The Supreme Court of Canada recently released a landmark decision in which a broad worldwide injunction was upheld restraining Google from including certain websites in its search results
In its February 2015 Report on the Internet of Things (IoT), the FTC estimated that there are now 25 billion connected devices worldwide. Another more conservative report by Gartner estimates there will be 2.9 billion connected devices in the consumer sector this year and 5 billion total, and that total will climb to 25 billion by 2020. Regardless of the accuracy of the numbers, clearly the growth of IoT presents unique challenges because of the sheer variety of “connected devices” – from sprinklers, to fitness trackers, to connected cars – and the data they may collect. It is therefore not surprising that regulators have released privacy and security guidance and frameworks for IoT.
The use of inter partes review (IPR) to challenge patents has grown significantly since its initiation in September 2012. In the first four months of IPRs, the USPTO received 97 petitions. In the parallel months of 2014, 578 new petitions were filed. Not surprising: as statistics go for invalidating patents, the IPR process scores high – so much so that the US Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has had to defend itself from allegations that it is a “death squad” for patent rights.
The EU will soon introduce its new European patent with unitary effect and single Unified Patent Court. To help clients tackle this major change, DLA Piper has launched its Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court microsite, offering step-by-step guidance on what you need to know and how you need to prepare for the new system – the biggest game-changer in European patent law history.
By Laura Brooks
DLA Piper has conducted a study on behalf of the European Commission investigating the legal framework for cloud contracts. The study provides guidance to the European Commission on existing laws, case law and administrative guidance applicable to cloud computing contracts in 27 EU Member States and the U.S. level.
Trade dress protection has existed for more than a hundred years in the United States, but for a long time took a back seat to patents, trademarks and copyrights in the intellectual property pantheon. Then came the US Supreme Court decisions in Two Pesos, Wal-Mart and Traffix Devices, raising the profile of trade dress and altering the public’s perceptions. In the 15 years since then, the number of applications filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office seeking trade dress protection has increased dramatically, and so has litigation over trade dress claims. Because trade dress litigation is, in most cases, significantly cheaper than patent litigation, it may soon become a major competitor to patent litigation as a means of resolving disputes.