Jason Bloom in IP Magazine: Ross Intelligence Rejects Reuters' Infringement Claims

05/13/2020

Haynes and Boone, LLP Partner Jason Bloom talked with Intellectual Property Magazine about a copyright infringement lawsuit involving legal research platform Ross Intelligence and claims that it stole proprietary data.

Here is an excerpt:

A 17-page suit filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware earlier this month claims Ross Intelligence hired third party, LegalEase Solutions, to download data from Thomson Reuter’s Westlaw site to use for its platform.

Ross has now made public both a copy of an email exchange between a company engineer and LegalEase, and the statement of work contract between it and LegalEase, as well.

Jason Bloom, partner at Haynes and Boone, commented, “The copyright claim should boil down to whether Ross copied Thomson Reuters’ copyrighted headnotes, as opposed to the public domain court opinions, to build its platform.

"Thomson Reuters does not own the opinions themselves, but certainly owns rights to its headnotes and other creative content. Regardless of the copyright claim, the tortious interference claim could be valid if Ross knowingly caused LegalEase to breach the terms of its limited access agreement with Thomson Reuters.”

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