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District Court Judge Rules Evidence of Suicide Admissible in Lori Drew MySpace Case By Leocadie Welling – Edited by Nicola Carah United States v. Drew, 08-CR-582   On November 14, 2008, Judge George Wu of the District Court for the Central District of California indicated at hearing that he would admit evidence of 13-year-old Megan Meier’s suicide at the upcoming trial of Lori Drew.  Judge Wu further indicated that although he was admitting the evidence, he would issue a jury ... Read More...
Posted On Nov - 20 - 2008 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Court Declares “Grand Theft” Crime Free By Briahna Gray – Edited by Miriam Weiler E.S.S. Entertainment 2000, Inc., v. Rock Star Videos, Inc., November 5 2008, No. 06-56237 Slip Opinion On November 5, 2008 the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Central California District Court summary judgment ruling to dismiss the case brought by the operators of a Los Angeles strip club (“E.S.S.”) against Rock Star Videos (“Rockstar”), the manufacturer of the Grand Theft Auto video games, for trademark ... Read More...
Posted On Nov - 10 - 2008 Comments Off READ FULL POST
An End to Business Methods Patents? By Anthony Kammer – Edited by Anna Lamut In re Bilski CAFC, October 30, 2008, No. 08/833,892 En Banc In re Bilski opinion Amicus Brief, En Banc Order, BPAI opinion  (hosted by Electronic Frontier Foundation) On October 30, 2008, an en banc panel of the Federal Circuit upheld a ruling by the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences that a business method developed by Bernard Bilski and Rand Warsaw for hedging risks in commodities trading ... Read More...
Posted On Nov - 5 - 2008 3 Comments READ FULL POST
Appeals Court Rules Against Import Ban on Patent-Infringing Chips  Slip Opinion This Tuesday the Federal Circuit ruled against an International Trade Commission (“ITC”) ban on imports of cell phone chips that allegedly infringed on a rival’s patent. The chips, made by Qualcomm Inc., contained technology that the ITC had previously held infringed on a patent owned by Broadcom Corp. In its ruling the court stated that the ITC lacked authority to ban such imports. Report by the Associated Press available ... Read More...
Posted On Oct - 17 - 2008 1 Comment READ FULL POST
President Bush Signs PRO-IP Act S. 3325 On Monday, October 14, President Bush signed into law the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act, also known as the PRO-IP Act, S. 3325. The PRO-IP Act steepens penalties for IP infringement and increases resources to the DOJ to coordinate state and federal efforts against counterfeiting and piracy. Although opposed by the DOJ, the Act also provides for a “U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator” position within the Executive Office of the ... Read More...
Posted On Oct - 14 - 2008 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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