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Aereo Heads to the Supreme Court

On January 16, 2014 By Brenan Salgado

On Friday, January 10, the Supreme Court granted cert to the major broadcasters’ challenge to Aereo. This follows on the heels of a recent ruling questioning the legality of Aereo’s (and, increasingly, other TV-over-internet service providers’) business models.

Aereo’s TV-over-internet technology captures over-the-air digital television broadcasts and relays them as [...]

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A controversial trade deal that would require significant revisions to both foreign and domestic intellectual property law moved forward last week as House and Senate leaders jointly introduced bills authorizing “Trade Promotion Authority” — otherwise known as fast-track approval — for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Fast-track approval is a procedural mechanism that allows [...]

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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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ExxonMobil v. FX Networks: Battle of the X’s

On November 14, 2013 By Andrea Scheder

Two little letters have caused a major controversy between corporate giants, culminating in a lawsuit filed by ExxonMobil against FX Networks LLC and its studio affiliates, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. and Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. In September, FX launched its new network FXX, complete with a new logo featuring [...]

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There was a lot going on this week, so the Monday Morning JETLawg has been broken down into topics. Monday is cybercrime and cybersecurity; Tuesday is copyright, intellectual property (IP) policy generally, government technology, and government IP; Wednesday is surveillance and censorship; Thursday is sports, entertainment, and the arts; and Friday is e-currency, e-discovery, [...]

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Punishing Prenda

On November 11, 2013 By J.P. Urban

Many of you are quite familiar with the “world’s most famous porn pirate hunters,” but if you need a refresher, check out Parker Hancock’s post from earlier this year before reading on. Since that post, the law firm that tried to shame those pornography consumers has had a tough time in court.

First, internet [...]

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A Minnesota designer of satirical t-shirts has filed suit [PDF] against the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security for their attempts to take down his merchandise. Federal agencies have a reputation for being aggressive in Continue Reading

Do Supreme Court Justices Dream of Electric Sheep?

On October 24, 2013 By Thomas Hayden

Back in June, the Supreme Court decided Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, 569 U.S. ___, 133 S. Ct. 2107 (2013) (which we previously wrote about here). Myriad was a unanimous decision in which the Court ruled that naturally occurring isolated DNA cannot be patented, but that [...]

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At the end of August, the GAO finally issued its mandated report to Congress regarding factors that affect patent infringement litigation. Why? Patent litigation has increased dramatically over the past decade. From 2000-2011, over 29,000 patent suits were filed in U.S. district courts, and the overall number of defendants in these cases [...]

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As Americans become more likely to buy products based on green and health-conscientious labels, many companies have tried to capitalize on these new marketing strategies. But these campaigns are not without risk. Despite highly interpretative FDA guidance on “all-natural” products, some litigants are willing to take on major corporations.

In one high-profile suit, [...]

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