Copyright

  • A New York federal judge rules that the play 3C is a permissible parody of the 70′s sitcom Three’s Company under fair use laws.
  • A Dutch court refers several questions to the Court of Justice of the European Union related to copyright issues arising from e-lending and digital exhaustion.

Litigation

  • The Federal Circuit dismisses an interlocutory appeal by JPMorgan for lack of jurisdiction in an action by Intellectual Ventures related to a set of computer security patents. The appeal came after the district court rejected JPMorgan’s stay request following the filing of petitions for post-grant Covered Business Methods review. The Federal Circuit distinguished between a CBM petition and a CBM proceeding finding it lacked jurisdiction to review rejection of a stay on the basis of a CBM petition.

Patents

  • The Supreme Court hears oral argument in Commil v. Cisco, a case focusing on whether the mens rea requirement for induced infringement under 35 U.S.C. § 271(b) is more directed toward inducement than validity such that a good faith belief that a patent is invalid is an appropriate defense.

Privacy & Cybersecurity

  • In the settlement of an action to enforce a FOIA request, the Chicago Police Department releases documents revealing the purchase of over $300,000 in cell phone surveillance technology it had previous denied possessing.
  • Facebook attacks a report that its privacy policy and tracking through plug-ins violates European Union laws.
  • President Obama signs an executive order authorizing financial and travel sanctions against anyone involved in cyberattacks that pose a significant threat to national security, foreign policy, or economic health or financial stability in the US.
  • Google says it will no longer accept security certificates issued by the Chinese Internet Network Information Center.
  • A former public defender in Indiana is suspended after texting a prostitute while her phone was in police possession.
  • Snapchat releases first transparency report revealing a low rate of government information requests.

Sports

  • The Major League Baseball Players Association considers whether to take action in response to Kris Bryant’s reassignment to the minor leagues.
  • The English Football Association announces that it will be harder for non-European players to join the league to allow greater access to English athletes.

Telecommunications

  • A Center for Public Integrity report shows that internet prices in five US cities is as much as 3.5 times as high as prices in comparable French cities.
  • A federal judge rejects AT&T’s claim that its status as a common carrier for voice exempts it from liability in the FCC’s action for mobile data throttling.
  • Senator Dianne Feinstein calls for the removal of the Anarchist Cookbook from the internet after the arrest of two women accused of attempting to build a bomb.

Trademark

  • The TTAB grants a petition for cancellation of a registration for the mark “NAUGLES” finding that Del Taco abandoned the mark for more than three consecutive years without an intent to resume use.
  • The TTAB affirms a refusal to register the mark “SIMPLY ORANGECELLO,” a flavored liquor, after the applicant failed to address the verification requirement in both the application and on appeal.

Entertainment

  • Sony Music files a breach of contract claim alleging that it overpaid 19 Recordings, the American Idol label, at least $2 million in response to an action filed a year ago by 19 Recordings alleging that it was underpaid.
  • A California court affirms an arbitration award of $27 million to producer Steven Kaplan in a four year long legal action to recover damages after a $300 million financing deal went bad revealing the producer had contracted with a company that did not exist.

 

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