Bowman v. Monsanto Case Study

The Aereo case may be a demonstration about how a larger force in the market uses intellectual property arguments to shut down a competition. This sort of behavior is not limited to copyright cases though. Recently the Supreme Court unanimously decided to rule in favor of Monsanto in a patent infringement case the company filed against one of its customers, a soybean farmer in Indiana. To understand why seed growing was worth the time of the highest court in the land, we need to explain a key aspects of patents and how it is balanced against the public interest. Continue reading

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American Broadcasting Cos v. Aereo Case Study

In addition to posting about patent cases the Supreme Court hears, I pay attention to the other intellectual property cases the high court decides on. Back in April the Supreme Court heard arguments on the basis for a preliminary injunction against Aereo for its service to let people watch broadcast television over the internet. Last week the Court decided 6-3 that Aereo was liable for direct copyright infringement of the broadcast television companies’ content. The case involves the key rights granted by copyright and questions about controlling content, so I think I should provide my own explanation on the ruling. Continue reading

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Apple-Samsung Jury Wasn’t Sending Message

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SAN JOSE — After two hours of deliberations to fix an error spotted late on Friday, Judge Koh told the jury in the Apple v. Samsung trial:

“Please take a seat for the last time.”

The total damages based on Samsung’s infringement of an Apple autocomplete patent remained at around $120 million. The jury found Samsung infringed on two of five Apple patents, using the intellectual property in multiple Samsung smartphones. Continue reading

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Apple, Samsung Delay Closing Arguments

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SAN JOSE — The jury in the Apple Samsung case was excused from the courtroom Friday morning as the court dealt with the implications of a separate appeals court ruling on this case. Continue reading

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Samsung Begins Presenting Countersuit versus Apple

On Monday, Samsung continued its defense in the Apple v. Samsung case with expert testimony about damages and the introduction of Samsung patents. In addition to claiming Samsung should not pay around $2 billion for infringing Apple’s software patents, Samsung has purchased two patents and claims Apple devices violate both of them. Continue reading

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