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Will the Supreme Court Nix Reviews of Bad Patents?
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Will the Supreme Court Nix Reviews of Bad Patents?

Considering the longer-term implications of a soon-to-be-decided U.S. Supreme Court case.

Disgorging Profits in Design Patent Cases
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Disgorging Profits in Design Patent Cases

Does the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Apple v. Samsung case represent a quagmire?

Supreme Court on Design Patent Damages in <i>Samsung v. Apple</i>
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Supreme Court on Design Patent Damages in Samsung v. Apple

Considering influences leading to the recent U.S Supreme Court decision in a years-long case that Apple filed against Samsung over iPhone design infringement.

Fair Use Prevails in <i>Oracle v. Google</i>
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Fair Use Prevails in Oracle v. Google

Two software giants continue with legal sparring after an initial judicial decision.

<i>Apple v. Samsung</i> and the Upcoming Design Patent Wars?
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Apple v. Samsung and the Upcoming Design Patent Wars?

Assessing an important recent design patent infringement court decision.

New Exemptions to Anti-Circumvention Rules
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New Exemptions to Anti-Circumvention Rules

Allowing some reverse engineering of technical measures for non-infringing purposes.

Software Patents Are Falling Down
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Software Patents Are Falling Down

Implications of the U.S. Supreme Court's new test for patentable subject matter.

Anti-Circumvention Rules Limit Reverse Engineering
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Anti-Circumvention Rules Limit Reverse Engineering

Considering some of the requested exceptions to technical protection mechanisms.

Copyrightability of Java APIs Revisited
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Copyrightability of Java APIs Revisited

A recent case challenges the long-standing view that application program interfaces are not protectable under copyright law.

Updates on the Intellectual Property Front
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Updates on the Intellectual Property Front

Recapping influential U.S. Supreme Court decisions rendered earlier this year.

Watching TV on Internet-Connected Devices
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Watching TV on Internet-Connected Devices

The ABC vs. Aereo case has potentially far-reaching consequences.

Mass Digitization as Fair Use
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Mass Digitization as Fair Use

Considering the implications of the late-2013 ruling in favor of Google in the Authors Guild case.

Is Software Patentable?
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Is Software Patentable?

Assessing the shifting perspectives on patentability standards for software.

Statutory Damages As a Threat to Innovation
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Statutory Damages As a Threat to Innovation

Considering the negative influence of U.S. statutory damage rules on technology innovation.

A Copyright Challenge to Resales of Digital Music
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A Copyright Challenge to Resales of Digital Music

A currently pending case will have significant implications for secondary markets in digital goods.

Oracle v. Google
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Oracle v. Google: Are APIs Copyrightable?

Assessing the first phase of the trial based on claims that Google's Android platform infringes Oracle's Java-related copyrights and patents.

Can Online Piracy Be Stopped By Laws?
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Can Online Piracy Be Stopped By Laws?

Considering the legal responsibilities of Internet intermediaries in the aftermath of the Stop Online Privacy Act controversy.

Do Software Copyrights Protect What Programs Do?
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Do Software Copyrights Protect What Programs Do?

A case before the European Court of Justice has significant implications for innovation and competition in the software industry.

Why the Google Book Settlement Failed – and What Comes Next?
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Why the Google Book Settlement Failed – and What Comes Next?

Assessing the implications of the Google Book Search settlement.

Too Many Copyrights?
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Too Many Copyrights?

Reinstituting formalities — notice of copyright claims and registration requirements — could help address problems related to too many copyrights that last for...
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