“More Than a Drafting Effort”: SCOTUS Strikes Down Prometheus Labs Patents

On March 20, the Supreme Court handed down their unanimous decision in the case of Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Laboratories, Inc. The Court struck down Prometheus’s patents stating that, regardless of the language in the claims, they were effectively patents on a law of nature which is not allowed. The Court added that any process which recites a law of nature must have other features and limitations that “provide practical assurance that the process Continue Reading →

Privacy and the Cloud

With the increased use of cloud storage new questions have arisen related to the privacy and confidentiality of files stored remotely. Although file storage on remote servers is not a new creation, many of the legal doctrines surrounding privacy and confidentiality of files were created without use of the cloud in mind and have not adapted to the expanded use of the cloud. While cloud storage can be an economical and practical method for storing Continue Reading →

Spotlight On Technology And Public Interest Law

USING TECHNOLOGY TO VISUALIZE CHANGE As part of its project curriculum, Columbia Law School’s Lawyering in the Digital Age Clinic engages in an ongoing collaboration with NYC’s Project FAIR to innovate and implement greater access to legal help and resources for the low-income and underrepresented members of the New York City community. Project FAIR Project FAIR (Fair Hearing Assistance, Information & Referral) comprises a consortium of attorneys, paralegals, public benefits experts, legal advocates and law Continue Reading →

Smartphone Wars

Apple sues Samsung for patent infringement. In response, Samsung files international countersuits on patents of its own. Courts around the world grant preliminary injunctions to each company on a number of their claims, while United States and European Union government agencies investigate allegations of antitrust violations. What’s going on here? Let’s start with the shiny new weapon that Apple added to its arsenal in June of last year: a patent on the original iPhone, the Continue Reading →

America: Last in Line for First-to-File

Who has the right to a patent for an invention?  Should it be the first inventor to file or the first inventor to invent?  The first-to-file system grants the right to a patent to the first inventor to file a patent application, regardless of the date of invention.  On the other hand, the first-to-invent system awards the patent to the inventor who first conceived of the invention and reduced the invention to practice.  The first-to-file Continue Reading →