The Ongoing Debate Over 3D-Printed Guns

By: Elle Nainstein With 3D-printing technology on the rise, obtaining a gun may now be as easy as downloading one within the privacy of your own home. To do so, an individual could simply find blueprints for a firearm online, enter the schematics into a 3D printer, and within a matter of days, he or … Continue reading The Ongoing Debate Over 3D-Printed Guns

Is New EU Policy a Slippery Slope for Freedom of Speech?

By: Cayley Young Earlier this week, European Union officials released the latest attempt to battle fake news, a uniform “code of practice”. The code outlines specific protocols related to online advertisements consisting of politics or containing political messaging. Protocols address best practices to address campaigns dedicated to misinformation and call for investment in products capable of … Continue reading Is New EU Policy a Slippery Slope for Freedom of Speech?

Alexa Controlled Microwaves: More Privacy Concerns?

By: Nolan Hale Imagine not knowing how long to cook some type of food, let’s say a potato. You are so busy doing something and you do not want to look it up on your phone or computer. So, you put the potato in the microwave and say, “Alexa, please heat up this potato”. The … Continue reading Alexa Controlled Microwaves: More Privacy Concerns?

Suit Brought Against Apple By Visually Impaired

By: Emily Aziz On August 19, 2018, a class action suit was brought against Apple Inc. (“Apple”) in New York federal court. Plaintiff Himelda Mendez, and other visually impaired and legally blind persons who require reading software to read website content, claim that Apple’s website is in violation of the Plaintiff’s rights under the Americans … Continue reading Suit Brought Against Apple By Visually Impaired

A Reaction to a Shortage—Patents about EpiPen

By: Laura O’Brien In 2004, Congress passed the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, requiring food labels to include the eight major food allergens: milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soybeans. Prior to the Act, many foods were mislabeled, or failed to label one or more of these allergens. By mislabeling, or … Continue reading A Reaction to a Shortage—Patents about EpiPen

Using Neuroscience to Understand the Criminal Mind

By: Dejaih Johnson The legal system is primarily reactive in its processes. Whether through common law to prevent the reoccurrence of a certain act, or trials to determine the culpability of one accused of committing a certain act, much of the legwork is done after commission. However, what if we could get ahead of this … Continue reading Using Neuroscience to Understand the Criminal Mind

Is Your Phone Listening to You?

By: Emma Coppola Voice technology, for so many devices, has inevitably changed the way we communicate and manipulate our surroundings. “Talk to text” on our phone, helps us send messages to friends and family, when our hands might not be free. “Alexa”, with Amazon, can turn the lights on for us when we walk into … Continue reading Is Your Phone Listening to You?

Department of Justice to Crack Down on Safe Injection Facilities

By: Joseph Mallek U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was interviewed on the local Philadelphia radio station, WHYY, where he stated that the Department of Justice would be taking, “swift and aggressive action” against cities which open Safe Injection Facilities. Major cities across the United States are planning to open Safe Injection Facilities to combat … Continue reading Department of Justice to Crack Down on Safe Injection Facilities

In-N-Stout Beer’s Marketing Success based on an In-N-Out Burger’s Cease and Desist Letter

By Erin Kelly As a small brewery in California, Seven Stills Brewery & Distillery (“Seven Stills”) uses creative tactics to conjure up business. Among their marketing strategies is intentional trademark infringement. On July 12, 2018, Seven Still posted a picture to the social media platform, Instagram. The post displayed the In-N-Stout beer can design, advertising … Continue reading In-N-Stout Beer’s Marketing Success based on an In-N-Out Burger’s Cease and Desist Letter

Tethered Drones

By: Cody Andrushko Drones (also known as Unmanned Aircraft System (“UAS”)) are currently a subject of controversy within the United States and globally due to the potential safety, security, and privacy threats that people face when exposed to them. Currently, drones are operated both for recreational and commercial purposes. Tethered drone, a hybrid field of … Continue reading Tethered Drones

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

The iPhone X’s Controversial New Feature

By: Melissa Goldstein In honor of the iPhone’s tenth anniversary, Apple will be releasing the iPhone X. One of its new features, known as FaceID or facial recognition, allows users to unlock their phones just by staring into the camera. The iPhone creates a 3D map of a person’s face by using sensors, the front … Continue reading The iPhone X’s Controversial New Feature

Rubik’s Cube: The Battle for America’s Classic Toy

By: Elle Nanstein In 1974, Erno Rubik, a Professor of Architecture in Budapest, Hungary, created a six-sided, colorfully decorated cube puzzle in an effort to provide new and exciting ways to present information to his students. Though it took over a month for Erno to work out the solution to his puzzle, he was able … Continue reading Rubik’s Cube: The Battle for America’s Classic Toy

Vengeance of Nokia, It is Back!

