Undergoing Major Renovation (some links will be temporarily broken)

Hello, As you can see, we have changed the appearance of our site. This change is a component of a major migration to a new server, an up-to-date version of wordpress, among other internal improvements. All of the content from the old version of the site has been migrated. However, for the next few days, a few links (including the perma-links) will be broken as we comb through the site to adjust to the new file organization Continue Reading →

Hydraulic Fracturing: What’s the Controversy?

In the latest report by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, climate researchers warn that drastic reductions to current greenhouse gas emissions are needed to avert devastating and irreversible climate impacts. One of the short-term strategies the IPCC considers in its report is the increased use of shale gas—an energy source often classified as “clean” because it emits less carbon than coal. But IPCC’s endorsement is cautious and conditional, partly because shale gas is Continue Reading →

U.S. International Trade Commission Affirms 10-Year Exclusion Order Against Chinese Chemicals for Misappropriating Trade Secrets

“This is classic misappropriation of trade secrets, with copying down to the thousandth decimal place.”1 Following up on our recent Article, the International Trade Commission recently upheld former Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Robert K. Rogers, Jr.’s ten-year product ban against Chinese parties for misappropriating U.S. trade secrets. The full Commission Opinion offers a lodestar to trade-secret litigants suffering from a lack of clear legal guidance in the wake of the 2011 TianRui Grp. Co. v. Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – March 24, 2014

Obama Administration Takes Technological Action Against Climate Change A week after the Senate Democrats hosted an overnight session highlighting climate change, the Obama administration launched the Climate Data Initiative, a broad effort to harness the power of data and data-driven tools to help communities across America prepare for the effects of climate change. Key components of the initiative include the launch of climate.data.gov—a website which contains data and resources pertaining to sea-level rise and coastal Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – August 25, 2013

McDonald’s versus the MACDIMSUM On July 2, 2007, a Canadian man applied for the trademark MACDIMSUM for Malaysian, Asian and Chinese food and drink products.  McDonald’s opposed the trademark, arguing that there is a strong likelihood of confusion between MACDIMSUM and McDonald’s family of trademarks starting with the prefixes MC and MAC.  Last year, the Canadian Trademarks Opposition Board (“TMOB”) ruled in favor of McDonald’s, finding that MACDIMSUM is not a strong mark and that Continue Reading →

The Future of Google’s self-driving car in Texas

The future of the automobile is here, and states will have to adapt soon. Google showcased a prototype of its self-driving car emblazoned with a “Don’t Mess With Texas” bumper sticker as it hit the streets Austin, Texas on Tuesday, February 19, 2013. Google employees brought the car to Texas from the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, California. On Tuesday, Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell, Police Chief Art Acevedo, and TxDOT officials took turns being driven Continue Reading →

Will the Newly Proposed Amendment to Rule 37(e) Provide a True “Safe Harbor”?

A lawyer’s greatest fear is sanction by a court.  This fear is justifiable because sanctioned lawyers become “toxic” to employers and clients even if the sanctions are later vacated, as in the Qualcomm case.  Sanctions related to electronic discovery (“e-discovery”) have become a hotly-debated topic in the last few years because the number of sanctions has increased dramatically.  In November 2012, the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules proposed an amendment to Rule 37(e) of the Continue Reading →

Curbing Content Theft

We are spoiled. Those of us who have grown up with the internet are accustomed to instant gratification of information. How many feet are in a 3 meters? Google it. How old is Justice Thomas? Ask Siri. What’s the name of the song that’s playing right now? There’s an app for that. But this expectation of instant gratification breaks down when it comes to copyrighted content, specifically television and movies. And the unwillingness of the Continue Reading →

Is Ad-Blocking the New Frontier for Copyright Law?

Although the world’s largest Internet companies derive the majority of their income from online advertising, some of the most powerful browser add-ons are ad blockers. One of the most prominent ad blocking plug-ins is Adblock Plus from Firefox. Adblock Plus allows you to cut out unwanted pop-up ads and in-page graphics. This often results in a better Internet experience since it prevents download of the larger graphics and animations of advertisements. Wladimir Palant, the developer Continue Reading →