June 10, 2014
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Computers and Electronics: Prior art did not anticipate patent that disclosed a method and system for improving the efficiency of computer memory. In re Rambus, Inc. 2014 WL 2487485 (C.A.Fed.) Prior art did not disclose “a value that is representative of an amount of time to transpire after which the memory device outputs the first amount of data,” and thus did not anticipate a patent that disclosed a method and system for improving the efficiency of computer memory. The prior art did not include a known delay time, but rather had an indefinite delay time based upon arbitration, busy memory devices, and other functions. 2014 WL 2487485. (The full-text of the rest of the Topical Highlights is available within Westlaw Next, subscription required).
Registration: Cuban cigar manufacturer had statutory cause of action to seek cancellation of competitor’s trademark registrations. Empresa Cubana Del Tabaco v. General Cigar Co., Inc. 2014 WL 2491194 (C.A.Fed.)
Computers and Electronics: Function that retrieved HTML content but displayed only thumbnail snapshot infringed patent for automated browser serving internet and remote devices. Robocast, Inc. v. Apple Inc. 2014 WL 1622002 (D.Del.)
Parties: Right of patent co-owner to impede infringement suit brought by another co-owner trumps procedural rule for involuntary joinder. STC.UNM v. Intel Corp. 2014 WL 2535257 (C.A.Fed. (N.M.))
Art and Architecture: Architect’s thin copyright to colonial home designs had not been infringed. Zalewski v. Cicero Builder Dev., Inc. 2014 WL 2521388 (C.A.2 (N.Y.))
Fair Use: Factor of “purpose and character of the use” favored finding of fair use by news service of manufacturer’s earnings call. Swatch Group Management Services Ltd. v. Bloomberg L.P. 2014 WL 2219162 (C.A.2 (N.Y.))