Xiang Qi Nokia has acquired the exclusive rights to market phones under the storied Nokia brand and plans to announce four phones at the Mobile World Congress, which is set off on Feb. 26 in Barcelona, Spain. Besides the reboot of the classic 3310, the company also plans to release the Nokia 5 and Nokia … Continue reading Vengeance of Nokia, It is Back!

Samsung’s Heir’s Arrest Clouds the Company’s Future

Xiang Qi Samsung’s de facto chairman, now vice chairman, Lee Jae-yong was arrested on Friday in South Korea on account of bribery, embezzlement and perjury as a part of an investigation into a confidante of the President Park Geun-hye. In South Korea’s chaebol culture, the chairman must endorse or make corporate decisions. So the arrest … Continue reading Samsung’s Heir’s Arrest Clouds the Company’s Future

By the Corporations, For the Corporations: Scott Pruitt Chooses Not to Ban Insecticide

Emma Fusco The new head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, and made one of his first formal actions as the nation’s top environmental official this past Wednesday.  About a decade ago, two environmental groups asked the agency to ban all uses of an insecticide called clorphyrifos.   After being banned in 200 for … Continue reading By the Corporations, For the Corporations: Scott Pruitt Chooses Not to Ban Insecticide

Snap Aims for Valuation of More Than $20 Billion IPO

Xiang Qi The company, Snap Inc., disclosed on Thursday that it expected to be valued at as much as $22.2 billion in the sale. Snap would be worth $20.9 billion at the midpoint of the offering’s range of $14 to $16 per share. The final pricing of the new shares as well as the company’s … Continue reading Snap Aims for Valuation of More Than $20 Billion IPO

Laches Defense in Patent Cases

Justin Farooq The United States Supreme Court ruled last week that patent owners may not use the doctrine of laches, meaning that they may not assert that defendants slept too long on their rights as a defense to lawsuits filed within the Patent Act’s six-year statute of limitations.[1]  The high court stated that allowing defendants … Continue reading Laches Defense in Patent Cases

Protection of Trademarks: The Overprotective Parents

Annie Millar Part of protecting a trademark involves monitoring potential infringing trademarks on the market, which often involves attorneys drafting cease and desist letters. On occasion, these trademark holders go above and beyond, sending aggressive letters in an attempt to protect a trademark. The result is comedic stories that are passed along the internet. Back … Continue reading Protection of Trademarks: The Overprotective Parents

Scientists are Making Headway in the Treatment of Neurodegenerative Diseases

Cecilia Santostefano Nilotinib was created to treat one of the dozens of types of leukemia, but doctors are hopeful that it will slow down the progression of two diseases of the brain.[1] Currently, there is no treatment that can delay or stop the neurodegenerative diseases known as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.[2] The term “neurodegeneration” refers to … Continue reading Scientists are Making Headway in the Treatment of Neurodegenerative Diseases

Cryonics: A solution to ensure survival of human tissue, or a feeble-dream of fantasy

Thomas Carlon Throughout much of Hollywood, cryopreservation has been depicted as “deep-freezing” whole human bodies in cyrochambers, only to be easily awoken moments after the chamber has been opened. At what point is this just fantasy as compared to real-life. In today’s standards cryopreservation holds a pivotal role in preserving human tissue – such as … Continue reading Cryonics: A solution to ensure survival of human tissue, or a feeble-dream of fantasy

The Rush to Save Dark Data

Emma Fusco The Trump administration has made clear the disdain for evidence that shows how human activity is affecting the planet.  The administration is now proposing hefty budget cuts for government agencies including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Environment Protection Agency.  Fear is now buzzing among researchers that government data will be … Continue reading The Rush to Save Dark Data

WikiLeaks Seeks to Work With Companies in Wake of CIA Data Leak

Aiden Scott After the disclosure of over 8,000 documents which “demonstrate vulnerabilities in smartphones, televisions,and software” identified by the CIA Jullian Assange has announced that he wants to work with companies to close these vulnerabilities in their technology. If the release by WikiLeaks was legitimate, then it would reveal that the CIA “has the ability … Continue reading WikiLeaks Seeks to Work With Companies in Wake of CIA Data Leak

Life Beyond Earth: Is interstellar space travel to TRAPPIST-1 possible?

Thomas Carlon In humans’ search for extraterrestrial life, we often find ourselves wondering if human life could exist elsewhere in the universe. Over the years, nearly 3,500 planets have been discovered orbiting stars in the universe, however, none have been quite as publicized as the TRAPPIST-1 solar system.[1] The discovery of TRAPPIST-1 could ignite new … Continue reading Life Beyond Earth: Is interstellar space travel to TRAPPIST-1 possible?

