Federal Circuit Takes Away PTO’s Bar of Soap, Ruling Even the Profane Gets Protection

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has ruled that profanity can be trademarked and that the provision §1052(a) of the United States Code forbidding the registration of such a trademark is an unconstitutional limitation on the freedom of speech. Section 2(a) prohibits the registration of trademarks that comprise of “immoral, deceptive,

Can AI Predict Crime As Well As Humans Can?

In a world with increasing reliance on technology, it is unsurprising that computer algorithms are now being used to predict crime. Many have seen the movie Minority Report, starring Tom Cruise, in which a futuristic society has abolished all murder due to its ability to harness individuals’ psychic powers to predict killings before they even

Artificial Intelligence’s Emerging Threat to Human Rights

In the wake of consequential 2016 election, during which artificial intelligence was used to potentially influence voters, deeper questions about AI present themselves—one of which is: can AI threaten human rights? The answer is most certainly a resounding yes, because it already has. To be clear, this is not a suggestion that robots are, on

Gift Cards for Drugs: Fighting Fraud with Technology

In 2016, retail giants such as Walmart, Lowes, Target, and Home Depot lost $200 million worth of stolen goods to organized crime in Tennessee alone. This amounted to $14 million in lost sales tax revenue for the state, so the legislature took notice. What they discovered was a network of criminals using gift cards to

The Music Modernization Act: The Legislation Tasked with Reshaping the Music Industry

From the outside looking in, the music industry could not be doing any better. In 2017, the music industry: saw its first double digit growth in sales and revenue in almost twenty years, streaming services brought in $883.9 billion in royalties, and paid music subscriptions more than doubled, now accounting for at least 22.6 million

Digital Sales Tax? The Supreme Court Could Decide Soon

South Dakota’s Attorney General has filed the first of an expected wave of state petitions asking the Supreme Court to reconsider an opinion from 1992, Quill Corp. v. North Dakota, that restricts states’ ability to tax remote retailers. Similar “kill- Quill” lawsuits are pending in the state courts in Alabama, Indiana, Tennessee, and Wyoming. Quill

Catch Me If You Can, But Not When I am In “The Cloud”

Nearly all Internet users interact with “the cloud” every day, but most never consider what‑or where‑“the cloud” is. The “where” of data is not a straightforward inquiry. The Supreme Court has announced that it will hear a major digital privacy case, United States v. Microsoft Corp., which will determine whether law enforcement officials can demand

If Your Home is a Re-Modeled School Bus, Do Police Need a Warrant to Search It?

An unconventional housing trend has arisen amongst millennials who want to travel the nation in a mobile home, but cannot afford the $50,000 to mid-$100,000s+ it costs to buy an RV. Their solution is a “skoolie,” or “a school bus that has been purchased by a private owner and converted for some purpose other than