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U.S. International Trade Commission Affirms 10-Year Exclusion Order Against Chinese Chemicals for Misappropriating Trade Secrets

“This is classic misappropriation of trade secrets, with copying down to the thousandth decimal place.”1 Following up on our recent Article, the International Trade Commission recently upheld former Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Robert K. Rogers, Jr.’s ten-year product ban against Chinese parties for misappropriating U.S. trade secrets. The full Commission Opinion offers a lodestar to [...]

STLR Link Roundup – March 24, 2014

Obama Administration Takes Technological Action Against Climate Change A week after the Senate Democrats hosted an overnight session highlighting climate change, the Obama administration launched the Climate Data Initiative, a broad effort to harness the power of data and data-driven tools to help communities across America prepare for the effects of climate change. Key components [...]

STLR Link Roundup – August 25, 2013

McDonald’s versus the MACDIMSUM On July 2, 2007, a Canadian man applied for the trademark MACDIMSUM for Malaysian, Asian and Chinese food and drink products.  McDonald’s opposed the trademark, arguing that there is a strong likelihood of confusion between MACDIMSUM and McDonald’s family of trademarks starting with the prefixes MC and MAC.  Last year, the [...]

The Future of Google’s self-driving car in Texas

The future of the automobile is here, and states will have to adapt soon. Google showcased a prototype of its self-driving car emblazoned with a “Don’t Mess With Texas” bumper sticker as it hit the streets Austin, Texas on Tuesday, February 19, 2013. Google employees brought the car to Texas from the company’s headquarters in [...]

Will the Newly Proposed Amendment to Rule 37(e) Provide a True “Safe Harbor”?

A lawyer’s greatest fear is sanction by a court.  This fear is justifiable because sanctioned lawyers become “toxic” to employers and clients even if the sanctions are later vacated, as in the Qualcomm case.  Sanctions related to electronic discovery (“e-discovery”) have become a hotly-debated topic in the last few years because the number of sanctions [...]

Curbing Content Theft

We are spoiled. Those of us who have grown up with the internet are accustomed to instant gratification of information. How many feet are in a 3 meters? Google it. How old is Justice Thomas? Ask Siri. What’s the name of the song that’s playing right now? There’s an app for that. But this expectation [...]

Is Ad-Blocking the New Frontier for Copyright Law?

Although the world’s largest Internet companies derive the majority of their income from online advertising, some of the most powerful browser add-ons are ad blockers. One of the most prominent ad blocking plug-ins is Adblock Plus from Firefox. Adblock Plus allows you to cut out unwanted pop-up ads and in-page graphics. This often results in [...]

STLR Link Roundup – December 4, 2012

Tighter Digital Protections on the Horizon The fall-out from the Paula Broadwell investigation has resulted in more than the resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus. It’s resulted in increased scrutiny over government access to electronic data without the use of a warrant. Just this week, Senate committee has unanimously approved of a measure amending the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) [...]

Reducing Patent Backlog by International Cooperation

Patent backlog in recent years has become a serious problem for the USPTO. In 2011, the patent backlog amounts 640,491. According to the patent Director David Kappos, the goal is to have the patent load down to about 330,000 by 2015, with an average process taking about 20 months. Patent backlog poses serious obstacles for [...]

Predictive Coding is Coming. Let It.

“Predictive coding”, named the 2011 buzzword in legal technology on Above the Law, had an even bigger year in 2012. Though the benefits of the technology have been made clear (and are multifold), many litigants and attorneys remain skeptical. I argue that attorneys (and judges) ought to seek to better and more quickly understand predictive [...]