Judge Fines Chinese Wind Turbine Maker $1.5 Million for Source Code Theft

July 26, 2018 - from WTOP

On July 6, 2018, a Wisconsin District Court judge fined Chinese wind turbine manufacturer Sinovel Wind Group $1.5 million for stealing source code and trade secrets from U.S. energy technology company American Superconductor (AMSC). Investigators found that a former AMSC employee downloaded source code and traveled to China to adapt the software for use in Sinovel’s turbines.

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Federal Circuit Vacates Ruling in Zeroclick, LLC v. Apple Inc.

July 25, 2018 - from Zeroclick, LLC v. Apple Inc.

On June 1, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit vacated the District Court for the Northern District of California’s ruling in the matter of Zeroclick, LLC v. Apple Inc. and remanded the case for further proceedings. The decision reverses the October 2016 District Court ruling that found invalid for indefiniteness Zeroclick’s claims that Apple infringed on patents relating to modifications to graphical user interfaces (GUIs) used in computers and mobile devices.

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Oracle v. Google Update: Federal Circuit Reverses on Fair Use

July 23, 2018 - from Oracle v. Google

In March 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit found that Google’s use of 37 Java API packages in the Android smartphone software platform was not fair use. The ruling reversed the decision of a jury in the District Court for the Northern District of California, which had found fair use. In its opinion, the Ninth Circuit considered the following four statutory fair use factors:

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