Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Upholds Invalidation of BSG Tech Patents

August 28, 2018 - from IP Watchdog

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld a Texas District Court’s ruling invalidating plaintiff BSG Tech LLC’s database patents in the software patent infringement case BSG Tech LLC v. BuySeasons, Inc. The Court of Appeals agreed with the District Court’s evaluation that BSG Tech’s patents were “abstract ideas lacking any inventive step” and thus ineligible for patent protection according to the standard set forth by the Alice/Mayo framework.

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Permanent Injunction Issued Against Rimini Street in Copyright Infringement Dispute

August 23, 2018 - from The Register

On August 15, 2018, a U.S. District Court judge for the District of Nevada issued a permanent injunction prohibiting enterprise software support company Rimini Street from reproducing or creating derivative works from software copyrighted by Oracle. The software copyright infringement lawsuit began in 2010 when Oracle accused Rimini Street of cloning copyrighted software without purchasing licenses for the purpose of providing support to Oracle customers who had licensed the software. Rimini Street plans to seek a stay of the injunction pending an appeal.

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U.S. Lawmakers Pass Bill Requiring Disclosure of Source Code Inspections by Foreign Governments

August 21, 2018 - from Silicon Valley Business Journal

On August 1, 2018, U.S lawmakers enacted a bill requiring companies which sell software to the U.S. military to report whether the software was inspected by certain foreign governments. The “disclosure mandate” aims to eliminate security gaps in the federal acquisition process.

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