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European Court of Justice Invalidates Data Retention Directive
By Paul Klein – Edited by Alex Shank

In a preliminary ruling requested by courts in Ireland and Austria, the European Court of Justice found that Directive 2006/24/EC was invalid. The Grand Chamber recognized the legitimacy of retaining telecommunications data as a means to combat serious crime and terrorism, but it ultimately held that the far-reaching scope of the Directive disproportionately affected individual privacy under the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.

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Posted On Apr - 16 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

GoldieBlox Backs Down from Copyright Fight with Beastie Boys

GoldieBlox, Inc. v. Island Def Jam Music Group
By Elise Young – Edited by Alex Shank

On November 21, after the Beastie Boys’ threatened suit, toy company GoldieBlox filed for declaratory judgment that its use of the Beastie Boys’ song, “Girls,” in one of its ads was fair use. The ad, for girls’ engineering toys, had previously gone viral. In their response, the Beastie Boys emphasized their consistent refusal to allow use of their songs in advertising. GoldieBlox removed the ad and promised to drop the suit if the Beastie Boys’ backed down.

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Posted On Dec - 5 - 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

Injunction Imposed in Volkswagen Car Hacking Case: Public Safety Favored Over Transparency
By Jonathan Sapp – Edited by Alex Shank

A British high court enjoined Flavio Garcia from publishing an academic paper that sought to expose weaknesses in Volkswagen’s automobile security systems. In the paper, Garcia revealed secret codes used to activate the ignition systems of several luxury vehicles. The court’s ruling is the latest in the battle against researchers using hacking to expose security systems’ flaws.

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Posted On Aug - 10 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Routine High-Throughput Screening is Undue Experimentation, Federal Circuit Holds

Wyeth v. Abbott Labs
By Kathleen McGuinness – Edited by Alex Shank

The Federal Circuit upheld the invalidity of patents claiming the use of rapamycin to treat restenosis, the renarrowing of an artery following angioplasty. The court held that “routine experimentation” to discover species of compounds within a claimed genus could constitute “undue experimentation,” since the discovery may require screening tens of thousands of compounds without any guidance from the patent.

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Posted On Jul - 5 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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