Sportbrain files smartwatch fitness tracker patent suits against Apple, HP, Michael Kors and New Balance

25 02 2017

At the center of each lawsuit is the assertion of a single patent covering personal data collection technology integrated into a series of smartwatches. The patent-in-suit asserted by Sportsbrain against each of these defendants is U.S. Patent No. 7,454,002, titled Integrating Personal Data Capturing Functionality into a Portable Computing Device and a Wireless Communication Device and issued to Sportbrain in November 2008… Each of the suits filed by Sportsbrain identifies a specific product and companion apps which work in tandem to collect personal data and provide feedback to wearers.

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Copyright Office Q&A Session About The New Online DMCA Designated Agents Directory

25 02 2017

By guest blogger Franklin Graves

Last week, at the ABA’s Midyear Meeting in Miami, Florida, the Section of Intellectual Property Law’s Computer Program & New Technologies Committee hosted a Q&A event with the U.S. Copyright Office to discuss the new online DMCA Designated Agent Directory.  [Eric’s most recent blog post on this topic.] Attorney-Advisor Jason Sloan joined via telephone to answer a set of questions collected in advance, as well as field live questions from attendees.  Below is a transcription of the Q&A session, moderated by the Committee Vice Chair Franklin Graves, published in an effort to provide answers and insights into common issues and scenarios facing practicing attorneys working with the new system.

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President Trump and the Right of Publicity of a political figure

25 02 2017

FEB. 13, 2017

Mother Jones

No one has entered the White House with a greater sense of self-worth than Donald Trump. The president considers his personal brand to be one of his biggest assets—valued at $3.3 billion, in his own estimation. (Forbes, which has spent yearsreporting how Trump inflates his net worth, says the actual value is intangible.) Trump and his companies have registered hundreds of trademarks with his name in them, from The Donald to The Trump Follies. Never in American history has there been a president more concerned with controlling his image, not simply as a matter of personal pride, but as a matter of preserving his bottom line.

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ZeniMax files injunction to stop Oculus from selling VR headsets [Updated]

25 02 2017
Update, February 24, 5:30 p.m.: ZeniMax Media has followed through on its promise to file an injunction against Oculus and Facebook. According to UploadVR, ZeniMax’s injunction was filed on Thursday with the following recommendation:

The company proposed Oculus be “permanently enjoined, on a worldwide basis, from using… any of the Copyrighted Materials, including but not limited to (i) system software for Oculus PC (including the Oculus PC SDK); (ii) system software for Oculus Mobile (including the Oculus Mobile SDK); (iii) Oculus integration with the Epic Games Unreal Engine; and (iv) Oculus integration with the Unity Technologies Unity Game Engine.”

Facebook offered a comment to UploadVR calling the filing “legally flawed and factually unwarranted,” then confirmed its commitment to appealing the court’s ruling from early February in favor of ZeniMax.

 

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Google and Microsoft agree to demote piracy search results in the UK

25 02 2017
Google and Microsoft’s Bing have agreed to crack down on piracy sites in the UK, after years of wrangling with film and music rights holders.

The tech giants have inked a voluntary code of practice with the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and Motion Picture Association, following a series of talks overseen by the UK’s copyright watchdog and steered by the department for culture, media, and sport.

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