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Something Like Deference: PTAB and 1-Way Issue Preclusion

The patent law system currently has an interesting parallel track open for those seeking to oppose a patent. That parallel track runs through both litigation in the district courts and Inter Partes Review [IPR] at the Patent Trial and Appeals Board [PTAB], a part of the Patent and Trademark Office [PTO]. A little under one year ago, the Supreme Court decided Oil States Energy, in which it stated that IPRs were not unconstitutional.

Enhanced CFIUS review represents one of the strongest tools in the U.S. arsenal against China in the ongoing U.S.-China trade war.

Fortnite Folly

Hyper-robust copyright protection for simple dance moves might not be ideal, but there does seem to be a cognizable harm in extracting an original dance from a community and monetizing it in the way Epic Games has with Fortnite’s emotes.

Biologics and the New NAFTA

Although USMCA does not appear to radically upend trade relations between the three countries, its ratification would usher in a variety of noteworthy changes.

My Car Broke the Law

In order to minimize accidents by making automated vehicles that behave in safe and predictable ways, it may be necessary to program them to break the law.

Satan, Sabrina, and Netflix: A Copyright Story

On October 28, Lucien Greaves, co-founder of The Satanic Temple religious organization, tweeted the Temple’s intention to take legal action against Netflix for an allegedly infringing statue featured in the new show, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

A Tale of Two-Wheeled Invaders

When I arrived in San Francisco early this summer, I marveled at the tech-forward presence of electric scooters all over the sidewalks. Much to my disappointment, the scooters were quickly banned.

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