February 2nd Officials from the United States and European Union agreed to a cross-Atlantic data transfer deal called Privacy Shield after three months of negotiations. The negotiations centered around disagreements between European and American regulators on the extent of privacy individuals should be able to expect for their data. The EU and US reached the agreement after the US government made promises that it would not target Europeans to Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – Jan. 29, 2016

Federal Marshals Raid Booth at the Consumer Electronics Show after Court Order On January 7 Federal Marshals shut down and seized the contents of a booth at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The seizure came after a Federal Judge granted Future Motion, Inc. a court order that included a Temporary Restraining Order and Seizure Order against the booth operator, Changzhou First.[1] Future Motion makes a one-wheeled hoverboard-like device called the Onewheel. It claims that Changzhou First Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – Dec. 11, 2015

LexisNexis Acquires Lex Machina, Legal Analytics Provider for IP Litigation At the end of November, legal research company LexisNexis announced its acquisition of legal analytics provider Lex Machina. Lex Machina, founded in California in 2010, provides legal analytics primarily as it relates to intellectual property (“IP”) litigation. Using its proprietary platform Legal Analytics®, the company mines IP litigation data to reveal information about judges, lawyers, parties, and patents. In-house counsel use this information to select outside counsel, and Continue Reading →

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 →