EPA to pull back on fuel-efficiency standards for cars, trucks in future model years

Gurshamsheer Kailey The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) intends to withdraw final determination on strict fuel-efficiency standards for future cars and light trucks. Standards for model year 2022 to 2025 would require 54.5 miles per gallon average for the cars and light truck fleet. EPA though agreed to review the 2022-2025 standards, decided against it and … Continue reading EPA to pull back on fuel-efficiency standards for cars, trucks in future model years

NY Times: A Lawsuit Against Uber Highlights the Rush to Conquer Driverless Cars

Teal Johnson Waymo (Google’s cousin company under their parent entity, Alphabet) filed a lawsuit in federal court against Uber accusing a former employee of planning to steal trade secrets regarding autonomous vehicles.  There is a rush to create self-driving cars because companies such as Alphabet and Uber view this as critical technology that may upend … Continue reading NY Times: A Lawsuit Against Uber Highlights the Rush to Conquer Driverless Cars

Limits to the International Reach of U.S. Patent Laws

Justin Farooq Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court held for a California company in a patent infringement case that confines the international scope of U.S. patent laws.[1] The justices held, unanimously, that the company’s delivery of a single part of a patented invention for assemblage in a different country did not infringe patent laws.[2]  The California … Continue reading Limits to the International Reach of U.S. Patent Laws

Big Pharma: The Reputation Falls

Annie Millar Recently, issues have arisen arguing that large pharmaceutical companies exist simply to steal our money and endanger the poor by immensely skyrocketing prices of pharmaceuticals. Most of this is a result of Martin Shkreli, the CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, who drastically increased the price of Daraprim from $13.50 a pill to $750 a … Continue reading Big Pharma: The Reputation Falls

Personal Airplane Television Screens Likely to Fade Away

Lindsey Marie Round While the overall trend worldwide seems to be to increase the amount of technology that individuals encounter daily, airlines may have a different idea in mind. The New York Times reports that many airlines are considering doing away with the television screens that are frequently found on the backs of the seats … Continue reading Personal Airplane Television Screens Likely to Fade Away

Germany Bans Talking Doll

Samantha Cirillo Concerned about a children’s doll recording day-to-day conversations, the Federal Network Agency announced a ban on the latest interactive doll, “Cayla”. The ban was centered around a concern of hacker’s ability to steal personal information by accessing Cayla’s recordings over an insecure Bluetooth connection. The Cayla doll was manufactured by a company based … Continue reading Germany Bans Talking Doll

Ford’s $1 Billion Movement into the Self-Driving Industry

Cecilia Santostefano Back in December, an artificial intelligence start-up known as Argo AI developed, focusing on developing autonomous vehicle technology.[1] Now, it has gained the support of one of the oldest automobile manufacturers in the country: Ford.[2] Over the course of the next five years, Ford will be making a $1 billion investment in the … Continue reading Ford’s $1 Billion Movement into the Self-Driving Industry

The Icing on the Cake: A Crack in Larsen C Grew 17 Miles in the Last Two Months

Emma Fusco A crack in Antarctica’s shelf, called Larsen C, has been inching closer and closer to a full break.  Since December, the crack has grown seventeen miles.  To put that statistic into a user-friendly perspective, that’s about the length of five football fields per day.  With only about 20 miles left to reach the … Continue reading The Icing on the Cake: A Crack in Larsen C Grew 17 Miles in the Last Two Months

D.C. the New Silicon Valley?

Brittany Charles  Take a walk around Washington D.C. and you might see something you never noticed before: an influx of technology companies in the area. It is true that Washington D.C. is the mecca for individuals seeking to work within all facets of American politics, from federal government to non-profit organizations. However, the historically government-oriented … Continue reading D.C. the New Silicon Valley?

Ford to Invest $1 Billion in Artificial Intelligence Start-Up

Gurshamsheer Kailey Ford Motor will invest in Argo AI, an artificial intelligence start-up formed in December. Ford Motor made an announcement of their plan to invest $ 1 billion in AI over the next five years. Argo AI will exclusively develop technology for self-driving cars for Ford first, and then license it to others. Argo … Continue reading Ford to Invest $1 Billion in Artificial Intelligence Start-Up

A Future with Cyborgs: Will Judgment Day Be Reality or Fiction?

Thomas Carlon In an era where technology is becoming exponentially more complex and sophisticated, and quickly surpassing human skill, humans may not be able to maintain their superiority over technology and artificial intelligence (“AI”). Is it possible to witness the creation of artificial intelligence and the rise of cyborgs in our generation? Elon Musk believes … Continue reading A Future with Cyborgs: Will Judgment Day Be Reality or Fiction?

