Monthly Archives: October 2010

Strong Rights to Privacy in Washington

Tyler Clementi, was an eighteen year old Rutgers University freshman. He became distraught when he learned that his intimate encounter with another male student was streamed onto the Internet (probably only visible by 2 people – his roommate and his roommate’s girlfriend). Later, in response, he killed himself by jumping from a bridge. His death […]

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No Warrant Needed to Track Suspects by GPS in Ninth Circuit

On August 12, 2010, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals denied a petition for rehearing of U.S. v. Pineda-Moreno by the entire panel. Thus, the original decision issued on January 11, 2010 stands. Previously, the three judge panel determined that it is not contrary to the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution for law enforcement authorities […]

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Double Patenting Rejections – Utility Patents versus Design Patents

In 1983, the Federal Circuit Court gave guidance on when one patent (such as a utility patent) claims an obvious variation “of that which the other patent claims,” and vice versa. Carman Industries, Inc. v. Wahl and Vibra Screw, Inc., 724 F.2d 932, 220 U.S.P.Q. 481 (Fed. Cir. 1983). As a matter of legal theory, […]

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