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Trouble for Qualcomm in China and the U.S.

On October 1, 2014 By Peiyuan Guo

Qualcomm, a leading wireless communications chip supplier worldwide, has emerged a winner with Apple’s iPhone 6 models. A tear-down analysis by iFixit revealed five Qualcomm chips in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. However, the good news may be offset by Qualcomm’s lingering antitrust probe in its Chinese LTE smartphone market. Last [...]

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Earlier this year, Facebook agreed to purchase the startup messaging company WhatsApp for $19 billion. WhatsApp has become hugely popular in the last few years due to its instant messaging capability, but without the usual carrier fees associated with text messaging, its compatibility with all major mobile operating systems, and its [...]

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The number of Apple’s settlement with 33 states over electronic book price fixing could reach as high as $400 million. Last month, the company agreed to settle the class action brought by 33 attorneys generals seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in damages for allegedly colluding with book publishers to inflate [...]

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Last month Comcast, the nation’s largest cable and broadband internet provider, announced that it had made a bid to purchase Time Warner Cable (TWC), the nation’s second largest cable provider for an eye-popping $45 billion.  If the deal goes through, Comcast would account for 38% of the broadband market and [...]

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The issue of reverse payment settlements (or pay-for-delay settlements) in pharmaceutical patent infringement suits could potentially work its ways back up to the Supreme Court. The Court recently settled a deeply divided circuit split over the legality of such settlements in FTC v. Actavis, 133 S.Ct. 2223 (2013). In Actavis, the Court held that [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On February 3, 2014 By Bradlee Edmondson

Surveillance:

Tech companies win the right to report government data requests (like national security letters) in greater detail. Rand Paul plans on taking his lawsuit against the NSA to the Supreme Court. [via The Hill] The NSA hires its first Privacy and Civil Liberties Officer. [via SANSSC Magazine]

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Using Antitrust to Fight PAEs

On November 19, 2013 By Shannon Han

Due to its nature as a right to exclude, a patent can have a powerful effect on the market. Though in theory the patent is meant to serve a defensive function, some have chosen to use it as a more offensive tool: obtaining questionable royalties from inadvertent infringers, or raising a competitor’s operating costs. It [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On October 7, 2013 By Bradlee Edmondson

Feds v Silk Road; NSA tracks some Tor users; DoJ on NSLs; Samsung v Apple sanctions; A-Rod v MLB; ExxonMobil v Fox

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Last week video game producer Electronic Arts Sports and the Collegiate Licensing Company reached a proposed settlement with the plaintiffs in the O’Bannon case.

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On September 2, 2013 By Bradlee Edmondson

A bill passed in New Zealand effectively bans software patents by labeling them ‘not inventions.’ A newly invented process, implemented in software, would still be patentable, but the software that implements it would not itself be patentable. Will this square New Zealand’s goal with the TRIPS Agreement’s requirement that patents be available [...]

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