Family DNA Searches Seen as Crime-Solving Tool, and Intrusion on Rights

Teal Johnson DNA familial searching allows investigators to compare DNA from a crime scene with offender databases with parameters allowing for identification of people who are likely to be close relatives of the person who may have committed the crime.  Law enforcement officials say that results are more of a lead than a piece of … Continue reading Family DNA Searches Seen as Crime-Solving Tool, and Intrusion on Rights

Legal Innovation 101

Justin Farooq The Midyear Meeting took place February 5, 2017 in Miami.  One of the most talked about events centered around five panelists at the “Legal Innovation 101” discussion.[1]  The consensus of five panelists’ message was simple: Catching up with legal technology is no longer a luxury in a tough market for legal services. While … Continue reading Legal Innovation 101

Google Not Ready to Comply with the FBI

Brittany Charles In early 2017, the battle between U.S. law enforcement agencies and major tech companies continues to rage on. In February, a Philadelphia Magistrate Judge, ruled against recent precedence, and ordered a Gmail provider to comply with a FBI warrant requesting emails of gmail users stored outside of the U.S.. Google relied on the … Continue reading Google Not Ready to Comply with the FBI

The 5 Intellectual Property Cases that You Cannot Miss in 2017

Annie Millar Over the past twenty years, the Supreme Court has demonstrated an increased interest in hearing argument on intellectual property cases. That interest does not seem to be dwindling. As a result, there are five cases that you should be on the lookout for in 2017. Case One: Racial Slurs in Trademarks: Acceptable or … Continue reading The 5 Intellectual Property Cases that You Cannot Miss in 2017

UBER CEO to Leave Trump Advisory Council under Criticism

Xiang Qi The Silicon Valley was never a fan of Trump’s presidency and once again, they are making their disagreement heard to the White House. Soon after the White House announced its controversial travel ban last week, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick was under pressure during his regular meeting at Uber headquarter in San Francisco when … Continue reading UBER CEO to Leave Trump Advisory Council under Criticism

Silicon Valley Speaks: Amazon and Expedia Join Lawsuit Against Immigration Order

Emma Fusco Amazon and Expedia are the first two technology companies to oppose the immigration order as part of a lawsuit against the Trump Administration.  Their main issue: the order will hurt their business.  The suit asks the court to declare key parts of the executive order unconstitutional. The order impairs both Expedia’s and Amazon’s … Continue reading Silicon Valley Speaks: Amazon and Expedia Join Lawsuit Against Immigration Order

Will Science Suffer Under Trump’s Travel Ban?

Lishayne King The ban of individuals from a number of largely Muslim countries has many struggling to grapple with the ban’s consequences and ramifications. The ban is of particular concern to the scientific community, as the ban “could hinder research, affect recruitment of top scientists and dampen the free exchange of scientific ideas.” The president … Continue reading Will Science Suffer Under Trump’s Travel Ban?

Scientists Solve Mysterious Outbreak in Muzaffarpur, India

Samantha Cirillo As early as 1995, hundreds of children in the Indian town of Muzzaffarpur die each year from an unknown disease. [1] Every year the outbreak began in mid-May as the temperatures grew and ended during Monsoon season in late-July. [2] In 2014, 390 children were admitted into the hospital and 122 died. [3] … Continue reading Scientists Solve Mysterious Outbreak in Muzaffarpur, India

Cybercrime and cyberwar: A spotter’s guide to the groups that are out to get you

Jeffrey Cullen Today, there are many security threats to the well being of individuals, corporations, governments, and entities of all kinds. The method of gaining access to secured information has shifted to means of cybercrime and has become significantly effective. Each year, organizations experience data breaches resulting in compromised records of financial and personal information.[1] … Continue reading Cybercrime and cyberwar: A spotter’s guide to the groups that are out to get you

FCC Ends Investigation of ISP’s in Zero Rating Probe

Aiden Scott Zero-rating is a practice that occurs when ISP’s allow consumers to visit certain websites, or use certain apps without impacting their monthly data limits. Companies such as T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon have all been part of a yearlong investigation that has been conducted by the FCC. The FCC noted that AT&T and Verizon’s … Continue reading FCC Ends Investigation of ISP’s in Zero Rating Probe

The Twitter Takeover

Annie Millar In the 21st century news reporters rely heavily on technology. Computers and cellphones are the tools required to get information to the public as fast as possible. Without the opportunity to send out information quickly, reporters would be at a disadvantage. But, reporters face issues when waltzing into a federal court house. Mike … Continue reading The Twitter Takeover

FDA Issues New Guidance on Medical Devices.

William Salage On January 18, 2017, the Food and Drug Administration [FDA] announced two new draft guidance on medical product communications.[1] The purpose of the drafts is to help provide clarity for medical product companies, as well as other interested parties, on FDA’s current thinking and recommendations for a few different types of communications about … Continue reading FDA Issues New Guidance on Medical Devices.

