How Will Kavanaugh Vote on Issues I Care About? A Quick Look at His IP Track Record.

For most, an introduction to Justice Kavanaugh would be redundant. However, for the few interested in intellectual property, Kavanaugh’s confirmation comes timely to two upcoming intellectual property cases. First, Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v., LLC asks whether “registration of copyright claim has been made” in accordance to 17 U.S.C. § 411(a) when the

What’s New with Electric Vehicles: Tesla Captures Headlines While VW Quietly Plans to Change the Electric Vehicle Grid

Much hullabaloo has resulted from Elon Musk’s tweet in August 2018, announcing falsely that he had secured funding to take Tesla private at $420 a share. The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) official fraud investigation reports that Musk seriously rounded to $420 to impress his girlfriend with a weed reference. Due to stockholder pressure, Musk

Virtual Currency Markets: More Regulation Forthcoming?

Last month, New York took yet another step toward regulating nascent virtual currency exchanges, which are largely used as a platform to trade virtual cryptocurrencies in a way that is similar to how securities are traded on a more traditional stock exchange.  The Office of the New York State Attorney General released its “Virtual Market

Increased Competition Between Video Streaming Services Like Netflix And Hulu Means More Consumers Are Turning to Illegal Means for Movies And TV Shows

Someone has probably told you “you can watch it on Netflix.” Nowadays, Netflix is practically synonymous with video streaming service. Although Netflix’s impressive 130 million subscribers still stands head and shoulders above any other streaming service, more and more competitors have begun to throw their hat in the ring. Amazon, Hulu, Disney, HBO, YouTube, and

California vs. Jeff Sessions: The Battle for Net Neutrality

In 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)  enacted a rule that prevented internet service providers (ISPs) “from using their market power to favor some websites and services over others.” Known as net neutrality, this rule had prevented ISPs from intentionally blocking, slowing down specific content or websites, and charging their customers additional fees for access

Regulating Privacy: Big Tech Request Federal Assistance

Last June, California Governor, Jerry Brown, signed into law the nation’s most restrictive regulation on privacy, the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”). The law takes effect on January 2020 and grants California residents: the right to know what personal information a business collected on the resident; the right to request the business to delete the

The S.E.C. and Elon Musk: Social Media Posts Cost $40 million?

Although social media has acted as a platform for world leaders and celebrities to make major controversial statements, it can also act as a platform for governmental regulation. Recently, the Securities and Exchange Commission has vehemently pursued litigation against the Chief Executive Officer of Tesla, Elon Musk. The S.E.C.’s action was entirely related to events

Police Produce Podcast to Catch Fugitive Millionaire Murderer Suspect

Outside of the realm of crime scene analysis, the innovative use of technology is not often something we associate with the investigative practices of a local police department. Last week, however, the Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD) announced the release of a podcast, written, produced, and narrated by the department itself, to bring fugitive Peter