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We have to hand it to Massachusetts attorney Richard Goren. When faced with a negative review on Ripoff Report, he didn't just win a defamation victory (alright, it was by default, so it's not too impressive), he convinced the court to transfer him ownership over the copyright of the negative post, in a clever attempt to get around laws that protect websites hosting user-generated content.

But not everyone is amused by Goren's legal maneuvering. The Electronic Frontier Foundation and Public Citizen have filed an amicus brief in Goren's case against Ripoff Report, arguing that Goren's move is an abuse of intellectual property protections.

DOJ: Apple v. Samsung Should Go Back to Lower Court

The IP battle between tech companies Apple and Samsung got a little weirder recently with the involvement of the Department of Justice, which filed an amicus urging the Supreme Court to send the case back down to the deciding federal trial court in order to determine the appropriate damages.

The Supreme Court is not beholden to the DOJ by any means. But if the advice is heeded, it could mean years more of legal wrangling in the courts. But interestingly, this IP battle might enrich other parties besides the lawyers.

Yahoo! Dumps 3,000 Patents on the Auction Block

A few months ago, Yahoo Inc. moved about 3,000 IP patents into the patent holding company Excalibur IP LLC, and started puffing up value. The details have been in the tech news for a while and already speculators are positioning themselves accordingly.

"This represents a unique opportunity for companies operating in the Internet industry to acquire some of the most pioneering and foundational patents related to Web search and advertising," Yahoo said of the sale. And rumor has it that sale estimates should top $1 billion.

It's been a rough day for Theranos, the blood testing start up, and its once-lauded founder, Elizabeth Holmes. A year ago, Theranos was valued at $9 billion, based on claims that its simple, tiny blood tests could revolutionize medical diagnostics. Holmes, who had a 50 percent stake in the company, topped Forbes' list of America's Richest Self-Made Women. Then came the reports that almost all of the company's claims could not be substantiated and that the few tests it was approved for were highly inaccurate.

Holmes and her company may have hit their nadir today, when Forbes removed her from their list of richest women, declaring Holmes's net worth to have dropped from $4.5 billion to nothing. Nothing. The fall came just days after three major class actions were filed against the company, accusing it of faulty and misleading tests.

Price Gougers Beware: Vermont About to Pass 'Anti-Shkreli' Bill

Gougers can likely look to Martin Shkreli for ruining the game of price gouging customers by going nuts and hiking the price of a desperately needed pill some 5,555 percent. The Internet won't soon forget Shkreli's uncontrollable need to display his contempt for formal hearings, which put him in the running for the "most hated person on the Internet" contest.

Well, several states have reacted to that whole scandal and have proposed laws to counter future Shkrelis. But none have gotten as far as Vermont, which is just on the cusp of passing such a law. It looks like a very lucrative way of doing business is about to get a whole lot harder.

Fight Back! Steps to Take Against Cybersquatters

It's a war out there in cyberspace. Everyone is vying for a piece of the pie -- customer eyeballs and dollars. But what are some steps that the honest solo attorney can utilize to fight against that most annoying of opportunists, the cybersquatter?

But you don't have to give up when a cybersquatter takes over one of your desired domains. Fight back, with these quick tips that will help you shore up your good name against the attacks of online domain-name trolls.

Facebook Wins IP Legal Battle in China

According to The Wall Street Journal, Facebook walked away with a ruling in favor of an American company ... in China!

But is this a sea-change for intellectual property rights in China?

Atari Is Still Around to Haunt Independent Game Developers

The maker of the beloved gamer classic Pac-Man is still alive and kicking (legally) -- and kicking independent developers in the teeth.

Nineteen-eighties icon Atari is taking a stand in the USPTO this week in order to vanguard the rights to its video games that bear the Haunted House moniker. It's the sort of intellectual property demon that sends shivers down the spines of the artists who make these games.

You can get married in Klingon, use Google in Klingon, and even stage Hamlet in Klingon. But can you copyright Klingon? CBS and Paramount seem to think so, and they're suing a fan film that makes use of the language, first invented in 1984 for "Star Trek."

Now, a group of linguists is stepping into the legal fight, arguing that Klingon, and other "constructed languages," are real, living forms of communication exempt from copyright law. Their amicus brief is, of course, partly in Klingon.

Not sure how you feel about inter partes review, the relatively new administrative process for challenging patents? Neither is the Supreme Court, who struggled during oral arguments yesterday to determine what claims construction standards the Patent and Trademark Office should use in IPR proceedings. The case, Cuozzo Speed Technologies v. Lee, could have long-lasting implications, as the use of inter partes review continues to grow.

Let's take a look at how things went.