Video-streaming “Kodi Box” Seller Pleads Not Guilty in Copyright and Pirating Case

Samuel Miller In a case originating from the United Kingdom, a shopkeeper pled not guilty to charges of circumventing copyright and anti-piracy laws by selling pre-loaded software which allows users to watch video streams of TV shows and other media. With the advent of these types of devices, which include other popular devices such as … Continue reading Video-streaming “Kodi Box” Seller Pleads Not Guilty in Copyright and Pirating Case

New Prospects for Growing Human Replacement Organs in Animals

Gurshamsheer Kailey Scientists have successfully grown human stem cells in pig embryos making it possible, in the future, to develop human organs in animals for transplant. Stem cells from patient’s skin would be used to grow the desired organ in an animal and later harvested and transplanted into the patient’s body. Chimeras, animals composed of … Continue reading New Prospects for Growing Human Replacement Organs in Animals

Hacking Concerns Surrounding Donald Trump’s Twitter Account

Ashley Menard When Donald Trump was elected as the President of the United States, there has been growing concern surrounding his infamous Twitter account. Particularly, many are concerned about the account getting hacked by bad actors. Recently, according to a man who identifies himself online as WauchulaGhost, the president is vulnerable to hackers because of … Continue reading Hacking Concerns Surrounding Donald Trump’s Twitter Account

Supreme Court to Examine Patent Venue Shopping

Nick Dellefave The Supreme Court is set to decide a case which may put an end to the widespread practice of forum shopping in patent cases. On December 14, 2016, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in TC Heartland v. Kraft to consider the question of whether the current patent venue statute, 28 U.S.C. § 1400(b), … Continue reading Supreme Court to Examine Patent Venue Shopping

Rock Band Challenging Law Barring Registration of Disparaging Trademarks

Justin Farooq On January 18, 2017 a majority of the U.S. Supreme Court looked to be amenable to arguments by a rock band that is challenging the federal law that bans the registration of disparaging trademarks. The petitioners in this case are the Slants, an Asian-American band who claims the ban violates the First Amendment. … Continue reading Rock Band Challenging Law Barring Registration of Disparaging Trademarks

Rock Band Challenging Law Barring Registration of Disparaging Trademarks

Justin Farooq On January 18, 2017 a majority of the U.S. Supreme Court looked to be amenable to arguments by a rock band that is challenging the federal law that bans the registration of disparaging trademarks.[1] The petitioners in this case are the Slants, an Asian-American band who claims the ban violates the First Amendment. … Continue reading Rock Band Challenging Law Barring Registration of Disparaging Trademarks

Science Does Not Lie: Increasing Global Temperatures

Lindsey Round Regardless of political beliefs, scientific findings show that the Earth reached record high temperatures in 2016, exceeding previous records set in 2015 and 2014.[1] Three consecutive years of setting record temperatures is something that should at least cause individuals to question why this is happening. Scientists have attributed the increasing temperatures to both … Continue reading Science Does Not Lie: Increasing Global Temperatures

The Ants Go Marching One by One…But Do Humans?

Cecilia Santostefano The fruit fly is one of the most well-known model organisms; it has been behind a vast amount of scientific research for over a century. Recently, though, another insect has intrigued scientists when it comes to answering the question of how human societies are organized. In a world where studying the brain and … Continue reading The Ants Go Marching One by One…But Do Humans?

Pokemon Goes to Court; New Liability for New Technology

Robert D. Lang This article was originally printed in the New York Law Journal on August 15, 2016. See the original article here. Every generation has its own new fads, which can sweep across the country, if not the world, seemingly from nowhere, capturing the imagination and attention of millions.1 Why the crazes begin and … Continue reading Pokemon Goes to Court; New Liability for New Technology

Army Corps Orders Sioux Eviction

Cecilia Santostefano The Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes have been protesting the Dakota Access pipeline for fear of water contamination as well the impact on sacred sites, including burial grounds.[1] The pipeline builder requires a final permit before the project may be underway. This permit would allow the pipeline to cross under the … Continue reading Army Corps Orders Sioux Eviction

Hashtag No-Filter: Instagram as a Platform for Art Dealers

Emma Fusco Instagram has turned the art market on its head, especially for younger buyers.[1]  Matt Carey-Williams is a London-based deputy chairman for Europe and Asia at the Phillips auction house.[2]  By using Instagram as a marketing tool, art sellers are selling pieces for about 10 times its estimate all because the buyer had seen … Continue reading Hashtag No-Filter: Instagram as a Platform for Art Dealers

Transition from Nuclear Fission to Fusion

Aiden Scott Venture capitalist such as Peter Thiel and amazon founder Jeff Bezos are attempting to take advantage of the long-delayed progress of nuclear energy. Theil has been funding a fusion start up called Helion Energy, and Bezos has invested in General Fusion Inc., in an attempt to take advantage of nuclear fusion’s potential capabilities … Continue reading Transition from Nuclear Fission to Fusion

