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STLR Link Roundup – November 16, 2012

Petraeus scandal highlights privacy concerns The omnipresent imbroglio involving former CIA Director General David Petraeus (Ret.), uncovered by anonymous emails leading the FBI to mistress Paula Broadwell, has highlighted some limits of privacy on the internet. Although Broadwell attempted to hide the true identity of the anonymous email account she used to harass Jill Kelley [...]

In Voting Machine Case, the Federal Circuit Expanded on Standards for Categorizing Online Publications as Prior Art References

With one day to go before the election, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled on November 5, 2012 that a patent obtained on an automated voting machine with a self-verification procedure is not infringed by other automated voting machine manufacturers. The patent, US Reissue Patent RE40,449 (the “‘449 patent”), is [...]

STLR Link Roundup – November 13, 2012

AT&T Loosens Facetime Restrictions AT&T has announced that it will begin easing restrictions on the use of the iPhone Facetime video-calling application, enabling users on its LTE network to access the feature within the next 8 to 10 weeks. AT&T had previously stated that it would restrict Facetime use to customers on its Mobile Share [...]

STLR Link Roundup – November 7, 2012

Election 2012 The biggest news of the week is certainly the election.  And in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey announced that it will allow residents to vote by e-mail.  While some feel this is simply a sign of things to come, the decision has been met with harsh criticism from several parties.  NJ [...]

Supreme Court’s IP Focus Reflects More Than A New Economy

Ronald Mann, Columbia Law professor and contributor to SCOTUSBlog, recently addressed the rising proportion of intellectual property cases on the Supreme Court’s docket. After evaluating the statistics, Mann proposes two possibilities for the long-term trend he identifies toward a more central role for intellectual property disputes on the Court’s docket. The first possibility refers to [...]

STLR Link Roundup – November 2, 2012

Compliance seems to be the hardest word Last month, Apple suffered a defeat in its global IP-war with Samsung over its Galaxy Tab tablet computer:  the UK Court of Appeal upheld the High Court’s ruling that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab did not infringe Apple’s European Community registered design.  The Court of Appeal also affirmed the High [...]

Pitting Robots Against Spammers in Rulemaking Comment Wars

As the notice-and-comment process that has been a feature of agency rulemaking for the past 60 years moves online, citizens have started to exercise their right to spam. Some scholars, notably Stuart Shulman, write that electronic comment tools flood agencies with low-quality comments that agencies ultimately ignore. Shulman, The Case Against Mass E-mails: Perverse Incentives [...]

STLR Link Roundup – October 26, 2012

Samsung and Apple Exchange Patent Victories Between US ITC and The Hague In the ongoing worldwide IP battle royale, Apple has struck another blow against Samsung. The US International Trade Commission yesterday issued a preliminary ruling in favor of Apple, holding that Samsung phones infringed on four of six claimed patents relating to audio, multi-touch [...]

Patent Rights for Self-Replicating Technology

On October 5, 2012, the Supreme Court granted cert. to hear Monsanto Co. v. Bowman. Monsanto is an agriculture company and one of its primary focuses is to develop genetically modified crops that are resistant to glyphosate herbicides such as Roundup® brand herbicide. Herbicide resistant crops allow farmers to spray herbicide over the entire planting [...]

STLR Link Roundup – October 24, 2012

Bounce-Back on “Rubber-Banding” Patent In response to an ex parte re-examination proceeding, the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued a tentative decision invalidating all 20 claims of Apple’s patent for “rubber-banding” in its UI, which was a personal favorite of Steve Jobs. The USPTO found that this patent was invalid because it was anticipated [...]