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 →

USPTO Attorney Fees Go Up to The Supreme Court

On March 5th, 2019, the Supreme Court granted writ of certiorari in Iancu v. NantKwest Inc. The question for the Court is whether the phrase “[a]ll the expenses of the proceedings” in 35 U.S.C. §145 includes the salaries of personnel (e.g., attorneys and paralegals) employed by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“PTO”) to defend against the suit. Options for Judicial Review of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board There are two ways for patent 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 →

Digital Wills: Will They or Won’t They?

On January 24, 2019, Cory McCormick, a Las Vegas police officer, signed the United States’ first ever digital will.  “Mr. McCormick was able to sign and notarize his will in minutes,” which otherwise would have taken him “nearly an hour,” not including the time required to travel and find a lawyer.  This will was created with the help of a San Diego startup Trust & Will, which defines itself as an “online service providing legal Continue Reading →

The Fight Against the Fake Call: The Rise of Spoofing and Robocalls

Your phone starts to vibrate. You don’t recognize the number, but it’s from your area code, so you decide to answer. On the other end of the line, an automated voice claims they are with the IRS, a credit card company, or a local utility company—usually looking to settle or balance “your account.” Does this situation sound familiar? For many Americans, this is a frequent, even daily, occurrence. Consumers have long been hounded by telemarketers Continue Reading →

OSS and FRAND: Complementary Models for Innovation and Development

Editor’s Note: This post was written by guest contributor Van Lindberg. Mr. Lindberg is a member at Dykema Gossett and General Counsel of the Python Software Foundation. Previously, he served as Vice President of Intellectual Property and Associate General Counsel at Rackspace, a managed cloud hosting provider. A PDF of the following article can be found here and will be published in a forthcoming edition of the Columbia Science and Technology Law Review. I.     Introduction 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 →

Lawful Hacking: A Temporary Solution to the “Going Dark” Challenge

The increased ubiquity and sophistication of encryption presents a serious problem for law enforcement. There has been a growing gap between law enforcement’s legal authority to access and intercept information, pursuant to court orders, and its practical ability to do so because of encryption. This capabilities gap has been coined the “going dark” problem. Exceptional Access Proposals Are Presently Insufficient to Adequately Protect Privacy As bad actors continue to target individuals’ sensitive data, which is 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 →

Celebrating 20 Volumes of STLR!

Please join the Columbia Science and Technology Law Review in celebrating our landmark 20 volumes On March 12, 2019, STLR will be holding a panel from 5:00-6:30 in Jerome Greene Hall Room 106, featuring:   Darren Schmidt, Senior Counsel, Content and Distribution, Spotify and STLR Editor-in-Chief, Volume I Makalika Naholowa’a, Senior Attorney, Head of Trademarks, Microsoft and STLR Managing Editor, Volume XI Karen Sandler, Executive Director of the Software Freedom Conservancy and STLR Submissions Editor, Continue Reading →