December FDA Update – Jardiance May Reduce Risk of Cardiovascular Death

William Salage The U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] today approved a new indication for Jardiance (empagliflozin) to reduce the risk of cardiovascular death in adult patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular disease. Jardiance is marketed by Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly and Company. Risk of cardiovascular death is 70 percent higher in … Continue reading December FDA Update – Jardiance May Reduce Risk of Cardiovascular Death

More Surveillance is not More Helpful

Xiang Qi The majority of McDonald’s restaurants in the United States have installed cameras on sight. This naturally would lead to less efforts by the police in order to catch a thief when almost all the drive-through restaurants have a camera to record people who try to drive off without paying, or to catch employee … Continue reading More Surveillance is not More Helpful

Dunkin’ Donuts Removes Splenda From Stores Nationwide, Resulting in Trademark Lawsuit

Lindsey Marie Round Trouble is brewing in Dunkin’ Donuts stores nationwide. As of April 30, 2016, Dunkin’ Donuts no longer offers Splenda brand sweetener to its customers.[1]  A generic sweetener in similar pastel yellow packets has recently replaced Splenda in stores throughout the country.[2] Consequently, it appears that many customers, and possibly employees, are deceived … Continue reading Dunkin’ Donuts Removes Splenda From Stores Nationwide, Resulting in Trademark Lawsuit

Galaxy Note 7 Disease Spread to Other Samsung Products

Xiang Qi Samsung has been playing cute in face of newly found issues with its home and kitchen appliances. It has recalled more than 144,000 washing machines in Australia as they are prone to exploding. Over the years, Samsung has issued a series of recalls worldwide from microwave ovens in the United States to refrigerators … Continue reading Galaxy Note 7 Disease Spread to Other Samsung Products

Companies Blame Smartphone Apps for Rise in Traffic Fatalities

Samantha Cirillo Increasingly within the past decade, smartphones have become a major part of our everyday lives. For some, this may mean cell phone use while driving. Insurance companies are convinced that the sudden rise in traffic fatalities is due to the use of cell phone apps. Companies have identified this issue as the “new … Continue reading Companies Blame Smartphone Apps for Rise in Traffic Fatalities

November FDA Update – Development of Zika Virus Pathology Model

William Salage Scientists at FDA have developed a neonatal mouse model that provides a platform for potentially improving studies to understand the pathology of the Zika virus. The model was published in PLoS Pathogens, is the description of a neonatal mouse model that provides a platform for potentially improving and expediting studies to understand the … Continue reading November FDA Update – Development of Zika Virus Pathology Model

What Trump Means for Technology

Shamsheer Kailey With Donald Trump having been elected as the new President of USA, attention has shifted to how his policies will impact various fields – one of them being technology. While Obama’s policies were pro-innovation, there are a lot of uncertainties with Trump and his policies. A US based nonprofit group, Information Technology and … Continue reading What Trump Means for Technology

Under Construction: the “Great Firewall” of China

Cecilia Santostefano Despite earlier petitions to reconsider, China passed a law in early November tightening internet controls. The legislation that is set to go into effect in summer 2017 is an effort to prevent terrorism and attempts to “overthrow[] the socialist system.”[1] It threatens to punish companies that allow unapproved information to circulate the internet; … Continue reading Under Construction: the “Great Firewall” of China

Link Between Fracking and Earthquakes

Emma Fusco The debate over fracking has been long and arduous, but the credibility of some arguments is now coming to a close.  Opponents often cite the risk that the process may set off earthquakes, which scientists often discredit in the United States, as these types of earthquakes are uncommon.[1]  However, Alberta has seen earthquakes … Continue reading Link Between Fracking and Earthquakes

An Out of This World Ballot in This Year’s Presidential Election

November 9, 2016 saw an election that was historic in many ways. As we all know, every vote counts, even those cast outside of the United States. History was made not only in the United States, not only on Earth, but also in outer space. Shane Kimbrough, a NASA astronaut on the International Space Station, … Continue reading An Out of This World Ballot in This Year’s Presidential Election

Uber Attempts to Settle with Drivers

Aiden Scott Uber is taking advantage of the multiple cases it has open in an attempt to use its settlement with drivers to vacate a previous ruling which limits the company’s ability to limit lawsuits through mandatory arbitration. In 2014 Judge Edward Chen, who must approve the $100m settlement, ruled that Uber must make it … Continue reading Uber Attempts to Settle with Drivers

Explorers Find Ship Wreckage at Bottom of Black Sea

Lindsey Marie Round Explorers shed new light, both figuratively and literally, on ship wreckage at the base of the Black Sea.[1] They used technology to take high resolution photos of ship wreckage that can be dated back to the 13th or 14th century.[2] This marks the first time that a ship of this kind has … Continue reading Explorers Find Ship Wreckage at Bottom of Black Sea

