The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's guidance on when inventions developed using artificial intelligence can be patented generated criticism from the American Bar Association's Section of Intellectual Property Law, expressing concern that it could be detrimental as it "casts doubt on inventorship through general acts of human direction."
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USPTO's AI-Assisted Inventions Guidance Irks ABA IP Section

By Hannah Albarazi

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's guidance on when inventions developed using artificial intelligence can be patented generated criticism from the American Bar Association's Section of Intellectual Property Law, expressing concern that it could be detrimental as it "casts doubt on inventorship through general acts of human direction."

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TikTok Says Alternatives To 'Dangerous' Ban Were Ignored

By Hailey Konnath

TikTok said Thursday that federal lawmakers likely didn't even consider its "exhaustive, multi-year efforts" to address national security concerns before deciding to ban the social media platform, slamming the law as "unprecedented" and warning that it sets "a dangerous precedent."

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Tesla Let Racism Go Unchecked In Calif. Factories, Suit Says

By Grace Elletson

Harassment ran rampant in two Tesla factories where racist graffiti was commonplace and Black and Hispanic workers were taunted with racial slurs, according to a suit filed in California state court.

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GM's Cruise To Pay Calif. $112K Fine Over Robotaxi Crash

By Linda Chiem

Cruise LLC agreed to pay a $112,500 penalty for mishandling its response to an October accident involving a pedestrian and one of its autonomous vehicles, and promised to disclose additional data on any collisions to California regulators under a settlement agreement approved Thursday.

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Web-Tracking Guidance Exceeded HHS' Authority, Judge Says

By Dan McKay

A Texas federal judge ordered the Biden administration Thursday to rescind its new guidance restricting hospitals' use of online tracking technology, declaring that federal officials had overstepped their authority by redefining what they consider protected health information.

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FCC Slams Bid In 6th Circ. To Put Net Neutrality On Hold

By Nadia Dreid

The Federal Communications Commission told the Sixth Circuit on Tuesday it should pay no heed to a collection of net neutrality challengers arguing that "dire consequences" will ensue if the appellate court doesn't stop the agency from reinstating open internet regulations while the two sides argue the matter out in court.

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POLICY & REGULATION

Patent Owners, Challengers Spar Over PTAB Rule Proposal

By Ryan Davis

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's scaled-back package of Patent Trial and Appeal Board rules has drawn a mixed reaction from legal and industry groups, which offered praise and concern about both the proposal and the topics it does not address.

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Caltrans Tells FCC It's Against FirstNet Control Of 4.9 GHz

By Nadia Dreid

California's Department of Transportation is adding its name to the list of public service entities lining up to tell the Federal Communications Commission that making AT&T's FirstNet the national manager of the 4.9 gigahertz safety band is a bad idea.

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LITIGATION

11th Circ. Backs Stryker's Defeat Of Fired Worker's Leave Suit

By Grace Elletson

The Eleventh Circuit refused Thursday to revive a suit claiming medical technology company Stryker illegally fired a worker on leave awaiting the birth of his child, ruling that because the leave didn't formally kick in until the child was born, his termination was fair game.

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Rockwell Wins Treble Damages After $4M Gray Market Verdict

By Adam Lidgett

A Delaware federal judge agreed Tuesday to award treble damages to Rockwell Automation, which is behind the Allen-Bradley brand of factory equipment, bringing its total recovery to nearly $9 million after a jury found it was owed more than $4 million in August.

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ZoomInfo Hit With Race Bias Claim By Fired Account Exec

By Julie Manganis

A Black former senior account executive at ZoomInfo Technologies Inc. says he was repeatedly denied promotions and transfers despite outperforming white colleagues, then was fired in retaliation for filing a discrimination complaint.

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EchoStar Says Customers Can Skip Junk Fees With Right Info

By Jared Foretek

Dish Network parent company EchoStar is defending early termination fees to the Federal Communications Commission, telling the agency that Dish's 2009 settlement agreement over deceptive charges can serve as a model for FCC billing guidelines.

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Finance Co. Asks Fed. Circ. To Read Its 1.4K Pages Of Evidence

By Andrew Karpan

A patent outfit connected to a man behind one of the world's first money market funds says that a Texas court's decision to throw out a patent case against online stockbroker TD Ameritrade went against the weight of some "1,400 pages of credible evidence," and is something that the full Federal Circuit should look into.

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DEALS

Deals Rumor Mill: Carlyle-KKR, Didi IPO, Open AI

By Tom Zanki

The deals rumor mill is often overflowing with transactions that are reportedly close to being signed, so it can be hard to know which ones to stay on top of.

