New Proposed Changes to U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Maintenance Fees

Friday, September 7, 2012 by Catherine Clodfelter The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced changes to its fee system on Wednesday, reducing patent maintenance fees. This change is a part of a reform of the U.S. patent system that USPTO maintains is the “most significant of the U.S. patent system in more than a

Dear Poultry Facilities: Please Keep Turkey on the Table, Leave it Out of Our Water

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 by Holly Bannerman Last month, a federal jury convicted House of Raeford Farms Inc., a North Carolina poultry slaughtering and processing facility, of 10 counts of knowing violations of the Clean Water Act. For nearly 16 months, blood, grease, and body parts from slaughtered turkeys were sent directly to the city

EFF Seeks Answers from Secret Court in Ruling on NSA Spying Violations

Tuesday, September 4, 2012, by Anne Marie Tosco The public may soon learn the details of the secret court ruling that the National Security Agency (“NSA”) violated the Fourth Amendment when it conducted illegal surveillance of e-mails and telephone calls. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (“EFF”), a non-profit defender of digital rights, sued the United States

The SEC Establishes New Rules Regarding “Conflict Minerals” in the Manufacturing Process

Tuesday, September 4, 2012, by Kelly Anderson Just over a week ago, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved new rules that could considerably impact the manufacturing process of numerous American electronic companies.  Enacted “under the umbrella” of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the new SEC regulations require companies to publicly disclose

Occupy Twitter

Monday, March 26th 2012 by Margaret J. Pishko   By now, the Occupy Wall Street movement has become well known and widespread throughout in the United States. Claiming, “We Are the 99%,” this resistance movement seeks to “empower real people to create real change” in order to build a better society free of the “greed and corruption of the 1%.”

FBI Back to the Old-fashioned Way

Monday, March 26th 2012 by Panagiotis A. Papadopoulos Late last year, the Supreme Court heard arguments concerning U.S. v. Antoine Jones.  To summarize the principal dispute, the defendant objected to the government’s us of a GPS tracking device installed on his car to track his movement for a month.   The defendant, and a large number of concerned parties, believed that the

Facebook Purchases 750 Patents from IBM

Monday, April 2nd 2012 by Andrew D. Hennessy-Strahs Upon learning that facebook has reached a deal to purchase 750 patents from IBM, I initially rolled my eyes and assumed this is just another bit of facebook trivia – after all, I am sure most of us are still eagerly waiting for that facebook phone.  Then, I started asking

In-Depth Look: Is Altering the Best Mode Requirement the “Best” Decision?

Monday, April 2nd 2012 by Aaron K. Reinhardt In 2011, President Obama signed the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act into law.  The most striking change this law brings to the patent system is the change from a first-to-invent to a first-to-file system.  While this change has certainly receives the most attention, it might not have the greatest