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CFTC Warns of Oil & Gas Investment Fraud Risk

23 hours agoIndustries / Law : Zamansky

In October, we reported that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) had issued warnings to investors regarding investment programs and other fraud schemes in the oil and gas sector. Show More Summary

Morning Docket: 12.05.16

23 hours agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

Although it may seem far from what's occurred given some questionable statements and tweets about freedom of speech and freedom of religion, House Speaker Paul Ryan says that he's discussed the Constitution "extensively" with President-elect Donald Trump, including the separation of powers. Show More Summary

Mardi Gras bead dogs live

23 hours agoIndustries / Law : 43(B)log

At least the trademark registration does. Remember the Mardi Gras bead dog case, Nola Spice, in which the PTO accidentally accepted a Section 15 incontestability statement during the pendency of an appeal of an order cancelling the mark,...Show More Summary

Encryption Survey Indicates Law Enforcement Feels It's Behind The Tech Curve; Is Willing To Create Backdoors To Catch Up

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

To get a general feel for European law enforcement encryption sentiment (so to speak), the European Union sent questionnaires to member countries, asking for details on what forms of encryption are encountered most frequently and what...Show More Summary

The Federal Circuit and Appeals from the Patent Office

By Jason Rantanen As expected, for the fiscal year ending on October 31, 2016, the Federal Circuit docketed more appeals arising from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office than from the district courts.  This result will almost certainly hold true for the calendar year as well: from January through October of this year, the Federal […]

Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

This week we, like most other websites, had to re-register with the Copyright Office for DMCA safe harbor protection. Our most insightful comment of the week came in response to our post about this, where aerinai suggested this system should work both ways: So I have to register every 3 years for safe harbor protections... Show More Summary

This Week In Techdirt History: November 27th - December 3rd

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Five Years Ago And so the SOPA/PIPA fight continued this week in 2011. The chorus of opposition grew larger: first the New York and LA Times both came out against the bills, then the Wall Street Journal joined them — though the world...Show More Summary

Using Depositions to Set the Stage for Trial

When you are mired in an opposing party’s document requests and fighting to limit your company’s disclosures as much as possible, it is important not to overlook the opportunities your company has to collect information during the discovery process. In fact, when used effectively, discovery can be used not only as a tool for gathering...

Will Closed-End Funds Crash And Burn Under Trump?

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Zamansky

Regular readers of this blog understand how sensitive certain types of investments are to sharp up and down movements in interest rates. Now that Donald Trump is President-elect and the unemployment rate has fallen to 4.6%, bond yields have risen. Show More Summary

ACLU Suggests Jury Instructions Might Be A Fix For 'Missing' Police Body Camera Recordings

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

We've written plenty of posts about police body cameras -- how useful they can be and how useless they often are. What should result in additional law enforcement accountability has been turned into a mostly-optional documentation system. Show More Summary

Court Rubber Stamps IRS's Demand To Get All Coinbase User Data

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

A couple weeks back, we wrote about a ridiculous and massively overbroad demand from the IRS that virtual currency exchange/online wallet host Coinbase turn over basically all info on basically all Coinbase users. They did this because they saw evidence of a single person using Bitcoin to avoid paying taxes. Show More Summary

Which Biglaw Firms Have The Biggest And Best 401(k) Plans?

One firm -- guess which one -- has a plan with an average account balance of $2.1 million.

Canada's Attempt To Force Cheaper, More Flexible Cable Packages Is A Bit Of A Joke

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Canada's attempt to force Canadian cable providers to deliver cheaper, more flexible cable TV bundles appears to be a comedy of errors. Last year, driven by user complaints, the CRTC passed rules requiring Canadian cable companies to...Show More Summary

Non-Sequiturs: 12.02.16

Tony Mauro hangs out with Meg Ryan -- no, not the actress, but the SCOTUS clerk and JAG lawyer turned judge and possible Supreme Court nominee. [National Law Journal via How Appealing] Speaking of SCOTUS, ain't no mountain high enough for the Notorious RBG. Show More Summary

... and the Best Title of the Year award goes to Mark Lemley

3 days agoIndustries / Law : 43(B)log

Inventor Sued for Infringing His Own Patent. You Won't Believe What Happened Next Mark A. Lemley Stanford Law School November 30, 2016

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Prof Mark Lemley’s New Article

Inventor Sued for Infringing His Own Patent. You Won’t Believe What Happened Next

Stats Of The Week: We’re Not Getting Our Day In Court

Today, as many as two thirds of all individual civil litigants in state trial courts are representing themselves.

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