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The Quest for Thoughtful Internet Ranting

We are all familiar with an otherwise innocuous news posting that quickly devolves into needless posturing, vulgar language, and personal attacks on the original poster or OP. These rants can be found all over the internet, whether on social media or in the comments sections of the news sites themselves. The sections are populated and

The Realities of Failure to Appear Charges

How many times have you arrived at law school only to realize that you’ve forgotten your case book at home? Or made it all the way back from the grocery store after navigating through mid-afternoon traffic and found that the milk you were supposed to buy wasn’t amongst the other groceries? Everyone has moments of

Trademarks and Open Borders

On Monday February 27, the Supreme Court denied Belmora, LLC’s petition for certiorari regarding territoriality of trademarks. At the heart of the case is the issue of whether a company can use the Lanham Act to enforce trademark rights in a mark used in a foreign country, but not in United States commerce. Currently, three

Re-evaluating Self-Driving Car Guidance and a Need for a Conversation

This past Sunday, Elaine Chao, the new US Transportation Secretary announced that the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the USDOT would be re-evaluating the self-driving vehicle guidance penned under the Obama administration. It is not quite clear what exactly that will entail, but Secretary Chao stated her agency intends to “ensure that

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