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SDNY Holds Bitcoins Fall Under Purview of Federal Money Laundering Statute

By Amanda Liverzani  Edited by Mengyi Wang

The debate surrounding the legal status of Bitcoins continued to heat up, as the Southern District of New York weighed in on whether the virtual currency could be used to launder money under 18 U.S.C. §1956(h). In a July 9, 2014 opinion penned by Judge Forrest in United States v. Ulbricht, the court held that exchanges involving Bitcoins constitute “financial transactions” for purposes of the money laundering statute, noting that “[a]ny other reading would—in light of Bitcoins’ sole raison d’etre—be nonsensical.”

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

Specification Disavowal Limits Claim Scope of Host Patents

By Mengyi Wang – Edited by Suzanne Van Arsdale

The Federal Circuit unanimously affirmed a decision of the International Trade Commission, which had held that Intel Corporation and other intervenors did not violate 19 U.S.C. § 1337 because Intel’s products were not covered by X2Y Attenuators, LLC’s patents. X2Y Attenuators, LLC v. Int’l Trade Comm’n, slip op. at 2. While the language of the claims encompassed the accused products, the Federal Circuit affirmed the ITC’s narrow claim construction based on specification disavowal.

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Posted On Jul - 15 - 2014 Add Comments 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

Foreseeability Does Not Preclude Application of the Doctrine of Equivalents
By Mengyi Wang – Edited by Elise Young

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington’s grant of summary judgment, finding that Ring & Pinion Service Inc.’s (“R&P”) Ziplocker product did not infringe ARB Corporation Ltd.’s (“ARB”) U.S. Patent No. 5,591,098 (“the ’098 patent”). Ring & Pinion Service Inc., slip op. at 2.

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Posted On Feb - 27 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Dumb Starbucks Prank Sparks a Tangle of Legal Concerns
By Mengyi Wang – Edited by Sarah O’Loughlin

Last weekend, Los Angeles residents stood in line to taste free coffee at a new coffee shop in town: “Dumb Starbucks.” The stunt was later discovered to have been orchestrated by Comedy Central comedian Nathan Fielder. Although short-lived—the shop was shut down by the Los Angeles Health Department for operating without a health permit—Dumb Starbucks coffee shop has drawn considerable attention and raised an array of legal issues.

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Posted On Feb - 15 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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