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SCOTUS Copyright Forecast: Sunny And Fair

This SCOTUS decision does little to reassure those who believe that Google leads a charmed life as the efficient infringer extraordinaire.
Tags: Google, Supreme Court, Law, Courts, Intellectual Property, Oracle, Gaston Kroub


The Future Of Legal Marketing: Why Lawyers And Law Firms Need A Digital Footprint

Your online presence can increase brand recognition and awareness.
Tags: Technology, Law, Career Advice, Legal Marketing, Wendi Weiner


From pencil sharpeners to a $539m lawsuit: how big tech weaponised design patents

In 1842, the US patent office registered 14 designs, including a bathtub and a ‘corpse preserver’. It now handles 35,000 a year. Why did this once sedate world became a corporate arms race?It was designed to make sharpening a pencil feel as thrilling as flying a jet. A gleaming chrome teardrop, tapered to a point and adorned with a bullet-like handle, Raymond Loewy’s aerodynamic tail-fin pencil sharpener brought the glamour of the machine age to the humble office desk.As the godfather of America...
Tags: Books, Design, Technology, Law, US, Culture, Art and design, Coca Cola, Raymond Loewy, Loewy, Art and design books


From pencil sharpeners to a $539m lawsuit: how big tech weaponised patents

In 1842, the US patent office registered 14 designs, including a bathtub and a ‘corpse preserver’. It now handles 35,000 a year. Why did this once sedate world became a corporate arms race?It was designed to make sharpening a pencil feel as thrilling as flying a jet. A gleaming chrome teardrop, tapered to a point and adorned with a bullet-like handle, Raymond Loewy’s aerodynamic tail-fin pencil sharpener brought the glamour of the machine age to the humble office desk.As the godfather of America...
Tags: Books, Design, Technology, Law, US, Culture, Art and design, Coca Cola, Raymond Loewy, Loewy, Art and design books


Deconstructing Justice Thomas’ Pro-Censorship Statement in Knight First Amendment v. Trump

Last week, the Supreme Court vacated the Second Circuit’s Knight v. Trump ruling. The Second Circuit held that Trump violated the First Amendment when he blocked other Twitter users from engaging with his @realdonaldtrump account. Other courts are holding that government officials can’t block social media users from their official accounts, but they can freely block from personal or campaign accounts. Vacating the Second Circuit opinion probably won’t materially change that caselaw. That outcom...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Florida, England, Fcc, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Oregon, Disney, United States, Aclu, Enigma, Connor


Patently-O Bits and Bytes by Juvan Bonni

Recent Headlines in the IP World: Laurie Bedord: Farmobile Receives U.S. Patent for Its Farming Data and Collection System (Source: Successful Farming) Ben Mahaney: Nokia Settles Patent Dispute With Lenovo (Source: Yahoo Finance) Ben Lovejoy: Apple Patent Application Shows Magic Keyboard and Trackpad Combo, with Apple Pencil Support (Source: 9ot5 Mac) Malcolm Owen: Apple Pay with UWB May Automatically Select Right Card Based on Location (Source: Apple Insider) Source: USPTO Commentary ...
Tags: Google, Law, Nokia, Uspto, Oracle, Patent, Richard Beem, Yahoo Finance, Ben Lovejoy, UWB, Bits and Bytes, Juvan Bonni, Matthew Powell, Laurie Bedord, Farmobile Receives U S Patent for Its Farming Data, Ben Mahaney


512(f) Preempts Tortious Interference Claim–Copy Me That v. This Old Gal

“Copy Me That” (I’m pretty sure no IP lawyer recommended that name–it’s like a confession for copyright defendants) makes an app to help users manage recipes. “This Old Gal” (again, who comes up with these names?) publishes recipes. This Old Gal complained to Copy Me That that its users were copying its recipes. This implicates some tough issues about the copyrightability of recipes, but the opinion sidesteps all that. In response to This Old Gal’s complaint, Copy Me That removed This Old Gal’s ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Law, Congress, E-commerce, Copyright, Dmca, Johnson, Smith, Crossfit, Vodka, Usc, Viacom, Automattic, Shropshire, Umg


Friends

I looked up the word “Friends” on Google expecting to get a Wikipedia or dictionary definition of the word. All I got for at least a page of search results was about a television show, Friends. I never saw it. Maybe I missed something. I was motivated to look up “Friends” after seeing all the comments and expressions of love I received on Facebook from friends this week after I wished Happy Birthday to Jill. My friends have been there for me and my family throughout the last c...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Law, Wikipedia, Uncategorized, Jill


The Netflix Problem

What you need is some type of device to plan ahead with. This is called a list.
Tags: Technology, Law, Litigators, Matthew W. Schmidt


Why Are Lawyers Leaving Money On The Table?

