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Google to Supreme Court: Snagging Data from Unsecured Wi-Fi is Perfectly Legal
By Michael Shammas – Edited by Mary Schnoor

Google has filed a petition for a writ of certiorari asking the Supreme Court to label its Street View cars’ collection of unencrypted Wi-Fi traffic legal, appealing the Ninth Circuit’s decision that Google may have violated the federal Wiretap Act. Google believes unencrypted Wi-Fi traffic should be classed as “radio communications” accessible to the public.

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Posted On Apr - 14 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Supreme Court Weighs Patent Eligibility of Software
By Mary Schnoor — Edited by Elise Young

The Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l, a case with the potential to determine whether, or when, computer-implemented inventions (i.e., software) are patent-eligible subject matter. Many commentators hope the Court will use this case as an opportunity to clarify what makes an invention an “abstract idea” that is ineligible for patenting.

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Posted On Apr - 10 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Federal Circuit Limits the ITC’s Authority to Address Post-Importation Induced Infringement
By Mary Schnoor  – Edited by Mengyi Wang

In Suprema v. ITC, the Federal Circuit vacated and remanded the ITC’s finding of induced infringement of a method patent when direct infringement occurred only after the imported product, a fingerprint scanner, was combined with software by a customer within the United States. The Federal Circuit concluded that the ITC’s authority to block “articles that . . . infringe” only applies when the articles being barred directly infringe a U.S. patent at the time of importation.

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Posted On Mar - 18 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Federal Circuit Affirms Inequitable Conduct Based on False Declaration
By Mary Schnoor – Edited by Kathleen McGuinness

Intellect Wireless, Inc. v. HTC Corp.

The Federal Circuit affirmed that two patents owned by Intellect Wireless, Inc. (“Intellect”) are unenforceable due to inequitable conduct. Intellect claimed that HTC Corp. had infringed patents covering technology allowing a wireless device to receive and display caller identification information. The founder of Intellect, and inventor of the patents in question, intentionally submitted false declarations to the USPTO.

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Posted On Oct - 22 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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