STLR Link Roundup – October 26, 2012

Samsung and Apple Exchange Patent Victories Between US ITC and The Hague In the ongoing worldwide IP battle royale, Apple has struck another blow against Samsung. The US International Trade Commission yesterday issued a preliminary ruling in favor of Apple, holding that Samsung phones infringed on four of six claimed patents relating to audio, multi-touch and display technology. Further review of the decision by the full panel is likely to take place in February, so Continue Reading →

Patent Rights for Self-Replicating Technology

On October 5, 2012, the Supreme Court granted cert. to hear Monsanto Co. v. Bowman. Monsanto is an agriculture company and one of its primary focuses is to develop genetically modified crops that are resistant to glyphosate herbicides such as Roundup® brand herbicide. Herbicide resistant crops allow farmers to spray herbicide over the entire planting field to kill weeds while leaving the crops unharmed. This results in substantial savings in labor costs for weed control. Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – October 24, 2012

Bounce-Back on “Rubber-Banding” Patent In response to an ex parte re-examination proceeding, the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued a tentative decision invalidating all 20 claims of Apple’s patent for “rubber-banding” in its UI, which was a personal favorite of Steve Jobs. The USPTO found that this patent was invalid because it was anticipated by prior art.  This patent is a key component of the portfolio of “multi-touch” patents at issue in the blockbuster Continue Reading →

Victory for HathiTrust and Fair Use

The Authors Guild, Inc. v. HathiTrust, decided earlier this month, marks the second victory this year for fair use of copyrighted works for scholarly purposes (the first being Cambridge University Press v. Becker).  In an opinion issued by Judge Baer, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York granted HathiTrust’s motion for summary judgment, allowing HathiTrust to continue its current use of copyrighted works. HathiTrust describes itself as “a partnership of Continue Reading →

Decentralizing the Means of (Re)production

Although still the province of tinkerers and hobbyists, 3D printing technology has matured significantly in the last few years and seems poised to hit the mainstream. Commentators have analogized the current state of 3D printing to the era of hobby computing that existed before Apple, IBM and Microsoft pushed it into the mainstream. It is indeed an exciting time for 3D printing. 3D printers like the Makerbot Replicator 2 and others are pushing the quality Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – October 17, 2012

iOS 6 Clock: Time is Money Embroiled in a never-ending litany of litigation over patents protecting their smartphone design, Apple ended a potential dispute over its iOS 6 clock design almost as quietly as it arose. A few weeks ago, SBB “politely complained” to Apple about the infringing use of its trademark-protected clock. On Friday, Apple negotiated a confidential licensing agreement with SBB, a Swiss railway operator, for use of SBB’s signature clock design. SBB’s Continue Reading →

The Fourth Amendment in the Digital Age

In the old days – and even now, as Occupy Wall Street exemplifies – people took to the streets to protest. But as technology evolved, new forms of demonstrations appeared. One such form is hacking to pursue political ends – hack-activism, or hactivism. A famous example of a hactivist group is Anonymous, whose attacks on government and major corporation websites to protest online surveillance and censorship were widely publicized. In late 2010, Anonymous launched Distributed Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – October 12, 2012

Patent Battles and Reform Efforts in the United States The New York Times reports that Apple is using its patents as a sword against iPhone competitors, including Google’s Motorola Mobility. Google’s executive chairman says that the Google-Apple patent battle has lowered prices for consumers, but is killing innovation. Meanwhile, David Drummond, the chief legal officer for Google (which has been under scrutiny from the Federal Trade Commission issues for the past year for possible antitrust Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – October 10, 2012

Philippines Top Court Suspends Cybercrime Law Last week, the Philippines Legislature passed the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012. The statute was aimed at deterring a wide variety of cybercrimes including hacking, distribution of child pornography, identity theft and libel. Amidst public concern that the law could be an illegitimate restriction of free speech, particularly due to the restriction of certain websites and the harsh criminal penalties for online libel, the top court in the Philippines Continue Reading →

Taking a Slow Approach to High-Frequency Trading

As the New York Times reports, other countries are leading the way to implement new regulations on high-frequency electronic trading while regulators in the U.S. have been “slow to act.” In my view, that may not be such a bad thing. High-frequency trading (HFT) refers to algorithm-driven, computerized strategies that allow traders to move from one position to another in mere seconds, though often in microseconds.  HFT traders make a profit from a “flash trade” Continue Reading →