Interesting essay from Professor Eisenberg on patenting of diagnostic methods. The basic takeaway is that (1) eligibility limitations mean that new diagnostic methods have little chance of being patent eligible; and (2) it is unclear whether this result is good or bad for society. See Diagnostics Need Not Apply.
The insanity — and the 10 to 20 year waits — of housing regulation in the Swedish capital [Alex Tabarrok] Tags: landlord tenant law, Sweden Rent control in Stockholm is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system
“Only two of the estimated 232,000 class members claimed the coupons” in a class action led by Edelson McGuire LLP. Defendant Dick’s Sporting Goods “agreed not to oppose the plaintiff’s request for $210,000 in attorney fees and costs and a $3,500 incentive award,” but an Orange County, Calif. Show More Summary
The DMCA takedown notice is a powerful tool. With a minimum of effort, any person can ask for the removal of content or the delisting of a URL. Whether or not they succeed is based on two factors: the relative skill level of the person/bot making the request and the credulity/intestinal fortitude of the receiving intermediary. Show More Summary
A potentially big ruling came out of the courtroom of Judge Lucy Koh yesterday, in which she affirmed a magistrate judge's decision to tell the government to get a warrant if it wants to obtain historical location info about certain "target" mobile phones (officially known as "Cell Site Location Info" -- or CSLI). Show More Summary
One of the key lines of pure unadulterated bullshit spread by the USTR concerning the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement is that it won't lead to significant changes in US law. That's just wrong. As KEI points out, it's pretty...Show More Summary
A few weeks ago, we reported that it appeared German investigators were investigating the excellent German news site Netzpolitik, which covers a lot of the same issues that we do at Techdirt, with a similar sensibility. Netzpolitik had...Show More Summary
The National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA) is supposed to be focused on one thing: safety. For crying out loud, it's right in the middle of its cumbersome name. But the federal funding it hands out to state and local...Show More Summary
A federal judge in Washington this week dismissed negligence claims against Venable, finding that supposed "puffery" by firm attorneys about what they could achieve for a former client wasn't enough to support the allegations. ...
Lucy Koh, a California federal district judge, says the feds need a warrant to acquire historical cell phone location information from service providers. The U.S. Department of Justice wants the high court to toss a Second Circuit ruling that restricts insider-trading cases. Show More Summary
Provident Precious Metals, LLC v. Northwest Territorial Mint, LLC, 2015 WL 4522923, No. 3:13–CV–02942 (N.D. Tex. July 27, 2015) Interesting TM/copyright case that straddles the boundaries of so-called aesthetic and “utilitarian” functionality:...Show More Summary
"Approve of the meat industry and you approve of Auschwitz. There is no difference." Here's something else the new TSA administrator needs to prioritize: the investigation into the recent alleged groping of Morrissey's junk at San Francisco International Airport. Show More Summary
For many law school graduates, it's a tough time to be in the job market. But there are signs it could get better soon. The National Association for Law Placement put out its annual employment figures Thursday, and the big news is that the overall employment rate rose for the first time since 2007, to 86.7% for class of 2014 graduates. That compares to 84.5% the prior year.
For New York Judge Barbara Jaffe, deciding the fate of the two defendants petitioning for their freedom raised profound legal questions that brought her to the edge of an historic precedent.
By Dennis Crouch The Supreme Court’s decisions in Alice Corp v. CLS Bank and Mayo v. Prometheus serve as dramatic turning points in the conventional wisdom of subject matter eligibility. Inventions that were previously thought to be...Show More Summary
“Someone could have put their hand in the window and unlocked the door and taken the kids” [Lenore Skenazy/Free Range Kids; related stories here and here; similar, Illinois Policy] Police warn that plan in Scotland to provide state guardian...Show More Summary
There have been several proposals for manned missions to Mars. Some proposals include a colony; most don't. It's obvious that animals have evolved to live on Earth and not in space, and it will take quite a bit of adjustment to get comfortable...Show More Summary
Late in 2013, the LA Times published information from applications processed by the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department that showed the agency was generally unconcerned by past misconduct and illegal behavior by applicants -- especially if those applicants were former police officers or prison guards. Show More Summary
What is it with judges and prior restraint lately? A judge in a Los Angeles Superior Court has issued a temporary restraining order blocking an anti-abortion group from releasing a video. And, yes, obviously, anything involving abortion...Show More Summary
As we're in the middle of crunch time for the final TPP negotiations, New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key has finally admitted what many experts have been saying for years -- that under the TPP, drug prices will undoubtedly rise, because it extends monopoly protections on important medicines. Show More Summary