Facebook to Stop Ethnicity-based Targeting for Some Ads

Shamsheer Kailey Facebook came under scrutiny for its discriminatory network policies and algorithms that shape what appears on the user’s news feed. Questions have also been raised about Facebook’s role in the victory of Trump. Following such criticism, Facebook has decided to stop any ethnic or race based ads on its service by disabling use … Continue reading Facebook to Stop Ethnicity-based Targeting for Some Ads

High Price to Pay for Birth Control

Emma Fusco South Carolina Medicaid, along with 19 other states, gives women the option of birth control at quite an odd time: right after having a child.[1]  Nearly half of all pregnancies in the United States are unplanned, and in a majority of those cases, the woman already has at least one child with rates … Continue reading High Price to Pay for Birth Control

PTO Asks for Feedback on Patent Examination Timing

Aiden Scott This week the Patent and Trademark Office is asking for community feedback regarding the amount of time it spends reviewing patent applications. The request for feedback is part of an ongoing effort by the Patent and Trademark office to “reevaluate its examination time goals.” Since examination goals were originally created, they have only … Continue reading PTO Asks for Feedback on Patent Examination Timing

Centurylink’s $25 Billion Merger With Level 3 Communications

Xiang Qi Following the recent merger of AT&T and Time Warner at a stunning $85 billion price, Centurylink, a high-speed fiber optic cable company is paying $25 billion for Level 3 Communications. Qualcomm, which makes semiconductors for smartphones, also proposed a $38 billion acquisition for NXP Semiconductors. After the merger, Centurylink is now among the … Continue reading Centurylink’s $25 Billion Merger With Level 3 Communications

Scientists Develop “Self-Healing” Magnetic Ink

Lindsey Marie Round Just like your body self-heals after you get a cut, scientists are in the midst of developing a new, innovative technology which enables fabric or devices that are printed with a special magnetic ink to “heal” themselves.[1] The magnetic ink has tiny particles of magnet embedded within it that attract to one … Continue reading Scientists Develop “Self-Healing” Magnetic Ink

November FDA Update – Approval of St. Jude’s Amplatzer PFO Occuder Device

William Salage On October 28, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration approved St. Jude Medical Inc.’s Amplatzer PFO Occluder device. The PFO Occluder is a tool designed for patients who have previously experienced a stroke because of a blood clot passing through a small hole in the heart called the patent foramen ovale, or PFO. … Continue reading November FDA Update – Approval of St. Jude’s Amplatzer PFO Occuder Device

Obama to sign cybersecurity bill as privacy advocates fume

Jeffrey Cullen As of December 2015, President Barack Obama was prepared to sign a new bill pertaining to cybersecurity based upon the increased cyber attacks. It has been observed that many cyber attackers use the same strategies on subsequent attacks.[1] This bill is designed to allow companies to legally share with each other and the … Continue reading Obama to sign cybersecurity bill as privacy advocates fume

US Presidential Election 2016: Clinton and Trump on Cybersecurity

Christopher W. Folk This is to attempt to glean through both their words and actions what the principle candidates’ positions are on cyber security.  Excluded here are any specific remarks that either candidate may have directed at the other candidate’s cyber security posture. Hillary Clinton – The Democratic Nominee Clinton has served in various political … Continue reading US Presidential Election 2016: Clinton and Trump on Cybersecurity

Clouds on the [New] Horizon

Cecilia Santostefano Since its discovery in 1930, it has been difficult for astronomers to observe Pluto because of its small size. NASA has utilized telescopes like the Hubble to learn about Pluto in the past, but the latest mission involves the New Horizons spacecraft. Images reveal the planet covered in water-ice mountains, plains of frozen … Continue reading Clouds on the [New] Horizon

MIT’s Nightmare Machine: A Real Life Halloween Thriller

Caitlin Holland The laws in the United States are still adapting to rapidly evolving technological advancements. The intense growth in the field of Artificial Intelligence begs the question: will the law be able to regulate the advancements of these computers? Can we control them? These sound like the questions posed by a science fiction movie, … Continue reading MIT’s Nightmare Machine: A Real Life Halloween Thriller

FCC Passes New Online Privacy Rules

Samantha Cirillo On Thursday October 27th, federal officials delivered a ruling that was a major win for online consumer privacy. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued new rules that require internet providers to receive explicit consent from consumers before using their browsing data. Before the new rules, internet providers were able to access consumers’ data … Continue reading FCC Passes New Online Privacy Rules

Helpful Hints for Lawyers Regarding Social Media

Lishayne King With the advent of technological advances, many are beginning to wonder if “privacy” still remains. The most intimate details of a person’s life may now become public at the click of a button or with the snap of a picture. One platform that illuminates the questionable privacy of our daily lives is social … Continue reading Helpful Hints for Lawyers Regarding Social Media

