Hospital Billing System Failure Leads to $2.175 Million Settlement Following Data Breach
    On November 27, 2019, Sentara Hospitals agreed to pay $2.175 million to settle an April 2017 complaint alleging violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act’s (HIPAA) Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules.
    $460,800 Jury Verdict Reinstated in Copyright Infringement and Unauthorized Use Case
    On November 20, 2019, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reinstated a U.S. District Court for the Central District of California jury verdict which awarded Greg Young Publishing, Inc. $460,800 in statutory damages in a dispute against Zazzle, Inc.
    Connecticut Superior Court Awards $839,423 in Trade Secret Misappropriation Case
    In November 2019, a jury in the New London Superior Court of Connecticut awarded research and development (R&D) company LBI, Inc. $839,423 in a trade secret misappropriation dispute against Charles River Analytics, Inc.
    EU Law Enforcement Agency Europol Shuts Down Over 30,500 Infringing Websites
    On December 2, 2019, the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol) announced that it had seized over 30,500 domain names that distributed counterfeit and pirated products and services over the internet.
    Russian Hacker Responsible for Deploying NeverQuest Malware Sentenced to Prison
    On November 21, 2019, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced that Russian hacker Stanislov Lisov was sentenced to four years in prison for conspiring to use malicious software to infect victims’ computers.
    PTAB Vacates Prior Ruling in Apple Patent Infringement Case
    On November 19, 2019, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) vacated a December 2018 PTAB decision which granted Covered Business Method (CBM) review in the patent infringement matter of Apple, Inc. v. Universal Secure Registry LLC.
    U.S. Court Bans Warrantless Searches of Smart Devices and Laptops of International Travelers
    On November 12, 2019, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts ruled that warrantless searches of smartphones and laptops belonging to international travelers at U.S. ports of entry violate the Fourth Amendment.
    Constitutionality of Administrative Patent Judges Calls PTAB Decisions into Question
    On November 9, 2019, CAFC ordered the parties in Polaris Innovations Lt. v. Kingston Technology Company, Inc. to provide supplemental briefings related to the constitutionality of APJs.
    EHR Software Breach of Contract and Trade Secret Dispute Ends in $19.5 Million Damages Award
    On November 4, 2019, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida awarded medical software company Kipu Systems, LLC $19.5 million in damages in a breach of license dispute against customer-turned-competitor ZenCharts, LLC.
    Texas Health and Human Services Commission Face $1.6 Million Fine After Data Breach
    On November 8, 2019, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) agreed to a $1.6 million fine for a data breach that affected the electronic protected health information (ePHI) of over 6,600 individuals.
    EMR Data Breach Ends in $3 Million Settlement
    On November 5, 2019, the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) reached a settlement under which the medical system agreed to pay $3 million to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for alleged privacy and security violations of HIPAA.
    NIST Publishes New Big Data Interoperability Framework
    On October 31, 2019, NIST released the Big Data Interoperability Framework containing specifications to help developers deploy software tools capable of analyzing large data sets.