Intellectual Property News Roundup

Intellectual Property News Roundup.

U.S. Court says Yahoo Data breach can be sued by Users

In what could be a major landmark / bell weather judgment the U.S. Court announced that Data Privacy breach by Yahoo can be sued by the users.

Yahoo, now owned by Verizon will inherit the law suit. The US District Judge Lucy Koh tossed out Yahoo’s argument that the people affected by the cyber attacks don’t have the standing to sue. The judge ruled that they can change their complaints and pursue some kind of breach of contract or unfair competition claims. In the 93 page ruling, the judge wrote that she came to that decision because all plaintiffs “have alleged a risk of future identity theft.”

In 2013, hackers stole data linked to over a billion accounts at Yahoo and it took Yahoo three years to admit that information of users was at risk. Mean while a second breach hit the company in 2014 and it affected as many as 500 million accounts, while the third major breach happened sometime in 2015 and 2016. As you can see – data privacy, data breach, cyber hacking are all big ticket issues.


Dallas Court orders Nintendo to pay $10 million in Wii patent lawsuit
A Dallas jury awarded iLife Technologies $10 million in its patent infringement lawsuit against Nintendo of America. The suit, which was brought forth in the year 2013, alleged that Nintendo used iLife’s technology when creating its motion-sensing Wii Remote.

The technology created and patented by iLife was designed to detect – the fall of elderly individuals and monitoring babies for sudden infant death syndrome. iLife sought $144 million in damages, in the suit filed, along with an injunction against Nintendo’s use of the technology in question.

Nintendo on its side contested that it didn’t infringe on the patent and that the patent was improperly written, causing it to be invalid. Nintendo plans to appeal the ruling, according to reports from Rolling Stone.

China makes rapid Strides in Hyperloop Technology
In the latest installment of wildly ambitious ideas to long-distance transportation, China’s state-run space contractor says it is researching a “high-speed flying train” capable of supersonic speeds of nearly 2,500 miles (4,000 km) per hour.

The concept from China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation envisions a passenger pod that uses magnetic levitation and travels through a near-vacuum tube. China has more than 200 patent technologies in this domain. According to the agency, the project aims to hit top speeds of 621 miles per hour.

Germany, last week achieved hyperloop capacity for 200 plus miles range. Tesla’s Hyperloop pod just hit 220 mph (355 km/h).

Hyperloop is important part of the research programs that are under way to evolve the next generation intelligent transportation.

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