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

The FTC Releases Report Calling for Less Consumer Tracking and More Transparency

Monday, April 2nd 2012 by Barbara L. Herrera The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released a new report titled, “Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: Recommendations for Business and Policymakers.” In this detailed report, the FTC is calling for many changes to help improve and protect consumer privacy while more companies and industries are tracking consumer information

Border Searches and the First Amendment

Monday, April 2nd 2012 by Tony S. Botros Returning from a vacation in Mexico, Davis House was questioned and briefly detained at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport.  House’s bags were searched and Custom Agents ordered House to turn over all of his electronics, including his laptop.  House was also ordered to give up his passwords and encryption keys, which he refused. 

Is the label “China Free” on vitamins disparaging to China?

Monday, April 9th 2012 by Brandy G. Barrett According to a recent decision of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), the answer is “no.” In In re Prosynthesis Laboratories, Inc., decided on March 23, 2012, Prosynthesis Laboratories applied for federal trademark protection for the mark CHINA FREE with Design (as

Internet Service Providers Forced to Hand Over Customer Names in Porn File-Sharing Lawsuit

Monday, April 9th 2012 by Joel Bronstein The past week did not finish with a happy ending for internet service customers involved in the illegal use of pornographic videos.  In the U.S., District Court Judge Mary A. McLaughlin of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ruled that internet service providers (“ISPs”) were required to disclose the names of subscribers