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Federal Judge Orders Apple to Assist FBI in Accessing Terrorist's iPhone (C.D. Cal, February 16 2016)

February 16, 2016

A federal judge on February 16 ordered Apple Inc. to assist the Federal Bureau of Investigation in accessing an Apple iPhone that was used by a terrorist responsible for a shooting December 15, 2015, in San Bernardino, California (In the Matter of the Search of an Apple iPhone Seized During the Execution of a Search Warrant on a Black Lexus IS300, California License Plate 35KGD203, C.D. Cal., No. ED 15-0451M, 2/16/16.)


Two Chinese Nationals Are Sentenced to Prison for Conspiring to Smuggle Defense Systems in Violation of Arms Export Control Act

A federal judge has sentenced two Chinese nationals for conspiring to violate the Arms Export Control Act (AECA), 22 U.S.C. §2751, and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), 22 U.S.C. §2778, by scheming to illegally export defense articles with military application to the People Republic of China, the U.S. Department of Justice announced April 23 in a press release. The technology at issue relates to line-of-sight stabilization and precision motion control systems.


For the 22nd Consecutive Year, IBM Leads the Annual List of U.S. Patent Recipients

January 12, 2015

IBM Corp. announced Jan. 12 that it has once again been awarded more U.S. patents than any other company in a year, making 2014 the 22nd consecutive year of its patent leadership over all other entities.


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Toyota Chooses IBM to Build Development Platform for In-Car Services

June 24, 2014

IBM announced on June 24 that it was selected by Toyota Motor Corp. to create a new application development platform that will produce in-car services to improve the driver experience. According to IBM’s press release, the project is part of Toyota’s new telematics service, called T-Connect, and “aims to accelerate application development and deployment as well as enhance in-car services that will shape the future of connected vehicles.”


DuPont Scientist and Kevlar Inventor Stephanie Kwolek Dies at 90

June 19, 2014

Stephanie Kwolek, a pioneering scientist at E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Co. and inventor of Kevlar®, has died at 90 years old, the company announced in a June 19 press release.

DuPont Chair and CEO Ellen Kullman in a statement expressed sadness and hailed Ms. Kwolek as “a creative and determined chemist and a true pioneer for women in science. Her synthesis of the first liquid crystal polymer and the invention of DuPont™ Kevlar® highlighted a distinguished career.”


Google Is Ranked as World’s Most Valuable Brand, Surpassing Apple

May 20, 2014

According to global research company Millward Brown, Google has surpassed Apple and become the world’s most valuable brand in the 2014 BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brand ranking with a worth of $159 billion.


In IPO Filing, Alibaba Seems Ready to Address Its History of Widescale IP Violations

May 6, 2014

China’s Alibaba, one of the world’s biggest web marketplaces, is going public, and its initial public offering (IPO) filed May 6 raises a host of intellectual property issues in its history that need to be remedied in order for the company to gain the trust of investors and IP owners and to avoid hard scrutiny from U.S. regulators.


Senator Harry Reid Slams the ‘Redskins’ Mark as Racist and Hateful

April 30, 2014

U.S. Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in an April 30 speech on the Senate floor called the Washington “Redskins” football trademark racist and hateful and asked the NFL leadership to force the team to change its name.


Louisiana Man Pleads Guilty to Theft of Oil Exploration Diagrams and Designs

April 26, 2014

The FBI announced on April 26, 2013 that a Louisiana man pled guilty to stealing copyrighted oilfield diagrams, product designs, and related oil exploration materials.

In an agency press release, United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that Glenn J. Soileau, 64, of Branch, Louisiana, pleaded guilty to illegally accessing a computer that held valuable copyright protected oilfield intellectual property, including diagrams, product designs, schematics, and oil exploration related materials.


FBI's List of IP Safeguarding Tips

April 10, 2014

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has posted some intellectual property protection tips that can be helpful to any company or individual seeking to safeguard key information assets.

As the FBI’s notice points out, intellectual property assets can include vendor information, prototypes or blueprints, negotiation strategies, software, and financial data. The notice urges IP owners to avoid storing vital information on any device that connects to the Internet, encourages IP owners to use current software security tools, and reminds IP owners of the importance of training employees and keeping them aware of information security policies and protocols.


U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Issues the 700,000th Design Patent

March 26, 2014

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on March 26 celebrated the issuance of the 700,000th design patent, which covers the ornamental design for a “Hand-Held Learning Apparatus.” The design patent was awarded to Jason Avery of Berkeley, California, who assigned it to Leapfrog Enterprises, Inc.


District Court Failed to Give Notice That Scope of Summary Judgment Ruling Would Include Defendant’s Non-Commercial Prototypes

January 31, 2014

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on July 26 ruled that a district court erred in finding that a directional drill patent was not infringed by non-commercial prototypes because the patentee was not given sufficient notice that these devices were within the scope of the summary judgment decision (Charles Machine Works Inc. v. Vermeer Manufacturing Co., Fed. Cir., No. 2012-1578), 7/26/13).

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