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Let Oracle own API's, Justice Dept tells top court in surprise filing

The right of companies to use key elements of computer code, known as application programming interfaces (API’s), was cast deeper into doubt on Tuesday after the Justice Department urged the Supreme Court not to hear a controversial case that pits Google and a long list of supporters against Oracle . 585 more words


Federal Circuit Rejects Yurok Tribe's ISDEAA Contract Claim

Here are the materials in Yurok Tribe v. Dept. of Interior:

CAFed Opinion

An excerpt:

The Yurok Tribe (Tribe) appeals from the Civilian Board of Contracting Appeals’ (Board) dismissal for failure to state a claim upon which relief may be granted.

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Author: Matthew L.M. Fletcher

Federal Circuit Affirms TTAB Decision Refusing Registration of THE SLANTS Mark on Disparagement Grounds

Author: Whitney Devin Cooke

On April 20, 2015, the Federal Circuit affirmed the TTAB’s section 2(a) refusal to register the mark THE SLANTS.  Applicant Simon Shiao Tam is the “front man” of a Asian-American dance band called The Slants. 707 more words

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Federal Circuit Rejects Shinnecock Nation's Judicial Takings Claims re: Dismissal of Land Claims under Sherrill

Here is the opinion in Shinnecock Indian Nation v. United States.

An excerpt:

Accordingly, we affirm the United States Court of Federal Claims’ determination that the Nation’s breach of trust claims are not yet ripe for review, vacate its ruling that it lacked jurisdiction over those claims, and remand the case with instructions to dismiss the breach of trust claims without prejudice.

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Author: Matthew L.M. Fletcher

A thought about "patent reform"

To the extent that there is a perceived problem in the business community regarding patents, a perennial complaint has to do with uncertainty.  If a manufacturer gets sued, it’s expensive, and damages can be huge. 90 more words

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