Taking a Bite Out of Apple – Patent Law Update

In a Federal Circuit decision handed down Friday, the appeals court overturned a $120 million jury verdict awarded to Apple. Apple Inc v. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd et al, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, No. 15-1171

Samsung prevailed in this, the third appeal in this litigation. Two of Apple’s patents were found to be invalid, while three others did not infringe, according to the opinion. The Court held that Apple’s patents directed to autocorrect and slide-to-unlock features were obvious in view of prior publications, and invalidated them. Two other patented features, a data structure analyzer server (i.e., the feature that recognizes telephone numbers and email addresses and creates links), and universal search, were not present in the Samsung device and thus did not infringe the claims asserted by Apple. To make matters worse (for Apple), Apple was found to infringe one of Samsung’s patents, although for the relatively paltry sum of $158,000.

Click here for a link to the Federal Circuit decision.

Click here to read the Reuters article.

If you have any questions about patent law, please feel free to contact William P. Smith, one of our intellectual property attorneys.


By William P. Smith


Pittsburgh International Airport Flights – Where Do You Want to Go?

Starting August 7, 2016, Southwest Airlines will begin offering a direct flight from Pittsburgh International Airport to Los Angeles International Airport. Currently, American Airlines offers a 6 a.m. flight, but it is only available four times a week during the winter.

In addition to the L.A. destination, Southwest will start offering flights to St. Louis on March 10 and seasonal service to Palm Beach, Florida.

In the last 13 months, the airport added 21 new routes including OneJet offering service to Hartford, Connecticut and four other cities. In addition, Frontier Airlines will offer flights to Denver, Atlanta, Chicago, Las Vegas and Orlando, Florida starting in June.

So will you be flying the friendly skies soon to any of these new destinations? Click here to participate in our survey.

Click here to read the entire Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article.


2015 – A Very Good Year for Venture Capital Investment in Pittsburgh

According to a MoneyTree report by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and the National Venture Capital Association, Pittsburgh is one of the top metros for venture capital (“VC”) investments.

Out of 133 metros, Pittsburgh ranked 10th for the number of companies that received VC investments last year. More than 80 companies reported investments and the Steel City ranked 18th in terms of dollars invested at $199 million.

Not surprisingly, New York City was a top metro. But, one city had almost double the amount of investment. Read this Pittsburgh Business Times article to get the details.