WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Dec. 14, the Federal Trade Commission and the operator of the Ashley Madison website filed a joint motion in District of Columbia federal court, seeking entry of a stipulated order on claims over the site operator's lapses in security that led to a 2015 data breach and its practice of creating false user profiles to induce customers to purchase its services (Federal Trade Commission v. ruby Corp., et al., No. 1:16-cv-02438, D. D.C.).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a Dec. 14 petition for certiorari, a group of record labels ask the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether the safe harbor protections from copyright infringement liability that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) provides for internet service providers apply to sound recordings from before 1972, which are governed by state law, rather than federal copyright law (Capitol Records LLC, et al. v. Vimeo LLC, et al., No. 16-771, U.S. Sup.).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A permanent injunction barring an infringement and unfair competition defendant from using a washer mold as well as various images of a plaintiff's patented products was not overly broad, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals concluded Dec. 15 (United Construction Products Inc. v. Tile Tech Inc., No. 16-1392, Fed. Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 22248).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A Wisconsin federal judge's finding that two patents were inherently anticipated by prior art was vacated Dec. 15 by the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on the basis that genuine disputes of material fact should have precluded summary judgment (U.S. Water Services Inc., et al. v. Novozymes A/S, et al., Nos. 15-1950, -1967, Fed. Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 22244).
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A patent examiner did not err in deeming various claims of a patented method of generating a document guidance file unpatentable under 35 U.S. Code Section 103(a), the Patent Trial and Appeal Board ruled Dec. 15 (Ex parte Anil Kumar Padala, et al., No. 2016-000911, PTAB).
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Citing three pieces of prior art, Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Dec. 16 agreed to review the patentability of a manual controller for manipulating images or symbols on a visual display (Rubicon Communications LP v. LEGO A/S, No. IPR2016-01187, PTAB).
SAN FRANCISCO - A jury empaneled before U.S. Magistrate Judge Nathaniel M. Cousins of the Northern District of California sided squarely against Apple Inc. on Dec. 15, deeming the tech giant an infringer of two valid patents and awarding Core Wireless Licensing S.a.r.L. $7.3 million in reasonable royalty damages following a six-day trial (Core Wireless Licensing S.a.r.L. v. Apple Inc., No. 15-5008, N.D. Calif.).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a Dec. 14 order list, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari to a patent infringement defendant to decide the standard for determining the proper venue for such infringement suits to be brought against a corporate entity (TC Heartland LLC d/b/a Heartland Food Products Group v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, No. 16-341, U.S. Sup.).
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A patent covering an apparatus for packing disposable objects, such as diapers, into a flexible tube will not be the subject of an upcoming inter partes review, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board revealed Dec. 12 (Munchkin Inc. v. International Refills Company Ltd., No. IPR2016-01154, PTAB).
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Claims of copyright and patent infringement brought by Cisco Systems Inc. against a competitor in the Ethernet switch market were rejected in a California federal jury's verdict Dec. 14, with the jury deeming the material not copyright protectable as scenes a faire and finding that Cisco failed to establish any infringement of its asserted command interface patent (Cisco Systems Inc. v. Arista Networks Inc., No. 14-5344, N.D. Calif.).
SAN JOSE, Calif. - The plaintiffs in a class action against computer manufacturer Lenovo (United States) Inc. on Dec. 9 moved in California federal court for preliminary approval of a settlement with the co-defendant that designed the spyware at the heart of the lawsuit's computer fraud and invasion of privacy claims (In Re: Lenovo Adware Litigation, No. 5:15-cv-02624, N.D. Calif.).
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.).
SAN DIEGO - Affirming two lower courts' rulings, the California Supreme Court on Dec. 12 determined that online travel companies (OTCs) do not meet the definition of hotel "operators" in a San Diego tax ordinance and, thus, are not liable for paying transient occupancy tax amounts assessed by the city on hotel customers (In Re Transient Occupancy Tax Cases, No. S218400, Calif. Sup.; 2016 Cal. LEXIS 9592).
CINCINNATI - A Michigan federal judge did not err in rejecting allegations of trademark infringement levied in connection with a rapper's use of the stage name "Logic" because a plaintiff disc jockey operating as "DJ Logic" failed to demonstrate that consumers would likely be confused, the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Dec. 13 (Lee Jason Kibler v. Robert Bryson Hall II, et al., No. 15-2516, 6th Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 22079).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a ruling issued Dec. 12, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals indicated its disagreement with the "approach" taken by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board when it required a service mark owner to demonstrate use of its marks in connection with personnel placement and recruitment services in addition to its software-related offerings (In re: JobDiva Inc., No. 15-1960, Fed. Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 21974).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A common-law trademark dispute over the corporate identity and assets of Jericho Baptist Church Ministries Inc. will proceed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, a federal judge there announced Dec. 9 (Jericho Baptist Church Ministries Inc. v. Jericho Baptist Church Ministries Inc., et al., No. 16-647, D. D.C.).
SAN FRANCISCO - A Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Dec. 9 declined a social media aggregator's petition to rehear an appeal in which the panel found that the aggregator violated the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) by sending solicitation messages to users of Facebook Inc. after being told to cease and desist such actions (Facebook Inc. v. Power Ventures Inc., et al., No. 13-17154, 9th Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 21944).
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.).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Citing a Delaware federal judge's incorrect instruction to jurors regarding the law on inducement, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Dec. 12 vacated a verdict of infringement of two patents (Power Integrations Inc. v. Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc., et al., Nos. 15-1329, -1388, Fed. Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 21975).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 12 remanded a dispute over the patented ornamental design of a lip and hinge plate for a dock leveler to the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, in light of the Supreme Court's Dec. 6 ruling in Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., et al. v. Apple Inc. (No. 15-777, U.S. Sup.) (Systems, Inc. v. Nordock, Inc., No. 15-978, U.S. Sup.).
DETROIT - A declaratory judgment patent action, later amended to include a claim of false advertising under the Lanham Act, was dismissed Dec. 8 by a Michigan federal judge on grounds of lacking personal jurisdiction (Precision Extraction Corp. v. Udoxi Scientific LLC, No. 16-11972, E.D. Mich.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 169981).
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - A Kansas federal judge on Dec. 5 denied Sprint Communications Co. L.P. its attempts to exclude damages and patent experts in two consolidated patent infringement lawsuits filed against Comcast Cable Communications LLC and Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC) (Sprint Communications Company LP v. Comcast Cable Communications LLC, et al., No. 11-2684 and Sprint Communications Company LP v. Time Warner Cable Inc., et al., No. 11-2686, D. Kan.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 167849).
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Finding no likelihood that Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Inc. will prevail in showing that at least one claim of a patented rapid-dissolve film for orally administered active ingredients is invalid, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Dec. 5 denied inter partes review (IPR) (Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Inc. v. Monosol RX LLC, No. IPR2016-0111, PTAB).
SAN FRANCISCO - A Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel majority on Dec. 8 amended an earlier ruling in which it affirmed computer fraud and trade secrets convictions of a man who accessed his former employer's computer "without access," to deny his motion for rehearing en banc (United States of America v. David Nosal, No. 14-10037 and 14-10275, 9th Cir.).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) erred in deeming various claims of a spinal infusion patent invalid because it "failed to articulate a reason why" a person having ordinary skill in the art (PHOSITA) would have been motivated to modify and combine various prior art references to obtain the invention taught by NuVasive Inc.'s patented system and method, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Dec. 7 (In re: NuVasive Inc., No. 15-1670, Fed. Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 21748).