FDA Approves First Cancer-Spotting DNA Test

By: Rachel Theodorou On March 6 2018, the FDA approved, with warnings, the first ever breast cancer-spotting DNA test. This test, produced and distributed by California-based company 23andMe, searched for three DNA mutations that are found most commonly in people of Jewish descent. The test “analyzes DNA from a self-collected saliva sample, and the report describes if … Continue reading FDA Approves First Cancer-Spotting DNA Test

The Innocence Project and DNA Exoneration

By: Kristian Walker Steven Barnes was only 19 years old when the body of his Whitesboro High School classmate, Kimberly Simon, was found raped and murdered on the side of the road in 1985. Witness testimony revealed that a man matching Barnes’ description was seen near the scene that night, as well as a truck … Continue reading The Innocence Project and DNA Exoneration

Amazon’s New Patented Wristbands Can Track Warehouse Worker’s Productivity

By Samantha Cirillo New privacy and workplace concerns arise as Amazon gains two patents on wristband technology designed to monitor and steer warehouse worker’s everyday movements. The patent application was filed in 2016 and Amazon received both patents in early 2018. The wristband technology allows the company to trace where the workers are in relation … Continue reading Amazon’s New Patented Wristbands Can Track Warehouse Worker’s Productivity

Web Site Accessibility for Individuals with Disabilities

By: Laura O’Brien Applying for college, or graduate school, is a stressful time for any individual. For individuals with disabilities it can be an even burdensome when university websites are not accessible to them. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal regulation that requires public entities be accessible to individuals with disabilities. However, … Continue reading Web Site Accessibility for Individuals with Disabilities

Gene Therapy to Reverse Effects of Blindness: Science Fiction or Reality?

By: Rachel Theodorou The FDA is considering a new type of gene therapy that may be able to reverse the effects of gene mutation that causes blindness. This therapy, Luxturna (voretigene neparvovec is its scientific name), targets the RPE65 gene, which causes Leber’s congenital amaurosis (LCA), a rare form of blindness that begins during infancy. If Luxturna is approved … Continue reading Gene Therapy to Reverse Effects of Blindness: Science Fiction or Reality?

Starbucks Settles $10 Million Trademark Dispute Over Unicorn Blended Beverages

By: Elle Nainstein Since the 1971 opening of its first store in Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market, Starbucks Coffee Co. has grown to be one of the largest coffee companies in history, operating more than 24,000 retail stores in over 70 countries across the globe. Earlier this year, Starbucks released its “Unicorn Frappuccino” for a … Continue reading Starbucks Settles $10 Million Trademark Dispute Over Unicorn Blended Beverages

Pumpkin, Spice, and Everything Nice

By: Rachel Theodorou Every fall, a financial epidemic sweeps through the country, costing Americans over $500 million – this is what has become known as the “Pumpkin Spice Economy.” Since it’s launch by Starbucks in 2003, the Pumpkin Spice Latte (“PSL”) has created a hype, an obsession, that is unparalleled. Not only does Starbucks see a … Continue reading Pumpkin, Spice, and Everything Nice

Legal Battle Between Qualcomm and Apple Escalates

Cecilia Santostefano Earlier this month, Qualcomm confirmed that it has filed lawsuits in an intellectual property court in Beijing, China, where most iPhones are built. In its claim, the company asserted patent infringement and requested remedy in the form of an injunction, which has not been sought before and will delay the production and sale … Continue reading Legal Battle Between Qualcomm and Apple Escalates

Nintendo Wii Infringes Medical Device Patents, Jury Says

By: Nick Dellefave A jury in the Northern District of Texas has found video game giant Nintendo guilty of patent infringement in connection with technology used in its Wii and Wii U controllers. The suit, filed by medical device technology company iLife in 2013, alleged that the motion-sensing systems used in the controllers infringe six … Continue reading Nintendo Wii Infringes Medical Device Patents, Jury Says

Face ID: A Technological Advancement and a New Legal Battle

By: Christopher McIlveen On September 12, 2017, Apple unveiled what they proclaim to be the greatest leap in the advancement of the smartphone since Steve Jobs introduced the original iPhone. However, throughout the grandiose flaunting of the new features such as improved cameras and the ability to project oneself as an animated poop emoji, the … Continue reading Face ID: A Technological Advancement and a New Legal Battle