STLR Link Roundup – February 12, 2014

District Courts Disagree on Constitutionality of NSA Call Tracking Program Two December rulings show stark disagreement by courts on whether the National Security Agency’s call tracking program violates the Fourth Amendment’s protection against unreasonable searches and seizures.  The program collected time records and phone numbers of every call made in the U.S to be searchable on a database by the NSA.  Judge Richard Leon of the District Court for the District of Columbia called the Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – November 27, 2013

Newegg found by jury to have infringed patent, owes $2.3 million Newegg lost its latest case against a non-practicing patent holder (or “patent troll”), and has been ordered by a jury to pay $2.3 million to TQP Development for patent infringement. TQP, owned by patent enforcement expert Erich Spangenberg, holds a patent related to SSL and TLS encrypting, a common Internet cipher used by online retailers such as Newegg, as well as other companies from Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – November 23, 2013

Apple Awarded $290 million A jury awarded Apple $290 milllion in its patent retrial against Samsung today, a figure much less than Apple had wanted. Apple asked Samsung for $380 million in damages during the trial, while Samsung argued it should only be paying $52 million. Together with the $599 million that Apple was awarded from Samsung for patent infringement last year, and $40 million from another patent case involving one of Samsung’s smartphones, the Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – November 22, 2013

‘Google Books’ Ruled Fair Use Judge Chin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that the Google Books project was protected under fair use. Chin’s decision emphasized both the transformative nature of the project, as well as its significant social benefits. However, there have also been conflicting opinions about the decision with regards to the actual fair use analysis conducted by Judge Chin. The Authors Guild will appeal the S.D.N.Y. decision. Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – November 7, 2013

High-Tech, “Green” Cars Could Be the Next IP Battleground In the last five years, the number of patents filed per quarter increased from 20 to 90 by automobile manufacturers. These patents all relate to hybrid or electrical vehicle technologies. Automobile manufacturers are worried that the litigation war affecting the smartphone industry will spread to electric and hybrid vehicles. The automobile industry has been steadily expanding, and questions by potential consumers about battery reliability, driving range, Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – November 2, 2013

WTO Rules against China in Rare Mineral Earths Case Chinese government officials announced this Wednesday that the World Trade Organization has ruled against China’s export duties on rare earths. In doing so, the WTO dispute settlement panel basically upheld the joint claim by the United States, the European Union and Japan, questioning Beijing’s policy of limiting the amounts of rare earths it makes available to the international market as a violation of WTO rules. The Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – October 26, 2013

Will the Innovation Act Vanquish the Trolls? This Wednesday, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) introduced the Innovation Act of 2013, a bill aimed at disempowering patent trolls. Notable provisions include a heightened pleading requirement for filing patent infringement claims, an assumption that attorneys’ fees will be awarded to prevailing parties, the delay of discovery until after a ruling on claim construction has been made, and transparency of ownership – that is, mandatory disclosure of the assignees Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – October 19, 2013

Quest Diagnostics releases BRCA gene test and preemptively sues Myriad Quest Diagnostics, Inc., one of the largest clinical laboratory companies worldwide, has released BRCAvantage, a diagnostic test for the cancer genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2.  The company initially announced its plans to introduce the tool this past June, immediately following the Supreme Court’s decision that isolated human genes are not patentable subject matter in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc.   The Court, however, upheld Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – October 12, 2013

Apple Appeals E-Book Price-Fixing Ruling Apple formally appealed a July decision finding the company guilty of price-fixing in the electronic book (“e-book”) market, as well as an injunction prohibiting Apple from including “most-favored-nation” clauses in its e-book contracts for five years.  Last July, Apple was found guilty of “facilitate[ing] a conspiracy” with major book publishers to raise the price of e-books that cost consumers millions of dollars.  In 2007, Amazon released the Kindle e-reader, which quickly Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – October 5, 2013

The Silk Road Bust: Ulbricht, Tor and Bitcoins F.B.I. agents recently arrested Ross Ulbricht in connection to the Silk Road, a black market version of eBay that utilized bitcoin currency and was hosted on the Tor network. Since its origins in 2011, the Silk Road generated approximately $1.2 billion in revenue and $80 million in commissions and averaged up to 60,000 visitors per day. Bitcoin values initially dropped by about 20 percent but have swiftly Continue Reading →