European Union Approves Controversial Copyright Infringement Directive

September 27, 2018 - from Search Engine Land

On September 12, 2018, the European Parliament approved a new copyright directive which could affect the way U.S. internet companies such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter monitor user-generated content for copyright infringement. The directive would require platforms for online content to proactively prevent user uploads of copyrighted material, lest they face liability. Before taking effect, the directive must be approved by European Union member states.

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Summary Judgment Against Intellectual Ventures Vacated in Patent Infringement Case

September 24, 2018 - from IP Watchdog

On September 4th, 2018, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) vacated the decision of the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware to grant summary judgment to defendant T-Mobile in the matter of Intellectual Ventures LLC v. T-Mobile USA, Inc. CAFC found that the District Court erred in its claim construction, which led to the finding of non-infringement. The software patent infringement case began in 2013, when Intellectual Ventures accused T-Mobile of infringing on a patent related to a media access control layer designed to ensure quality of service for software applications.

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Judge Grants Partial Summary Judgment in Favor of Versata Software in Intellectual Property Case

September 13, 2018 - from Ford Motor Company v. Versata Software, Inc., et al

On September 7, 2018, a judge for the Eastern District of Michigan granted a motion for partial summary judgment in favor of defendant Versata Software Inc., after finding that Versata owns trade secrets embedded in automotive configuration software licensed to plaintiff Ford Motor Company. The judge left the issue of whether Ford misappropriated Versata’s trade secrets to be decided at trial. The case began in 2015, when Ford sought a declaratory judgment that the company’s internally developed software, PDO, neither infringed nor misappropriated Versata’s patents, copyrights, and trade secrets.

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