61.8% of U.S. Patents Issued in 2019 Were ‘Software- Related’—up 21.6% from 2018

As an update to my posts from 2017 and 2019, it has now been more than six years since the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2014 Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank decision. Still, the IP bar awaits a clear and reliable test to determine when exactly a software (or computer-implemented) claim is patentable versus being simply an abstract idea “free to all men and reserved exclusively to none.”

The USPTO’s Section 101 guidelines interpreting Alice—and the accompanying 46 examples—have not cleared the confusion, and Alice continues to distract the USPTO, courts, and practitioners from focusing properly on Sections 102 (novelty) and 103 (obviousness). The […] Read more

Equifax Inc (EFX) Q4 2019 Earnings Call Transcript

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Equifax Inc (NYSE:EFX)Q4 2019 Earnings CallFeb 13, 2020, 8:30 a.m. ET


Prepared Remarks
Questions and Answers
Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:


Good day, and welcome to the Equifax Fourth Quarter 2019 Earnings Conference Call. [Operator Instructions]

At this time, I’d like to turn the call over to John Gamble. Please go ahead.

John W. Gamble — Corporate Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Thanks, and good morning. Welcome to today’s conference call. I’m John Gamble, Chief Financial Officer. With me today is Mark Begor, Chief Executive Officer. Today’s call is being recorded. An archive of the recording will be available later today in the Investor Relations section […] Read more

Equifax Announces Earnings Release Date and Conference Call for Fourth Quarter 2019 Results

ATLANTA, Feb. 5, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Equifax Inc. (NYSE: EFX) will release its financial results for fourth quarter ending December 31, 2019 in a news release to be issued on February 12, 2020 after market close.

Equifax will host a conference call at 8:30 am ET on February 13, 2020 in which senior management will discuss financial and business results for the quarter.  Please dial the appropriate number 5-10 minutes prior to the start of the call to complete registration.  Name and affiliation/company are required to join the call.

Conference call numbers:  US Canada: (888) 204-4368; International: +1 (786) 789-4797.

A replay of […] Read more

2019 recap – The year in scams and fraud, and fighting back!

By Mike Festa, State Director, AARP Massachusetts

Mike Festa


From data breaches to DNA testing scams to robocall legislation, 2019 was an eventful year for fraudsters. Here are stories and scams that made news. 


Illegal robocalls and legislative relief

Billions of illegal and unwanted robocalls continue to vex U.S. consumers, and too often result in significant financial loss to victims. According to an AARP survey in early 2019, 90 percent of U.S. adults said they want the government to do more to address this scourge. President Trump has recently signed the TRACED (Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence) Act, which had bipartisan support, […] Read more

2019 Study on Merchant Chargebacks: On the Rise Due to Friendly Fraud – ResearchAndMarkets.com

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The “Merchant Chargebacks Are on the Rise Due to Friendly Fraud” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

Merchants find themselves wrestling with the chargeback process, which is triggered when consumers dispute a purchase transaction, mostly on e-commerce sales. Increasingly, friendly fraud has also become a direct cause of merchant chargebacks.

This report delves into chargeback reasons and implications as well as vendors of chargeback services that have emerged to provide solutions for merchants. The report assesses the challenges and preventive solutions for this increasing problem that affects merchants of all sizes across vertical markets.

Merchants are incurring a major pain point […] Read more

Trademark Litigation Review—What Happened in 2019 and What to Watch This Year

From Brunetti to Lucky Brand Dungarees, here are the trademark cases that will impact IP practice this year.

Two things are true about the world of trademarks—it is rarely boring, and something is always on the horizon.

The following are some of the significant trademark decisions of 2019, as well as two critical cases to watch as 2020 begins:

1. The Supreme Court’s ruling in Iancu v. Brunetti rejected the Lanham Act’s ban on offensive marks on the grounds that such a ban violates the First Amendment Right of Free Speech. The case involved clothing brand FUCT, which stands for “Friends You Can’t […] Read more

Data Broker Market Business Analysis 2019

Los Angeles, United State, January 2020: A new business intelligence report released by QYResearch with the title Global Folding Hangers Market Research Report is made covering in-depth analysis by manufacturers and key business segments. Global Folding Hangers Market research report for easy to understand detailed breakdown of market growth factors, advance technologies, industry drivers, challenges, regulatory policies, with qualitative research of key company profiles and strategies of players: Daixers, Honbay, Qishi, IPOW, Trubetter, YOLOKE, Generic, Fanghome, Zcasmos, Hsagdh, JIANKUN, Star, Jinjiang Jiaxing Home Co.,Ltd., Guilin Iango Home Collection Co.,Ltd.. Conceptual analysis of the Folding Hangers Market product types, application wise […] Read more

Why Equifax Stock Climbed 50.5% in 2019

What happened

Shares of Equifax (NYSE:EFX) gained 50.5% in 2019, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence . The credit-reporting company’s stock rose thanks to a series of earnings beats and with the shadow of the big 2017 data breach receding further into the rear view. 

^SPX data by YCharts

The company’s shares wound up roughly flat in 2017 after recovering from the data-breach sell-off and then fell roughly 21% in 2018 after a weak quarterly report and sell-offs for the broader market hit at the end of the year. With market momentum at its back and four consecutive quarterly reports that topped earnings […] Read more