Google Donates $11.5 Million to Fight Slavery, Human Trafficking

"An astounding 27 million men, women, and children are currently held in slavery around the world, but the fight to eradicate the practice got a big boost Wednesday when Google announced that it's giving $11.5 million to help several leading organizations combat modern day slavery. The...

Keller and Heckman LLP Telecom Business Alert - Vol. IX Issue 7

House Subcommittee Hearing Focuses on LightSquared's Impact on GPS Last week, the House Subcommittee on Aviation held a Hearing examining the use of GPS in the Aviation Industry. At the Hearing, John Pocari, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Deputy Transportation Secretary, reiterated...

Should Anyone Expect Privacy on Google?

By Peter S. Vogel Since 92% of adults use search engines every day means that they share volumes of information with Google, who dominates searching, 66.4% in the US and 80% in the EU . No one was surprised when Pew Research reported that 92% of adults search daily , but what Google does with our...

The 'Googling Juror' Has Emerged As 'Massive Concern' In Courts

By William A. Ruskin In an on-line article titled, " Rely on Instructions to Curb the Socially Networked Juror " (3/19/12), Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm writes that "the 'Googling Juror' has emerged as a massive concern in the courts with plenty of stories on the process being thrown...

Fourth Circuit Offers Google Some Unfavorable “Keywords” in Rosetta Stone’s Trademark Appeal

Rosetta Stone's trademark/keyword lawsuit against Google was given new life today when the Fourth Circuit vacated in part an order granting Google summary judgment. Rosetta Stone v. Google, Inc ., 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 7082 (4th Cir. 2012) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ...

Troutman Sanders LLP: Rosetta Stone Opinion Clarifies Standard for Trademark Infringement Claim in Keyword Advertising Context

By Douglas "Doug" D. Salyers , James Moore Bollinger , Mark S. VanderBroek and Michael "Mike" D. Hobbs Jr. In Rosetta Stone v. Google [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently clarified the legal standard...

Jury Says Google Infringed, But It Can't Agree On Fair Use

SAN FRANCISCO - (Mealey's) After five full days of deliberation, federal jurors in California issued a partial verdict on May 7 in the closely watched copyright dispute over defendant Google Inc.'s Android software platform ( Oracle America Inc. v. Google Inc. , No. 10-3561, N.D. Calif.). ...

Jury Says Google Infringed, But It Can’t Agree On Fair Use

SAN FRANCISCO - (Mealey's) After five full days of deliberation, federal jurors in California issued a partial verdict yesterday in the closely watched copyright dispute over defendant Google Inc.'s Android software platform ( Oracle America Inc. v. Google Inc. , No. 10-3561, N.D. Calif.;...

Peter S. Vogel: Google Did Not Violate U.S. Law When Collecting Wifi Data

By Peter S. Vogel Google was fined $25,000 for not cooperating with an investigation regarding Google's collection of unencrypted wifi data when taking Street View pictures from 2006-10, but the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reported that Google did not violate any US laws. The FCC's...

Troutman Sanders LLP: Summary Judgment Awarded in First EDVA Trademark Decision Since Rosetta Stone

By Dabney Carr The Fourth Circuit's recent decision in Rosetta Stone v. Google , 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 7082 (4 th Cir. April 9, 2012) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], discussed here , has apparently not chilled the EDVA's willingness to grant summary judgment in trademark...

Lower Case “i” Stymies Groupion’s Trademark Claim against Groupon

Letters are always getting in the way of social harmony. Remember the Louis Armstrong song, Let's Call the Whole Thing Off: You like potato and I like potahto You like tomato and I like tomahto, Dang letters always causing some kind of disagreement! If Louis were alive today, he might...

Jury Finds For Google On Oracle Patent Claims In California Federal Court

SAN FRANCSICO - (Mealey's) After seven days of deliberation, a California federal jury on May 23 acquitted Google Inc. of patent infringement claims levied by Oracle America Inc. ( Oracle America Inc. v. Google Inc. , No. 10-3561, N.D. Calif.). ( Verdict. Document #16-120604-007V .) A Google...

