From the monthly archives: November 2012

Last Tuesday, Los Angeles County voters approved Local Measure B, also known as the “Safer Sex in the Adult Film Industry Act,” covering the adult film industry with another layer of regulation.  The measure follows similar regulations enacted by the City of Los Angeles earlier in 2012 by requiring actors in adult films produced [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On November 12, 2012 By Jesse Bland

HTC and Apple settle patent issues, enter 10-year licensing deal. Might this be the end of the patent wars? Judge agrees to consider Samsung’s accusations of juror misconduct in Apple patent trial. Judge denies Fox injunction against Dish’s ad-skipping DVR. Google infringes old Lycos search [...]

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Presidential Brand Hijacking: Were You Confused?

On November 9, 2012 By Marina Visan

You hope to get the latest scoop on the Obama campaign, so you quickly pull up Google and search for “Barack Obama.”  Surprisingly, Romney ads pop up.  Are you confused?  Most likely, not so much.  I would hope that any moderately informed citizen could effortlessly differentiate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.  Nevertheless, critics have [...]

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Elton John is Still Standing

On November 8, 2012 By Erin Reimer

Boy meets girl.  Boy and girl fall in love.  Boy and girl can never be together because of the Cold War.  It’s a story old as time, or at least that’s what the Northern District of Illinois has recently ruled.

While Sir Elton John may be unhappy to hear the court refer [...]

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For many Woody Allen fans, “Midnight in Paris” is a delightfully novel fantasy, deserving of the finest cinematic accolades.  The William Faulkner estate, however, sees things very differently.  According to Faulkner Literary Rights, LLC, the Academy Award-winning film infringes the estate’s copyright to one of Faulkner’s most famous quotes–and misleads [...]

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NCAA Fights Back

On November 6, 2012 By R.L. Florance

This past summer I wrote about New Jersey and Governor Chris Christie’s effort to enact a state regulation legalizing sports gambling in the state. As discussed in my previous post, the legalization of sports gambling in New Jersey would violate federal law that only allows sports gambling in the states of Nevada, Delaware, [...]

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A Renewed Call for Campaign-Finance Reform

On November 5, 2012 By Mike Dearington

Voters will hit the polls tomorrow ushering in the dawn of a new presidential term.  The beginning of a term brings decreased pressures and a concomitant increase in executive flexibility.  This political landscape, colored by the recent deluge of campaign advertisements, presents a ripe time to renew the discussion and proposals promoting campaign-finance reform.

Since [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On November 5, 2012 By Brandon Trout

Election 2012 – where do the candidates stand on technology issues? FTC is in favor of suing Google for antitrust violations. Cell phone donations have increased their impact in the Presidential Race. Contrary to many internet stories, Apple’s court loss in Mexico does not prevent [...]

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As many of you have probably heard, this week an Italian court convicted six scientists for manslaughter based on a “falsely reassuring” evaluation regarding the risk of an earthquake in the town of L’Aquila.  The sentence included 6 years in prison and payment of $10 million in court costs and damages.

The scientists [...]

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In 1980, the passage of the Bayh-Dole Act revolutionized the commercialization of government-funded technological developments.  Prior to the Act, the government retained title to inventions developed under government funding.  This resulted in cumbersome licensing and minimal commercialization of inventions.  The Bayh-Dole Act transferred title to the universities and institutions performing the research.  This [...]

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