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Led Zeppelin Back on Top in ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Lyrics Copyright Case

A federal appeals court has restored a jury verdict that found Led Zeppelin did not steal “Stairway to Heaven.” The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco handed the major win to guitarist Jimmy Page and singer Robert …

Brooks Brothers and Brooks Running Shoes Clash Over Trademark

Brooks, the running shoe and apparel unit of billionaire Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc., filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Brooks Brothers, pitting two companies whose roots date back more than a century against each other. In a complaint filed …

Judge Quashes Peloton’s Countersuit in Music Copyright Case

Peloton Interactive Inc.’s attempt to fire back at music publishers who sued the exercise bike maker for copyright infringement was quashed by a federal judge. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote on Wednesday dismissed Peloton’s countersuit, which alleged that a trade …

Jury Orders Apple, Broadcom to Pay $1.1 Billion for Infringing CalTech Wi-Fi Patent

Apple Inc. and Broadcom Inc. must pay $1.1 billion in damages for infringing California Institute of Technology patents on Wi-Fi technology, a jury in California ordered. Apple was ordered to pay $837.8 million while Broadcom was hit with a $270.2 …

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 …

Harvard Professor Takes Aim at ‘Clickbait’ With Defamation Suit Against New York Times

A Harvard University professor known as an expert in intellectual property is suing the New York Times for its publication of a “sensationalized, false and defamatory ‘clickbait’ Internet headline and lede” about him during the Jeffrey Epstein human trafficking scandal. …

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 …

Cox Communications Found Liable for $1 Billion for Infringing Music Copyrights

A U.S. District Court jury last Thursday found telecom company Cox Communications Inc. liable to pay $1 billion to music labels and publishers over piracy infringement on more than 10,000 works. Over 50 music companies, including Sony Music, Warner Music …

Court Orders Replay of Song Copyright Case Against Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift won’t escape so easily after all from allegations that her 2014 hit “Shake It Off” illegally copied the lyrics of “Playas Gon’ Play.” The U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco on Monday overturned a judge’s ruling throwing …