Should Litigation Losers Pay Attorney Fee Awards?

Let's Talk Attorney FeesSection 505 of the Copyright Act allows courts to award attorney’s fees and costs to successful litigants in copyright litigation. But when are fee awards appropriate? Courts in different parts of the country have different answers, so the United States Supreme Court is taking up the issue…

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Apple vs FBI
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Apple vs FBI

A district court in California has ordered Apple to create software that will disable security features on the iPhone of one of the San Bernadino shooters. The order garnered significant public attention and vows to appeal from Apple. Can the government require a tech company to create backdoors into technology…

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Internet of Things: Little ‘Bots Are Watching You!
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Internet of Things: Little ‘Bots Are Watching You!

The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the newest technologies on the scene today. It refers to “things” that are able to communicate on the Internet – things like Fitbits, Smartphones, biosensors, coffee makers, thermostats, and even automobiles. These things collect data and they make determinations about what people…

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Tattoos, Copyrights and Video Games
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Tattoos, Copyrights and Video Games

Are tattoos copyrightable, and if so, what are the implications? Tattoo artists have sued the makers of the NBA2K16 video game, claiming copyright infringement because the game includes images of tattoos on several NBA players, including LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. Courts have never squarely addressed the issue, and this…

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Frack! My Patent Is Unenforceable!

Inequitable conduct cases don’t happen every day in patent law, so when one comes along, it can be interesting. A recent decision from North Dakota examined an unusual set of facts surrounding the sale of patented hydraulic fracturing technology almost two years before the inventor filed a patent application. After…

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