Jury Finds For Google On Oracle Patent Claims In California Federal Court

SAN FRANCSICO - (Mealey's) After seven days of deliberation, a California federal jury yesterday acquitted Google Inc. of patent infringement claims levied by Oracle America Inc. ( Oracle America Inc. v. Google Inc. , No. 10-3561, N.D. Calif.; See 5/21/12, Page 4). ( Verdict available. Document...

If the Google Trademark Falls as Generic, Could Jessica Simpson Be Far Behind?

No offense to you, Jessica Simpson, but since your pregnancy/baby's birth, you're in far too many places. Here she is this morning on CNN.com, between the major headlines, "Scientists confirm 'old person smell'" (finally!) and "Kid feels 'dizzaaay,' hilarity ensues"...

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...

Unauthorized Use of Trademarks in Keyword Advertising

Rosetta Stone Ltd. v. Google, Inc ., 676 F.3d 144 (4th Cir. 2012) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ] presented the Fourth Circuit with challenging questions involving federal trademark infringement and dilution claims in the context of Google's keyword advertising program. The...

Peter S. Vogel: No Surprise - U.S. Supreme Court Relies on Google

By Peter S. Vogel A law professor concluded that Justices on the Supreme Court regularly use Google since apparently Opinions issued by the Supreme Court cite facts never offered by the lawyers' briefs. Professor Allison Orr Larsen (William & Mary Law School) studied 15 years of Supreme Court...

Peter S. Vogel: Oops - Google Found Street View Wifi Data

By Peter S. Vogel Google confessed to U.K. officials that Google still has Street View unprotected wifi data collected before 2010 in spite claims that such data had been destroyed. On July 27, 2012 Peter Fleischer (Google's global privacy counsel) sent a letter to Steve Eckersley (head of enforcement...

Got an appearance code? Make sure you allow exceptions for religion.

Employers, is your appearance code so important that you would pay more than $150,000 to ban a $10 accessory in the workplace? This is the story of the $150,000 lanyard. If you are ignorant like me, you are thinking, "What the heck is a lanyard? Isn't that a part of a ship?" (Actually...

Troutman Sanders LLP: Rosetta Stone and Google Settle Trademark Suit

By Megan Rahman Rosetta Stone Inc. and Google Inc. settled their trademark infringement suit Wednesday [Oct. 31st] in the Eastern District of Virginia (case no. 1:09-cv-00736). The suit, filed by Rosetta Stone (and previously posted about here and here and here ), revolved around the treatment of...

Software Developer Files Trademark Complaint Over Google's 'Ripples'

SEATTLE - Google Inc. was hit with a trademark infringement lawsuit on Nov. 21 when a Seattle-based software development firm alleged that the Internet and technology giant infringed its trademark with the "Ripples" feature on its Google+ social network (RIPL Corp. v. Google Inc., No. 2...

California AG Advocates 'Surprise Minimization' to Protect Mobile Device Consumers from Unexpected Privacy Practices

Hailing her state as the "epicenter of modern innovation," California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris has issued recommendations for app developers and providers, advertising networks and others as part of an effort to give consumers "meaningful information" about privacy choices...

AbbeySpanier LLP: Email Privacy Rights Upheld Against Google

A district court in California joined a growing number of other courts in finding that Google may not hide behind the “ordinary course of business” exception found in the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (“ECPA”), 18 U.S.C. §§ 2510, et seq. , to scan its users’...

Landmark Privacy Ruling in Europe on the Right To Be Forgotten

By Patrick Van Eecke , Anthony Cornette, and Jim Halpert In a landmark ruling in May, the European Court of Justice ruled that search engines need to remove the link between search results and a web page if it contains information an individual deems should be “forgotten.” The facts...

Peter S. Vogel: Judge Allows Libel Suit Based on Google Autocomplete Search Results

By Peter S. Vogel A Hong Kong Judge disagreed with Google that Google’s Autocomplete may have created libeleous content and “cited Europe’s recent ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling requiring Google to remove embarrassing or outdated search results upon request” as...