Report on Electronic Health Record (EHR) Safety Performance Trends From 2009 to 2018
    On May 29, 2020, a group of medical researchers released a report entitled “National Trends in the Safety Performance of Electronic Health Record Systems From 2009 to 2018,” which contains insights gained from an analysis of 2,300 hospitals and their computerized physician order entry (CPOE) electronic health records (EHRs).
    Update: Former Google Waymo Engineer Fined Nearly $800,000 and Sentenced to 18 Months for Autonomous Car Technology Trade Secret Misappropriation
    On August 4, 2020, former Google Waymo engineer Anthony Levandowski was sentenced to 18 months in prison, fined $95,000, and agreed to pay approximately $756,500 to Waymo in restitution, in the matter of Waymo LLC v. Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Grays Harbor Hospital Agrees to $185,000 Settlement for 2019 Data Breach
    On July 2, 2020, Grays Harbor Community Hospital and Harbor Medical Group reached a $185,000 proposed settlement with the nearly 88,000 patients impacted by a June 2019 data breach.
    Update: Supreme Court Rules in USPTO vs. Booking.com Trademark Dispute
    On June 30, 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States decided in the matter of United States Patent and Trademark Office, et al. v. Booking.com B.V. that using a broad term such as “Booking” in combination with “.com” is not by the Court’s definition “generic” and therefore may be protected under the Lanham Act.
    UnityPoint Health Data Breach Lawsuit Affecting 1.4 Million Individuals Results in $2.8 Million Settlement
    On June 26, 2020, UnityPoint Health agreed to a $2.8 million settlement in a data breach lawsuit filed after two 2017 and 2018 phishing attacks compromised the protected health information (PHI) and confidential data of approximately 1.4 million patients and employees.
    Remote Source Code Review Approved in Apple Patent Dispute
    On June 25, 2020, a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas signed a COVID-19 protective order addendum in a patent dispute between electronics company Maxell Ltd. and Apple Inc.
    Federal Circuit Finds Dropbox Patent Claims Abstract and Patent-Ineligible
    On June 19, 2020, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California decision in the matter of Dropbox, Inc., Orcinus Holdings, LLC, v. Synchronoss Technologies, Inc.
    Corner Bakery Café Granted $3.2 Million Preliminary Approval in BIPA Data Privacy Dispute
    On June 12, 2020, a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois granted preliminary approval to Corner Bakery Café for a $3.2 million settlement in the data privacy matter of Jones v. CBC Restaurant Corp.
    Judge Rules on Video Game “3D Virtual Thematic Environment” Software Patent
    On May 21, 2020, a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ruled in the matter of Barbaro Technologies, LLC v Niantic, Inc. a patent Barbaro attempted to enforce against Pokémon Go developer Niantic was invalid under Section 101 of the Patent Act.
    Open Source Security Trends in the Synopsys 2020 OSSRA Report
    In May 2020, Synopsys released the fifth edition of its 2020 Open Source Security and Risk Analysis (OSSRA) report, which contains open source security and license risk insights and recommendations derived from an analysis of more than 1,250 commercial codebases.
    U.S. and U.K. Sign International Law Enforcement Data Access Agreement
    On February 28, 2020, the United States and the United Kingdom signed the Access to Electronic Data for the Purpose of Countering Serious Crime agreement, which allows U.K. law enforcement to “obtain an overseas production order (OPO) against a person who operates in or is based in the U.S., demanding the production of, or access to, electronic data, wherever it is stored.”
    MyMail Patents for Updating Toolbar Database Without User Intervention Ruled Invalid
    On remand from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California again found email management mobile application company MyMail’s patent invalid on June 18, 2020.