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Italy Joins Growing Support for European Union Unitary Patent

By Shailin Thomas – Edited by Travis West

Italy has become the 26th state to endorse the EU’s Unitary Patent legislation. The legislation creates a new kind of patent in participating member states which would be enforceable across those jurisdictions, and establishes an independent court for patent disputes. Obstacles remain, but Italy’s support represents a large step towards an integrated European patent system.

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Posted On Dec - 3 - 2015 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Supreme Court Poised to Overrule Federal Circuit Again in Upcoming Patent Case

By Adi Kamdar – Edited by Travis West

The Supreme Court announced it would take up two parallel patent cases this term, Stryker Corp. v. Zimmer, Inc. and Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc., regarding the Federal Circuit’s strict standard for awarding enhanced damages for willful patent infringement — a standard that does not comport with recent high court rulings. Commentators predict the Supreme Court will overrule the Federal Circuit, continuing a clear trend that materialized through the Court’s last few terms.

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Posted On Nov - 4 - 2015 Comments Off READ FULL POST

More than a White Rabbit: Alice Requires Substantial Difference Prior to Embarking on Patent Eligibility

By Allison E. Butler – Edited by Travis West

On June 19, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its first software patent case in thirty-three years. The impact of Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank is broad but it appears to be a decision that was long overdue to address the many issues facing patentability of subject matter eligibility in various arenas where such issues are dominant.

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Posted On Sep - 19 - 2015 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Newegg Wins Patent Troll Case After Court Delays

By Kasey Wang – Edited by Yunnan Jiang and Travis West

The District Court for the Eastern District of Texas recently issued a final judgement for online retailer Newegg, twenty months after trial, vacating a $2.3 million jury award for TQP. TQP, a patent assertion entity commonly known as a “patent troll,” collected $45 million in settlements for the patent in question before Newegg’s trial.

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Posted On Aug - 23 - 2015 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Silk Road 2.0 Takedown Indicates Law Enforcement May Have Developed a Method to Trace Hidden Tor Websites

By Steven Wilfong — Edited by Travis West

The complaint filed against Blake Benthall, the alleged operator of Silk Road 2.0, indicates that the FBI identified a server that was used to host the popular drug market website, despite the fact that the website’s location was hidden by the Tor anonymity software.  Law enforcement may have developed a method of compromising Tor anonymity, a possibility that would prove useful in future operations, but that also raises concerns for legitimate users.

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Posted On Nov - 19 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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