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Supreme Court Rules Garment Design Elements Copyrightable

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that basic elements in cheerleader uniform designs merit copyright protection, handing a victory to the top American maker of the garments in a decision with serious implications for the fashion industry. The justices ruled 6-2 to …

Court Throws Out $530 Million Smartflash Patent Verdict Against Apple

A federal appeals court has thrown out a jury verdict that had originally required Apple Inc. to pay $533 million to Smartflash LLC, a technology developer and licenser that claimed Apple’s iTunes software infringed its data storage patents. The trial …

IBM Sees Advantage in Client Owning Watson-Generated Knowledge

IBM Chief Executive Officer Ginni Rometty sees proprietary data combined with artificial intelligence technology as the competitive advantage for companies going forward. When International Business Machines Corp. works with clients, it trains a unique version of its artificial intelligence technology, …

Copyright Claim Filed Over The Beatles’ 1965 Concert Film

On the verge of last month’s release of Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years, a Ron Howard-directed film showing live performances of The Beatles, a surprising lawsuit was filed by the company assigned Sid Bernstein’s intellectual property. Bernstein …

Supreme Court Weighs How to Figure Design Patent Damages in iPhone Case

The U.S. Supreme Court last Tuesday signaled a willingness to reduce the potentially huge penalties imposed for ripping off a patented design as it heard arguments in the legal fight over the amount Samsung should pay Apple for copying the …

Supreme Court Will Hear Apple-Samsung Patent Damages Dispute

After five years of litigation, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on Tuesday in the bitter patent dispute between the world’s two top smartphone manufacturers over the amount Samsung should pay Apple for copying the iPhone’s distinctive look. The …

Integro Launches Cyber Risk Practice Focused on ‘Knowledge Assets’

International broker and risk management firm Integro Insurance Brokers has started a new cyber risk practice focused on exposures beyond the commonly accepted definition of data or ‘knowledge assets.’ According to James Sheehan, Cyber Risk practice leader, the exposure created …

Idaho Investment Firm at Heart of Trade-Secret Lawsuit

An Idaho-based software company is being sued after it hired two former employees from another company. The lawsuit, brought by SS&C Technologies Inc. against Clearwater Analytics and former SS&C employee Bradley Rossa in Illinois state court, focuses on common and often …

Citigroup Sues AT&T, Says It Owns Trademark to ‘Thank You’

Citigroup Inc. sued AT&T Inc. on Friday, saying the phone company’s use of “thanks” and “AT&T thanks” in a new customer loyalty program infringed its trademark rights to the phrase “thankyou.” The lawsuit may threaten the business relationship between two …

Copyright Claim Targets Justin Bieber’s ‘Sorry’ Vocal Riff

Canadian pop star Justin Bieber and the co-writers of his 2015 smash hit “Sorry” are being sued for allegedly stealing a vocal riff from another artist who said she used it on her own song a year earlier. In a …