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Determination of Patentable Subject Matter Not Limited to Machine-or-Transformation Test; Some Business Method Patents Survive By Davis Doherty – Edited by Matt Gelfand Bilski v. Kappos, No. 08-964 (U.S. June 28, 2010) Slip Opinion In a 9-0 decision, the Supreme Court affirmed an en banc ruling by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which held that the petitioners’ claimed invention, a commodities risk-hedging method, was unpatentable. At the same time, a 4-1-4 split on the broader issue of ... Read More...
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District Court Limits the Use of State Secrets Privilege in Warrantless Wiretapping By Kathryn Freund – Edited by Davis Doherty Al-Haramain Islamic Found., Inc. v. Obama, No. 07-0109 (N.D. Cal., Mar. 31, 2010) Memorandum of Decision and Order (hosted by Electronic Frontier Foundation) The District Court for the Northern District of California granted summary judgment for the plaintiffs, the defunct Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation and the charity’s two attorneys, finding that they presented sufficient non-classified evidence to hold the government liable ... Read More...
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Court Invalidates Gene Patent By Elizabeth Akerman – Edited By Davis Doherty Assn. for Molecular Pathology, et al. v. USPTO, et al. Case no. 09-CV-4514 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 29, 2010) Slip Opinion (hosted by PatentlyO) The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York held the patents issued to Myriad Genetics for isolated versions of two human genes to be “directed to a law of nature,” and therefore invalid pursuant to 35 U.S.C. § 101. Judge Sweet granted ... Read More...
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By Davis Doherty GoDaddy Follows Google out of China On March 25, the Washington Post reported that GoDaddy.com would cease registering Chinese domain names in response to intrusive new regulations. The leading Internet registrar’s decision was spurred by concerns that the rules, requiring registrants to provide extensive personal information and photos, would strengthen China’s ability to censor its citizens. CNET reports that GoDaddy has also been the subject of an increasing number of cyber attacks based in China. Reuters provides ... Read More...
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By Davis Doherty Google Executives Answer for the Sins of Their Users in Italy PCWorld reports that on Feburary 24, an Italian court convicted three Google executives for violating privacy laws, handing down six-month suspended sentences to each. The ruling arose after a video depicting the bullying of a boy with Down Syndrome was posted to Google Video Italia; Google removed the clip within hours of receiving a complaint from the Italian police, two months after it was first uploaded. ... Read More...
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