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BANKRUPTCY

Spinal Implant Maker Can Liquidate Under Ch. 11 Plan

By Clara Geoghegan

A Delaware bankruptcy judge agreed Thursday to approve the Chapter 11 liquidation and wind-down plan of biotechnology developer InVivo, which reported it landed a buyer for its spinal cord implant technology following an unsuccessful bankruptcy auction.

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ENFORCEMENT

Calif. AG, City Atty Target SpongeBob App Over Kids' Privacy

By Allison Grande

California's attorney general and the Los Angeles city attorney have teamed up to secure a deal that requires the operator of a SpongeBob SquarePants-themed app to pay $500,000 and overhaul its data-handling practices to resolve claims that the company gathered and shared children's personal information without consent. 

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FCC Allows Top-4 Exception So Gray Can Sell Station

By Christopher Cole

The Federal Communications Commission has granted an exception to its rule prohibiting ownership of stations carrying more than one top-four network in a local market, allowing Gray Television to sell a Cheyenne, Wyoming, station as part of a larger deal.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

5 Critical Factors Driving Settlement Values In Cyber Litigation

Recent ransomware incidents and their legal repercussions offer five valuable insights into the determinants of settlement values in cyberattack-related litigation, and understanding these trends and their implications can better prepare organizations for the potential legal fallout from future breaches, says Peter Kamminga at JAMS.

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Opinion

Flawed Fintiv Rule Should Be Deemed Overreach In Tech Suit

A pending federal lawsuit over the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's unilateral changes to key elements of the America Invents Act, Apple v. Vidal, could shift the balance of power between Congress and federal agencies, as it could justify future instances of unelected officials unilaterally changing laws, say Patrick Leahy and Bob Goodlatte.

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Assessing The Energy Act 2023, Eight Months On

Although much of the detail required to fully implement the Energy Act 2023 remains to be finalized, the scale of change in the energy sector is unprecedented, and with the U.K. prioritizing achieving net-zero, it is likely that developments will continue at pace, say lawyers at Paul Hastings.

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What Employers Need To Know About Colorado's New AI Law

The Colorado AI Act, enacted in May and intended to regulate the use of high-risk artificial intelligence systems to prevent algorithmic discrimination, is broad in scope and will apply to businesses using AI for certain employment purposes, imposing numerous compliance obligations and potential liability, say Laura Malugade and Owen Davis at Husch Blackwell.

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Unpacking The Latest Tranche Of Sanctions Targeting Russia

Hundreds of new U.S. sanctions and export-control measures targeting trade with Russia, issued last week in connection with the G7 summit, illustrate the fluidity of trade-focused restrictions and the need to constantly refresh compliance analyses, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray.

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How Associates Can Build A Professional Image

As hybrid work arrangements become the norm in the legal industry, early-career attorneys must be proactive in building and maintaining a professional presence in both physical and digital settings, ensuring that their image aligns with their long-term career goals, say Lana Manganiello at Equinox Strategy Partners and Estelle Winsett at Estelle Winsett Professional Image Consulting.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

Bonus Spotlight

McKool Smith Handing Out Midyear Bonuses Of Up To $30K

By Xiumei Dong

McKool Smith PC will be awarding midyear bonuses of up to $30,000 to its principals, associates and senior counsel, according to an internal email sent Thursday by Chairman David Sochia.

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Ex-CFO Ends Bias Suit Against Anderson Kill In New York

By Rose Krebs

A disability discrimination lawsuit filed in New York federal court against insurance recovery law firm Anderson Kill PC by its former chief financial officer has been voluntarily dismissed per a stipulated order submitted by the litigation parties.

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Justices Keep Domestic Abusers Disarmed, Clarify Bruen

By Marco Poggio and Katie Buehler

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a Texas man's constitutional challenge to a federal law prohibiting people subject to domestic violence restraining orders from possessing firearms Friday, providing limited guidance to lower courts on how to apply the high court's Second Amendment historical analogue test.

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Justices Strengthen Jury Trial Rights For Stiffer Sentences

By Jeff Overley

The constitutional rights to due process and trial by jury extend to a pivotal prong of a prominent sentencing enhancement for recidivism, the U.S. Supreme Court held in a Friday decision that casts doubt on many incarcerations and promises to reshape future trials.

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Trump Says AG Can't Appoint Prosecutor In Mar-A-Lago Case

By Carolina Bolado

Attorney General Merrick Garland did not have the statutory authority to promote an independent special counsel to prosecute former President Donald Trump over his allegedly illegal retention of classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago estate, Trump's attorneys told a Florida federal judge Friday.

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Manhattan DA Seeks To Retain Trump Gag Order, Amid Threats

By Stewart Bishop

The Manhattan District Attorney's Office urged a New York state judge Friday to leave in place most restrictions of the gag order preventing Donald Trump from speaking publicly about witnesses, jurors and others tied to his criminal trial, citing a barrage of threats from his supporters in recent months — including "actionable" death threats before and after the verdict.

