The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left in place a 2008 New York state law aimed at collecting millions in sales taxes from online purchases by state residents, rejecting a legal challenge by online retail giant Amazon.com Inc.
The White House on Tuesday plans to announce a set of executive actions President Barack Obama will take that are aimed at reining in certain patent-holding firms, known as “patent trolls” to their detractors, amid concerns that the firms are abusing the patent system and disrupting competition.
A federal jury in Delaware found Thursday that Apple Inc. infringed three patents belonging to a company partly owned by Nokia Corp. and Sony Corp. of America, in a case that shows how quickly the dynamics of patent licensing and litigation are changing.
A federal appeals court on Friday will reconsider whether isolated human genes can be patented, in a case that could reshape how biotechnology companies develop sophisticated screening tests and treatments for cancer and other diseases.
In a mixed ruling, a federal appeals court on Monday revived Apple Inc.’s bid to block U.S. sales of Samsung Electronics Co.’s Galaxy Tab tablet computer, but rejected other Apple legal claims that sought to bar sales of Samsung smartphones.
The Federal Trade Commission announced Thursday it has enlisted a seasoned litigator to help lead its antitrust investigation into whether Google Inc. has abused its dominance in Web-search advertising, a move that could provide a big boost to the agency’s legal team if it ultimately decides to bring a case against the search giant.