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STLR Link Roundup – September 28, 2012

Crowdsourcing Patent Analysis – A Team Effort The USPTO, Google, and Stack Exchange have teamed up to crowdsource patent analysis and expand the scope of access in areas like software patents. For the first time in the history of American patent law, the USPTO is inviting third parties to submit relevant materials to patent examiners. [...]

STLR Link Roundup – August 24, 2012

A Key Battle in the Apple v. Samsung Patent War Draws to a Close: Over the course of the summer, what has arguably been the patent “trial of the century” has unfolded in Judge Lucy Koh’s courtoom. This week, the trial entered its final stage, when Judge Koh made special preparations to read the epic [...]

STLR Link Roundup – June 4, 2012

Facebook Goes Public, Becomes More Democratic: Facebook made lots of news in May when it finally became a publicly-traded company. Now, in addition to eventual shareholder votes, the company is opening itself up to even more voting. This past week Facebook put certain privacy changes to a user vote. It remains to be seen whether [...]

STLR Link Roundup – March 19, 2012

DOJ approves acquisition of Nortel patent portfolio by the Rockstar Bidco Consortium.  Rockstar purchased the patent portfolio last year and the coalition which includes Microsoft, Apple, EMC, RIM, Ericsson and Sony is now free to pursue licensing agreements with companies it believes are using the technology covered by the Nortel patents. Apple claims that Samsung [...]

STLR Link Roundup – March 11, 2009

YAHOO! IS ON THE HUNT DURING RESTRUCTURING: Yahoo! Inc. has threatened to sue popular social networking company Facebook for allegedly infringing on Yahoo’s patent rights. Yahoo has not publicly announced which patents it believes are infringed but are asking for Facebook to either pay licensing fees or risk a lawsuit. This news comes on the [...]

Link Roundup – March 3, 2012

Google’s Privacy Policy Goes Into Effect: Google’s much talked-about new privacy policy went into effect this week, not surprisingly with a measure of controversy. Days before the policy went into effect worldwide, the EU tasked the French government’s privacy agency to ascertain whether Google’s privacy policy violated new EU privacy law. Should the French agency [...]

STLR Link Roundup – February 17, 2012

As the Library of Congress commences its triennial consideration of rulemaking updates to DMCA anti-circumvention provisions, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has filed harsh responses to third-party requests for the express exemption of DVD ripping. The rule allowing for consumer jailbreaking of iPhones, adopted originally in 2010, is also up for reconsideration in [...]

STLR Link Roundup – February 10, 2012

The Federal Circuit refused to privilege a Google email detailing alternatives to using Java in Android and Chrome.  The email, sent from an engineer to Google’s VP of Android and senior counsel, concluded that no better alternative existed, but suggested it stress the viability of Objective C in licensing discussions with Oracle.  The court held [...]

How Digital Resources are Helping NY Communities, One Car at a Time

How Digital Resources are Helping NY Communities, One Car at a Time

Over the past three years, students in Columbia Law School’s Lawyering in the Digital Age Clinic have teamed up with the judges at New York City’s Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings and the Legal Aid Society to create a website to help people who had their cars confiscated during an arrest get their cars [...]

STLR Link Roundup – November 30, 2011

Online shopping sites celebrated their second annual Cyber Monday, with more than 75% of online retailers offering some sort of discount for making purchases on the Monday after Thanksgiving. This year’s Cyber Monday comes after shoppers set a record for online spending – racking up $816 million — on Black Friday. The next status conference [...]