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Mealey's IP/Tech - Former Uber Driver Claims Injury From Data Breach, Opposes Dismissal Motion

SAN FRANCISCO - In a July 20 brief opposing dismissal, a former driver for Uber Technologies Inc. asserts that he was a victim of identity theft as a result of a data breach experienced by his former employer and, therefore, he has sustained an injury sufficient to established standing to bring his class...

Mealey's IP/Tech - Federal Circuit Vacates Dismissal Of Cross-Appeal Of Re-Examination

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's (PTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board erred in dismissing a cross-appeal, on jurisdiction grounds, of an inter partes re-examination decision, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled July 17 (Airbus S.A.S. v. Firepass Corporation, No...

Mealey's IP/Tech - Virginia Federal Judge: Patents Claim Ineligible Subject Matter

RICHMOND, Va. - Three software patents were deemed invalid pursuant to 35 U.S. Code Section 101 on July 17 by a Virginia federal judge (MicroStrategy Inc. v. Apttus Corp., No. 15-21, E.D. Va.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 93419).

Mealey's IP/Tech - Federal Circuit Affirms: DNA Sequencing Patents Are Anticipated, Obvious

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) did not err in invalidating three patents relating to deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) sequencing, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals concluded July 17 (Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York v. Illumina Inc., No. 14-1550...

Mealey's IP/Tech - New Jersey Federal Judge Won't Reconsider Rulings In Copyright Case

TRENTON, N.J. - Deeming the efforts by several copyright infringement defendants to persuade him to revisit his May 2015 denial of summary judgment "a textbook example of everything a reconsideration motion should not be," U.S. Judge Kevin McNulty of the District of New Jersey on July 21 denied...

Mealey's IP/Tech - Federal Circuit Grants Mandamus Petition In Underlying Patent Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Two petitioners won mandamus on July 22 from a New Jersey federal judge's modified protective order that would allow courts in Korea and Japan access to proprietary information gleaned from an American patent infringement lawsuit, in what the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals...

Mealey's IP/Tech - Yahoo Seeks Sanctions For Firm's Repeated Disclosure Of Confidential Information

DALLAS - A promotional firm's failure to seal a summary judgment motion, which contained confidential information, is an example of its "pattern of blatantly violating confidentiality agreements," Yahoo Inc. said in a July 22 motion for sanctions in a contract and trade secrets lawsuit...

Mealey's IP/Tech - Judge Asks Parties To Submit More Details On Sealable Information

SAN JOSE, Calif. - After finding that parties need to provide additional information on a request to seal certain information, including a request for international arbitration, pursuant to local rules, a California federal judge on July 22 ordered a company to submit a declaration showing that parts...

Mealey's IP/Tech - Magistrate: Discovery From Irish Facebook Affiliate Not Merited In Privacy Suit

OAKLAND, Calif. - The plaintiffs in a putative class action alleging privacy violations by Facebook Inc.'s purported scanning of users' private messages are not permitted to compel materials from the social network's Irish affiliate, a California federal magistrate ruled July 21, finding...

Mealey's IP/Tech - Facebook Could Not Oppose Warrants Seeking Information On Its Users, Panel Rules

NEW YORK - A trial court properly denied a motion by Facebook Inc. to quash warrants served on certain Facebook users, a New York appellate panel ruled July 21, find that "there is no constitutional or statutory right to challenge an alleged defective warrant before it is executed" (Facebook...

Mealey's IP/Tech - 9th Circuit Partly Affirms, Reverses In Copyright, Trademark Case

SAN FRANCISCO - An Arizona federal judge "clearly erred" by issuing a final judgment in a copyright and trademark infringement action that failed to address the issue of copyright damages, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled July 23 (Scott Bizar v. Jeffrey Dee and Jack Herman, Nos...

Mealey's IP/Tech - Texas Judge Dismisses Copyright Dispute Between Homebuilders

HOUSTON - A copyright infringement defendant was awarded summary judgment on July 24 by a Texas federal judge on grounds that plaintiff Lennar Homes of Texas Sales and Marketing Ltd. cannot prove that defendant Perry Homes LLC "copied any protectable aspects of" two contested townhome designs...

Mealey's IP/Tech - 2nd Circuit Affirms Dismissal Of Copyright Claim On Different Grounds

NEW YORK - A New York federal judge's decision to dismiss copyright infringement allegations surrounding a software license agreement (SLA) and master services agreement (MSA) was affirmed July 27 by the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, albeit on different grounds (The AStar Group Inc. v. Manitoba...

