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Wash. Sup. Ct. Hears Arguments in Backpage Escort Service Ad Case

Washington's Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in a case styled J.S. v. Village Voice Media, but known better as the "Backpage" case. is a website, owned by Village Voice Media, that allows people to contract with "escort" services for -- well, the things that you would do with......

The Number of U.S. Patents In Force

by Dennis Crouch The chart above shows the number of patents in-force at any given point over the past forty years.  Each bar represents a snapshot taken on January 1 of the stated year and totals-up the number of issued but not-yet-expired patents.  The data for each year is divided-up into four groups categorized according to age (years-from-issuance). […]

Viral Legend 'Marlins Man' Is a Lawyer Obsessed With Live Sports

A couple of weeks ago, I was watching my dear Kansas City Royals run through yet another team in the playoffs (we won't talk about last night) when I noticed a curious sight: Amidst a sea of blue paraphernalia, there was a lone man in neon Florida Marlins orange. And......

Upcoming Events and Recent Job Postings

HOUSTON: November 5, 2014 – One night only. I will be delivering the University of Houston’s IPIL Annual Fall Lecture at the Four Seasons Hotel in Houston (Sponsored by the Katz Foundation). My talk will be on incentives (current and future) for patent clarity. [LINK]. Thank you to the University of Houston Law Center for hosting […]

12 Salacious Notes From Pa.'s Supreme Court Porn Scandal

This is still one of the most ridiculous scandals of all time: A Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice years ago sent pornographic emails, using a personal account, to his friends, some of whom worked in the Office of the Attorney General, making the communications arguably ex-parte. And we thought that was......

Sorting Out Sections 284 and 285

By Jason Rantanen Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2014) Halo v Pulse Panel: Lourie (author), O’Malley (concurring opinion), Hughes (joining concurrence) This opinions contains two important parts: a discussion...Show More Summary

In-House Salaries Set to Rise in 2015: Robert Half Legal

Robert Half Legal is known for a lot of things, including an interesting survey on what lawyers think about our declining wardrobe standards. (Hint: Stuffy lawyers want to dress like they're stuffy.) But this survey might be even more interesting, at least for in-house counselors: It talks about compensation forecasts......

Supreme Court: A Good-Faith-But-Incorrect-Belief that the Patent is Invalid

by Dennis Crouch Someone who induces infringement is just as liable for infringement as the one who actually commits the underlying act of direct infringement. 35 U.S.C. § 271(b).  However, unlike direct infringement, inducement has a...Show More Summary

Google Just Updated Penguin. Why Is This Important for Lawyers?

Penguin? What's that? Don't worry if those are the first three words out of your mouth. Unless you -- like those of us at FindLaw -- spend all of your day worrying about search engine optimization and other online marketing buzzwords, don't feel bad that you don't know about Penguin.......

Why China Will Move Slowly — Very Slowly — on Legal Reform

Based on an initial report, the Communist Party's first plenary meeting devoted to law wasn’t interested in engineering far-reaching changes to China’s legal system. And there may be political costs to that reluctance.

Considerations for International Inventions – Foreign Filing Licenses

Guest Post by Brent M. Dougal and Philip M. Nelson.  Dougal and Nelson are IP Attorneys with Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP. In today’s age of international commerce, product development often takes place on an international scale.  Many companies have design centers in multiple countries, with design teams that span the globe.  What are […]

Lawyers: How to Get Upset at Work Without Getting Fired

Of all the places to get angry, work is probably the worst. ("In the middle of surgery" comes in a close second -- at least if you're the doctor.) Can you believe the partner just said you had to come in over the weekend? Or that he made you take......

How is Patent Litigation like Baseball?

By Jason Rantanen I’m a moderately-dedicated baseball fan, so I’ve been listening to quite a few baseball games over the past few weeks.  And as I’ve been listening to the games, it’s struck me that in many ways, patent litigation is a lot like a baseball game well beyond the Cubs reference.  Both are a […]

Mac Desktop Buyers' Guide Q4 2014: New Mac Minis and iMacs

Finally, with all of Apple's annual (or bi-annual, in the Mini's case) upgrades on the books, we have the entirety of the Apple product line in front of us. If you're looking up upgrade or replace your office computers, and you're already on the platform, or Mac-curious, you might wonder......

11th Cir. Remands GSU's 'E-Reserve' Copyright Infringement Case

If you attended college at least after the late 1990s, you probably remember that one or more of your professors made excerpts from books available in "electronic reserve" by scanning the relevant pages and turning them into PDFs that only students enrolled in the course could access. At the time,......

'Porngate' Just Became the Greatest Judicial Scandal of Our Time

When "Porngate" first erupted, it seemed like a minor blip, especially the involvement of Justice Seamus McCaffery of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. He sent porn, from a personal email address, to a handful of colleagues in other state offices. It's porn. From a personal account. None of which seemed to......

Marvel Goes DMCA Crazy Over Leaked Avengers 2 Trailer, Then Puts It On Its Own YouTube Page

11 hours agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

Another near universal certainty is that Marvel will totally freak out whenever it gets the slightest inkling that its intellectual property is threatened.

PBI's 21st Annual Auto Law Update CLE Seminar a Week Away

11 hours agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

I will be presenting on the topic of "The Latest in Bad Faith" at the PBI's 21st Annual Auto Law Update CLE Seminar set to take place on October 31, 2014. The program begins at noon.If interested in registering to attend the live seminar...Show More Summary

Without Failure To Warn, Other Claims Collapse

The key to appreciating the latest order granting summary judgment for the defense in the Ortho-Evra birth control patch MDL is to start with the order’s last paragraph: The Court has found that the Defendants provided adequate warnings sufficient to discharge their duty to warn. Show More Summary

IP Is No Excuse: Even If Someone Is Using Fake Chips, It's Not Okay To Kill Their Devices

11 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Not this again. For years, we were perplexed by the war on mod chips, which could be used to allow people to play pirated games, but also had plenty of legitimate uses as well, especially for developers and hackers. The same was true of the war on smart card readers. Show More Summary

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