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Indicting Chinese Hackers: Why Bother?

In 2015, China’s President, Xi Jinping, entered into an agreement with U.S. President Barack Obama whereby China agreed to refrain from hacking the United States and American based corporations. The agreement sparked a new wave in what seemed to be an increase in Chinese cyber intrusions. However, despite the short-term effects of that deal, Chinese

Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Smartphones: Tech Giants In Court Over Copyright Battle

The showdown before the Supreme Court is unprecedented: Oracle Corp. has come head-to-head with Google. And what exactly are these two tech giants fighting about? Smartphone software. Oracle is suing Google for using pieces of the Java software language in the Android platform, alleging copyright infringement. Such a decision regarding the intersection of copyright law

A Grand (One Sided) Bargain

On January 14, 2019, a think tank composed of tech industry giants such as Google, Amazon, and Microsoft offered a “’Grand Bargain” to Congress and the American people alike. The Grand Bargain, authored by The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), states that “Congress should repeal and replace existing federal laws with a common set

Is 2019 The Year a Federal Carbon Tax Will Finally Pass?

In 2018, carbon dioxide emissions in the United States rose an estimated 3.4 percent compared to previous years. Despite coal plants retiring last year, greenhouse gas emissions from “factories, planes, and trucks soared.” As climate change impacts continue to be realized both internationally and domestically, U.S. legislators are seeking innovative solutions to mitigate and account

The Filler Effect: One Line’s Monopoly on Pain Alleviation

Despite a lagged government at the beginning of the new year, IP related claims from a variety of all industries and places are already piling up.  Summarized by IPWatchDog’s “Other Barks & Bites” column, among the notable are China’s Beijing intellectual property courts that have created new formal requirements, the European Parliament members canceled meeting

Artificial Intelligence Could Lead to a More Equitable Judiciary

Daniel Chen, a professor and researcher at the Toulouse School of Economics and a member of the University of Toulouse Faculty of Law in Toulouse, France, recently suggested in a working paper that artificial intelligence has the potential to show judges how their behavioral biases inform their judicial decision-making. He begins the paper by highlighting

Netflix’s Global Platform: Finding the Balance Between Censorship and Access

As American companies expand into the markets of other countries, they are tasked with learning how to adhere to those countries’ laws and customs while preserving the integrity of their services and goals. For instance, Google has come under fire for trying to release a version of their search engine in China that complied with

A National Approach to Data Privacy? Competing Proposals for a Federal Privacy Bill

On January 16, 2019, Senator Rubio introduced a bill, entitled the American Data Dissemination Act (ADDA), that proposes a national standard to regulate the way private companies handle consumer data. The bill uses the Privacy Act of 1974, which applies solely to data handling by governmental agencies, as a framework for a broader national standard.