“Blurred Lines” Copyright Infringement: Implications for Software Developers

Yesterday, a federal jury found that the song “Blurred Lines” (by Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke and Clifford Harris, Jr.) was substantially similar to the song “Got to Give it Up” (by Marvin Gaye) and awarded over $7 million in copyright infringement damages.  Because the similarities between the songs were largely based on several very small […]

USPTO Issues New (Software) Patent Examination Guidelines

After the US Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corp., the USPTO changed its approach to examining patents (in particular, software patents).  The new approach provides insight to how the USPTO construes the Alice Corp decision. The USPTO’s new approach is memorialized in a memo issued by the Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy.  You can […]

Supreme Court Rules on Software Patentability

In a hotly watched case involving the patent-eligibility of software, the U.S. Supreme Court today issued an unanimous (that’s right, unanimous) opinion striking down a software patent on the basis that it was merely an abstract idea and that implementation using conventional computer functions on a generic computer is not sufficient to transform the idea […]

Oracle v. Google – Interoperability and Copyright Infringement

If you thought that you could do whatever you needed to do to achieve interoperability and be safe from copyright infringement, think again.  The Federal Circuit’s ruling last Friday in Oracle v. Google puts a finer point on the limits of interoperability as a defense to copyright infringement. Quick Background (if you know the facts […]

Are Application Programming Interfaces (API) Copyrightable?

On the one year anniversary of the judge’s decision in Oracle vs. Google throwing levitra dosage timing out a jury’s findings and ruling that Oracle’s Java API’s were not copyrightable, the Electronic Frontier Foundation is chiming in with its perspective. A little background.  The case is Oracle v. Google, 872 F.Supp.2d 974 (N.D.Cal. 2012).  Oracle […]

Do You Monitor Use of “Copyleft” Open Source?

This was one of the questions asked as part of the 2012 NJ IT Survey discussed in a previous blog post.  With the potential for risk to intellectual property ownership, contract breaches and other liability, the responses were quite surprising.  Fewer than half of the respondents said that they either prohibited the use of copyleft […]