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Copyright Ruling Allows Bypass of DVD, Smartphone Protection Mechanisms

by Dan Warren, David Weslow, and Josh Curry On July 27, 2010, the Librarian of Congress, acting on the recommendation of the Copyright Office, exempted six classes of copyrighted works from a provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") that prohibits users from circumventing...

A Perspective on the Patent Wars over Mobile Technology

There has been an epidemic of patent litigation between major players in the mobile technology market. Some increase in patent litigation was to be expected as various technologies have converged in the design of smartphones and tablet computers. But the sheer multitude of patents involved in these suits...

Nokia and Apple Agree to Settle Patent/Smartphone Dispute

Nokia Corp., the Finnish handset maker, and Apple Inc. have agreed to settle their long running patent/smartphone dispute. In 2009, Nokia sued Apple, claiming Apple's touch-screen iPhone used patented technology. Apple countersued, accusing Nokia of copying the iPhone. Though the specifics...

Apple Asserts New Intellectual Property Claims Against Samsung

In a 63-page amended complaint filed on June 16, 2011, in federal court in San Jose, Apple Inc. is continuing to strongly press its contentions that Samsung Electronics Co.'s Galaxy smartphones and tablet computers infringe upon Apple's patents and trademarks for the iPhone and the iPad...

Personal Audio Seeks Another Bite Out of Apple Inc. Verdict in First Lawsuit Leads to Second Complaint Accusing iPod, iPhone and iPad of Patent Infringement

On July 20th, Personal Audio filed a lawsuit accusing Apple's iPod, iPhone and iPad of patent infringement. The July 20th lawsuit follows on the heels of a July 8th jury verdict in Personal Audio's first patent infringement action against Apple. The July 20th complaint summarizes and differentiates...

Troutman Sanders LLP: Apple v. Samsung: Irreparable Harm and Obviousness in Preliminary Injunction Analysis

By Megan Rahman On May 14, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Apple, Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. , No. 2012-1105 (Fed. Cir. May 14, 2012) affirmed-in-part, vacated-in-part and remanded the district court's denial of a preliminary injunction awarded to Apple with respect...

Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery LLP: District Court Denies Copyright Protection to API Names and Methods

By Fitch Even attorney Alisa C. Simmons On May 31, 2012, the district court for the Northern District of California issued a decision in Oracle America, Inc. v. Google Inc. , a significant case in copyright law. The court held that copyright cannot protect the names used in the Java programming language...

Judge Posner Expresses Software Patent Doubts after Apple/Motorola Dismissal

Richard Posner, the U.S. judge who recently squashed Apple Inc.'s smartphone battle with Motorola Inc., has doubts regarding the applicability of patents to software. According to a story in the Chicago Tribune , Posner noted that smartphones have thousands of features, with all of them having...

HTC Beats Apple Smartphone Patent Claims in UK Court

As reported by Law360 , the UK's High Court of Justice on Wednesday found that certain European smartphone patents owned by Apple are either invalid or not infringed by HTC, Asia's second-largest smartphone maker. HTC was absolved of allegations that it infringed Apple's slide-to-unlock...

LG Electronics Accused of Infringing Smartphone Touch-Screen Patents

On Monday, Touchscreen Gestures filed suit against LG Electronics, alleging that LG's smartphones and tablets infringe touch-screen technology patents. In its complaint , Touchscreen accuses LG of infringing U.S. Patent Nos: 7,184,031 , entitled "Method and Controller for Identifying...

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California Federal Jury Awards $290 Million in Apple, Samsung Retrial

SAN FRANCISCO — (Mealey’s) In its third day of deliberations, a California federal jury on Nov. 21 awarded Apple Inc. damages of $290,456,793 for Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.’s infringement of several smart phone patents ( Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. , No. 11-1846, N...