STLR Link Round-Up – Nov. 13, 2014

President Obama on Net Neutrality On November 10th, 2014, the White House uploaded a video and website in support of Net Neutrality. President Obama urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to apply Title II of the 1996 Telecommunications Act to Internet service providers (ISP). While the president acknowledged the FCC’s independent decision-making power, many commentators see the move as very influential. Until this point, the FCC had been working on a hybrid plan designed to Continue Reading →

Snowden Revelations Inspire Greater Transparency in Technology Companies

Edward Snowden’s leaked documents first surfaced in The Guardian and The Washington Post in June 2013, exposing National Security Agency (NSA) efforts to gather the telephone records and digital data of millions of Americans. Through its PRISM program, the NSA was able to directly collect information from the internet servers of companies like Microsoft and Yahoo. The NSA was also able to engage in bulk collection of user data through targeted data collection protected by Continue Reading →

Use of Athletes as Science Experiments: Are We Next?

John Calipari, University of Kentucky basketball coach, is a renowned and often controversial figure. He is also one of the first coaches to implement the use of heart-rate monitors during team practices to push his players beyond their comfort zones into complete physical exhaustion. Not only do the heart-rate monitors measure players’ exertion rates, but they also keep track of caloric burn. While the original purpose of these devices was to measure player exhaustion and Continue Reading →

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 →