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HTMLFate of Software Patents in Hands of the Supreme Court
Paul S. Weidlich; Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
February 20, 2014, previously published on February 14, 2014
If your company owns or relies on software patents or business method patents enabled by software, then an upcoming decision in a software patent case will be of critical interest to you. Nearly 70 years after the first computer programs were written, the patentability of software remains...


HTMLSummary of FCC Order Calling for IP Technology Transition Trial Proposals
Bingham McCutchen LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 12, 2014, previously published on February 3, 2014
On Friday January 31, the FCC released an Order, a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, and Notice of Inquiry regarding Technology Transition Trials. These trials are not designed to test technology but to test how the FCC’s core “values underlying operation of today’s networks can be...


HTMLNintendo Judgment Puts UsedSoft Back in the PC Box
Nicholas C.A. Bolter, Gareth Dickson; Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 31, 2014, previously published on January 2013
There was excitement and consternation is roughly equal measure when the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled in UsedSoft v. Oracle that developers could not use copyright to prevent the resale of “second-hand” copies of software downloaded from the Internet. The Court came...


HTMLE-Commerce Software Is On Docket For Supreme Court With Closely-Watched Business Method Patent Case
Kevin S. Sprecher; Strauss Troy Co. L.P.A.;
Legal Alert/Article
January 21, 2014, previously published on January 20, 2014
Today, you don’t think twice about clicking a button on Amazon or Priceline to make a purchase, but complex underbelly e-commerce engines drive these systems. These software programs are protected by nuanced business method patents that have come under question.


HTMLThe Number of The Day: 70 Million (at least)
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
January 17, 2014, previously published on January 10, 2014
The Target data breach story keeps getting worse. The December pre-Christmas disclosure was the theft of up to 40 million Target shoppers’ credit and debit card information in what appeared to have been a hack of the Target point-of-sale system that allowed the thieves to swipe magnetic card...


HTMLPTAB Practice Tip: When Must I Request ‘Authorization’ to File a Motion?
Andrew S. Baluch; Foley & Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 16, 2014, previously published on January 15, 2014
One of the most common mistakes parties make in the new Inter Partes Review (IPR) and Covered Business Method (CBM) proceedings is failing to seek Board authorization to file a motion. Many practitioners incorrectly assume that the way to request relief of any sort is to simply file a motion. But...


HTMLMassachusetts: Department of Revenue Provides Guidance on Application of Sales Tax to Cloud Computing
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
January 3, 2014, previously published on December 19, 2013
Due to the rapid advancements in technology and software-related products, states and sellers are struggling to properly determine whether the sale is considered a sale of software-related products that are taxable sales of pre-written software or a sale of software-related products that are...


HTMLCopyright Office Releases Revised Statement of Account Forms for 2013/2 Accounting Period, Approves Use of Filing Fee Addendum with TWC Excel SOA Template
Seth A. Davidson; Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 17, 2013, previously published on December 13, 2013
The Copyright Office, which recently announced the establishment of a schedule of filing fees that must accompany the submission of each statement of account form submitted by a cable operator, has published updated versions of Forms SA1-2 and SA3 that require cable operators to include the...


HTMLUpdate: The U.S. Supreme Court Grants Certiorari in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l
Betsy Krauss; Husch Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 13, 2013, previously published on December 9, 2013
In a previous blog post, we queried whether the U.S. Supreme Court would weigh in on the debate over the extent to which software should be patentable. For at least one case, we now have our answer. On Friday, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in the in Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank...


HTMLUS Supreme Court to Review Patent Eligibility in Fundamental Computer Patent Case
Dentons Canada LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 13, 2013, previously published on December 10, 2013
Since the Supreme Court's decision in In re Bilski in 2010, the computer industry has been struggling with the question of how to determine patent eligibility of software and business method patents under 35 U.S.C. § 101. In May 2013, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued an en...


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