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By Charlie Stiernberg Proposed SHIELD Act Would Require Non-Practicing Entities to Pay Legal Costs The Saving High-Tech Innovators from Egregious Legal Disputes Act of 2012 (“SHIELD Act”) aims to deter non-practicing entities (“NPEs”)—patent holders that do not make, use, or sell their claimed invention—from filing lawsuits by requiring such plaintiffs to pay successful defendants’ attorney fees, if a court determines that the suit did not have a reasonable likelihood of succeeding. Congressman Peter Defazio (D-OR) introduced H.R. 6245 on August ... Read More...
Posted On Aug - 13 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST
By Susanna Lichter FTC Proposes Stricter Rules for Web Sites Visited by Children The Federal Trade Commission recently proposed new regulations that would require third party advertising applications to comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), the New York Times reports. COPPA, which took effect in 2000, currently requires web site operators, but not website add-ons, to notify parents and obtain consent when personal information is collected from children under 13 years of age. In addition to extending ... Read More...
Posted On Aug - 7 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Fourth Circuit Holds that Violating Employer’s Computer Use Restrictions Is Not a CFAA Violation By Andrew Crocker – Edited by Michael Hoven WEC Carolina Energy Solutions, LLC v. Miller, No. 11-1201 (4th Cir. Jul. 26, 2012) Slip opinion On July 26, the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed the South Carolina District Court in holding that Willie Miller’s violation of his employer WEC’s use restrictions on its proprietary computer systems and information was not a violation of the ... Read More...
Posted On Aug - 6 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST
The Eastern District of Texas Puts End to Eolas’ Patent Trolling By Dorothy Du – Edited by Jeffery Habenicht Eolas Techs. Inc. v. Adobe Sys., Inc., No. 6:09-cv-446 (E.D. Tex. July 19, 2012) Slip opinion (hosted by Justia.com) The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas denied plaintiff Eolas’s motion for judgment as a matter of law that its patents are valid or, alternatively, a new trial. Eolas Techs. Inc. v. Adobe Sys., Inc., No. 6:09-cv-446, slip. ... Read More...
Posted On Jul - 31 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST
By Susanna Lichter Fair Use Defense Bolstered by 7th Circuit Decision in South Park Viral Video Lawsuit In a victory for fair use proponents, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a District Court’s grant of a motion to dismiss based on fair use before any discovery took place in a lawsuit between the makers of the South Park television show and plaintiff Brownmark Films, LLC. Judge Cudahy found South Park’s substantial recreation of Brownmark Films’ viral video “What What ... Read More...
Posted On Jul - 2 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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