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House Passes Patent Reform – Keeps Senate’s “First-To-File”, Differs on PTO Funding By Albert Wang – Edited by Matt Gelfand H.R. 1249 – Leahy-Smith America Invents Act Bill Govtrack.us Summary On June 23, 2011, the House passed the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. Sponsored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Tex.) and passed by a vote of 304 to 117, the legislation implements a first-to-file system, a post-grant review system, and a fund for PTO fees, among other procedural changes. ... Read More...
Posted On Jul - 5 - 2011 1 Comment READ FULL POST
Federal Circuit Ruling in Favor of TiVo Against EchoStar Changes Test for Reviewing Contempt Orders By Dorothy Du – Edited by Matt Gelfand TiVo Inc. v. EchoStar Corp., 2009-1374 (Fed. Cir. April 20, 2011) (en banc) Slip Opinion The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed in part and vacated in part the decision of the District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, which had found the appellants (collectively “EchoStar”) in contempt of two provisions of the court’s ... Read More...
Posted On May - 21 - 2011 1 Comment READ FULL POST
Written by Matt Gelfand Edited by Harry Zhou Editorial Policy A major criticism of the current copyright system is the overbreadth of the protections it affords, in terms of duration, works covered, and uses covered. With the Copyright Act of 1976 and subsequent international treaties and legislation, copyright has become quasi-permanent, and breadth-limiting formalities such as notice and registration requirements have been eliminated.[1] Virtually any use of the creative expressive content in a work is subject to control by a ... Read More...
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Plaintiff’s Lanham Act false association claims against Google AdWords program survive motion to dismiss By Abby Lauer – Edited by Matt Gelfand Jurin v. Google, No. 2:09-cv-03065-MCE-KJM (E.D. Cal. Feb. 14, 2011) Slip Opinion hosted by Scribd.com The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California denied in part and granted in part Google’s motion to dismiss in a case involving trademark infringement and breach of contract claims against the search engine. While granting Google’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s ... Read More...
Posted On Feb - 28 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Federal Circuit continues trend of interpreting “use” under §271(a) broadly By Philip Yen – Edited by Matthew Gelfand Centillion Data Systems, LLC v. Qwest Communications International, Inc., No. 2010-1110 (Fed. Cir. Jan. 20, 2011) Slip Opinion The Federal Circuit vacated an order of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, which had granted summary judgment of noninfringement in favor of Qwest on the grounds that neither Qwest nor its customers individually “practice[d] all of the limitations ... Read More...
Posted On Feb - 4 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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