STLR Link Roundup – March 15, 2019

The Apple-Qualcomm Patent Battle On March 15, 2019, the jury of the federal District Court for the Southern District of California found that Apple infringed on three patents of Qualcomm and was required to compensate Qualcomm $1.41 per infringing iPhone sold. Specifically, the court found that Apple’s iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus and X have infringed Qualcomm’s two U.S. patents, 8,838,949 and 9,535,490. Also, Apple’s iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X have infringed Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – March 5, 2019

High Court Limit On Costs In Copyright Cases Clarifies Stakes In a U.S. Supreme Court decision on March 4, 2019, the court ruled that “a federal district court’s discretion to award ‘full costs’ to a party in copyright litigation is limited to the six categories specified in the general costs statute.” In the case Rimini Street Inc. v. Oracle USA Inc., the District Court awarded Oracle fees and costs, including $12.8 million for litigation expenses Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – February 26, 2019

British Parliamentary Committee Urges Rgulation on the Technology Industry On February 18th, 2019 a scathing report by a British parliamentary committee was published urging tougher rules to keep technology companies in check.  In this report, they stated that Facebook “misled” Parliament on data misuse.  They also argued that “companies like Facebook should not be allowed to behave like digital gangsters.”  This report was released after 18 months of investigating Facebook and contributes to the growing Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – February 15, 2019

Eligibility of Medical Diagnostics Method to be Patented On February 6, 2019, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that the medical diagnostics method at hand were patent ineligible under 35 U.S.C. § 101. Plaintiff, Athena Diagnostics, Inc., was the exclusive licensee of the patent that covered “methods for diagnosing neurological disorders by detecting antibodies to a protein.” After Defendant, Mayo Collaborative Services, LLC, allegedly exercised the patent for developing other competing Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – February 8, 2019

Progress in Pharmaceutical Pricing via Rebates On January 31st, 2019, the Office of the Inspector General and Department of Health and Human services proposed a rule to lower prescription drug prices by removing the safe harbor under the Anti-Kickback statutes of rebates paid by manufacturers to pharmacy benefit managers, part D plans, and Medicaid managed care organizations. It creates a new safe harbor for discounts that are offered directly to patients and fixed fee service arrangements Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – February 1, 2019

Apple Turns to Self-Help to Punish Violators of Developer Policies Regarding Personal Data This week, Apple suspended internal apps used by both Google and Facebook employees on Apple’s iOS operating system after acknowledgement that Google and Facebook independently used these internal apps to gather data on internet use from consumer volunteers. Apple has since restored the apps on Apple devices. This approach has highlighted the lengths Apple is willing to go to protect user information, Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – January 25, 2019

Senators Grassley and Wyden Propose The Right Rebate Act In December, Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced legislation entitled The Right Rebate Act of 2019. This legislation would serve as an amendment to Title XIX of the Social Security Act. The aim of this amendment is to allow for the pursuit of penalties by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) against a drug manufacturer that “knowingly misclassifies or submits incorrect Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – November 30, 2019

DJ Khaled and Floyd Mayweather Settle I.C.O. Case On Thursday, November 29, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that the boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and producer DJ Khaled would pay significant sums to settle charges that they illegally promoted investments in an unregulated cryptocurrency offering. The founders of Centra Tech, a virtual currency startup, were arrested in May and charged with defrauding investors. Centra had enlisted Mayweather and Khaled to help promote the company’s initial Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – November 23, 2018

Apple to Defend its App Store On Monday, November 26, Apple will go in front of the Supreme Court in the case Pepper v. Apple Inc. It will be defending its business model that all apps on its iOS mobile operating system be sold through its own App Store. In short, Apple will be arguing that its App Store is not running as a monopoly violating antitrust laws. Amazon Announces New Headquarters Amazon has selected Northern Virginia Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – November 16, 2018

SEC Settles Charges Against Two Companies for Initial Coin Offerings On November 16, 2018, the SEC settled charges against cryptocurrency firms Paragon Coin Inc. and CarrierEQ Inc. (Airfox) for selling unregistered securities tokens. Under the terms of the settlement, both firms agreed to pay $250,000 in civil penalties and undertake efforts to compensate investors who purchased the illegally offered tokens. Paragon and Airfox must also prepare an initial disclosure within 90 days and file periodic Continue Reading →