New Jersey Supreme Court Rules that Warrants are Required to Electronically Track Cell Phone Data

The New Jersey Supreme Court recently held that law enforcement officials must obtain a warrant before electronically tracking a suspect’s cell phone. In State v. Earls, the court stressed that users are entitled to a reasonable expectation of privacy in the level of detail cell phone data can reveal about their lives. This holding applies both to tracking using data from cell towers and tracking using GPS technology from the cell phones themselves. The court Continue Reading →

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 assigned to Voter Verified, Inc. and claims automated systems and methods for voting in an election. It provides for a Continue Reading →