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EU Unitary Patent System Challenge Unsustainable: Advocate General

By Saukshmya Trichi – Edited by Ashish Bakshi

The Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union has rendered an opinion on Spain’s challenges to regulations implementing the European Unitary Patent System. The Advocate General opines that the challenges must be dismissed as the system is intended to provide genuine benefit in terms of uniformity and integration, and safeguard the principle of legal certainty, while the choice of languages reduces translation costs considerably.

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Posted On Dec - 3 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Google Appeals Ruling that Use of Java APIs in Android Violates Oracle’s Copyrights

By Katherine Kwong– Edited by Ashish Bakshi

On October 6, Google filed a petition for writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the Court to rule on whether copyright protections extend to the software’s “system or method of operation,” such as application programming interfaces (APIs). Google urges the Court to overturn the Federal Circuit’s previous decision, arguing that allowing long-term copyrights on systems and methods of operations would stifle innovation and creativity.

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Posted On Oct - 28 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Specific Facts Supporting Indirect Infringement Required for Software Supplier to Obtain Declaratory Judgment Against Patentee Suing End Users
By Geng Chen – Edited by Ashish Bakshi

Microsoft Corp. v. DataTern, Inc., No. 13-1184 (Fed. Cir. Apr. 4, 2014)

The Federal Circuit held that Microsoft and SAP had standing to bring invalidity and noninfringement declaratory judgment actions against DataTern, based on DataTern’s previous lawsuits against those companies’ software customers for direct patent infringement, but only to the extent that those direct infringement claims also established a controversy on issues of contributory and induced infringement.

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Posted On Apr - 19 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Federal Circuit Overturns Vederi v. Google — Google’s “Street View” Might Have Infringed Vederi’s Asserted Patents
By Jenny Choi – Edited by Ashish Bakshi

On March 14, 2014, the Federal Circuit reversed and vacated the United States District Court for the Central District of California’s decision entering summary judgment in favor of Google, Inc. The Federal Circuit held that “substantially elevation” covered both flat and spherical images, noting that it preferred claim construction based on intrinsic evidence and interpretation that “gives meaning to all the terms of the claim.”

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Posted On Mar - 25 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Expert Testimony May Be Required to Determine if Patent Specification Adequately Supports Means-Plus-Function Claim
By Geng Chen – Edited by Ashish Bakshi

The Federal Circuit vacated the district court’s finding that the system claims in elcommerce’s patent were invalid. The court held that, in order to properly determine if a specification adequately supported a means-plus-function claim, a district court may require expert testimony so that the specification can be understood from the perspective of a person with ordinary skill in the art.

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Posted On Mar - 2 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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