Amazon Argues that the First Amendment Protects Its Alexa Voice Service State of Arkansas v. James A. Bates, Case No. 2016-370-2 (Ark. Cir.). Memorandum of Law in support of Amazon’s Motion to Quash Search Warrant (hosted by Regmedia). Amazon filed a Motion to Quash in response to a search warrant for the recordings and transcripts from one of its Alexa Voice Service-enabled Echo devices ("Echo”). The records are stored on Amazon...
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Ropes & Gray Announces Plans to Split Off Its Patent Prosecution Practice On March 7th, Boston-based firm Ropes & Gray announced plans to restructure its intellectual property practice. Over the coming months, roughly 100 lawyers and staff led by Ropes & Gray partner Joseph Guiliano will leave Ropes & Gray to establish a new spin-off firm specializing in patent prosecution and related matters. Ropes & Gray will retain its IP litigation and...
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IMDb Challenges California’s Anti-Age Discrimination Law IMDb.com, Inc. v. Harris, 3:16-cv-06535-LB (N.D. Cal., filed Nov. 10, 2016). Complaint hosted by Deadline. IMDb is challenging the constitutionality of Assembly Bill 1687 (“AB 1687”), a California law requiring IMDb to remove ages from its website upon request from paid subscribers, claiming that the law violates the First Amendment’s free speech protections. California enacted AB 1687 to combat age...
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Facebook Blocks British Insurance Company from Basing Premiums on Posts and Likes Many insurance companies and banks are attempting to leverage new technology to build more detailed risk profiles and expand services to customers who would not traditionally be eligible for insurance or loans. Vitality, for example sells the Apple Watch to monitor customers’ health and adjust health and life insurance prices accordingly. Admiral Insurance took an additional and more intrusive step...
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Airbnb challenges New York law regulating short-term rentals Complaint to Declare Invalid and Enjoin Enforcement of Multiple Dwelling Law Section 121 & New York City Administrative Code Section 27-287.1, Airbnb Inc. v. Schneiderman et al., No. 1:16-cv-08239 (S.D.N.Y. October 21, 2016) Complaint hosted by Law360. Airbnb filed a complaint in the Federal District Court of the Southern District of New York seeking to “enjoin and declare unlawful the enforcement...
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Medtronic v. Bosch post-Cuozzo: PTAB continues to have the final say on inter partes review Medtronic, Inc. v. Robert Bosch Healthcare Systems, Inc. 2015-1977, 2015-1986, 2015-1987 (Fed. Cir. 2016) The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“the Federal Circuit”) reaffirmed its earlier order, dismissing Medtronic’s appeal against a decision of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”). The PTAB had dismissed Medtronic’s petition for inter partes review of Bosch’s patents, since Medtronic had failed...
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FCC Continues Push for More Consumer Choice in Data Privacy on Broadband ISPs The Federal Communications Commission voted on October 27th to adopt Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal on cable TV set-top boxes, as well as another proposal regulating consumer privacy in broadband ISPs after a brief setback when voting was delayed on September 29. The rules on broadband privacy set forth clear parameters within which broadband internet service providers may use and...
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Second Circuit Holds No Copyright Interest in "Who's on First?", Rejecting Lower Court's "Fair Use" Reasoning June Nam - Edited by Ding Ding TCA Television Corp. v. McCollum, -- F.3d --, 2016 WL 5899174 (2d Cir. 2016). Opinion hosted by Law360. The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the judgment but rejected the reasoning of the district court, which dismissed allegations of copyright infringement. The...
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Massachusetts SJC Clarifies Probable Cause for Cell Phone Seizure smartphone-fingerprintBy Nehaa Chaudhari – Edited by Ellora Israni Commonwealth v. Onyx White SJC-11917 (Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court September 28, 2016) The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) affirmed last month a lower court’s decision to suppress information found on a cell phone seized without warrant or probable cause. In allowing the Commonwealth’s appeal...
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