Federal Circuit Rules Cardiac Monitoring Device Claims are Patent-Eligible in Infringement Dispute
    On April 17, 2020, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) reversed the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts’ ruling in the matter of CardioNet, LLC v. InfoBionic, Inc.
    CAFC Reverses District Court Decision in Software Patent Dispute
    On April 14, 2020, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) reversed a decision of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in the matter of Ericsson Inc. v. TCL Commc’n Tech. Holdings Ltd.
    CAFC Issues Precedential Opinion in Dispute Regarding Patent Inventorship and Trade Secret Misappropriation
    On April 8, 2020, a judge in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) vacated the summary judgment entered on behalf of Acer by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, and remanded the case to state court.
    Washington Enacts Facial Recognition Law
    On March 31, 2020, Washington enacted a new law governing the use of facial recognition technology by state and local government agencies.
    Studying Algorithmic Bias Using Fake Online Accounts Does Not Violate the CFAA
    On March 27, 2020, a judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia decided in the matter of Christian W. Sandvig, et al., v. William P. Barr that researchers who violated a website’s terms of service by creating fake accounts to study “algorithmic bias in artificial intelligence software” are not criminally liable for violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).
    FTC Releases the 2019 “Privacy and Data Security Update”
    On February 25, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released its annual “Privacy and Data Security Update” for 2019
    UK Supermarket Chain Wins Supreme Court Appeal in Data Breach Case
    On April 1, 2020, United Kingdom supermarket chain Morrisons won its appeal in the UK Supreme Court regarding whether the company is “vicariously liable” for the actions of an employee who intentionally leaked payroll data for approximately 100,000 staff members.
    Washington, D.C. Expands Data Breach Notification Law
    On March 26, 2020, Washington, D.C. enacted a revised data breach notification law that includes an updated definition of personal identifiable information (PII) and additional notification requirements for businesses affected by a data breach.
    PTAB Designates Two Opinions as Precedential Regarding the Discretion to Deny IPRs
    On March 24, 2020, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) designated two opinions as precedential regarding the Board’s discretion to deny inter partes review (IPR) petitions.
    Supreme Court Rules that States Cannot be Sued for Copyright Infringement
    On March 23, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court held that states cannot be sued for copyright infringement, finding that Congress lacks authority to reverse a state’s sovereign immunity under the Copyright Remedy Clarification Act (CRCA) of 1990.
    Federal Circuit Denies En Banc Rehearing of Decision in Case Involving Constitutionality of Administrative Patent Judge Appointments
    On March 23, 2020, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit declined to review its October 2019 en banc panel decision which found the appointment of administrative patent judges (APJs) at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) unconstitutional.
    FBI Releases Warning in Light of Coronavirus-Related Internet Fraud Schemes
    On March 20, 2020, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued a warning to U.S. citizens regarding an increase in internet schemes related to the Coronavirus pandemic.