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Attys Accused Of Judge Shopping Must Share Public Remarks

By Emily Sawicki

Attorneys accused of judge shopping two 2022 suits challenging an Alabama law criminalizing some gender-affirming care for transgender youths have been given 48 hours to turn over any public statements, releases or other information they or their organizations have shared about the disciplinary proceedings, just days ahead of a Monday hearing.

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Delaware's Corporate Law Debate Left 'Blood On The Floor'

By Jeff Montgomery

Delaware lawmakers have settled, for now, a rare, bitter, national fight over director rights to cede some powers to big stockholders, but the "Moelis" debate has also boosted friction between board and stockholder camps, with one retired law professor saying underlying litigation had left "blood on the floor."

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Ex-Trump Aide Must Face Hunter Biden's Data Hack Suit

By Gina Kim

A California federal judge has refused to toss Hunter Biden's lawsuit accusing a former Trump White House aide of obtaining and publishing emails and photos purportedly taken from his laptop, finding Biden sufficiently alleged the aide illegally accessed a "protected computer" defined under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. 

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Girardi Wants To Block Evidence Of Ex-Clients' Injuries At Trial

By Ryan Boysen

At the upcoming fraud trial of disgraced attorney Tom Girardi, his defense attorneys want to exclude any mention of the horrific injuries suffered by the clients he allegedly stole from, while prosecutors want to introduce evidence that he allegedly spent $25 million to fund the lavish lifestyle of his former celebrity girlfriend.

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'Clearly Relevant' Fraud Claims Stay In Lin Wood Slander Trial

By Chart Riggall

Ahead of a trial where controversial attorney Lin Wood will face claims that he defamed his former law partners, a Georgia federal judge on Friday refused to keep out as evidence two state court lawsuits in which Wood is accused of stiffing them on legal fees and sheltering cash behind a real estate venture.

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Ohio Atty Reinstated After Flinging Feces-Filled Pringles Can

By Rachel Rippetoe

An Ohio criminal defense attorney suspended for filling a Pringles can with his own feces and throwing it in the parking lot of a victim advocacy center was reinstated this week, according to a court filing.

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AAA, Worker End Sex Bias Suit After Missed Eclipse Day Depo

By Patrick Hoff

AAA and a former insurance agent told a Florida federal court Friday that they've settled the ex-employee's gender discrimination lawsuit amid a fight over how much his attorney owes the organization for missing a deposition because he was traveling to see April's solar eclipse.

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Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

By Kevin Penton

Attorney Jonathan Mitchell and the New Civil Liberties Alliance lead this week's edition of Law360's Legal Lions, after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives does not have the authority to ban firearm accessories known as bump stocks.

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GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

By Sue Reisinger

Workers have filed a new suit accusing Tesla of failing to stop racist behavior and sexual harassment in two California factories, despite previous lawsuits. And the former head of AIG's Legal Operations Center has lost his appeal on his claim that he was fired in retaliation for pointing out alleged fraud. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

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UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

By Max Austin

This past week in London has seen JD Wetherspoon sue a Welsh pub over its name in the Intellectual Property Court, ex-professional boxer Amir Khan and his wife file libel action against an influencer, the Performing Right Society hit with a competition claim over music licensing, and Manolete Partners bring action against the directors of a bust investment firm. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

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In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms And Stories On Law360

For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week.

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Series

Glassblowing Makes Me A Better Lawyer

I never expected that glassblowing would strongly influence my work as an attorney, but it has taught me the importance of building a solid foundation for your work, learning from others and committing to a lifetime of practice, says Margaret House at Kalijarvi Chuzi.

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COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

ACA Connects - America's Communications Association

Accenture PLC

Alliance Defending Freedom

Alliance for Automotive Innovation

Amazon.com Inc.

American Bankers Association

American Bar Association

American Civil Liberties Union

American Hospital Association

American Intellectual Property Law Association

American International Group Inc.

Anthropic PBC

Apple Inc.

Ascension Health Inc.

Association for Accessible Medicines

BBB National Programs Inc.

BNP Paribas SA

BNSF Railway Co.

Barclays PLC

Bloomberg

British Broadcasting Corp.

Business Insider Inc.

ByteDance Ltd.

CTIA

CVC Capital Partners

Caesars Entertainment Inc.

Cargill Inc.

Computer & Communications Industry Association

Council for Innovation Promotion

DISH Network Corp.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Inc.

Debenhams PLC

Delaware State Bar Association

Deutsche Bank AG

Discover Financial Services Inc.

DoorDash Inc.

