From the monthly archives: September 2012

Debate about technology encroaching on privacy is a common topic here on the JETLaw Blog.  For recent examples, check out Brad Edmonson’s post about Google’s privacy red teams or Joel Slater’s post about tracking; if you dig further back, you’ll see that I have even written about it before.


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Crowdsearching: the Crowdsourcing of Prior Art Searching

On September 26, 2012 By Mike Ritter

While considering a patent application, a patent examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is expected to search prior art to determine whether an application is novel and non-obvious.  Unfortunately, prior art can come in a variety of forms.  For example, prior art can be [...]

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FCC to Vote on Spectrum Auctions

On September 25, 2012 By Samara Pals

With the rise of smart phones and increased broadband usage, mobile providers are scrambling to gain access to unused wireless spectrum. Currently, mobile providers have enough spectrum to run their networks, but with the rise of smart phones and increased tablet usage, they are approaching capacity. TV broadcasters, among others, [...]

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Everyone Wants a Bite of the Apple

On September 24, 2012 By Amelia McKeithen

The commercial success of Apple’s iPhone 5 may indicate that Apple is taking over the world, but the world is fighting back.  While over a thousand people lined up at Apple’s 5th Avenue store to buy the new iPhone on Friday, litigants are lining up to stake their claim against the technology giant.  [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On September 24, 2012 By Brandon Trout

Judge denies request to remove “Innocence of Muslims” video from YouTube. Senator Rockefeller sends letters to Fortune 500 companies inquiring about their handling of potential cyber-security concerns. Court rules that students’ Facebook messages are protected free speech. Apple asks the court to award it an extra $700 [...]

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Christian Louboutin clicked the heels of his fabulously expensive shoes together, and the Second Circuit granted his wish – trademark protection of its signature red soles.  The court, however, limited the protection “to uses in which the red outsole contrasts with the color of the rest of the shoe,” meaning that if [...]

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Martha Stewart Once Again in Trouble with the Law

On September 20, 2012 By Emily Green

Less than a decade after being convicted for obstructing justice and spending five months in jail, Martha Stewart once again faces charges–this time for allegedly selling counterfeit German knives.

The lawsuit was brought in Florida Federal Court by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce Wuppertal-Solingen-Remscheid, a German trade association that [...]

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Open Sesame

On September 19, 2012 By Veronica Gordon

The American landscape can seem sharply divided during a presidential election year. Yet, in the midst of political ads and spin, if there is one thing both parties can openly agree on, it’s the need for more transparency. That’s where the open data movement comes in. The open data movement seeks to provide more [...]

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On September 7th, in the case of U.S. v. Semrau, the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued the first decision by an appellate court–state or federal–on the admissibility of functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) lie detection evidence. The court ruled such evidence inadmissible under both rules 702 and 403 of [...]

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Move over, outsourcing, there’s a new face in town!  The glory days of outsourcing may be coming to an end as businesses continue to look for innovative ways to cut costs.  Crowdsourcing, also know as unsourcing, is coming to the fore as the next frontier of cost minimization. Crowdsourcing is the process by which a [...]

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