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    Apple’s Copyright Infringement Claims Dismissed in Case Against Corellium
    On December 29, 2020, Judge Rodney Smith of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida dismissed Apple’s claims of copyright infringement in the matter of Apple, Inc. v. Corellium, LLC.
    Federal Circuit Rules Object-Oriented Simulation Patent Invalid under Alice Framework
    On December 29, 2020, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a U.S. District Court for the District of Utah opinion in the patent infringement matter of Simio, LLC v. FlexSim Software Products, Inc.
    Congress Enacts Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act
    On December 27, 2020, the U.S. Congress passed the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021.
    Travel Company Sabre Agrees to $2.4 Million Settlement with 26 State Attorneys General Over 2017 Data Breach
    On December 23, 2020, 26 state attorneys general reached a $2.4 million settlement agreement with travel technology company Sabre Corporation over a 2017 data breach.
    Ninth Circuit Rules That Trade Secret Misappropriation Claims Predating Defend Trade Secrets Act Are Valid
    On December 16, 2020, a judge in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed a U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California decision in the matter of Attia et al v. Google LLC et. al.
    Irish Data Protection Commission Fines Twitter $547,000 for GDPR Data Breach Violations
    On December 15, 2020, the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) announced a conclusion to an investigation surrounding a January 2019 Twitter data breach, in which the DPC alleged the social media giant violated Article 33 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) by failing to report the data breach to the DPC within 72 hours and failing to properly document the breach.
    Patent Infringement and Trade Secret Misappropriation Lawsuits Between Endobotics and Medrobotics End with $200 Million Settlement
    On December 8, 2020, Endobotics, LLC announced that judges in both the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware and the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts ordered Medrobotics to pay a total of nearly $200 million in damages regarding lawsuits alleging infringement of surgical tools.
    U.S. Federal Government Enacts IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2020
    On December 4, 2020, the U.S. Congress signed into law H.R.1668, or the Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2020.
    Sixth Circuit Rules in Copyright Infringement Dispute Related to Molding Machine Technical Drawings and Source Code
    On November 23, 2020, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit affirmed in part, and reversed in part, a U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan’s ruling in the matter of RJ Control Consultants, Inc. et al. v. Multiject, LLC, et al.
    Home Depot Settles Multi-State Data Breach Litigation for $17.5 Million
    On November 24, 2020, Home Depot, Inc. and 47 state Attorney Generals reached a $17.5 million settlement regarding a 2014 data breach.
    Hanna Andersson Agrees to Pay $400,000 in First Class-Wide Data Breach Settlement Citing CCPA Statutory Damages
    On November 19, 2020, children’s clothing retailer Hanna Andersson agreed to pay $400,000 to settle a class-action data breach lawsuit that was among the first to cite the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) in its judgment.
    District Court Judge Invalidates Interactive Wearables Smartwatch Patents Under 35 U.S.C. § 101
    On November 19, 2020, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York Judge Gary Brown granted defendant’s Polar Electro Oy and Polar Electro Inc.'s motion to dismiss “for lack of patent-eligible subject matter,” in the patent infringement matter of Interactive Wearables LLC v. Polar Electro Oy, et. al.