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Dumb Starbucks Prank Sparks a Tangle of Legal Concerns
By Mengyi Wang – Edited by Sarah O’Loughlin

Last weekend, Los Angeles residents stood in line to taste free coffee at a new coffee shop in town: “Dumb Starbucks.” The stunt was later discovered to have been orchestrated by Comedy Central comedian Nathan Fielder. Although short-lived—the shop was shut down by the Los Angeles Health Department for operating without a health permit—Dumb Starbucks coffee shop has drawn considerable attention and raised an array of legal issues.

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Posted On Feb - 15 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Flash Digest: News In Brief
By Mengyi Wang

Haitian Photographer Awarded $1.2M in Copyright Infringement Case

UN Privacy Resolution Stays Strong Despite Orchestrated Challenges

China to Launch Crude Oil Futures Market

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Posted On Nov - 25 - 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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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

Federal Circuit Continues Pushing Back the Vitiation Doctrine

The Charles Machine Works, Inc. v. Vermeer Manufacturing Co.
By Mengyi Wang – Edited by Kathleen McGuinness

The Federal Circuit vacated-in-part, affirmed-in-part, and reversed-in-part a lower court’s summary judgment of noninfringement as to Vermeer Manufacturing Company’s commercial products and non-commercial prototypes. The court also found that the doctrine of claim vitiation added no separate legal limitation to the doctrine of equivalents

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Posted On Aug - 8 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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