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.
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.
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.
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.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In an unusual move, three top officials with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission on Thursday came out in opposition to laws that ban automakers like Tesla Motors Inc, from selling their automobiles directly to consumers.
Laws that ban car manufacturers from selling their own products are “bad policy” and outdated, the FTC officials said in a blog post. Such laws are currently in place in Arizona, Maryland, New Jersey, Texas and Virginia.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hedge fund manager William Ackman, who placed a $1 billion bet against Herbalife, said that he had promised a former Herbalife executive who became a whistleblower against the company up to $3.6 million, ABC News reported on Tuesday.
ABC said on its website that Ackman’s payments would come if Giovanni Bohorquez, the former executive, lost the job he took after leaving Herbalife.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Supreme Court justices grilled a lawyer for Coca-Cola Co on Monday, asking why a juice label touting the presence of pomegranates and blueberries should not be considered misleading if the drink contained just a trace of the fruits.
Coca-Cola argued that it could not be sued over the labeling of one of its Minute Maid juice products because the label complies with rules of the Food and Drug Administration, which oversees some aspects of labeling for processed foods and drinks.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s chairman on Wednesday urged Comcast Corp to extend its commitment to Internet neutrality beyond 2018 as the cable company’s executive reassured lawmakers the proposed merger with Time Warner Cable Inc would not hurt consumers.
Executives from the two largest U.S. cable providers faced the first public hearing about their proposed $45.2 billion deal, reiterating that the merger would not eliminate any choices for consumers as the two carriers do not directly compete with each other anywhere in the country.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Executives from Comcast Corp (CMCSA.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Time Warner Cable Inc (TWC.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) are expected to defend their plan to merge as they go before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, the first hearing since the $45.2-billion deal was announced in February.
The proposed merger has stirred the ire of public interest groups who worry that a bigger Comcast would have too much clout over fast-growing broadband, free rein to raise cable rates and more power over what Americans watch on television.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Executives from Veria Living, a U.S. cable television channel, met in March with Justice Department officials who are digging into the Comcast deal to buy Time Warner Cable, even before the government was formally notified of the proposed transaction, Veria’s CEO told Reuters.
Veria chief Eric Sherman said he and other company executives met with nine Justice Department antitrust attorneys, including two trial attorneys, on March 10 for nearly 90 minutes after Veria contacted the department.