From the monthly archives: March 2012

It’s been a few rough months for the New Orleans Saints.  The ‘bounty’ program, in which Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams paid members of the New Orleans Saints defense in 2009 to injure players, was recently exposed. The NFL and Roger Godell have yet to announce what the punishment is going to [...]

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Is Google Watching You?

On March 20, 2012 By Virginia Maynard

Google is in trouble again. After a Stanford graduate student discovered that cookies were being attached to users’ Safari Web browser last month, Google has drawn the attention of regulators in both the U.S. and the European Union. On Friday, the Washington Post stated that new investigations may be underway.

The original [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On March 19, 2012 By JETLaw

In the news… Is Pintrest the next Napster? Yahoo sues Facebook for patent infringement. The DoJ won’t appeal the 11th Circuit’s ruling which held that a man did not have to unlock his computer because it would violate his 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination. A class action filed under the [...]

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Appealing Ryan Braun

On March 16, 2012 By Charles Michels

JETLaw member Raymond Rufat described the overturning of Ryan Braun’s suspension a few weeks ago on this blog. I’ll begin by quickly summarizing his post. What I will focus on is why MLB will not appeal the arbitration decision and what MLB should do instead.

In December 2011, it became known [...]

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Many of us listen to Rush Limbaugh’s radio show for the entertainment value of his statements. Many of us were not laughing late last month, however, when Limbaugh unleashed a series of derogatory statements about Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke, referring to her as a “slut,” “prostitute,” and “round heeled” as she [...]

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The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that the Department of Justice has warned Apple and five major publishing houses (Simon & Schuster, Hachette Book Group, Penguin Group (USA), Macmillan, and HarperCollins Publishers) that it plans to sue them for “allegedly colluding to raise the price of electronic books.”  The DOJ [...]

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The legal war between Apple and Samsung began in the U.S. in April of 2011 when the U.S. company accused Samsung of “slavishly” copying the iPhone and iPad. Since then, the fighting has expanded across the world to Germany, the Netherlands, Australia, Japan, China, and South Korea (just to name a few). [...]

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On Monday, February 27th, the Federal Circuit made its fifth post-Bilski decision regarding the patentability of “computer aided” method claims. Previously, the court was split 2-2 on the issue, with Research Corp Technologies v. Microsoft and Ultramercial v. Hulu finding such claims patentable, and Cybersource v. Retail Decisions [...]

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Out From Under the Bridge

On March 9, 2012 By Thomas Booms

Recently, one of Acacia Research Corp.’s subsidiaries acquired ADAPTIX, Inc. for $160 million in cash. Acacia, through its subsidiaries, partners with patent owners and inventors to license patents to corporate entities, generating a shared revenue stream. Acacia currently controls over 200 patent portfolios covering technology in numerous industries and is known [...]

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On March 1, 2012, Google’s new privacy policy went into effect, permitting the company to peer deeper into the private lives of its more than one billion users. And the world did not end. So what do the changes really mean?

Since announcing its new policy, Google has repeatedly asserted that the new privacy [...]

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