The tide rose in copyright litigation cases during the first quarter of 2018 – continuing a late 2017 trend. As detailed in Bloomberg Law’s Litigation Analysis – Q1 2018 Intellectual Property, copyright litigation spiked in federal district courts in Manhattan and Los Angeles, but there was a notable increase in other districts, including 68 copyright cases filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and 54 in the District of Maryland. Both districts had averaged less than 20 such filings per quarter.
Download the report now to understand key details of the IP landscape during the first quarter of 2018 including:
- How filings by adult entertainment companies – who have ramped up their filings against infringement over peer-to-peer file sharing networks have led the charge in this increase.
- Where “Doe Cases” – in which copyright owners file infringement claims before they have identified a defendant and then file lawsuits to seek approval to subpoena internet service providers for identifying information associated with those addresses – contribute to these increases.
- Potential fallout from the ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in the dispute between Google and Oracle America Inc. In an almost decade long dispute, Oracle is claiming $9 billion in damages for Google’s use of portions of the Java programming language to create its Android mobile operating system. Both the copyright community and software developer are waiting to see if Google will ask for a rehearing or seek intervention by the U.S. Supreme Court.
- An at-a-glance chart that summarizes notable copyright decisions in Q1 2018. Including the Google and Oracle America Inc. case as well as holdings and headnotes of other notable cases.