STEVEN IVY P.C. - PATENT LAW - At issue was whether Aereo violates broadcast copyrights when it uses miniature antennas to transmit TV programs over the Internet to its subscribers at about the same time the shows are broadcast. In a 6-3 opinion, the U.S. Supreme Court found a copyright violation.
STEVEN IVY P.C. -PATENT LAW - The entire tech world seems to be up in arms that the patent office would even consider a patent for what is considered a basic photography technique: shooting photos on a white background and making it look seamless. Although this technique has been used for decades, it has just now caught the attention of everyone, including Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central. Colbert joked, "Amazon now has legal ownership of the idea of displaying a thing." htt
STEVEN IVY P.C. - COPYRIGHT LAW - Led Zeppelin is being sued by Randy California (actually a trust representing him), the deceased Spirit guitarist who wrote “Taurus,” the instrumental track that appeared on the band’s 1968 debut album from which the famous chord was allegedly lifted. Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page allegedly wrote “Stairway to Heaven” in 1970, two years after “Taurus” was released.... lnkd.in/bDGDhwq
STEVEN IVY P.C. - PATENT LAW - Apple accused Samsung of violating patents on smartphone features including universal search, while Samsung denied wrongdoing. A U.S. jury on Friday (2-2-14) ordered Samsung Electronics Co Ltd to pay $119.6 million to Apple Inc, far less than Apple had sought.... read more at ... http://lnkd.in/bka863N
STEVEN IVY P.C. - PATENT LAW - The U.S. Supreme Court, which has already heard four patent-related cases this term, will hear two more next week. An underlying question is how to deal with companies that own patents purely to collect royalties without making a product. Congress also is weighing ways to curb what companies like Google Inc. and Cisco Systems Inc. call rampant lawsuit abuse by some patent owners. READ MORE AT http://lnkd.in/bjuwm5w
STEVEN IVY P.C. - PATENT LAW - Attorney Carter Phillips summed up the view of his opponent, as well as that of countless other critics of vaguely drafted business patents: “His basic argument is, whatever you do, just kill this patent,” said Phillips. That’s about the only point of agreement that emerged from the arguments in Alice Bank v. CLS, as the justices wrestled with the philosophical question of when an idea is too abstract to be patented. While many thought this case
STEVEN IVY P.C. - PATENT LAW - The case could make it harder to patent “computer-implemented” business methods, including software. Google, Facebook, Macy’s, and Twitter beg the Court to do so; yet IBM disagrees. For the common mortal, the case, known as Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International, is a frustrating one. It involves an “invention” that is so vague and inchoate that most of us would not consider it an invention at all, but rather just a prediction that someone else
STEVEN IVY P.C. - PATENT LAW - Apple and Samsung are back in court.... Apple has accused Samsung of "systematically" copying distinctive features such as "slide to unlock" from its devices. Apple is suing the South Korean firm for up to $2bn. Apple has made copying claims over five features found within its iOS software.... read more at http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-26818740
PATENT LAW - TRADEMARK LAW - COPYRIGHT LAW - A Brooklyn man who registered domain names related to real estate mogul Donald Trump must pay $32,000 damages...J. Taikwok Yung developed four websites -- trumpmumbai.com, trumpindia.com, trumpbeijing.com, and trumpbudhabi.com -- providing commentary on Trump and his television shows...Trump won damages for "federal cybersquatting"...defined as "the registration as domain names of well-known trademarks by non-trademark holders who
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