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USPTO and "Telegate"
By now, we've all heard of the controversy regarding the lax oversight at the USPTO of examiners in the Office's Telework Program--what I'll unofficially dub as "Telegate."  Now, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee just announced an...
It’s Not Possible To Steal Facebook ‘Likes’–Mattocks v. BET
In 2008, Plaintiff Stacey Mattocks developed an (initially unofficial) Facebook page focusing on “The Game,” a television series initially aired on CW and later acquired by BET. In 2010, BET contacted Mattocks and hired her as a part-time worker, paying her $30 per hour. Her duties...
IP Analogy to Physical Property (in Architecture)
An interesting note in a 7th Circuit case, M. Arthur Gensler, Jr. & Assocs., Inc. v. Strabala shows how judges are continuing to apply the standards of physical property to intellectual property. In this case a dispute arose over the authorship (if you will) of a building. The Seventh ruled that...
Examination of Myriad-Mayo Guidance Comments -- AUTM, COGR, AAU, and APLU
By Donald Zuhn -- On March 4, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a guidance memorandum, entitled "Guidance For Determining Subject Matter Eligibility Of Claims Reciting Or Involving Laws of Nature, Natural Phenomena, & Natural Products" (or "Myriad-Mayo...

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How to comment on the proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure
If you wish to offer an on-the-record comment in response to the pending proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure -- which include a proposal to reduce the maximum word count of a principal appellate brief from 14,000 words to 12,500 words -- you can submit your...
Illinois Chancellor Wise is a fucking craven idiot and coward...
...and I'm delighted that my disrespectful and demeaning speech makes me unappointable at the University of Illinois, where the First Amendment no longer applies. This commentary on her disgraceful letter is apt and I endorse everything Mr. Wilson says. ADDENDUM:...
10 Things I Think about Broc Romanek's 10 Thoughts about Steven Davidoff Solomon's...
Like a lot of his fellow shareholder gadfly activist proponents Broc Romanek seems a bit put out by Steven Davidoff Solomon's NY Times column Grappling With the Cost of Corporate Gadflies. Broc... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content...
A RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN depression and inflammation….
A RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN depression and inflammation.
The NYT blithely dispenses with Scott Walker as a GOP presidential candidate.
The column is "Taking Account of Republican Presidential Contenders," by Albert R. Hunt, which begins with the assertion that this year "hasn’t been so kind to... Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin." That's backed up only with this: Mr. Walker of Wisconsin, 46, a success in a generally...

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