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DISCOVERY

People v. Superior Court of San Diego County
Cite: No. Case D073943 (Oct. 17, 2018)
Court: California Appeals, 4th
Holding relative to AI: denied motion to produce algorithm source code despite “black box” and “machine testimony” arguments

PATENT LAW

Alice Corp. Pty Ltd. v. CLS Bank International
Cite: 134 S. Ct. 2347, 2354–55 (2014)
Court: U.S. Supreme Court
Holding relative to AI: algorithms without more are abstract and unpatentable

Purepredictive, Inc. v. H2O.AI, Inc.
Cite: No. 17-cv-03049-WHO (Aug. 29, 2017)
Court: U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
Holding relative to AI: machine learning ensembling algorithm not patentable

Blackberry, Inc. v. Facebook, Inc.
Cite: No. 18-cv-1844-KSx (Oct. 1, 2019)
Court: U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
Holding relative to AI: photo tagging invention patentable; does not merely replicate human performance

USAA, Inc. v. Wells Fargo
Cite: No. 18-cv-00245-JRG (Oct. 28, 2019)
Court: U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
Holding relative to AI:  image capturing by mobile camera invention patentable; does not merely replicate human mental process

PRIVACY/DATA COLLECTION

Patel v. Facebook
Cite: No. 18-15982 (Aug. 8, 2019)
Court: U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
Holding relative to AI: extraterritorial reach of Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act

In Re Facebook Biometric Information Privacy Litigation
Cite: No. 3:15-cv-03747-JD (May 14, 2018)
Court: U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
Holding relative to AI: standing, other procedural issues under Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act

TRADE SECRETS

WeRide Corp. v. Huang, et al.
Cite: No. 5:18-cv-07233-EJD (April 1, 2019)
Court: U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
Holding relative to AI: deep learning source code for autonomous driving is a protectable trade secret under fed and state law, a preliminary injunction is a suitable remedy where misappropriation is found