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Jun 10, 2014

U.S. Congress updating music copyright laws as world goes digital

WASHINGTON, June 10 (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress is working
to update laws on who gets paid for recorded music, in a
possible omnibus bill, as old CDs pile up at yard sales and
music lovers increasingly shift to streaming services such as
Pandora and Spotify.

One bill, the RESPECT Act, would close a loophole that
allows digital music services, like SiriusXM, to stream music
recorded before 1972 without paying for them. These include
legends such as The Beatles, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross and
other Motown artists.

Jun 5, 2014

Sprint, T-Mobile deal to face fierce U.S. antitrust headwinds

WASHINGTON, June 5 (Reuters) – Sprint Corp and
T-Mobile might have some fresh arguments to allay
regulator skepticism about a merger, but the government may
still be reluctant to approve shrinking the U.S. wireless market
from four main players to three.

Analysts said a decline in shares of both companies on
Thursday reflected those high regulatory hurdles. T-Mobile
closed 2.3 percent lower and Sprint 4 percent lower.

Jun 2, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court hands patent wins to Limelight, Nautilus

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court threw out two patent decisions on Monday, one related to heart rate monitors and the other on management of web images, rulings that could make it harder for patent trolls to win infringement cases.

The court tossed out an appeals court decision in a patent fight between exercise equipment maker Nautilus Inc and Biosig Instruments over heart rate monitors, a decision that raises the bar on how clearly patents must be written.

May 29, 2014

Amazon/Hachette dispute unlikely to provoke regulators, experts say

WASHINGTON, May 29 (Reuters) – The U.S. government’s
unwillingness to stop Amazon.com from using hardball
tactics in fights with book publishers has angered book lovers
but antitrust experts say regulators are unlikely to intervene
in what appear to be business disputes.

Amazon has delayed the delivery of some Hachette Book Group
titles and even removed an option to pre-order “The Silkworm,”
by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling writing as Robert Galbraith.
Hachette, the fourth largest U.S. book publisher, is owned by
France’s Lagadere SCA.

May 21, 2014

Key Senator Leahy drops patent reform bill for now

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senator Patrick Leahy, chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, said on Wednesday a controversial patent bill backed by major technology companies was being taken off the committee’s agenda for now.

The committee had been attempting to reach agreement on changes to a bill aimed at reducing patent litigation brought by patent assertion entities, often called “patent trolls” by their critics. The measure is similar to legislation passed overwhelmingly by the House of Representatives in December.

May 20, 2014

U.S. approves deal that makes biggest flour miller even bigger

WASHINGTON, May 20 (Reuters) – ConAgra Foods Inc,
Cargill Inc and CHS Inc won U.S. antitrust
approval on Tuesday to merge their North American flour mill
operations after agreeing to sell four mills to a Japanese
company.

The companies had announced in March 2013 that ConAgra Foods
Inc would join Horizon Milling, a joint venture of Cargill Inc.
and CHS Inc that is the largest flour miller in America. CHS is
owned by farmers and cooperatives. The combined company will be
called Ardent Mills.

May 14, 2014

U.S. court refuses to revive Samsung patent case against Apple

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday refused to revive a Samsung Electronics patent case against Apple Inc, affirming a decision in favor of the iPhone and iPad maker.

Apple and Samsung have been litigating around the world for three years, each accusing the other of infringing patents in making smartphones and other mobile devices. Neither side has scored a crippling sales ban against the other.

May 13, 2014

Big jump in U.S. patent infringement cases in 2013 despite reform: experts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The number of new patent infringement lawsuits in the United States rose more than 10 percent to 6,092 in 2013 despite a 2011 law specifically aimed at reducing patent litigation, according to experts at the analytics group Lex Machina.

The number of lawsuits in 2013 increased 12.4 percent from 2012 despite the America Invents Act, which was the most significant overhaul of the patent system in decades.

May 12, 2014

Will the U.S. patent bill regain its momentum?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – After flying through the U.S. House of Representatives and winning the support of an influential senator, closely watched legislation aimed at reducing frivolous patent litigation appears to have stalled, at least for now.

Since at least early April, Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, has been crafting an amendment aimed at reining in “patent assertion entities,” or PAEs, companies that critics say use weak patents to file unwarranted infringement lawsuits.

May 9, 2014

Oracle wins copyright ruling against Google over Android

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Oracle Corp is entitled to copyright protection over certain parts of the Java programming language, according to a U.S. appeals court ruling on Friday in Oracle’s high-profile lawsuit against Google Inc.

The issue, decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, is being closely watched by software developers in Silicon Valley.