DETROIT - An arbitration provision agreed to by Uber Technologies Inc. drivers "clearly and unmistakably" provides that an arbitrator must decide the issue of arbitrability, a Michigan federal judge ruled Dec. 27, granting a motion to compel arbitration of a wage class complaint filed by two drivers (Arthur Zawada, et al. v. Uber Technologies, Inc., et al., No. 16-11334, E.D. Mich.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 178582).
SAN FRANCISCO - A Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Dec. 21 made a small amendment to its Sept. 7 opinion in which it held that a California federal judge erred when he assumed the authority to decide in two class complaints whether arbitration agreements between Uber Technologies Inc. and its drivers were enforceable and denied a petition for rehearing en banc (Abdul Kadir Mohamed, et al. v. Uber Technologies, Inc., et al., No. 15-16178, Ronald Gillette v. Uber Technologies, Inc., No. 15-16181, Abdul Kadir Mohamed, et al. v. Uber Technologies, Inc., et al., No. 15-16250, 9th Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 22898).
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - In answers filed Dec. 9 in Massachusetts federal court, Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) each deny a deaf advocacy organization's putative class claims that their websites violated federal law because they are not equally accessible for hearing-impaired individuals (National Association of the Deaf, et al. v. Harvard University, et al., No. 3:15-cv-30023, D. Mass; and National Association of the Deaf, et al. v. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, No. 3:15-cv-30024, D. Mass.).
LOS ANGELES - A video-on-demand (VOD) provider was hit with a preliminary injunction by a California federal judge Dec. 12 that prevents the firm from streaming, copying or editing works owned by the plaintiff movie studios, which accuse the company of infringement and circumventing their works' anti-piracy technology (Disney Enterprises Inc., et al. v. VidAngel Inc., No. 2:16-cv-04109, C.D. Calif.).
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Canada's 10 provincial workers' compensation boards on Dec. 9 got more time from a North Carolina federal bankruptcy judge to vote on the Chapter 11 plan for Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC so they can finalize a $20 million settlement with the debtor and related companies of the boards' claims for payments made to more than 1,300 Canadian workers suffering from asbestos diseases (In re: Garlock Sealing Technologies, LLC, et al., No. 10-31607, W.D. N.C. Bkcy.).
SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on Dec. 6 granted a technology company's motion to dismiss a counterclaim asserted by the maker of a mobile application that allows for credit card payments to taxicab drivers, finding no facts to support its claim for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) (Creative Mobile Technologies LLC v. Flywheel Software Inc., No. 16-cv-02560, N.D. Calif.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 168569).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A jury award of $52 million in lost profits was premised on an erroneous instruction that worldwide sales can be considered even when the product in question only contains a single "staple article" manufactured domestically, an attorney for patent infringement defendant Life Technologies Corp. told the U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 6 (Life Technologies Corp. v. Promega Corp., No. 14-1538, U.S. Sup.).
NEW YORK - A judgment debtor told a federal court in New York on Dec. 2 that it is appealing a $7.8 million judgment against it related to a reinsurance participation agreement that the judgment debtor claimed it was not a party to (AmTrust North America, Inc. and Technology Insurance Company, Inc., as judgment creditors of Pacific Re, Inc. on behalf of its protected cell Pac Re 5-AT v. Safebuilt Insurance Services Inc., No. 16-cv-06033, S.D. N.Y.).
NEW ORLEANS - A Texas federal judge erroneously denied Becton Dickinson & Co. (BD) judgment as a matter of law (JMOL) on allegations by a plaintiff that BD attempted to monopolize the market for safety syringes through various deceptive practices, the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals held Dec. 2 (Retractable Technologies Inc. v. Becton Dickinson & Company, No. 14-41384, 5th Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 21556).
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A patent covering a system that discloses the number of occupants in a vehicle traveling in a high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane will face inter partes review (IPR), the Patent Trial and Appeal Board announced Nov. 22 (Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority v. Transport Technologies LLC, No. IPR2016-01077, PTAB).
