University of California v. Broad Institute: Court Affirms Broad’s Patent on Complex Cell Gene-Editing Tool

By Charlotte Lepic - Edited by Samuel Vallejo
Regents of the Univ. of Cal. v. Broad Inst., No. 2017-1907 (Fed. Cir. Sep. 10. 2018), opinion hosted by Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In 2012, researchers from the University of California, University of Vienna, and Emmanuelle Charpentier (collectively, “UC”) published their use of CRISPR-Cas9 to precisely cut the DNA of prokaryotes (single-celled organisms without distinct nuclei). Shortly...
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Is Your Smart Thermostat Safe from Hackers? California’s New Internet-of-Things Cybersecurity Law Seeks to Address the Issue

By Kira Hessekiel - Edited by Sam Santopoalo
California Senate Bill 327, 2018 Cal. Stats. ch. 886 bill hosted by California Legislative Information. On September 28, 2018, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 327 (“SB 327”), the first Internet-of-Things (“IoT”) cybersecurity bill on the books in any state. The new law will require manufacturers to equip Internet-connected devices —such as cellphones, home assistants, and other...
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Sportvision, Inc. et al v. MLB Advanced Media L.P.: MLB Accused of Stealing More Than Just Bases

By David Sackstein – Edited by Doug Stephens IV
Complaint, Sportvision, Inc et al. v. MLB Advanced Media L.P., No. 1:18-cv-03025 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 5, 2018), complaint hosted by SCRIBD. On April 5, 2018, Sportvision and its parent company, SportsMEDIA Technology (“SMT”), threw their first pitch in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York—and it looks like this game may well go into extra innings. When SMT acquired...
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Flash Digest – News in Brief

By Alicia Loh – Edited by Tue Tran
Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments for South Dakota v. Wayfair On Tuesday, April 17, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments for South Dakota v. Wayfair, No. 17-494, 2018 U.S. LEXIS 2211 (2018), a case that could result in mandatory state and local sales tax for online purchases. South Dakota passed Senate Bill 106 in 2016 that required online retailers to...
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People v. Buza: California Supreme Court Reverses Appellate Judgement Against Collecting DNA Samples through Buccal Swab

By Benjamin Sanchez – Edited by Harout Ekmanian
People v. Buza, No. S223698 (February 18, 2015), California Supreme Court Opinion via Stanford Law School Supreme Court of California Resources. In 2004, California voters passed Proposition 69 (the “DNA Act”), which required law enforcement officials to collect DNA samples, through buccal swab, from all persons who are arrested for or convicted of felony offenses in the state. Earlier this month...
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Uber Reaches Expanded Data Privacy Settlement with FTC

By Ashwini Bharatkumar – Edited by David Macauley
On April 12, 2018, Uber reached an expanded settlement agreement with the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) over charges of misrepresentation of data privacy practices. The 2018 settlement is yet another round in Uber’s data privacy-related fisticuffs with the FTC, the administrative agency tasked with regulating business practices to protect consumer interests. In 2017, the FTC charged Uber with misleading consumers...
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Federal Circuit Flash Digest – In re Brandt: Prima Facie Obviousness Found From Prior Art Disclosure of Similar, Though Non-Overlapping, Numeric Range

By Nanding Chen—edited by Amy Zhao
In re: Brandt, No. 2016-2601, 2018 WL 1473869 (Fed. Cir. Mar. 27, 2018). The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the Patent Trial and Appeal Board's (“Board”) decision, which had upheld an examiner’s obviousness rejection of Gregory A. Brandt, John B. Letts, and Firestone Building Products Company LLC’s ("Brandt") patent application claims related to construction board for...
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Laurenson v. Hogan: Mr. Hogan, Unblock Your Constituent—Settlement Requires Maryland Governor to Allow Dissent on His Social Media

By Rex Bray III – Edited by Daniel Sylvia
Complaint for Injunctive and Declaratory Relief and Damages, Laurenson v. Hogan, No. 8:17-CV-02162-DKC (D. Md. filed August 1, 2017), complaint hosted by ACLU of Maryland. Release and Settlement Agreement, Laurenson v. Hogan, No. 8:17-CV-02162-DKC (D. Md. filed August 1, 2017), settlement hosted by ACLU of Maryland. Governor Lawrence J. Hogan settled with several plaintiffs, requiring the State of Maryland to...
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Oracle v. Google: Federal Circuit Rules No Fair Use Protection for Google’s Copying of Java API Packages

By Michael McCambridge ¬– Edited by Jaehwan Park
Oracle America, Inc., v. Google LLC, No. 17-1118, (Fed. Cir. Mar. 27, 2018), opinion hosted by USCourts.gov. In a result that sends the case back to California for a third jury trial, the Federal Circuit ruled as a matter of law that Google’s use of 37 Java API packages did not qualify as a fair use. Google based their Android...
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Nasdaq v. IEX Group: Nasdaq sues (again) a fledgling stock-exchange operator

By Yang Yu – Edited by William McClure
Complaint and Demand for Jury Trial, Nasdaq, Inc. et al. v. IEX Group, Inc. et al., No. 3:18-cv-03014 (D.N.J., Mar. 1, 2018), hosted by IPWatchdog. On March 1, 2018, Nasdaq Inc., a company that owns the Nasdaq stock market, sued another stock exchange operator, IEX Inc, in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, alleging seven...
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