Intellectual Property - Legal Technology - Technologist
Technologist - The FindLaw Legal Technology Blog

Recently in Intellectual Property Category

We're not sure what in house lawyer drafted the new terms of service for Amazon's Lumberyard product, but we like their style. Amazon's Lumberyard is a free game engine that gives designers a host of orc-killing, mine-crafting, princess-in-the-castle-freeing tools, should they agree to some simple terms of service.

And those terms include a hidden zombie clause, relaxing restrictions on Lumberyard should the world be overrun by brain-eating reanimated corpses.

Will the U.S. Approve Babies With Three Genetic Parents?

In what could be an historic event in the history of American medicine, it appears that the Food and Drug Administration stands poised to approve the controversial procedures of mitochondrial replacement therapy, otherwise known as MRT, reports the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Babies who are born of this procedure inherit the genes of three parents -- a fact that troubles some.

The technique has already been legalized in the UK. But what has been the hold-up in America? Federal Law.

Copyright Infringers May Get Relief From Huge Monetary Demands

The Internet Policy Task Force from the US Dept. of Commerce made a recommendation that Congress should alter the Copyright Act in such a way to reduce overall money damages in copyright disputes.

The recommendation is not to do away with the $150,000 per violation rule; however, the changes will generally make it much more difficult to ever get that number.

Oculus Founder Sued for Breach of Contract

Palmer Luckey, the founder of FaceBook's Oculus VR division, will face a civil lawsuit brought by Total Recall Technologies.

However, Luckey was able to have additional claims against him dropped -- like fraud.

SCOTUS to Review Validity of Patent 'Death Squads'

The nation's highest court is scheduled to scrutinize what a former federal judge ominously labeled as patent 'death squads,' referring to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board as set out by President Obama's 2011 America Invents Act. Several years' worth of hindsight has left many with a sour taste in their mouths about how effective the Act was.

It is predicted that companies that benefit the most from the system (large, well monied tech companies such as Google and Apple) will interject and argue vociferously for the PTAB's efficacy.

2016 Is Looking Great for Patent Law

The new year just started, but already there are a number of high profile patent cases brewing. The cases of Halo and Stryker will especially carry the attention of all IP lawyer.

Not far behind the twin cases is a hoard of patent cases all pending cert. 2016 promises to be a very fruitful year for patent law.

U.S. Copyright Office Wants You to Comment on the DMCA

Just before 2015 became yesterday's news, the United States Copyright Office issued a statement of intended plans to open a public study meant to "evaluate the impact and effectiveness of the safe harbor provisions contained in section 512 of title 17, U.S.C."

For those who aren't copyright law geeks, that's part of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. These are the carve outs that allow online copyright use without first contacting the copyright holders. Own a copyright? Hate the law as it is written? Now's your chance to voice your opinion.

HDFury Sued by Warner Bros. for Product That Copies 4K Video

Another new year, another fresh intellectual property lawsuit to start things off. Warner Bros. and the creator and license holder of HDCP (Hi-Definition Copyright Protection) software, Digitial Content Protection, LLC, have jointly sued Chinese outfit Legendsky (dba HDFury) over allegations that at least one of its devices strips content of its digital copyright protection, rendering it viewable on devices not originally intended by the studios.

The guy who ran the HD Fury website seemed not to have any qualms at all about the "HD Fury Integral" device, marketing it as liberation from "HDCP errors".

If you're a patent lawyer, 2015 was a bumper year. A new report shows that patent disputes increased by 13 percent compared to 2014. Patent disputes, including both district court litigation and inter partes review, were at an all time high, at about 7,500 disputes.

Thought the climate for patent litigation has shifted over the past few years, data shows that patent trolls continue to be the driving force behind disputes and that the Eastern District of Texas remains their favored home. But, despite the increase in disputes, it's likely that patent trolling is become a less remunerative activity. Here's why.

If you've ever zoomed in or out on a word processing document, it was probably via a simple left-right slider. Drag it to the left, things are smaller; drag it to the right, they're embiggened. It's hardly a revolutionary design, but it is one that Microsoft patented way back in 2006.

Now, MS is hauling out that patent to sue Corel, owners of WordPerfect, the non-Word word processor most lawyers love.