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Menendez Wants FCC to Clarify Set-Top Box Plan’s Copyright Protections (Morning Consult Tech)
Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) asked FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to address concerns that third-party companies will not be able to abide by contracts which govern content, advertising, and channel placing when they enter the cable marketplace. The proposal to open set-top box markets for third-party manufacturers was passed in February and has since been the cause of many copyright and privacy concerns.
U.S. Top Court Mulls Boosted Patent Damages in Stryker, Halo Cases (Reuters)
The U.S. Supreme Court showed that they may be willing to relax the standard held by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit where to be awarded damages in a patent suit, the patent owner “must prove a defendant acted despite a high likelihood of infringement and had no reasonable explanation to do so.”
Soon You Might Be Able to Vote on Google (Time)
Google was awarded a patent that would allow it to build a voting interface that would accompany search results. This voting feature could be used for entertainment shows, polls, elections, contests, and marketing, but only to “authenticated” users.
PTAB Not Such a Threat to Patents, Report Says (Big Law Business)
According to a report released yesterday by the legal analytics firm Lex Machina, reactions to patent holder losses are overblown. The report found that in the 2,700 decisions in the Board’s first three years in existence, patents survive the process 66 percent of the time.
After Five Years of Conflict with Apple, some Samsung Phone Features are Banned (Ars Technica)
Apple finally won its years-long patent battle with Samsung which will ban the sale of certain Samsung smartphones. Most of these phones are older models that are no longer sold anyways.
Apple Tried to Kill More Patents Than Anyone Else, By Far (Fortune)
A new report shows that Apple has filed more patent challenges than anyone else at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. The report shows that as of September 2012, Apple filed 252 PTAB challenges.
GM’s Newly Acquired Patent Could be a Problem for Uber (Wired)
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Senate Judiciary to markup trade secrets, Judicial Redress Bills (Politico Pro)
The Senate Judiciary Committee scheduled the Defend Trade Secrets Act and the Judicial Redress Act on its agenda for markup this week. This bill would give companies the means to go after trade secret thieves in federal court.