Articles by Susan Decker

Supreme Court Says State Universities Not Immune to Patent Challenges

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to shield state-run universities from having to appear before a federal administrative body to defend the validity of patents they own. The justices turned down an appeal by the University of Minnesota that argued it …

Jury Orders Wells Fargo to Pay $102.8 Million in USAA Mobile Deposit Patent Case

Wells Fargo & Co. was told to pay $102.8 million after a federal jury in Texas said in infringed United Services Automobile Association’s patents for a mobile deposit system. It’s the second trial Wells Fargo has lost against USAA. In …

Doctor Claims Apple Watch Infringes His Heart Monitoring Technology Patent

A New York University cardiologist claims Apple Inc.’s Watch uses his patented heartbeat-monitoring invention and he wants compensation. Dr. Joseph Wiesel, who teaches at NYU School of Medicine, filed a suit Friday against the tech giant, in federal court in …

Judges May Be Reaching Limit with Copyright Profiteering by Pornography Sellers

Pornography producers and sellers account for the lion’s share of copyright-infringement lawsuits in the U.S. — and judges may have seen enough. The courts are cracking down on porn vendors that file thousands of lawsuits against people for downloading and …

Court Ruling Against ‘Law of Nature’ Patent Riles Biotech

A way to diagnose a severe neurological disorder can’t be patented as it covers a law of nature, a U.S. appeals court ruled Wednesday in a closely watched case that sought to clarify the patenting for medical diagnostic tests and …

Toy Wars: Lego Sues to Halt Sales of Zuru ‘Copycat’ Figurines at Walmart

Lego A/S wants to make sure any plastic toy figurine unwrapped in an American home during the holidays isn’t what the toymaker calls a copycat of its own products. The Danish toymaker is asking a federal judge in Connecticut to …

Apple, Samsung Finally Settle Long-Running Patent Dispute

The biggest patent battle of the modern technology world has finally come to an end after seven years. Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. told a judge Wednesday they’d resolved the first filed but last remaining of the legal disputes …

Greenberg’s Starr Returns to Court Seeking Damages Over AIG Bailout

U.S. lawyers on Friday urged an appeals court to bless the federal government’s $85 billion bailout of American International Group Inc. At the same time, attorneys for Maurice “Hank” Greenberg are asking the same court to rule that he and …

Buyers of Expiring Patents See Profit in Infringement Claims

The 1990s may be over but patents from that era live on. U.S. courts are seeing a rash of lawsuits involving old and sometimes expired patents as companies try to squeeze the last bit of profits from their 20-year-old inventions. …

Univ. of Wisconsin Seeking $400M from Apple in Patent Dispute

The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s licensing arm is seeking $400 million from Apple Inc. for infringing the school’s patent on microprocessor technology. The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation is owed that much, its lawyer told the jury after it found Apple had …