blogging beyond

We have a lot of opinions and ideas—and we are not shy about sharing them. Here, you will find fresh content from the Sequel team and guest bloggers about the latest legal, Internet, technology and market developments and trends. Have an idea for a future topic to be addressed and discussed in our blog? Please contact us at info@sequeltechlaw.com with your idea.

Posted by Sequel on June 27, 2014
Topic: blogs, Patents
Tags: Enforcement, Method patents, Process patents, Supreme Court

Supreme Court Makes it Tougher to Defend Method Patents

In a unanimous decision earlier this month the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that in order for an infringement suit defending a method patent to succeed, every step in the method must be infringed by the same party or parties under its direct control. The case, Limelight Networks, Inc. v. Akamai Technologies, Inc., involved a situation […]

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Posted by Sequel on June 19, 2014
Topic: blogs, Patents
Tags: Abstract ideas, Alice

This just in. The United States Supreme Court today upheld a lower court ruling that an abstract idea does not become patent-eligible merely by describing how a computer might be used to implement it. The ruling came in the case of Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International et al., case number 13-298, in […]

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Posted by Sequel on June 18, 2014
Topic: blogs, Privacy
Tags: Auto-Renewal, Subscriptions

If You’re Using Automatically Renewing Subscriptions, You Need to Follow These Cases

Companies that use automatically renewing subscription plans are coming under increasing scrutiny as a growing number of class action lawsuits is filed by consumers who claim they did not explicitly authorize the renewals. These cases are, for the moment at least, popping up primarily in California and Oregon which have particularly stringent laws governing such […]

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Posted by Sequel on June 18, 2014
Topic: blogs, Privacy
Tags: Auto-dialing

Right to Auto-Dial a Cell Does Not Survive Transfer of the Number

If your business uses auto-dialing of cell phones as a way of communicating with customers, you may find yourself facing an unexpected new burden after a ruling by the Eleventh Circuit Court. That court, in the case of  Breslow v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., determined that when the plaintiff transferred ownership of the phone and […]

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Posted by Sequel on June 18, 2014
Topic: blogs, Trade Secrets
Tags: Non-Compete Agreements

MA Gov. Wants State to Become Only the Fifth to Ban Non-Compete Agreements

Massachusetts Democratic Gov. Duval Patrick has submitted legislation that would make his only the fifth state in the nation to place an outright ban on employee non-compete agreements. The legislation is part of a larger package aimed to address the state’s competitiveness with other states with large-scale technology-based enterprises where non-competes are sometimes seen as […]

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