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San Francisco Court Considers Google’s Search and Ad Services Free Speech

By Jens Frankenreiter – Edited by Henry Thomas

A San Francisco court dismissed a lawsuit against Google, treating Google’s search and advertisement services as constitutionally protected free speech. The lawsuit alleged an antitrust violation based on unfavorable treatment of a website in Google’s search results, and on the withdrawal of third-party advertisement from the website. In throwing out the lawsuit, the court applied California’s “anti-SLAPP” law, which allows quick dismissal of lawsuits against acts protected as free speech.

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Posted On Dec - 9 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Illinois District Court Opinion Shows Uncertainty of the Economics of ANDA litigation

By Yaping Zhang – Edited by Mengyi Wang

The Northern District of Illinois just laid down a Hatch-Waxman opinion, holding that the Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. infringed the patent No. 727 Patent held by Medicines Company. Patently-O published a study that demonstrates ANDA Paragraph (iv) cases have increasingly settled, reducing consumer surplus. The case suggests that there are potentially more complicated calculus and players embedded in ANDA litigations than originally thought.

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Posted On Nov - 10 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Flash Digest: News In Brief
By Olga Slobodyanyuk

Microsoft changes its policy for accessing user data in investigating leaks

Supreme Court affirms Static Control’s standing in its false advertising suit against Lexmark

Consumers receive e-book conspiracy settlement payout while Apple’s litigation continues

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Posted On Apr - 1 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Susan Crawford Explains the Significance of the Comcast–Time Warner Cable Merger
By Gizem Orbey

“Internet access feels like clean water and energy, but it is treated like a luxury, and the whole country is forced towards a giant buffet,” explained Susan Crawford, a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, at a JOLT event last week. Professor Crawford, who is also a former White House Special Assistant, spoke about the significance of Comcast’s recent bid to buy Time Warner Cable for $45 billion. The proposed merger would consolidate a third of the nation’s cable marketplace into Comcast’s hands.

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Posted On Mar - 11 - 2014 1 Comment READ FULL POST

The TTAB’s Dangerous Dismissal of ‘Doubt’

Written By: Charles Colman, Acting Assistant Professor at NYU School of Law

Edited By: Elise Young

On September 30, 2013, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board[1] issued a troubling decision in In re Bottega Veneta Int’l S.a.r.l. Viewed in a broader context, the decision reflects the Board’s growing reluctance to apply the doctrine of “aesthetic functionality” in ex parte prosecution proceedings to bar the issuance of potentially anticompetitive trade-dress registrations.

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Posted On Nov - 12 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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