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Apple 'pinch-to-zoom' patent on shaky ground, report says

by Don Reisinger Apple's embattled "pinch-to-zoom" patent has apparently been tossed out by federal patent authorities, if a new report is correct. Samsung Electronics on Sunday filed a petition in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California,... Read more →

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Charles Mach. Works, Inc. v. Vermeer Mfg. Co.

The Charles Machine Works, Inc. (CMW) appeals from the district court’s grant of summary judgment that Vermeer Manufacturing Company’s (Vermeer) accused commercial products and non-commercial prototypes do not infringe, literally or under the doctrine of equivalents. CMW also challenges whether... Read more →

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In re: Bimeda Research & Dev. Ltd.

Bimeda Research & Development Limited (“Bimeda”) appeals a decision by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“PTO”) Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences, now known as the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“Board”), in Ex Parte Bimeda Research &... Read more →

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Novozymes A/S v. DuPont Nutrition Biosciences, APS

Plaintiffs-Appellants Novozymes A/S and Novozymes North America, Inc. (collectively, “Novozymes”) and Defendants-Appellees DuPont Nutrition Biosciences APS, Genencor International Wisconsin, Inc., Danisco US Inc., and Danisco USA Inc. (collectively, “DuPont”) are competitors in the market for enzyme preparations used in a... Read more →

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Fox Broadcasting Co. v. Dish Network

Dish Network offers two marsupial-inspired products: the “Hopper,” which “hops” over commercials, and a companion box known as a “Joey.” Fox Broadcasting Company claims these products are contractually out of bounds and constitute copyright infringement. The district court denied the... Read more →

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Hobbs v. John

While working on a Russian cruise ship, Guy Hobbs composed a song entitled “Natasha” that was inspired by a brief love affair he had with a Russian waitress. Hobbs tried to publish his song, but was unsuccessful. A few years... Read more →

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Metropolitan Regional Info. Sys. v. American Home Realty Network

Appellant American Home Realty Network, Inc. (“AHRN”) and Appellee Metropolitan Regional Information Systems, Inc. (“MRIS”) are competitors in the real estate listing business. MRIS offers an online fee-based “multiple listing service” to real estate brokers and agents, while AHRN circumvents... Read more →

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1-800 Contacts v. Lens.com, et al

The Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. §§ 1051–1127, prohibits the infringement of trademarks (used to identify products) and service marks (used to identify services). It was enacted in 1946, but because it speaks in general terms it can be applied to... Read more →

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Guggenheim Capital, LLC v. Birnbaum

Appeal from a default judgment entered by the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (Gardephe, J.) against defendant-appellant for his failure to comply with court orders. We conclude that the district court did not abuse... Read more →

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Unique Sports Products, Inc. v. Ferrari Importing Co.

This appeal requires us to consider whether a party may appeal on the merits from a decision in itsfavor, where a district court found against him as to one issue, nondispositive of the case. We find that, though he may... Read more →

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