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Legally speaking

Updates on the Intellectual Property Front

Supreme Court Justice Breyer announcing an opinion, illustration

Supreme Court Justice Breyer announces the majority opinion in the ABC v. Aereo case.

Credit: Arthur Lien

When intellectual property lawsuits will have important implications for computing professionals, my Legally Speaking columns often assess the merits of the claims, sometimes before appellate courts have completely resolved the issues. This column discusses three significant rulings rendered in June 2014 in cases discussed in previous columns and provides an update on the state of play for each.

Two were U.S. Supreme Court decisions. First, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruled against a computer-implemented invention in the Alice v. CLS Bank case. (My November 2013 column predicted this result.)


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