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Presidential Commission Calls for Privacy Protections in Genome Sequencing; Supreme Court Grants Certiorari in Seed Patent Case; Federal Circuit Ends Injunction Against Samsung Galaxy Nexus; Patentability of Software to be Reconsidered En Banc by Federal Circuit

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Posted On Oct - 14 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST
By Michael Hoven Facebook’s “Sponsored Stories” Settlement Rejected by Court District Judge Richard Seeborg of the Northern District of California rejected a $20 million settlement of a class-action suit against Facebook over its “Sponsored Stories” feature, reports Wired. In his order, Judge Seeborg questioned the fairness of the proposed settlement, under which Facebook would pay $10 million in attorney’s fees and $10 million to charity, to class members, especially given the size of the award to plaintiffs’ attorneys and the ... Read More...
Posted On Aug - 20 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST
By Dorothy Du Federal Circuit Reconsiders Myriad’s Gene Patents on Remand This past Friday, July 20, the Federal Circuit heard 45 minutes of oral arguments for Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad on remand on whether isolated breast cancer genes are unpatentable products of nature, reports Bloomberg Businessweek. A year ago, JOLT Digest reported on the Federal Circuit’s decision to uphold the patent eligibility of isolated DNA. However, following a Supreme Court decision to strike down a diagnostic patent as ... Read More...
Posted On Jul - 23 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST
By Brittany Horth United States Orchestrated Cyberattack on Iran’s Main Nuclear Enrichment Facilities with Stuxnet Interviews with anonymous American, European, and Israeli officials, as well as outside experts, have revealed that President Obama ordered the acceleration of secret cyberattacks, codenamed “Olympic Games,” on Iran’s main nuclear enrichment facilities during his first months in office, reports the New York Times. The attacks were part of an Israel-United States effort to impair the development of Iran’s nuclear program. The order came after ... Read More...
Posted On Jun - 5 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST
By Erin Pritchard New York Legislation Would Ban Anonymous Online Speech Proposed legislation in New York would require New York-based websites, such as blogs and newspapers, to “remove any comments posted on his or her website by an anonymous poster unless such anonymous poster agrees to attach his or her name to the post” says a report from Wired. The legislation is proposed in both the state Senate and Assembly, but no votes on the measures have been taken. Critics ... Read More...
Posted On May - 27 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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