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Proposed Tennessee Legislation Could Ease Restrictions On Municipal Broadband
By Gea Kang – Edited by Emma Winer

Tennessee currently limits the ability of its municipalities to create broadband networks.  Four bills introduced in the Tennessee legislature seek to ease the restrictions.  Although the bills have bipartisan backing in the legislature, private Internet service providers have expressed concern.  Broadband alternatives have generated interest and controversy due in part to initiatives including Google Fiber and the municipal fiber-optic network in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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Posted On Mar - 17 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Defects in the DATA Act
By Mark Verstraete – Edited by Michael Shammas

On February 12, 2014, Senators Rockefeller (D-WV) and Markey (D-MA) introduced a bill that would require data brokers—companies that collect and sell consumer information to third parties—to be more transparent about their practices. The Data Broker Accountability and Transparency Act represents an attempt to empower consumers to regain some control over their personal information. However, the transparency and control offered by the DATA Act is limited.

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Posted On Feb - 27 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

California ‘Kill Switch’ Bill Targets Smartphone Theft
By Albert Chen – Edited by Andrew Spore

On February 6, 2014, California State Senator Mark Leno introduced Senate Bill 962. The bill would require all smartphones sold in California to be equipped with a “kill switch,” allowing consumers to disable a lost or stolen phone. It aims to deter phone thefts, which account for one in three robberies in the United States. California State Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner said she will carry the bill, if it clears the Senate.

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Posted On Feb - 18 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Innovation Act Receives Support from Intellectual Property Professors; Education Organizations Express Reservations
By Aditya Gupta – Edited by Kathleen McGuinness

The Innovation Act recently received support from sixty professors teaching IP law at universities across the U.S. in a letter to Congress, citing “abusive” patent trolls and their impact on small companies and large manufacturers. In contrast, a group of six major education organizations previously issued two statements raising concerns over the draft of the Act and claiming that it raises a “specter of unintended problems.”

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Posted On Dec - 18 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Innovation Act of 2013 – Latest Effort to Disarm Patent Trolls
By Mengyi Wang – Edited by Kathleen McGuinness

H.R. 3309 – Innovation Act

The perceived “patent troll” problem has plagued the U.S. patent system for years. To curb abusive patent litigation, Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), with a bipartisan coalition, introduced the “Innovation Act” in the House of Representatives on Oct 23, 2013. The patent reform bill contains a number of provisions that seek to change the landscape of patent procurement, ownership, and enforcement.

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Posted On Nov - 3 - 2013 5 Comments READ FULL POST
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