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Archive for July, 2011

Supreme Court to Consider Civil Procedure Issues in Two Patent Cases By Marina Shvarts – Edited by Dorothy Du Hyatt v. Kappos, 625 F.3d 1320 (Fed. Cir. 2010) Petition for Writ of Certiorari hosted by scotusblog.com Caraco Pharm. Labs., Ltd. v. Novo Nordisk A/S, 601 F.3d 1359 (Fed. Cir. 2010) Petition for Writ of Certiorari hosted by scotusblog.com In Kappos v. Hyatt, the Court will consider whether a patent applicant who is seeking to overturn a Patent and Trademark Office (“PTO”) ... Read More...
Posted On Jul - 13 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Eighth Circuit Holds that Use of Public Domain Material Infringes Film Copyright By Michael Hoven – Edited by Esther Kang Warner Bros. Entm’t v. X One X Productions, No. 10-1743 (8th Cir. July 5, 2011) Slip Opinion The Eighth Circuit unanimously affirmed in part and reversed in part a decision by the Eastern District of Missouri, which had granted summary judgment to Warner Bros. on its copyright infringement claim and issued a permanent injunction prohibiting defendants (collectively “AVELA”) from licensing ... Read More...
Posted On Jul - 12 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST
By Daniel Robinson Wikileaks Plans to Sue Credit Card Companies for Blocking Payments Wikileaks intends to sue Visa and Mastercard for blocking payments to the site, CBS News reports. The credit card companies have blocked all donations and payments to WikiLeaks since last December, allegedly in response to pressure by the United States government. Wikileaks claims that the companies’ actions violated the Competition Rules of the European Union, and it intends to file a complaint with the European Commission and ... Read More...
Posted On Jul - 6 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Supreme Court Holds California Ban on Violent Video Games Violates First Amendment By Raquel Acosta – Edited by Dorothy Du Brown v. EMA, No. 08-1448 (June 27, 2011) Slip Opinion via supremecourt.gov The Supreme Court affirmed a Ninth Circuit decision that had found that a California law that restricted the sale or rental of violent video games to minors did not comport with the First Amendment and permanently enjoined its enforcement. Justice Scalia delivered the opinion of the Court.  In ... Read More...
Posted On Jul - 5 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST
House Passes Patent Reform – Keeps Senate’s “First-To-File”, Differs on PTO Funding By Albert Wang – Edited by Matt Gelfand H.R. 1249 – Leahy-Smith America Invents Act Bill Govtrack.us Summary On June 23, 2011, the House passed the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. Sponsored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Tex.) and passed by a vote of 304 to 117, the legislation implements a first-to-file system, a post-grant review system, and a fund for PTO fees, among other procedural changes. ... Read More...
Posted On Jul - 5 - 2011 1 Comment READ FULL POST
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