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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.

May 8, 2014

Lawmakers express concerns over Comcast deal to buy Time Warner Cable

WASHINGTON, May 8 (Reuters) – Lawmakers expressed concern
about combining the top two U.S. cable operators at a
congressional hearing Thursday to discuss Comcast’s
plan to merge with Time Warner Cable Inc.

While none of the lawmakers asked federal regulators to
block the transaction, both Republicans and Democrats cautioned
there were potential negatives in the $45 billion deal.

May 8, 2014

Comcast to face trio of critics at congressional merger hearing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Comcast’s plan to merge with Time Warner Cable Inc is expected to face criticism from an independent network, small and medium-sized cable operators and a former Internet partner when U.S. lawmakers meet on Thursday for a second time to discuss the controversial deal.

The House of Representatives Judiciary Committee’s antitrust panel will hear from Comcast Corp Executive Vice President David Cohen.

Apr 29, 2014

U.S. top court overturns appeals court in elliptical patent case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned an appeals court ruling in a patent fight over elliptical machines, potentially making it easier for the winner in a patent lawsuit to request that its fees be paid by the losing party.

ICON Health & Fitness Inc sued a rival, Octane Fitness LLC, accusing Octane of infringing one of its patents on elliptical trainers. Octane won, and asked to be reimbursed for the estimated $1.3 million it spent fighting the lawsuit. Both the U.S. district court and an appeals court that specializes in patents declined to award the fees.

Apr 28, 2014

High court takes up case involving ambiguous patents

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Monday took up the thorny issue of how to assess if a patent is so vague that it should be thrown out, a case that could impact other fights dealing with patent infringement.

The high court heard arguments in the long-running case between Nautilus Inc and Biosig Instruments Inc, which centers on monitors built into fitness machines like treadmills that register electrical waves to estimate a user’s heart rate.

Apr 28, 2014

U.S. high court takes up case involving ambiguous patents

WASHINGTON, April 28 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on
Monday took up the thorny issue of how to assess if a patent is
so vague that it should be thrown out, a case that could impact
other fights dealing with patent infringement.

The high court heard arguments in the long-running case
between Nautilus Inc and Biosig Instruments Inc, which
centers on monitors built into fitness machines like treadmills
that register electrical waves to estimate a user’s heart rate.

Apr 25, 2014

Appeals court revives an Apple patent lawsuit against Google

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Friday revived patent claims Apple made against Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility that were dismissed by an Illinois court shortly before trial.

The appeals court also revived a patent claim Motorola Mobility had made against Apple but ruled Motorola could not seek a sales ban for infringement of the patent, which is essential to ensuring that mobile telephones from different companies can talk to each other.

Apr 25, 2014

U.S. appeals court revives an Apple patent lawsuit against Google

WASHINGTON, April 25 (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on
Friday revived patent claims Apple made against Google
subsidiary Motorola Mobility that were dismissed by an Illinois
court shortly before trial.

The appeals court also revived a patent claim Motorola
Mobility had made against Apple but ruled Motorola could not
seek a sales ban for infringement of the patent, which is
essential to ensuring that mobile telephones from different
companies can talk to each other.

Apr 24, 2014

Netflix sees competition down, fees up if Comcast, TWC combine

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Netflix Inc, which opposes the proposed Comcast deal to buy rival Time Warner Cable Inc, on Thursday outlined the ways it thinks competition will be hurt if the merger goes ahead, most notably in the extraction of “arbitrary tolls.”

The popular video streaming service responded in a letter to Senator Al Franken, a vocal critic of the deal, saying a combined Comcast and TWC, would mean video providers pay more to get their movies and television shows into viewers’ living rooms.