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Real Trouble for Virtual Reality

In May 2014, Zenimax Media, a company that predominately creates and publishes video games, filed a lawsuit against the Facebook owned Oculus VR, a virtual reality hardware and software company. ZeniMax claimed that, among other things, its former employee John Carmack had taken intellectual property that Carmack had worked on during his time at ZeniMax

Where’s the Money? IP Law’s Lucrative Niche for Future Attorneys

With jobs becoming fewer and farther between many future lawyers are finding themselves asking the same couple of questions. Where are the jobs? What practice areas are expanding and need attorneys? And where is the money? In a podcast styled interview with Asked and Answered, Stephanie Francis Ward advanced these questions and more to legal

And the hits keep coming: Uber sued by Google for stealing self-driving car tech

On February 23, 2017, Waymo (a subsidiary of Google’s parent company, Alphabet) filed a lawsuit against Uber, claiming that Uber stole technology integral to the development of self-driving cars.  This only adds to what has been a disastrous 2017 for Uber in the news.  Earlier this year, negative publicity from Uber’s response to a taxi

Treatment of Women in the Tech Industry Cannot Be Ignored

Technology companies, especially start-ups, have long been a beacon for the quirky yet talented to produce great products that make early investors and creators rich. Somewhere around 90% of startups will ultimately fail and with the speed in which tech startups can begin and either succeed or end, there is often little time spent focusing

Microsoft is Fighting to Protect Your Secrets

It seems the United States Government cannot stop secretly spying on its citizens, but Microsoft, and other service providers, may be paving the way to at least remove some of the secrecy. U.S. District Court Judge James Robart—recently in the headlines for putting President Trumps travel ban on hold, issued a 47 page opinion which

Helping Astronauts Go to the Bathroom in Space

Imagine that moment of trying to unlock your front door when you desperately need to use the bathroom. You finally jiggle the key into the lock, burst into the room, drop everything you’re holding, and sprint to the bathroom. Relief. Now imagine that feeling again. Except you’re an astronaut. Floating in space. For six days.

Courts Continue to Split on the Fourth Amendment in Cyberspace

Just two weeks ago, a United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania handed down a decision compelling Google to produce electronic data, even though the data had been stored on servers in foreign countries. Magistrate Judge Thomas J. Reuter determined that requiring Google to retrieve information stored on foreign servers does not

The Facebook Divorce

At least one judge in New York has ruled that a person seeking a divorce may serve the spouse with divorce papers via Facebook.  Facebook breakups have long been the source of gossip and relationship lore.  But divorce papers? Is that taking it too far? Maybe not, maybe Facebook divorce just makes sense. One advantage

Switch-ing Stories: Lucky Leak or Café Culprit?

The Nintendo Switch was set to release on March 3rd, 2017, when—two weeks early—an “unboxing” video surfaced, attributed to Neogaf user Hiphoptherobot. However, according to a Nintendo spokesperson, Switch units were stolen by employees of a U.S. distributor, with one system (this system) being illegally resold. Hiphop may be guilty of possessing stolen goods if

White House Staff Using Secretive Encrypted Apps to Leak Information about the Current Trump Administration

President Donald Trump stated in an animated press conference on February 16, 2017 that his “administration is running like a fine-tuned machine.” The number of leaks plaguing the current administration, and the information being leaked, paint a different story. A transcript of his telephone conversation with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull revealed that Trump was