Intellectual Property Roundup

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Menendez Wants FCC to Clarify Set-Top Box Plan’s Copyright Protections (Morning Consult Tech)
Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) asked FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to address concerns that third-party companies will not be able to abide by contracts which govern content, advertising, and channel placing when they enter the cable marketplace.  The proposal to open set-top box markets for third-party manufacturers was passed in February and has since been the cause of many copyright and privacy concerns.

Google’s Closing Argument: Android was built from scratch, the fair way (Ars Technica)
GoogleGoogle built Android from scratch, using new technology and open sources.  Meanwhile Oracle has argued that Google's use of Java infringes copyrights Oracle acquired when it bought Sun Microsystems.

Huawei sues Samsung over Patents (BBC News)
Chinese firm Hwawei is suing the South Korean firm, Samsung, for patent infringement in California and in Shenzhen.  The specific patents were not disclosed, though Huawei says  many of its cellular communications and software inventions had been used in Samsung's phones.

Billions at Stake in University Patent Fights (Bloomberg)
The technique for rewriting parts DNA parts has been the subject of a major patent dispute between UC Berkeley and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.  These patents are possibly worth hundreds of millions of dollars and could revolutionize the treatment of certain diseases.

Revealed: How copyright law is being misused to remove material from the internet (The Guardian)
This article by The Guardian explores how writing bad reviews online can put one at risk for a defamation laim.  However, many do not realize that they may also be facing a copyright infringement suit.

Christopher Christopher Mohr is General Counsel and VP, Intellectual Property Policy & Enforcement at SIIA.