Law’s slow integration of AI, as explained by Kira Systems CEO Noah Waisberg.
Tags: Technology, Law, James Goodnow, Noah Waisberg, Kira Systems


The Top Productivity Hacks For Case Management Software

Want an easy upgrade to your business operations? Read on for some Luddite-friendly tips from the experts at our Non-Event.
Tags: Technology, Law, Legal Tech, Practice Management, Solo Practitioners, Small Law Firms, ATL Non-Event, Non-Event, Non-Eventcast


New Site Connects Consumers To Lawyers For Instant Video Consultations

A new website called Pro Help Legal offers near-instant access to video chat with a lawyer, with clear disclosure in advance of the cost of the consultation.
Tags: Technology, Law


U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Fair Use in Google-Oracle Software Battle (Guest Blog Post)

By Guest Blogger Tyler Ochoa [BONUS: Prof. Ochoa will be speaking on this case April 13, 6pm Pacific. Free registration.] On April 5, the U.S. Supreme Court held 6-2 that Google’s copying of 11,500 lines of code from the Java SE Application Programming Interface (API) in creating its Android operating system was a fair use.  Google LLC v. Oracle America, Inc., No. 18-956.  Writing for the majority, Justice Breyer declined to answer the first question presented in the petition for certoriari: “Wh...
Tags: Apple, Google, Android, Usa, Supreme Court, Microsoft, Law, Congress, Court, Copyright, United States, Sun, Sony, Silicon Valley, Warhol, Lotus


The Geek in Review Ep. 112 – Dan Packel on the Rise of Distributed Law Firms

Over the past year, many of us have said “I guess all law firms are virtual law firms now.” While that may technically be true, there are many firms whose business model is based on being a virtual firm. Dan Packel from The American Lawyer gives us a primer on Distributed Law Firms like Fisher Broyles, Ramon, Taylor English and Duma, and Culhane Meadows and how they operate without a physical environment. While many of these firms may fly below the radar for many biglaw firms, distributed firms ...
Tags: Apple, Podcast, New York, Texas, Law, California, Boston, Uncategorized, United States, South Dakota, New Jersey, Kansas City, Council, Rhode Island, Baker, Biglaw


New Site Connects Consumers to Lawyers For Instant Video Consultations

Finding a lawyer to consult with remains an intimidating proposition for many consumers. They don’t know who to call or what it might cost them. A new website called Pro Help Legal aims to address that problem by offering near-instant access to video chat with a lawyer, with clear disclosure in advance of the cost of the consultation. The client seeking help answers two questions — legal issue and state of residence — and is presented with a list of matching lawyers. Each lawyer’s profile shows ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Law, Uncategorized, University Of North Carolina, Cordova, Dorman, Meridian Idaho, Josh Cordova, James Dorman, Chapel Hill They


MedImmune Licensee Standing Does not Apply to Portfolio License

by Dennis Crouch The Federal Circuit’s new decision in Apple Inc. v. Qualcomm Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2021) offers an interesting standing puzzle. After some heated litigation, Apple licensed 20,000+ Qualcomm patents as part of a six-year covenant-not-to-sue which resulted in the litigation being dismissed with prejudice.  Meanwhile, the parallel inter partes reexaminations (IPRs) moved forward with regard to two particular Qualcom patents within the package of 20,000+. Although the PTAB granted Apple’s...
Tags: Apple, Supreme Court, Law, Medimmune, Qualcomm, Patent, Apple Inc, Federal Circuit, IPR, Genentech Inc, Dennis Crouch, PTAB, MedImmune Inc, Qualcomm Inc Fed


Virtual Collaboration Tools For Lawyers [Sponsored]

Learn the new standard for law firm connectivity, highlighting Client Intake, Internal Communications, Obtaining Client Signatures + Countersignatures, and 2-Way Text Messaging tools designed specifically for law firms. 
Tags: Technology, Law, Communications, Sponsored Content, Small Law Firms, MyCase


Section 230 Preempts Contract Breach Claims–Morton v. Twitter

This case involves the model Genevieve Morton. She created nude images and sold them at her website. An interloper, SpyIRL, tweeted some of the images. Morton asked Twitter to remove the images and suspend the accounts. Twitter removed the images but didn’t immediately remove the associated tweets or suspend the accounts. Morton sued SpyIRL and Twitter for the following claims: copyright, FOSTA, publicity rights, Lanham Act false advertising, privacy invasion, defamation, “contractual fraud,” N...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, Law, Youtube, Court, Paypal, Copyright, Noah, Aol, Enigma, Ucl, Zillow, Grindr, Malwarebytes


