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

The Equifax Hack: Time to get serious about consumer data protection

What’s said about money can be said about data: No one treats other people’s information the way they treat their own. Last week, Equifax—one of the “big three” consumer credit rating and reporting agencies— disclosed a massive hack that compromised the personal information of 143 million U.S. consumers. What makes this hack so damaging is that Equifax’s […]


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 […]