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DRIP Bill Expands UK’s Data Surveillance Power

By Yixuan Long – Edited by Insue Kim

House of Lords passed the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill (“DRIP”) on July 17, 2014. DRIP empowers the UK government to require all companies providing internet-based services to UK customers to retain customer metadata for 12 months. It also expands the government’s ability to directly intercept phone calls and digital communications from any remote storage. Critics claim the bill goes far beyond what is necessary and its fast-track timeframe prevents meaningful discussion.

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Posted On Jul - 22 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Federal Circuit Grants Stay of Patent Infringement Litigation Until PTAB Can Complete a Post-Grant Review

By Kyle Pietari – Edited by Insue Kim

Reversing the district court’s decision, the Federal Circuit granted a stay of patent infringement litigation proceedings until the PTAB can complete a post-grant patent validity review. This was the court’s first ruling on a stay when the suit and review process were happening concurrently.

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Posted On Jul - 22 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Ninth Circuit Rejects Fox’s Request to Shut Down Dish Services, Despite Aereo Decision

By Sheri Pan – Edited by Insue Kim

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court’s denial of Fox’s motion for a preliminary injunction.  Fox argued that the technologies would irreparably harm Fox because they violate copyright laws, but the Ninth Circuit ruled that the district court did not err in finding that the harm alleged by Fox was speculative, noting that Fox had failed to present evidence documenting such harm.

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Posted On Jul - 22 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST

European Court of Justice Upholds Individuals’ “Right to Be Forgotten”
By Anton Ziajka – Edited by Insue Kim

In a ruling last May, the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) interpreted the EU’s Data Protection Directive, 95/46/EC, to affirm an individual’s “right to be forgotten.” The ECJ held that an Internet search engine is obligated, in response to an individual’s request, to erase from its search results links to webpages that contain “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant, or excessive” information that relates personally to the individual.

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Posted On Jul - 1 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Fate of Software Patents Still Unclear Following SCOTUS Decision in Alice v. CLS Bank

By Amanda Liverzani Edited by Insue Kim

Intellectual property practitioners and technology companies anxiously awaiting clarification on the patentability of software will find little guidance in the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Alice. In the highly anticipated decision, the Court declined to articulate a definitive test for when software may be patented, instead relying on the precedent established in Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Laboratories Inc., 566 U.S. ____ (2012) and Bilski v. Kappos, 561 U.S. 593 (2010) to invalidate the software patents at issue.

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