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Search Query Privacy: The Problem of Anonymization

Search Query Privacy: The Problem of Anonymization

Search queries may reveal quite sensitive information about the querier. Even though many queries are not directly associated with a particular person, it has been argued that the IP addresses and cookies of the users can often be sufficient to figure out who the querier is, especially if tied to … Read More

Search queries may reveal quite sensitive information about the querier. Even though many queries are not directly associated with a particular person, it has been argued that the IP addresses and cookies of the users can often be sufficient to figure out who the querier is, especially if tied to … Read more

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Software Patents Under 35 U.S.C. § 271(f): Should Congress Amend § 271 to Harmonize Protection Between Tangible and Intangible Inventions?

Software Patents Under 35 U.S.C. § 271(f): Should Congress Amend § 271 to Harmonize Protection Between Tangible and Intangible Inventions?

U.S. Patent laws presumptively apply only to acts committed within this country. Congress has, however, imposed liability for domestic patent infringement based on actions taken, or at least completed, outside the United States. For example, Congress added § 271(f) to the patent statues in 1984 to … Read More

U.S. Patent laws presumptively apply only to acts committed within this country. Congress has, however, imposed liability for domestic patent infringement based on actions taken, or at least completed, outside the United States. For example, Congress added § 271(f) to the patent statues in 1984 to … Read more

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Injunctive Relief Post eBay and the Various Applications of the Four-Factor Test in Differing Technological Industries

Injunctive Relief Post eBay and the Various Applications of the Four-Factor Test in Differing Technological Industries

In the 2006 opinion for eBay v. MercExchange the Supreme Court struck down the Federal Circuit’s blanket rule of granting injunctions for patent infringement. Outlining a four-factored test, the Court declared that injunctive relief should be determined based on “principles of equity.” This … Read More

In the 2006 opinion for eBay v. MercExchange the Supreme Court struck down the Federal Circuit’s blanket rule of granting injunctions for patent infringement. Outlining a four-factored test, the Court declared that injunctive relief should be determined based on “principles of equity.” This … Read more

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Reach Through Royalties as a Workaround for Patent Exhaustion

Reach Through Royalties as a Workaround for Patent Exhaustion

Reach through royalties (RTRs) allow companies that license patented research tools to profit from inventions created by others using these tools. Support for RTRs is split; some disfavor them for their potential anti-commons effects, while others believe RTRs provide important services, such as … Read More

Reach through royalties (RTRs) allow companies that license patented research tools to profit from inventions created by others using these tools. Support for RTRs is split; some disfavor them for their potential anti-commons effects, while others believe RTRs provide important services, such as … Read more

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Concerns Associated with Expanding DNA Databases

Concerns Associated with Expanding DNA Databases

The establishment of DNA databases has been and continues to be a source of controversy. Proponents of DNA databases argue that it supports a discipline that does not rely on subjective judgments and interpretations, and expanding DNA databases will not only help to solve more crimes but also … Read More

The establishment of DNA databases has been and continues to be a source of controversy. Proponents of DNA databases argue that it supports a discipline that does not rely on subjective judgments and interpretations, and expanding DNA databases will not only help to solve more crimes but also … Read more

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A Dreadful Prognosis: Patentability of Diagnostic and Personalized Medical Procedures in the Wake of In re Bilski

A Dreadful Prognosis: Patentability of Diagnostic and Personalized Medical Procedures in the Wake of In re Bilski

Over the past few decades, patent applicants in certain technological fields are discovering a conflict inherent between the nature of their claimed inventions and judicial interpretation of Jefferson’s Patent Act language throughout the 19th and 20th Centuries. This conflict is particularly … Read More

Over the past few decades, patent applicants in certain technological fields are discovering a conflict inherent between the nature of their claimed inventions and judicial interpretation of Jefferson’s Patent Act language throughout the 19th and 20th Centuries. This conflict is particularly … Read more

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