In reviewing a district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of a defendant on the basis of patent ineligible subject matter, the Federal Circuit has affirmed. The method at issue involved steps of a borrower applying for a loan, a third party calculating a credit grading, lenders providing loan pricing, and then the borrower…

Tyrone Simmons (aka Young Caliber) sued, inter alia, producer William C. Stanberry Jr. (aka Apex) and rapper Curtis Jackson (aka 50 Cent) for using a beat that Simmons claims to have exclusively licensed from Apex in February 2006.  The beat was allegedly used in the production of Fitty’s “I Get Money” in 2007. Simmons filed…

FTE sued SPI (among others), asserting claims under Lanham Act Section 32(1) and other claims, for misappropriating and commercially exploiting the Stolichnaya trademarks related to the sale of vodka and other spirits in the U.S. Stolichnaya was registered in 1969 by a Soviet enterprise, V/O-SPI.  In the 1990s, SPI was privatized, but in 2000 a…

Adobe sued defendant for selling online unauthorized copies of versions of photoshop.  Adobe generally had a slam dunk case for infringement, and–apparently before discovery was closed, or at least before it had produced any relevant copies of its software licenses–it moved for summary judgment of copyright infringement.  In response, the defendant asserted the first sale…

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