Mealey's IP/Tech - Direct Purchaser Class Certified In Pennsylvania Pay-For-Delay Case

PHILADELPHIA - U.S. Judge Mitchell S. Goldberg of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on July 27 agreed to certify a class of direct purchaser plaintiffs in a long-running antitrust dispute over pay-for-delay agreements relating to generic modafinil (King Drug Company of Florence, Inc., et al. v. Cephalon...

Mealey's IP/Tech - New Jersey Federal Judge Sides With TD Bank In Copyright Case

TRENTON, N.J. - A declaratory judgment counterclaim seeking a declaration of copyright co-ownership was rejected July 27 by a New Jersey federal judge, who instead granted plaintiff TD Bank N.A. summary judgment on its allegation of copyright infringement by a former CEO (TD Bank N.A. v. Vernon W. Hill...

Mealey's IP/Tech - Federal Circuit Reverses, Remands Judgment Of Patent Invalidity

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A Wisconsin federal judge's decision to grant judgment as a matter of law that various claims of three patents are invalid as obvious was reversed and remanded by the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on July 28 (Circuit Check Inc. v. QXQ Inc., No. 15-1155, Fed. Cir.).

Mealey's IP/Tech - Judge Finds Internet Rebroadcaster May Be Entitled To Compulsory License

LOS ANGELES - A company that rebroadcasts copyrighted programs over the Internet may be entitled to a compulsory license under Section 111 of the Copyright Act, a California federal judge ruled July 24, distinguishing the case from a recent related U.S. Supreme Court ruling and disagreeing with a Second...

Mealey's IP/Tech - Texas Federal Judge Sides With Copyright, Trademark Plaintiff

DALLAS - A plaintiff seeking a declaration of invalidity and noninfringement of various copyrights, trademarks and trade dress rights asserted in connection with "replica bullets" prevailed July 27 in Texas federal court (Provident Precious Metals LLC v. Northwest Territorial Mint LLC, No....

Mealey's IP/Tech - Federal Circuit: No Error In Dismissal Of Patent Case On Jurisdiction Grounds

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A California federal judge did not err in finding that a cease-and-desist letter that demands an end to purported patent infringement is insufficient to confer general personal jurisdiction over the sender, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled July 28 (Petzilla Inc. v. Anser...

Mealey's IP/Tech - Pennsylvania Federal Judge Denies Relief In False Advertising Case

PHILADELPHIA - A false advertising dispute between two processed meat product makers will proceed in Pennsylvania federal court, but without injunctive relief in place, a federal judge ruled July 28 (Parks LLC v. Tyson Foods Inc. et al., No. 15-946, E.D. Pa.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 98008).

Mealey's IP/Tech - Nevada Federal Judge Won't Transfer Patent Case To Ohio Court

LAS VEGAS - Efforts by a Nevada patent infringement defendant to obtain dismissal or, in the alternative, transfer of the case to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio were unsuccessful on July 28 (Computerized Screening Inc. v. Healthspot Inc., No. 14-573, D. Nev.; 2015 U.S. Dist...

Mealey's IP/Tech - Federal Circuit Affirms Denial Of Stay For Apple, Reverses For Samsung

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A Texas federal judge's order denying motions by various defendants to stay patent infringement litigation pending the outcome of a covered business method (CBM) review was partly affirmed July 30 by the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (Smartflash LLC et al. v. Apple Inc...

Mealey's IP/Tech - 9th Circuit Reverses, Says Photo Agency Has Standing In Copyright Case

SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge erred in holding that a licensing agent for photographers lacks statutory standing under the Copyright Act to sue textbook publisher John Wiley & Sons Inc. for copyright infringement, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled July 29 (Minden Pictures...

Mealey's IP/Tech - New York Federal Judge Won't Stay Arbitration Order In Patent Case

NEW YORK - A July 2014 dismissal of a declaratory judgment patent case in light of a finding that arbitration is compelled by the terms of a patent license agreement (PLA) will not be stayed pending appeal to the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, a New York federal judge ruled July 29 (LG Electronics...

Mealey's IP/Tech - Google's Subpoena On Movie Studios In Suit Against AG Transferred To Mississippi

NEW YORK - A New York federal judge on July 29 granted a motion by Google Inc. to transfer its motion to compel discovery responses from three movie studios to a Mississippi federal court, which is the venue for Google's underlying lawsuit against that state's attorney general, Jim Hood (Google...