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    Mealey's IP/Tech - Firm Hit With $41.2 Million Verdict Opposes Oracle's Permanent Injunction Motion

    LAS VEGAS - A software support services firm that was found liable for copyright infringement and computer access violations in a $41.2 million verdict in October filed its opposition to Oracle USA Inc.'s injunction motion in Nevada federal court on Nov. 2, calling the software giant's arguments "over-reaching" and "anti-competitive" (Oracle USA Inc., et al. v. Rimini Street Inc., et al., No. 2:10-cv-00106, D. Nev.).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Magistrate Judge Declines To Exclude Design Alternatives Report In Patent Dispute

    SAN FRANCISCO - In a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple Inc., a California federal magistrate judge on Nov. 2 declined a request to exclude design alternatives referenced in an expert's report in support of Apple's assertion of noninfringement by its products (Aylus Networks, Inc. v. Apple Inc., No. 13-04700, N.D. Calif.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 148409).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - DOJ Defends Need For Unlocked IPhone Despite Defendant's Guilty Plea

    BROOKLYN, N.Y. - The same day that a New York federal judge directed the U.S. government to explain its continued need to have a criminal defendant's smartphone unlocked by Apple Inc. in light of his recent guilty plea, the U.S. Department of Justice on Oct. 30 filed a letter stating that the "matter remains ongoing until sentencing and judgment is entered in the" underlying case and, thus, its quest for potential evidence on the phone is not moot (In re Order Requiring Apple Inc. to Assist in the Execution of a Search Warrant Issued by This Court, No. 1:15-mc-01902, E.D. N.Y.).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - High Court Hears Arguments On Standing To Sue Under The Fair Credit Reporting Act

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 2 heard oral arguments in a dispute over what constitutes sufficient injury to support a claim under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), pertaining to a class complaint over a data aggregator's purportedly inaccurate online publication of a plaintiff's personal information (Spokeo, Inc. v. Thomas Robins, et al., No. 13-1339, U.S. Sup.).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Federal Judge Sides With Online Bookseller In Copyright Case

    NEW YORK - Two downloads by a single user of a free copy of a copyrighted book are insufficient to sustain an action for copyright infringement against BarnesandNoble.com LLC, a New York federal judge ruled Nov. 2 (Cheryl Smith v. BarnesandNoble.com LLC, No. 12-4374, S.D. N.Y.).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - 2nd Circuit Affirms Originality, Fair Use Findings In Copyright Case

    NEW YORK - A New York federal judge properly found that the creator of an unauthorized fair use that exhibits sufficient originality may still claim independent copyright protection for those original contributions, the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Oct. 30 (Jaime Keeling v. Eve Hars, et al., No. 13-694, 2nd Cir.).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Attorneys In Copyright Suit Appeal Discovery Sanctions, Contempt To 7th Circuit

    CHICAGO - Two attorneys, who represented an adult entertainment firm in a 2011 lawsuit over purported online copyright infringement, argued in an Oct. 29 appellant brief to the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that a lower court's assessment of discovery sanctions and contempt against them were improper and out of proportion with the harm supposedly caused by their purported misconduct (Lightspeed Media Corp., et al. v. Anthony Smith, et al., No. 15-2440, 7th Cir.).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Supreme Court Won't Take Up Dispute Over Patent Board Ruling

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A decision by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) that deemed a patent invalid as obvious will stand, thanks to a denial by the U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 2 of a petition for certiorari by the patent assignee (Luv N'Care Ltd. v. Munchkin Inc., No. 15-242, U.S. Sup.).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Florida Federal Judge: Trademark Defendant Could Be In Contempt

    TAMPA, Fla. - A plaintiff met its burden of demonstrating that a defendant's continued use of "Meth Lab Cleanup" could be in contempt of an earlier summary judgment ruling, a Florida federal judge ruled Oct. 28 (Meth Lab Cleanup LLC v. Spaulding Decon LLC et al., No. 14-3129, M.D. Fla.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 146156).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Federal Circuit Dismisses Appeal By Attorneys In Patent Case

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Allegations by two patent attorneys that a Texas federal judge damaged their reputation will not be decided by the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, which instead on Oct. 30 turned away their appeal on jurisdiction grounds (Tesco Corporation v. National Oilwell Varco L.P. et al., No. 15-1041, Fed. Cir.).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Federal Judge Says 'Stratotone' Trademark Was Abandoned

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. - A plaintiff's intent-to-use application for the "Stratotone" trademark following a period of non-use by a defendant's predecessor gave the applicant priority to use the mark, an Indiana federal judge concluded Oct. 28 (Darryl D. Agler v. Westheimer Corporation, No. 14-99, N.D. Ind.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 145855).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Federal Circuit Partly Reverses, Remands For New Validity Determination

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Although agreeing with a Florida federal judge that an asserted wireless communication protocol patent is noninfringed, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Oct. 29 reversed findings that the patent is not invalid as anticipated or obvious (Atlas IP LLC v. Medtronic Inc., No. 15-1071, Fed. Cir.).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - After Verdict, Colorado Federal Judge Enters Final Judgment In Patent Case

    DENVER - One day after jurors rejected allegations of infringement by the owner of a pill-dispensing patent, a Colorado federal judge on Oct. 23 entered a final judgment in the case (Knapp Logistics & Automation Inc. v. R/X Automation Solutions Inc., No. 14-319, D. Colo.).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Tennessee Jury Renders Verdict In Patent Case, Finds Infringement Willful

