Thursday, January 31, 2013

A Super Bowl Commercial Featuring . . . Trademark Law

Some of the commercials for the Super Bowl are being released early.  Here's one by Samsung, which features . . . avoiding trademark infringement!  Or perhaps Samsung just doesn't want to get sued again.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Another Set of Fine Customer Reviews on Amazon

The banana slicer.  "Saved my marriage . . . this is one of the greatest inventions of all time."  And many more.

Four More Post-Trial Orders in Apple v. Samsung

As reported by FOSS Patents and by Joe Mullin at Ars Technica, yesterday Judge Koh released four more post-trial orders in the long-running Apple v. Samsung case.  There are direct links to the orders at the bottom of the Ars Technica article; Apple has also posted the orders here and here.

Since the two articles summarize what happened in some detail, I won't repeat what they say here.  In summary, not much happened (as FOSS Patents put it, "only limited adjustments to the jury verdict").  Judge Koh did overturn the jury verdict that Samsung willfully infringed Apple's patents, meaning Apple won't get any increased damages.  The other orders don't much affect what has happened so far, meaning that there is still a $1 billion judgment against Samsung (for now) and no injunction.

Both articles mention that there is still one remaining motion to be decided:  Samsung's motion to reduce the $1 billion damage award, or for a new trial on damages.  As I read Rule 4(a)(4)(A) of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, this remaining motion means that the time for the parties to file their expected appeals hasn't started yet.

Be Grateful If Your Parents Never Did Any of These

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Animated Short Video Explaining the America Invents Act

The Klarquist Sparkman firm has released this animated video, which briefly explains the first-to-file provisions of the America Invents Act.  These provisions become effective March 16, 2013.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Morgan Freeman Narrates Everything

"Penguins didn't exist until Morgan Freeman made that movie.  He's that good."

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Start your Holiday 2013 Shopping Now!

Need a gift for your little toddler?  Here's the latest.

53 Terrible Jokes!

Here are 53 Terrible Jokes.  Such as, "Q: What are the strongest days of the week?  A: Saturday and Sunday, because all the rest are week(weak)days."  
Or: "Q: What concert costs 45 cents? A: 50 Cent, featuring Nickelback."