• Is “Patent Troll” Defamation?

    Automated Transactions LLC owns multiple patents related to automatic teller machines and for years it sent letters alleging infringement to banks and credit unions. Many settled, and ATL collected millions. After an appeals court in 2012 ruled...

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  • Michael Jackson Estate Sues Over Documentary Alleging Pedophilia

    A new HBO documentary features extended interviews with two men who say Michael Jackson drew them into long-term sexual relationships when they were pre-adolescent boys, at Jackson’s Neverland estate. The four-hour long documentary, “Leaving Neverland,” premiered at...

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  • Protecting The Corporate Jewels: Digital Forensics In Internal Investigations

    Digital forensics, in particular as applied to internal investigations of potential trade secret theft or improper use of proprietary data, is an area of labyrinthine complexity, but some principles are clear enough. In this article, James Vaughn,...

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  • Integrating Trade Secrets Into A Comprehensive IP Strategy

    At the R&D stage, the required security protections are the same no matter if a technology is going be patented or protected as a trade secret. After that, requirements diverge widely. Patents, by definition, require disclosure, but...

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  • Foreign Hacking Is Bleeding IP from U.S. Companies

    A report from the National Counterintelligence and Security Center says that foreign actors are stealing intellectual property from U.S. companies through cyber espionage. Three of the usual suspects are singled out, although unspecified “countries with closer ties...

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  • Chicago Co Tells Hawaiian Restaurants To Quit Using “Aloha”

    Lawyers for a Chicago-based restaurant chain called Aloha Poke Co. have sent cease-and-desist letters to several restaurants, including some in Hawaii, demanding they quit using the words “aloha’ and “poke” – and apparently even just the word...

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  • 3D-Printed Guns Get A Shot In The Arm

    Under the terms of the settlement, the plaintiff is now free to post the instructions and the government will pay $40,000 of his legal expenses...

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  • The Inscrutable Algorithm, Under Fire

    The problem with machine-generated algorithms is they “somehow seem to absorb the bias around them..."

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  • Claiming “Right to Repair,” Farmers Hack Their John Deere Tractors

    Big farm equipment now runs run on embedded software which the manufacturer owns and only the dealership has the equipment to diagnose and fix. Faced with daunting economics, not to mention an affront to their self-reliance, some...

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  • U.S. Army Trademark Battle With Vegas Pro Hockey Team

    The inaugural season of the Vegas Golden Knights has been a spectacular success, with the team currently ahead in the the NHL Western Conference. But an intellectual property dispute could cause some problems for the team, and...

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