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Innovator’s Patent Agreement: Defensive Patenting Strategies in the Software Industry

Written by: Suzanne Van Arsdale
Edited by: Michelle Sohn

On May 21, 2013, Twitter launched version 1.0 of the Innovator’s Patent Agreement (“IPA”), which formalizes a company’s commitment to non-offensive patenting and leaves some control in the hands of inventors. This Comment addresses the incentives for and legal implications of adopting the IPA, software industry concerns and current practices, and other defensive patenting mechanisms.

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Posted On Aug - 11 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Judge Denies Request to Delay Hearing, Challenge to Government’s Metadata Collection Presses Forward

American Civil Liberties Union et al. v. Clapper et al.
By Michelle Sohn – Edited by Katie Mullen

At a hearing last Thursday, Judge William Pauley of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York denied the government ‘s request to delay a hearing date for American Civil Liberties Union et al. v. Clapper et al.  The denial is the latest in the American Civil Liberties Union’s challenge to the Obama administration’s metadata collection practices, specifically collecting Verizon’s customer records.

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Posted On Aug - 4 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Using a Competitor’s Trademark as a Keyword for AdWords is Not Trademark Infringement

1-800 Contacts, Inc. v. Lens.com, Inc.
By Casey Holzapfel – Edited by Michelle Sohn

The Tenth Circuit held that using a competitor’s trademark as a keyword to activate sponsored links in Google is not trademark infringement, affirming the lower court’s summary judgment that Lens.com was not liable for misdirecting customers to click on links to Lens.com after searching for the phrase “1-800 Contacts.”

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

Twitter Releases Users’ Identities to French Authorities After Tough Legal Battles
By Michelle Sohn – Edited by Katie Mullen

Twitter, traditionally a stalwart opponent of government surveillance requests, released to French prosecutors the identities of users who had tweeted anti-Semitic comments in violation of France’s hate speech laws. The social media giant’s capitulation follows a series of legal battles over the issue, including a $50 million lawsuit for failing to provide the information.

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Posted On Jul - 21 - 2013 1 Comment READ FULL POST

Class Certification Vacated: Google’s Library Project Gains Ground

Authors Guild, Inc., et al. v. Google Inc.
By Jonathan Sapp – Edited by Michelle Sohn

The Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated and remanded the lower court’s certification of the plaintiff class. The Second Circuit held that class certification should not precede a determination of Google’s fair use defense. The determination of the defense will “necessarily inform and perhaps moot” the Second Circuit’s analysis of class certification issues. Author’s Guild, Inc. v. Google Inc., No. 12-3200-cv, slip op. at 4 (2d Cir. July 1, 2013).

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Posted On Jul - 12 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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