Right to Repair Electronics
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Right to Repair Electronics
This article examines two recent cases of patent and trademark infringement involving the sale of defective or improperly labeled product. The article concludes that such cases present an interesting legal issue that, if properly decided, could provide strong evidence that the U. government intended the RTRIP Act to help encourage the rapid development and widespread adoption of new technologies. Right to Repair is a trademark and patent-infringement case that highlights two of the most important legal questions in an RTRIP Act case, namely whether the RTRIP Act has a preemptive effect on certain trademark and patent law issues, and whether the government has an actual need to seek a preemption defense in a RTRIP Act case. The article concludes that whether the government has an actual need to preempt certain trademark and patent law issues in an RTRIP Act case is a legal issue on which the government must ultimately prevail.
After a lawsuit involving a defective product was brought against a manufacturer in which the government was a defendant, the manufacturer was subsequently found liable for patent and trademark infringement. The manufacturer was ordered to pay the plaintiff $8. 2 billion in compensatory damages and $1. 2 billion in punitive damages, and the court imposed a permanent injunction against the sale of the defective product.
The case arose under Section 201 of the RTRIP Act (the Act), 15 U. § 621 et seq. , which was passed in 1999 as a part of the Clinton Administration’s Trade Sanctions Law Enforcement Act. The Act has subsequently been superseded by the Trade Agreements Act of 1999.
Whoever knowingly uses, manufactures, or sells any goods or [services that] would or could be directly competitive with a patented invention. (A) in a manner that would infringe any right granted under this Act, or (B) in a manner that would be likely to cause injury to the person or persons likely to be injured.
If the defendant’s use of the goods is likely to result in infringement of the patent or trademark, the defendant must remove the goods and pay damages.  Additionally, 15 U. § 628(b) provides that the court may direct that the defendant is not liable for any damages until sixty days after the time the goods are removed.
In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, TRA defended consumer right to repairs.
Article Title: In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, TRA defended consumer right to repairs | Software. Full Article Text: Consumer Warranty Act of 1968: Does it Apply to Commercial Software? | Software, 8 Feb.
“Consumer” means the buyer of goods or services in the course of a trade or business or consumer goods or services furnished to the consumer under a contract, express, implied or otherwise for a definite amount of money.
(2) “Consumer” is not confined to those who purchase goods and services for the personal benefit of themselves or others.
“Consumer goods” means any item the physical performance, or any component thereof, by a company or its employees is intended to be used for personal consumption by the consumer or any part of the product or any component thereof.
“Competitive advantage”, “market” or “market place” means a market or a particular geographic area, if such a market or geographic area is shown to exist outside the State of Massachusetts.
“Commercial software” means software which is marketed, sold, leased, or otherwise used to a consumer for the purpose of providing a product or service, including any computer software, or which is furnished or furnished to a consumer for the purpose of performing an act, or for the purpose of assisting another to perform an act, in exchange for money.
“Commercial software manufacturer”, “processor manufacturer” or “software publisher” means each of the aforesaid manufacturers or publishers of such commercial software.
(c) computer software and data storage media necessary for performing the activities of a business.
United Kingdom, right to repair law.
Article Title: United Kingdom, right to repair law | Software.
The UK is going its own way and taking its own country, the United States, with it. It is doing this, I believe, in the face of the fact that the UK is the world’s leading technology exporter, with an annual turnover of £70 billion. The UK also has the lowest software piracy rate of any advanced economy in the world, below that of the US only. This does not mean that the UK has done a great deal to promote international compliance. Yet the UK is in the lead as far as the EU is concerned, although it should in time.
One of the reasons for this in the first place: the British software piracy problem is of great concern to the EU. The EU already has two main bodies to cope with piracy within the EU: the ICT & ITAT [Information Technology, Telecommunications and Internet] Agency and the Electronic Commerce Body (now renamed the European Commerce and Money Directorate). These bodies are meant to harmonise the way in which software can be protected and how it is sold. These are indeed two “good” things for the EU. But they do not address the other fundamental problem which has been growing for years: the EU and the UK are in a bad way for one another, namely that of cross-border sales of software.
This problem has been so acute in the UK that the ICT & ITAT Agency, in collaboration with the UK, was created specifically to tackle this problem by giving the UK full access to all the EU’s existing copyright and piracy controls.
Yet there are still serious problems and it is a shame that this problem is not addressed more fully. The British software piracy problem has got worse every year. It is as bad as it is because so much money is being spent on legal protection of intellectual property in the UK. The EU does not have the resources to combat this problem effectively. It has, to be fair, got a good start in this with the ICT & ITAT Agency. But it is a pity that the EU has not tackled the main problem.
This is the fundamental conflict between the EU and the UK for the future of the global software industry: the EU is in favour of international copyright, international sales and international compliance.
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