Justices validate Google’s use of Java platform in Android software code

Monday’s decision in Google v. Oracle reminds us that occasionally the Supreme Court can take a big case and actually decide it! So many of the intellectual-property cases that reach the justices reflect minor circuit conflicts of largely technical interest or end up with a decision so narrow as to contribute little to the development of the law. Google is not that kind of decision. Justice Stephen Breyer’s opinion for a 6-2 majority decisively rejects Oracle’s challenge to Google’s use of comp...
Tags: Google, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Ford, Java, Oracle, Sun Microsystems, Roy Orbison, Richard Nixon, Stephen Breyer, Breyer, Android Google, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Gerald Ford


Another Must-Carry Lawsuit Against YouTube Fails–Daniels v Alphabet

[I’ll discuss Justice Thomas’ latest bonkers statement later this week] Daniels, a/k/a “Young Pharoah,” posted videos to YouTube, apparently of the #MAGA genre. YouTube removed some videos, allegedly “shadowbanned” him (again, I raise questions whether that’s the appropriate term here), and allegedly kept money it should have paid to him. (This looks like a situation where YouTube applied overlapping content moderation remedies). He sued YouTube for a variety of claims, all of which fail. Perso...
Tags: Google, Twitter, Law, Congress, California, Youtube, Vimeo, Enigma, Aaps, Malwarebytes, Alphabet, Thomas, Murphy, Pharoah, Daniels, Alphabet Inc


Google v. Oracle and the Mixed Question of Law and Fact

by Dennis Crouch In Google LLC v. Oracle Am., Inc., 593 U. S. ____  (2021), the Supreme Court spends a few pages walking through procedural aspects of the fair use defense. Like many patent law doctrines, fair use is a mixed question of law and fact. The defendant’s use of the asserted copyrighted work and its impact on the plaintiff are typically factual issues that must be proven by evidence as weighed by the factfinder (often a jury). These are questions such as “how much of the copyrighted w...
Tags: Google, Supreme Court, Law, Court, Village, Amd, Oracle, Patent, U S Bank, Federal Circuit, FRCP, Dennis Crouch, Markman, Oracle Am Inc, Westview Instruments Inc, Google LLC


Morning Docket: 04.06.21

* A new lawsuit alleges that a radio personality's "rabid" fans forced a Florida man to leave the Sunshine State. Maybe the plaintiff was just a "snow bird"... [Tampa Bay Times] * The highest-paid lawyers at Viacom/CBS were paid $12.7 million last year. [Bloomberg Law] * The Supreme Court handed Google a win over Oracle in a longstanding copyright dispute. Maybe the justices just hate using Bing... [CNN] * Harvey Weinstein has filed an appeal of his criminal conviction. [Fox News] * A grou...
Tags: Google, Florida, Supreme Court, Law, Harvey Weinstein, Cbs, Fox News, The Rock, Bing, Oracle, Viacom, Wwe, Viacom CBS, Tampa Bay Times, Morning Docket, Bloomberg Law


Google prevails in long-running fight to establish API fair use

Oracle and Google's fight over the latter's reimplementation of an API was a long haul, and things often looked hairy due to the complexities involved and the difficulty of defining the differences between interfaces and executable code, then matching that distinction to the sprawling convolutions of intellectual property. — Read the rest
Tags: Google, Post, News, Law, Copyright, Oracle v Google


The morning read for Tuesday, April 6

Each weekday, we select a short list of news articles, commentary, and other noteworthy links related to the Supreme Court. To suggest a piece for us to consider, email us at [email protected] Here’s the Tuesday morning read: Supreme Court Hands Google A Win Over Oracle In Multibillion-Dollar Case (Nina Totenberg, NPR) U.S. Supreme Court backs Google over Oracle in major copyright case (Andrew Chung, Reuters) Supreme Court vacates ruling barring Trump from blocking Twitter critics, sayi...
Tags: Google, Supreme Court, Law, Oracle, Trump, Round-up, Robert Barnes, Nina Totenberg, John Fritze, Supreme Court Hands Google, NPR U S Supreme Court, Andrew Chung Reuters Supreme Court, Washington Post Gorsuch Alito, Supreme Court Adam Liptak The New York Times


A Good Sign

I picked up a good sign for tonight’s National Championship Game this morning. Apple has a photo widget for the iPhone that displays photos or a video series of photos, with accompanying music in a random fashion. I am finding that that the widget, which displays the photos or video on your home screen, runs in more than a random fashion. Apple seems to know what the day represents, what I am going to be doing, and even how I am feeling – right at the moment. This morning I awoke to ...
Tags: Apple, Law, Molly, Uncategorized, North Carolina, Gonzaga, Phoenix, Colin, Eric, Jill, Zags, Éamon, Conner, Ainsley, Spokane Arena, Karnowski


The Next Big Announcement In Biglaw: The End Of The Office Work Week

Don't worry, you'll still have to bill constantly.
Tags: Work From Home, Technology, Law, Offices, Biglaw, Don, Unprecedented, Office Work Week



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