BOSTON - Allegations of direct, induced and willful patent infringement will proceed in Massachusetts federal court, but a claim for contributory patent infringement was dismissed Nov. 23 (Sunrise Technologies Inc. v. Cimcon Lighting Inc., No. 15-11545, D. Mass.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 162557).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Finding that the counterclaimant in a dispute over the ownership of certain motion picture technology "fail[ed] to carry the high burden . . . to overturn [a] district court's discovery determination," a Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Nov. 17 denied the firm's motion for a writ of mandamus for relief from an order compelling production of purportedly privileged documents (In re: Rearden LLC, et al., No. 16-125, Fed. Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 20637).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Three final decisions by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that invalidated a patented software application as obvious and anticipated were not erroneous, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Nov. 17 (B.E. Technology LLC v. Microsoft Corp., No. 15-1828; B.E. Technology LLC v. Google Inc., No. 15-1827; B.E. Technology v. Facebook Inc., Nos. 15-1829, -1879, Fed. Cir.).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Patent Trial and Appeal Board did not err in concluding that it would have been obvious for a person of ordinary skill in the art to store information and data in separate memories when maintaining the information during a loss in power, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Nov. 15 in a dispute over patented radio frequency identification (RFID) tags (Intermec Technologies Corp., et al. v. Alien Technology LLC, No. 15-1808, Fed. Cir.).
NEW YORK - A New York federal judge on Nov. 3 granted an English company's petition to confirm a $3.2 million arbitral award plus interest issued in its favor in relation to a patent license agreement dispute, finding that the respondent was not entitled to deduct amounts from the award to satisfy Taiwanese tax laws (Mondis Technology Ltd. v. Wistron Corporation, No. 15-CV-02340, S.D. N.Y.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 152785).
Wright Medical Technology Inc. and plaintiff attorneys on Nov. 2 announced a $240 million opt-in master settlement agreement for 1,292 state and federal court metal-on-metal hip revision claims.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. government on Oct. 31 opposed a liberty advocacy organization's motion to compel an officer of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to preserve emails in his private email account in accord with a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, telling a District of Columbia federal court that the group has not met its burden to demonstrate the preservation order's necessity (Competitive Enterprise Institute v. Office of Science and Technology Policy, No. 1:14-cv-00765, D. D.C.).
DETROIT - Allegations that a former licensee infringed a patented method and apparatus for micro-treating steel by continuing to use the technology after its license expired were rejected by a Michigan federal judge on Oct. 31 (SFP Works LLC v. Buffalo Armory LLC, No. 14-13575, E.D. Mich.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 150112).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology wrote a letter to the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Oct. 25 stating that the committee has obtained information that "appears to contradict" the administrator's responses to questions the committee posed regarding the EPA's oversight of the herbicide glyphosate. In the letter, the chairman indicates that in light of the contradictions, the EPA's decision to delay official review of glyphosate does not "instill confidence that EPA will fairly assess glyphosate based on sound science."
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Nothing in the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC v. Lee (136 S. Ct. 2131 ) alters a 2015 conclusion by the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that a determination by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to discontinue inter partes review (IPR) is not reviewable on appeal under 35 U.S. Code Section 314(d), the Federal Circuit ruled Oct. 20, denying a petition for rehearing (Medtronic Inc. v. Robert Bosch Healthcare Systems Inc., Nos. 15-1977, -1986, -1987, Fed. Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 18855).
DETROIT - In a patent infringement lawsuit concerning car navigational methods, a Michigan federal judge ruled Oct. 14 that damages experts failed to present a reliable methodology for a conjoint study to assist a jury in determining what portion of Garmin International Inc.'s profits could be attributed to the incremental value that the four patented features added to the overall value of the accused devices (Visteon Global Technologies Inc. and Visteon Technologies LLC v. Garmin International Inc., No. 10-10578, E.D. Mich.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 142395).