Google Continues Aggressive Move into Robotics

Following an aggressive strategy to acquire numerous robotics companies, Google is continuing its push into the robotics field by seeking valuable patent rights. While traditionally known for its Internet search algorithm, Google has sought to create product lines of hardware, with varying degrees of success. The Android has captured a substantial portion of the smartphone market. Google’s driverless car, while apparently high-functioning in tests, may still be illegal in the vast majority of states (though Continue Reading →

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Background Insider trading, though the iconic vision of Wall Street fraud and the subject of many dramatic trials and movies, is not expressly proscribed by any law or regulation in the United States. “Section 10(b) of the 1934 Act, 15 U.S.C. § 78j(b), prohibits the use ‘in connection with the purchase or sale of any security . . . [of] any manipulative or deceptive device or contrivance in contravention of such rules and regulations as Continue Reading →

ACLU’s Latest Challenge to Government Mass Surveillance: Wikimedia et al. v. NSA

The Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit organization that runs Wikipedia, filed suit against the NSA to stop Upstream surveillance because mass surveillance violates the privacy necessary for the free exchange of knowledge in the Wikimedia community. Plaintiffs also include the Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and other advocacy organizations whose activities are affected by NSA mass surveillance due to violations of privacy rights. Upstream surveillance is the NSA’s surveillance of the Internet traffic through the Internet Continue Reading →

King v. Burwell – Is the ACA in Danger?

Introduction No doubt, in the upcoming 2016 election, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will be one of the main issues. Due to some recent cases, most notably King v. Burwell, parts of the ACA may be struck down. This will result in huge implications to the public as well as parties vying for the presidential seat next fall. King v. Burwell – Background and Implications King v. Burwell is a challenge to a key component of Continue Reading →

STLR Link Round Up – April 7

Google Receives Patent for Robot Personalities The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently awarded Google a patent for “methods and systems for robot personality development.” The patent describes a cloud-based system whereby a user could choose and download different personalities to a robot. The robot will further “develop” its personality based on information from the owner’s electronic devices – such as phones or tablets – as well as from speech and facial patterns. Some, however, Continue Reading →

Interpreting the BPCIA – Is the “Patent Dance” Mandatory?

Background Biologics are a type of therapeutics derived from, or made by, the biological processes of a living organism, such as human cells, animals, microorganisms, or yeast.1 Examples of biologics include some vaccines, blood or blood components, hormones, and antibodies. Unlike standard chemical drugs, which are relatively small molecules, biologics are often large and complex molecules that are not easily produced through synthetic manufacturing pathways. Due to their production mechanism, it is difficult to create Continue Reading →

STLR Link Round Up – March 27, 2015

Google’s First Privacy Loss A UK Court of Appeal ruled that safari users will retain their right to sue Google over alleged misuse of privacy settings. Safari users argued that Google, bypassing individual Safari security settings, installed tracking cookies on their computer. Plaintiffs alleged that this allowed Google to gather individual data about the user to target them with advertising, which Safari, unlike other browsers, aims to prevent. The initial right to action was established Continue Reading →

Social Media and the Discovery Process

We are using an increasing number of mediums to communicate today, and with this advent in technology, lawyers must likewise learn the new rules associated with discovery and social media – or adapt and stretch the old rules. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and others are all new platforms for sharing and obtaining information, some of which may be used in litigation. Given the relative novelty of these channels, the discovery process for them is still Continue Reading →

Claim Construction Under Teva: How Much Deference?

The claims of a patent define the scope of the exclusive right granted to the patentee. Claims should be written such that a person of ordinary skill in the art can understand the boundaries of the invention. The language, which can sometimes be ambiguous, typically consists of a mix of ordinary languages as well as technical and legal jargon. Thus, an important step for courts, in resolving patent infringement disputes, is the interpretation of the Continue Reading →

STLR Link Round-Up – March 13, 2015

Tracking License Plates The increasing use of Automatic License Plate Reader (ALPR) technology is causing concern. Police in Oakland, California recently released the data they have collected using the technology, and the sheer amount of information is astounding. Analysis by the Electronic Frontier Foundation revealed that as few as two patrol cars equipped with ALPRs could be responsible for collecting as many 63,272 data points. According to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), ALPR technology uses high speed Continue Reading →