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U.S. Marshals Service Uses Airborne “Dirtboxes” to Collect Cell Phone Data

By Katherine Kwong – Edited by Mengyi Wang

The U.S. government has been using “dirtboxes” to collect cell phone data. The program, designed for criminal suspect surveillance, is accused of also collecting cell phone data on numerous Americans not suspected of any crime. While many commentators express concern about the program’s legality, others argue that the program is an effective method of catching criminals.

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Posted On Nov - 25 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Illinois District Court Opinion Shows Uncertainty of the Economics of ANDA litigation

By Yaping Zhang – Edited by Mengyi Wang

The Northern District of Illinois just laid down a Hatch-Waxman opinion, holding that the Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. infringed the patent No. 727 Patent held by Medicines Company. Patently-O published a study that demonstrates ANDA Paragraph (iv) cases have increasingly settled, reducing consumer surplus. The case suggests that there are potentially more complicated calculus and players embedded in ANDA litigations than originally thought.

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Posted On Nov - 10 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Functional Claim Elements Must Be Backed by Sufficient Structural Guidance

By Asher Lowenstein – Edited by Mengyi Wang

The Federal Circuit found that patent claim terms that offer no guidance to structure and are solely functional are means-plus-function terms and indefinite under § 112(f).

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Posted On Oct - 27 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Silk Road Founder Loses Argument That the FBI Illegally Hacked Servers to Find Evidence against Him

By Travis West  — Edited by Mengyi Wang

The alleged Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht was denied the motion to suppress evidence in his case. Ulbricht argued that the FBI illegally hacked the Silk Road servers to search for evidence to use in search warrants for the server. The judge denied the motion because Ulbricht failed to establish he had any privacy interest in the server.

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Posted On Oct - 21 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Google Faces Potential Lawsuit in Connection with Celebrity Photo Leaks

By Amanda Liverzani – Edited by Mengyi Wang

Celebrities impacted by the theft and distribution of personal images stored on Apple’s iCloud service may soon head to court seeking damages from Google for continued copyright infringement and privacy violations. Google is accused of failing to remove the private pictures pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) and threatened with a lawsuit for compensatory and punitive damages that could reach over $100,000,000 unless the offending content is promptly taken down.

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Posted On Oct - 16 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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