Amrock Ordered to Pay $740 Million to HouseCanary in Trade Secret Misappropriation Case

November 9, 2018 - from HousingWire

On October 25, 2018, a judge in Texas’ 73rd District Court in Bexar County upheld a $706.2 million jury verdict and issued a final judgment ordering insurance firm Amrock to pay an additional $33.5 million in prejudgment interest and attorneys’ fees to real estate analytics firm HouseCanary Inc. The case began in 2016 when HouseCanary alleged that Amrock misappropriated trade secrets related to real estate valuation technology for use in a competing software and analytics product.

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New Exemptions to DMCA Allow Self-Repair of Copyrighted Works

November 8, 2018 - from Motherboard

The Librarian of Congress and U.S. Copyright Office adopted new legal exemptions to section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) that took effect on October 28, 2018. The ruling gives consumers and repair professionals the right to break digital rights management (DRM) and embedded software locks for “the maintenance of a device or system” in order to return the device to its original specifications.

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Patent Litigation: An Introduction to Patent Claims, “Limitations,” Infringement, and Invalidity — Part One

November 7, 2018 - from Andrew Schulman, Senior Software Litigation Consultant

DisputeSoft presents the first in a series of articles authored by our colleague Andrew Schulman, who introduces readers to patent claims and the role of those claims in patent litigation. The articles are drawn from Andrew’s book, Claim Charts: Marshalling Facts in Patent Litigation, currently in preparation for publication, and are also available on his website,

In this article, Andrew offers a concise definition of a patent: “a temporary exclusive right over inventive technology.” He notes that a patent is not self-enforcing but rather requires its owner to protect it through litigation which “involves identifying locations where the components of patented inventions are found in products accused of infringing the patent, or in so-called ‘prior art’ said to show that the patent is invalid.” To conclude, Andrew introduces readers to what it means to “show” patent infringement or non-infringement.

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