The 2004 movie I, Robot features an Audi RSQ that drives itself among other autonomous vehicles in the year 2035. Leading actor Will Smith’s character constantly overrides the car’s autopilot feature in favor of his manual driving, particularly to the surprise of leading actress Bridget Moynahan’s character, who questions Smith, “What do you think you’re [...]

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On Monday, March 27, 2017, the Supreme Court heard arguments from parties in one of the most important patent cases in years, TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC. The case originated in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware before making its way to the Federal Circuit, [...]

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On March 16, 2017, Lyft Inc. and over 200,000 current and former drivers reached a $30 million settlement in a class action lawsuit. The plaintiffs, all current and former Lyft drivers, alleged that they were “employees” and not “independent contractors” under California law, and that in some cases, they had not earned the minimum [...]

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Cybersecurity for Autonomous Vehicles

On March 20, 2017 By jdclark

Autonomous vehicles promise to be extraordinarily safer than human drivers because ninety-four percent of crashes can be attributed to human error. However, a less discussed danger is the threat of data breaches and other nefarious electronic hacking of cars as they increase in technological sophistication. Wikileaks recently released documents showing the intelligence community has [...]

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Trademark rights protect the use in commerce of a distinctive “mark” recognized by the public as indicative of the source of a product. Trademark protection is intended to facilitate communication between sellers and buyers, by providing a means for buyers to readily identify the business responsible for the good or service they are interested in [...]

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Artificial Intelligence and Copyright

On March 15, 2017 By cobrien

Have you ever listened to a song written by artificial intelligence? While recorded music has relied more and more on technology to perfect the voice of your favorite artists, AI has been developing rapidly towards creating technology capable of autonomous creation.

The term “Artificial Intelligence” was coined in 1956 at the Dartmouth Conference. In [...]

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In 2012, the 13-3 San Antonio Spurs traveled to Miami to face the 10-3 Miami Heat for a late November game in what was supposed to be a preview of a a possible NBA Finals matchup — they indeed met in the finals in June 2013, with the Heat winning an epic series in 7 [...]

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The Cost of Being Free

On February 23, 2017 By ckerr

Since 2013, Zenefits, one of Silicon Valley’s “unicorns,” has been offering its software for a remarkably low price: free. Zenefits is a cloud-based human resources software-as-a-service (SaaS) company; or, in English, it is an insurance broker. That’s how Zenefits can afford to offer its software for free to its user—it makes yearly commissions of [...]

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