About Bill Toth

Bill Toth is a 3L at Columbia Law School, Class of 2014. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia Science and Technology Law Review Volume XV (2013-2014). Bill will be clerking for Judge William H. Alsup of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

STLR Link Roundup – April 2, 2013

First Sale Doctrine: In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb In Mid-March, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., ruling that a consumer’s rights to resell a purchased copyrighted work under the “First Sale Doctrine” preempts an author’s right to control the importation of his works. This decision was met with cheer from those seeking weaker copyright protection and the freer movement of content, including librarians. It Continue Reading →

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 coding, so that they may more warmly and smoothly embrace its inevitable proliferation. “Predictive coding”, also referred to as “technology-assisted Continue Reading →

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 by prior art.  This patent is a key component of the portfolio of “multi-touch” patents at issue in the blockbuster Continue Reading →