SCOTUS: Full Costs In Copyright Cases Limited By General Costs Statute

In Rimini Street v. Oracle USA, the U.S. Supreme Court held unanimously that the “full costs” the Copyright Act authorizes federal district courts to award a party in copyright litigation means the costs specified in the general federal statute authorizing district courts to award costs, 28 U.S.C. §§ 1821 and 1920. While the Court’s decision is only directed toward the Copyright Act, it may have greater ramifications for all “200 subject-specific federal statutes that explicitly authorize the award of […]

By | Aug 22, 2019 ||

A Looming AI War: Transparency v. IP Rights

As artificial intelligence systems become more prevalent in daily life, efforts to create a unifying set of AI principles have intensified. In the past few months, at least three major works have been published on the issue. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers authored the first edition of Ethically Aligned Design(EAD1e), a comprehensive three-year project that focuses largely on AI ethical issues. The International Technology Law Association released its in-depth review of ethical guideposts […]

By | Aug 20, 2019 ||

IP Awareness Does Not Necessarily Equal IP Understanding

Study after study reveals that the economic impact of IP is both tremendous and growing. A recent report on the effects of IP on the U.S. economy issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office showed that IP-intensive industries contributed nearly 40 percent of the nation’s entire gross domestic product in 2014. Surely the incredible value of this economic sector would lead many to seek a greater understanding of how to use IP to reap wealth.

However, […]

By | Aug 18, 2019 ||