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Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Rules Harvard Oncomouse Patent Expired 

By Michelle Goldring – Edited by Paulius Jurcys

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, which had granted summary judgment to the Patent and Trademark Office. On de novo review, the Court of Appeals upheld the district court’s finding that Harvard’s third patent on a gene sequence used to make research animals more susceptible to cancer had expired and was not eligible for new claims under 37 C.F.R. § 1.530(j).

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Posted On Nov - 11 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST

ACLU and EFF Protest the Constitutionality of Williamson County Schools’ Technology Policy

By Michelle Goldring – Edited by Jesse Goodwin

The ACLU of Tennessee and EFF wrote a letter to the superintendent and board of Williamson County Schools in response to its new technology policy. The letter raises concerns about portions of the policy that would limit students’ right to freely use social media even when outside the school and would permit students’ devices to be searched with few restrictions, in violation of students’ First and Fourth Amendment rights.

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

Jury Orders MP3tunes to Pay $41 Million to EMI Following 2013 Court Order Vacating Grant of Summary Judgment
By Michelle Goldring – Edited by Sheri Pan

EMI was awarded $41 million last week, following a jury trial that found the chief executive of M3Ptunes guilty of copyright infringement. The verdict followed a 2013 order issued by the United States District Court in the Southern District of New York that altered several previous rulings in an earlier order following Viacom International, Inc. v. YouTube, Inc., 676 F.3d 19 (2d. Cir. 2012).

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Posted On Apr - 5 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

U.K. High Court finds that Zynga’s Scramble does not infringe on Mattel’s trademarked Scrabble
By Michelle Goldring – Edited by Jennifer Wong

J.W. Spear & Sons v. Zynga Inc.

The England and Wales High Court of Justice, Chancery Division held that infringement of Scrabble’s trademarked name did not occur when Zynga titled its games “Scramble” and “Scramble with Friends.” It also held that the word “Scramble” was used to refer to games of that type and therefore did not infringe on Mattel’s trademark of that word. However, the court also expressed concern that the “Scramble” logo created a likelihood of confusion because of its design.

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Posted On Nov - 13 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Blogger’s Threats Toward Judges Not Protected Speech, Second Circuit Holds

United States v. Turner
By Michelle Goldring – Edited by Samantha Rothberg

The Second Circuit affirmed the E.D.N.Y.’s conviction of Harold Turner for “threatening to assault or murder” Seventh Circuit Judges Easterbrook, Bauer, and Posner on the basis of his blog posts about a decision the three had made regarding the Second Amendment. Turner, slip op. at 2­–3.  The Second Circuit upheld that Turner’s conduct constituted “a true threat [that] was unprotected by the First Amendment.” Id. at 16.

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Posted On Jun - 30 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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