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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

Flash Digest: News In Brief
By Mengyi Wang

Protecting Dwindling Elephant Populations in Kenya: Google Earth, Drones, and Legislation

California Governor Vetoes State Electronic Privacy Bill

SeaChange Prevails in ARRIS Patent Dispute

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Posted On Oct - 21 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Towards Trans-Atlantic Interoperability: Scientific Research and Privacy Under the EU Data Protection Regulation

Written by: Natalie Kim
Edited by: Alex Shank

The EU is currently drafting a General Data Protection Regulation, thought to be among the toughest data protection laws in existence. This comment address the growing interoperability problem between U.S. and EU data protection law and ways of mitigating it, like reducing third-party liability loopholes, strengthened de-identification techniques and enhanced data tracking measures.

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Posted On Aug - 11 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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