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By Ellora Israni – Edited by Filippo Raso

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.

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Facebook Blocks British Insurance Company from Basing Premiums on Posts and Likes

By Javier Careaga– Edited by Mila Owen

Admiral Insurance has created an initiative called firstcarquote, which analyzes Facebook activity of first-time car owners. The firstcarquote algorithm determines risk based on personality traits and habits that are linked to safe driving. Firstcarquote was recalled two hours before its official launch and then was launched with reduced functionality after Facebook denied authorization, stating that the initiative breaches Facebook’s platform policy.

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Airbnb challenges New York law regulating short-term rentals

By Daisy Joo – Edited by Nehaa Chaudhari

Airbnb filed a complaint in the Federal District Court of the Southern District of New York seeking to “enjoin and declare unlawful the enforcement against Airbnb” of the recent law that prohibits  the advertising of short-term rentals on Airbnb and other similar websites.  Airbnb argued that the new law violated its rights to free speech and due process, and that it was inconsistent with Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects online intermediaries that host or republish speech from a range of liabilities.

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Medtronic v. Bosch post-Cuozzo: PTAB continues to have the final say on inter partes review

By Nehaa Chaudhari – Edited by Grace Truong

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 to disclose all real parties in interest, as required by 35 U.S.C. §312(a)(2).

 

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California DMV Discuss Rules on Autonomous Vehicles

DOJ Release Guidelines on CFAA Prosecutions

Illinois Supreme Court Rule in Favor of State Provisions Requiring Disclosure of Online Identities of Sex Offenders

Research Shows Concerns for Crucial Infrastructure Information Leaks

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European CommissionBy Danielle Kehl – Edited By Kayla Haran

U.S. and E.U. officials formally approved the “Privacy Shield” this week, a new agreement governing the transfer of data between Europe and the United States. The final adoption of the transatlantic agreement comes after several years of negotiations, which were accelerated last October when the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) invalidated a key part of the U.S.-E.U. “Safe Harbor,” an agreement that had previously enabled American companies to transfer data from the European Union without running afoul of its stricter privacy laws. (more…)

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hammerBy Frederick Ding — Edited by Jaehwan Park

Patent Assertion Entity Not a “Patentee” By Itself

In Diamond Coating Techs., LLC v. Hyundai Motor Am., Nos. 2015-1844, 2015-1861 (Fed. Cir. May 17, 2016), the Federal Circuit held that Diamond’s agreements with the original assignee of the patent, Sanyo, did not make Diamond a “patentee” with standing to sue for infringement without joining Sanyo as a party. (more…)

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UnknownBy Daniel Etcovitch – Edited by Henry Thomas

Google Seeks Sanctions Against Oracle’s Attorney in Copyright Case

In the fallout of the case where a jury ruled that Google’s use of Java APIs in Android were covered by fair use, Google is seeking sanctions against Oracle’s attorney for mentioning previously confidential figures about Android revenue in open court. The attorney stated that Android generated $31 billion in revenue and that Google had paid as much as $1 billion to Apple to maintain the Google search bar on iOS devices. Those numbers are a huge insight into the operations of the open source operating system as a business and into how dense the network of agreements between smartphone manufacturers is. (more…)

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Supreme CourtBy Yuan Cao – Edited by Emily Chan

The Supreme Court recently vacated and remanded the Federal Circuit’s decision in Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc., 769 F.3d 1371, 1374–75 (C.A. Fed. 2014), in which the court denied enhanced damages for the patentee under the two-part test developed in In re Seagate Technology, LLC, 497 F.3d 1360 (2007) (en banc). See Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc., No. 14-1513 (U.S. June 13, 2016). The first part of the Seagate test requires patentees to show by clear and convincing evidence that an alleged infringer’s behavior is objectively reckless. Id. at 5. “Objective recklessness” will not be found if the accused infringer “raise[s] a ‘substantial question’ as to the validity or noninfringement of the patent,” even if the defender did not act on the basis of the arguable defense. Id. The second part requires patentees to show by clear and convincing evidence that the alleged infringer had subjective knowledge. Id. (more…)

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aclu-logoBy Danielle Kehl – Edited By Kayla Haran

The American Civil Liberties Union (“ACLU”) announced in June that it is challenging the constitutionality of certain provisions of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 (“CFAA”), 18 U.S.C. § 1030 (2008). In a suit against the Department of Justice, the ACLU argues that the decades-old anti-hacking law violates the First Amendment by preventing researchers from investigating whether computer programs are being used to discriminate against people by race, age, or gender.

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