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Australia court orders ISPs to disclose information about illegal downloaders
April 7, 2015
The Federal Court of Australia on Tuesday ordered six Internet service providers (ISPs) to hand over information about alleged illegal downloaders of the US film Dallas Buyer's Club. The case was filed by the US company that owns the rights to the movie as a preliminary discovery application to dete....... [more]

Supreme Court hears arguments in patent disputes
March 31, 2015
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases regarding federal patent law on Tuesday. In Commil USA, LLC v Cisco Systems, Inc., the court must decide whether the federal circuit erred in holding that a defendant's belief that a patent is invalid constitutes a defense to induced infringeme....... [more]

Supreme Court rules trademark agency ruling sufficient ground for issue preclusion
March 25, 2015
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday held in a 7-2 decision that a ruling from the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) may be sufficient to establish issue preclusion in a patent dispute. The case of B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc. centers around the similarity of a trademark name....... [more]

Supreme Court rules tacking together of trademarks an issue for jury
January 21, 2015
The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday in Hana Financial, Inc. v. Hana Bank et. al. that whether two trademarks may be tacked together for purposes of determining priority is a question for the jury, not the court. The court stated that arguments made by petitioner in support of the view that....... [more]

Supreme Court rules on standard of review for patent claims
January 20, 2015
The US Supreme Court ruled 7-2 Tuesday that appellate review of factual matters in a patent dispute must apply the clear error standard of review, not a de novo standard. In Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc., the court held that the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit was incor....... [more]

Supreme Court hears arguments on trademarks, sentencing
December 2, 2014
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in two cases. In B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc. the court heard arguments on (1) whether the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board's (TTAB) finding of a likelihood of confusion precludes Hargis from relitigating that issue in infringeme....... [more]

Pirate Bay co-founder arrested while entering Thailand
November 4, 2014
A founder of the file-sharing website The Pirate Bay was arrested under an Interpol warrant on Monday when he was trying to cross from Laos into Thailand. Hans Fredrik Lennart Neij, along with other Pirate Bay co-founders, was convicted of aiding copyright infringement by a Swedish court in 2009, an....... [more]

Federal appeals court throws out $368 million award in Apple patent dispute
September 17, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Tuesday overturned an order requiring Apple to pay $368.2 million to VirnetX Holding Corp. in a patent dispute. The case was originally heard in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, which found that Apple infringed upon VirnetX....... [more]

Federal appeals court upholds dismissal of suits against tobacco companies
September 11, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday upheld the dismissal of a consolidated lawsuit brought against various tobacco companies. The 750 consolidated individual cases included:588 personal injury cases filed on behalf of purportedly living cigarette smokers who, as it turns ou....... [more]

Australia court upholds patent on human genetic material
September 9, 2014
The Federal court of Australia has upheld a ruling allowing US-based genetic testing company Myriad Genetics to retain its patent for genetic material (DNA and RNA) it has isolated from human cells. Patient advocacy group Cancer Voices Australia (CVA) appealed a February 2013 court ruling that appro....... [more]

Federal judge denies Apple request to ban Samsung phones, tablets
August 28, 2014
Judge Lucy Koh of the US District Court for the Northern District of California on Wednesday denied a request by Apple for a permanent injunction barring Samsung Electronics from selling products that infringe on Apple's patents. The Cupertino based tech company had sought to ban the sale of certain....... [more]




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