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - After deliberating two days, jurors empaneled before U.S. Judge Jon Phipps McCalla of the Western District of Tennessee on Oct. 27 issued a 32-page verdict, awarding a plaintiff more than $1.2 million in connection with a defendant's willful infringement of three patents (WCM Industries Inc. v. IPS Corporation, No. 13-2019, W.D. Tenn.).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - False Advertising Claims Over Craft Beer Dismissed, With Leave To Amend

    SAN DIEGO - A California federal judge on Oct. 26 deemed deficient allegations that MillerCoors LLC falsely advertised its Belgian-style wheat beer "Blue Moon" as a craft beer but granted a plaintiff leave to amend (Evan Parent v. MillerCoors LLC, No. 15-1204, S.D. Calif.).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Defendant Denied Summary Judgment In Oklahoma Copyright Case

    OKLAHOMA CITY - A defendant's request for summary judgment on allegations of copyright infringement and trade secret misappropriation was denied Oct. 27 by an Oklahoma federal judge, who cited the existence of disputed issues of material fact (Core Laboratories LP v. Spectrum Tracer Services LLC et al., No. 11-1157, W.D. Okla.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 145382).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Florida Couple Sues Apple Over Data Plan Overages From Wi-Fi Assist Activation

    SAN JOSE, Calif. - In a putative class action complaint filed in California federal court on Oct. 23, a Florida couple says that the default setting of the "Wi-Fi Assist" application (app) that was included in the most recent iPhone operating system update caused them to be charged for unknowingly going over their phone plans' allotted cellular data allowance (William Scott Phillips, et al. v. Apple Inc., No. 5:15-cv-04879, N.D. Calif.).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - $15 Billion Class Action Over Facebook's Internet Tracking Activities Dismissed

    SAN JOSE, Calif. - A California federal judge on Oct. 23 dismissed a consolidated, putative class action against Facebook Inc., in which the plaintiffs sought in excess of $15 billion for the social network's purported tracking of their online activities (In re: Facebook Internet Tracking Litigation, No. 5:12-md-02314, N.D. Calif.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 145142).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Trademark Cancellation, False Marking Claims Rejected By Federal Judge

    MIAMI - Two trademark and patent infringement plaintiffs on Oct. 26 won dismissal by a Florida federal judge of counterclaims that sought, among other things, cancellation of four trademarks and a declaration that they had engaged in false patent marking (Edge Systems LLC, et al. v. Rafael Newton Aguila, No. 14-24517, S.D. Fla.).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Chocolatier's Bid To Dismiss Trademark, Cybersquatting Complaint Again Denied

    CHICAGO - A Pennsylvania candy company has sufficiently stated its cybersquatting and trademark-related claims against another candy firm, an Illinois federal judge ruled Oct. 22, denying the defendant's motion to dismiss the complaint that had previously been transferred, rather than dismissed, by another federal judge (Mon Aimee Chocolat Inc. v. Tushiya LLC, et al., No. 1:15-cv-04235, N.D. Ill.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 143549).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Apple Denied Directed Verdict Following Patent Trial In Wisconsin

    MADISON, Wis. - Efforts by Apple Inc. to undo a $234 million verdict by Wisconsin jurors were unsuccessful on Oct. 26, when a federal judge there denied the software giant's motion for judgment as a matter of law (JMOL) (Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation v. Apple Inc., No. 14-62, W.D. Wis.).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Panel: Complaint Against Retailer Does Not Include 'Fresh Wrongs'; No Coverage

    PHILADELPHIA - The Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Oct. 23 affirmed a lower federal court's ruling that a commercial general liability insurance policy's prior publication exclusion precludes coverage for the Navajo Nation's trademark infringement claims against retailer Urban Outfitters (The Hanover Insurance Company v. Urban Outfitters, Inc., et al., No. 14-3705, 3rd Cir.; 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 18459).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Judge Permits Testimony On Royalty Rate Calculation In Patent Infringement Lawsuit

    BOSTON - An expert may testify on his reasonable royalty rate calculation in a patent infringement lawsuit, a Massachusetts federal judge ruled Oct. 23; however, the judge barred the expert from testifying that a nonexclusive hypothetical license would command a higher royalty rate (Trustees of Boston University v. Everlight Electronics Co. Ltd., et al., No. 12-11935, Trustees of Boston University v. Epistar Corp., et al., No. 12-12326, Trustees of Boston University v. Lite-On Inc., et al., No. 12-12330, D. Mass.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 144332).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Travel Site's Use Of 'Pin' Does Not Infringe Pinterest's Marks, Magistrate Finds

    SAN FRANCISCO - Travel website operator Pintrips Inc. uses the term "pin" generically and not as a trademark, a California federal magistrate judge ruled Oct. 21, entering judgment against Pinterest Inc., which operates the popular website and social network application under that name (Pinterest Inc. v. Pintrips Inc., No. 3:13-cv-04608, N.D. Calif.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 143394).

    Mealey's IP/Tech - Congressman, Advisory Group Seek 3rd Circuit Rehearing Over Email Search Warrant

    PHILADELPHIA - In an Oct. 23 amicus curiae brief, the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group of the U.S. House of Representatives (BLAG) strongly urged the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to rehear en banc a congressman's challenge of a discovery order allowing the Federal Bureau of Investigation access to his email account in a corruption investigation, arguing that the "broad and absolute protections" of the speech or debate clause of the U.S. Constitution precluded such discovery (In the Matter of the Search of Electronic Communications [Both Sent and Received] in the Account of ChakaFattah@gmail.com at Internet Service Provider Google Inc., No. 14-3752, 3rd Cir.).