Dallas Buyers Club, LLC (DBC) continues to sue Colorado residents for alleged use of Bit Torrent or Popcorn Time

While Dallas Buyers Club was the recipient of multiple film awards, the owners have continued to seek compensation from individuals accused of downloading Dallas Buyers Club without paying the proper license. Most of these downloads are identified from Bit Torrent or the movie watching service Popcorn Time, with alleged download dates occurring during 2014-2015. While

Federal judge rules in favor of Microsoft in 2004 video game patent lawsuit

In 2004, several Michigan inventors sued Microsoft and Sony asserting U.S. Patent #5,292,125 an “apparatus and method for electrically connecting remotely located video games.”  Specifically targeted were Microsoft’s Xbox Live service and Sony’s Playstation Network.  The allegations were that the companies infringed the plaintiff’s patents seeking an injunction and royalties. The patent discloses “a video


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Copyright Office rules that “jailbreaking” a smartphone doesn’t infringe copyright laws

Every three years the US Copyright Office via the Librarian of Congress reviews hot copyright issues to ensure that the copyright laws stay current as applied to specific technologies.  The rulemaking statute was part of the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).  The Librarian’s rulemaking power comes from 17 USC 1201(a)(1).    The Register of Copyrights

Home Depot liable to Florida inventor for $25 million USD in patent infringement claim

U.S. District Judge Daniel Hurley this week found home improvement giant Home Depot liable to small inventor Michael Powell for $25 million dollars in damages.  The judge also awarded $3 million dollars in punitive damages, $2.8 million dollars in attorneys fees, and $1 million dollars in interest annually on the judgement. Sadly for Home Depot,

Social Gaming Company Zynga sues Virtual Property Clearinghouse Playerauctions.com in California District Court for trademark and copyright infringement

This week upstart casual gaming company Zynga sued auction website Playerauctions.com in California District Court for the sale of virtual currency and goods under a theory of intentional interference with contractual relations, violations of the state unfair competition code, trademark and copyright infringement.  Zynga is the company that builds and offers popular social games Zynga

Federal Judge invalidates Myriad’s DNA patent sequence claims

In the Southern District of New York on March 29, 2010, a District Court Judge rejected the prevailing opinion on the patentability of DNA sequences.  The Public Patent Foundation and the ACLU sued in 2009 to challenge certain claims in Myriad Genetics Inc.’s breast cancer patents (5,747,282, 5,837,492, 5,693,473, 5,709,999, 5,710,001, 5,753,441, 6,033,857). The plaintiffs

Malted Beverages, Marijuana Ballot Initiatives

Initiatives are at this time being pushed to change the way Coloradans buy beer, liquor and marijuana. Initiative 48, set to go before the Title Setting Board on April 7th this year would allow grocers and convenience stores to sell full strength beer – instead of the 3.2 beer currently allowed – wine and spirits.