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Software Patents at the Supreme Court

On March 30, 2014 By Parker Hancock

Is software patentable? This simple question, despite over 40 years of judicial wrestling, remains unanswered. Many in the business world are hostile to software patents. After all, much of the vibrant software startup culture seems to operate just fine in an atmosphere of uncertainty. For example, just last month, Facebook acquired software startup [...]

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GUEST POST BY: WESLEY D. MARKHAM

On March 31, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International, Docket No. 13-298, where the question is whether computer-related inventions are eligible for patenting under 35 U.S.C. § 101. If Justice Breyer’s recent musings are any indication, things [...]

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No Hugs for a Friend

On February 24, 2014 By Chastity Bobo

Four years after audiences left the theater with damp handkerchiefs and thoughts of their favorite childhood toys, Disney is embroiled in a legal battle over the rights to the huggable villain who was set on thwarting Woody and Buzz’s return to their best friend Andy in Toy Story 3. New Jersey’s Diece-Lisa Industries (DLI), which holds [...]

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In less than two weeks, the Supreme Court will hear the first patent case of this session, which raises the question of when to award attorney’s fees in patent cases under 35 U.S.C. § 285. The statute provides for the award of attorney fees only in “exceptional cases.” Under the rule established in Brooks [...]

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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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FTC Hits Road Block in Patent Troll Reform

On February 4, 2014 By Mark Foley

In the wake of President Obama’s admonition of the increasing costs of patent litigation in his State of the Union, a notorious patent troll has further illuminated the need for reform. After learning that the FTC planned to file a complaint alleging deceptive trade practices, MPHJ Technology Investments preemptively Continue Reading

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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Is patent peace on the horizon? Google and Samsung announced Sunday that they had brokered a global cross-licensing patent agreement covering a wide range of businesses and technologies. While they are keeping the details of the agreement quiet, it appears that the two technology giants are actively trying [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On January 27, 2014 By Bradlee Edmondson

Patent Eligibility Symposium Wrap-Up

On Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, JETLaw hosted its 2013-2014 symposium, Patents 101: From Computer Code to Genetic Codes, focusing on what, exactly, is eligible for patent protection. Chief Judge Randall Rader of the Federal Circuit delivered the keynote address, and panels addressed software patents, gene patents, and principles of patent [...]

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Welcome to the 2013-2014 JETLaw symposium: Patents 101: From Computer Code to Genetic Codes. We will be focusing on what, exactly, is eligible for patent protection. Chief Judge Randall Rader of the Federal Circuit will deliver the keynote, and panels will address software patents, gene patents, and patent eligibility generally.

The symposium [...]

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