Commentary

FTC-Qualcomm Patent Dispute: No license, no chips

It’s not every day that the government and the tech industry agree on intellectual property policy, but both interests are united in their opposition to San Diego-based Qualcomm Inc.’s abusive patent-licensing practices. Hoping to escape impending and much-needed scrutiny, Qualcomm has asked the U.S. District Court for Northern California to dismiss an antitrust suit brought by the U.S. […]


U.S. must continue improving the patent process

For the past several weeks, the ongoing series of lawsuits between Apple and Samsung over smartphone patents has been back in the news. Last week, Samsung announced that it plans on paying up, but expects to be reimbursed should other patents in the dispute be invalidated, which is likely based on U.S. Patent and Trade Office (USPTO) proceedings thus far. […]



Blog

Senate Takes Up Privacy Protection with New ECPA Bill

Faced with a national consensus concerning NSA’s activities as a large-scale violation of citizen privacy and a court ruling declaring PRISM unconstitutional, momentum has been building slowly in Congress to legislate boundaries around future government attempts at data collection. U.S. Sens. Patrick Leahy (D–VT) and Mike Lee (R–UT) Thursday reintroduced a bill they had cosponsored […]


DFS and the right to gamble – even a little bit

With the baseball season in high gear and football training camps due to open next week, we can expect another uptick in interest in fantasy-sports leagues and their controversial offshoot, daily fantasy sports (DFS). The kerfuffle over DFS speaks directly to both our cultural and legislative ambiguity toward gambling. Fantasy sports wagering wasn’t a problem […]