EQT AB

EchoStar Corp.

Eli Lilly & Co.

Energizer Holdings Inc.

Evergreen Marine Corp.

Exxon Mobil Corp.

Ford Motor Co.

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders

Georgia State University

Globus Medical Inc.

Google LLC

Gray Television Inc.

InVivo Therapeutics Holdings Corp.

Instagram Inc.

Intellectual Property Owners Association

International Business Machines Corp.

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

KKR & Co. Inc.

Kiteworks

Lambda Legal Defense & Educational Fund

Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.

LinkedIn Corp.

Live Nation Entertainment Inc.

ManpowerGroup Inc.

Mercedes-Benz USA LLC

Merck & Co. Inc.

Meta Platforms Inc.

Microsoft Corp.

Mid Europa Partners LLP

Moelis & Co.

Moscow Exchange

NBCUniversal Media LLC

NVIDIA Corp.

National Center for Lesbian Rights

National Consumer Law Center Inc.

National Grid PLC

National Retail Federation Inc.

National Rifle Association of America

New Civil Liberties Alliance

New York City Bar Association

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

PG&E Corp.

Paramount Global

Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America

QUALCOMM Inc.

Qatar Investment Authority

Rockwell Automation Inc.

Sales Inc.

Sephora SA

SolarWinds Corp.

Solicitors Regulation Authority Ltd.

Southern Poverty Law Center Inc.

Stryker Corp.

T-Mobile US Inc.

TD Ameritrade Holding Corp.

Tesla Inc.

Texas Cable Association

The Boeing Co.

The Brattle Group Inc.

The Carlyle Group Inc.

The Charles Schwab Corp.

The District of Columbia Bar

The Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

The Wireless Internet Service Providers Association

TikTok Inc.

TransUnion LLC

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Uber Technologies Inc.

United Network for Organ Sharing

UnitedHealth Group Inc.

Volkswagen AG

YouTube Inc.

ZoomInfo Technologies Inc.

LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Aaron & Partners LLP

Alston & Bird

Amster Rothstein

Anderson Kill

Arias Sanguinetti

Badham & Buck

Bainbridge Mims

Baker McKenzie

Beal Sutherland

Bernstein Litowitz

Brach Eichler

Brand Woodward

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang

Campbell & Williams

Campbell Johnston

Clyde & Co

Continental PLLC

Cooley LLP

Cooper & Kirk

Copeland Franco

Covington & Burling

Cravath Swaine

DAC Beachcroft

DLA Piper

Davis Polk

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Dominick Feld

Downey & Cleveland

Early Sullivan Wright Gizer & McRae

Earth & Water Law

Emmet Marvin

Farella Braun

Fieldfisher

Fisher & Phillips

Florin Gray

Fox Williams

Frankfurt Kurnit

Freeths LLP

Gibson Dunn

Girardi & Keese

Gowling WLG

Greenberg Traurig

Heyman Enerio

Hill Dickinson

Hogan Lovells

Hueston Hennigan

Hunton Andrews

Husch Blackwell

Jackson Lewis PC

Jenner & Block

John Exum Law

Jones Day

Kalijarvi Chuzi

Kemp Jones

King & Spalding

Kirkland & Ellis

Lalezary Law Firm

Landis Rath

Latham & Watkins

Lerman Senter

Lewis Silkin

Lightfoot Franklin

Littler Mendelson

Macfarlanes LLP

Martin LLP

Mayer Brown

McKool Smith

McLaughlin & Stern

Morgan Lewis

NechelesLaw

Norton Rose

O'Melveny & Myers

Parker McCay

Paul Hastings

Perkins Coie

Pinsent Masons

Poole Huffman

Preiskel & Co.

Quinn Emanuel

Ropes & Gray

Sasso & Sasso

Schaerr Jaffe

Shaw Keller

Sheppard Mullin

Shook Hardy

Spratt Endicott

Stein Sperling

Stris & Maher

Sullivan & Cromwell

Tousley Brain

Wade Grunberg

Ward Hadaway

Wiley Rein

Williams & Connolly

Winston & Strawn

Young & Ma

Young Conaway

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Alabama Attorney General's Office

Bureau of Industry and Security

California Attorney General's Office

California Civil Rights Department

California Public Utilities Commission

California State Transportation Agency

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Companies House

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Federal Communications Commission

Federal Trade Commission

Financial Conduct Authority

Manhattan District Attorney's Office

Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination

National Archives and Records Administration

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

National Institute of Standards and Technology

New Jersey Supreme Court

New York City Police Department

Office of Foreign Assets Control

Ohio Supreme Court

Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Department of Labor

U.S. Department of the Treasury

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. House of Representatives

U.S. Navy

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Senate

U.S. Supreme Court

United Nations