Laches Defense in Patent Cases

Justin Farooq More than 30 companies, including Google, Intel Corp. and Visa, have filed amicus briefs urging the Supreme Court to end laches as a defense in patent cases.[1]  The case in question is SCA Hygiene Products AB et al. v. First Quality Baby Products LLC et al.  SCA argues that “because Section 286 of … Continue reading Laches Defense in Patent Cases

Tiny Robots to Combat Climate Change

Cecilia Santostefano With climate change a dividing issue in the recent presidential election, biomimicry has received a large amount of media attention. Biomimicry studies and then translates nature into human strategy.[1] There are many designs that exist today to monitor how an ecosystem is operating, so that man-made technology may mirror and improve that given … Continue reading Tiny Robots to Combat Climate Change

Smarthome Devices Used in Cyber Attack

Caitlin Holland On Friday, October 22nd, Twitter, Spotify, Reddit, and other companies that use the company called Dyn to direct users to its website were offline. Security analysts concluded that hackers used internet-connected home devices to attack the Dyn company. Dyn is an DNS service, “a crucial part of web infrastructure” that acts as an … Continue reading Smarthome Devices Used in Cyber Attack

Brexit Impact on EU Safe Harbor Agreements

Christopher W. Folk In the referendum on June 23 with voter turnout exceeding 70%, voters in the UK decided 52% to 48% to leave the European Union.  The exit of the UK from the EU has been coined Brexit (Britain and exit).  Under the EU, a member may exit subject to Article 50 of the … Continue reading Brexit Impact on EU Safe Harbor Agreements

October FDA Update – Approval of Cancer Drug, Lartruvo

William Salage On October 19, 2016, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new drug, Lartruvo (olaratumab), to treat adults with certain soft tissue sarcomas (STS). Specifically, cancers that develop in muscles, fat, tendons or other soft tissues. Lartruvo is approved alongside the already approved drug doxorubicin for the treatment of patients with … Continue reading October FDA Update – Approval of Cancer Drug, Lartruvo

Under Pressure: Samsung Now Officially Terminates the Flagship “Boom 7”

Xiang Qi On Tuesday, Samsung finally killed it flagship cellphone “Galaxy Note 7” after numerous reports of phone explosion in the United States and worldwide. Starting from August, Galaxy Note 7 has spontaneously exploded during normal usage by customers. Initially, Samsung concluded that the defect was caused by faulty batteries from one of its suppliers. … Continue reading Under Pressure: Samsung Now Officially Terminates the Flagship “Boom 7”

Potential Ninth Planet in Our Solar System

Lindsey Marie Round Ten years ago, the world received shocking news that Pluto is not a full planet, but rather a dwarf planet.[1] In fact, scientists determined that there is not just one dwarf planet, Pluto, but there are multiple of these smaller planets in our solar system.[2] For all of those who grew up … Continue reading Potential Ninth Planet in Our Solar System

Are Satellites the Next Cybersecurity Battleground?

Jeffrey Cullen Alyssa Newcomb explains that many of our everyday activities rely on global positioning systems (GPS). Satellites in space are used in many different ways including intelligence gathering, communication, and navigation.[1] There has been much discussion about the vulnerability of our data through the use of the Internet. One realm that people may overlook … Continue reading Are Satellites the Next Cybersecurity Battleground?

Comcast to Cap Residential Data

Shamsheer Kailey Beginning November 1, Comcast is applying 1-terabyte data cap to residential broadband customers in nearly a dozen states. Which means additional fee will be charged for going over the monthly limit. Usually, home Internet providers avoid placing a cap on data usage leaving it to the discretion of the wireless carriers. This is … Continue reading Comcast to Cap Residential Data

“Life Does Not Stop and Start at Your Convenience” The Aid in Dying Movement Gains New States

Emma Fusco Aid in dying has been a movement that has been under fire, with states like Oregon taking much of the flack.  Luckily for them, the backlash will likely now be dispersed over more states.  New York, Colorado, and the District of Columbia may soon join Oregon and a handful of other states where … Continue reading “Life Does Not Stop and Start at Your Convenience” The Aid in Dying Movement Gains New States

Distributed Denial of Service Attack on East Coast

Nicholas Fedorka It all started on on Friday morning, October 21st at 7:10 AM and wasn’t fixed until almost 12 hours later.  Dyn, a New Hamspshire-based company that monitors and routes Internet Traffic, was the victim of a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS).  This same issue affected East Coast users from accessing Twitter, Spotify, … Continue reading Distributed Denial of Service Attack on East Coast

Lily’s Place: A Treatment Option for Opioid Addicted Newborns

Samantha Cirillo Today, the United States is facing an opioid epidemic. The number of pregnant women using heroin, opioids, or methadone has increased more than 5 times the rate since 2000. As a result, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, every 25 minutes a baby is born with opioid withdrawals in the United … Continue reading Lily’s Place: A Treatment Option for Opioid Addicted Newborns

Zynga’s Patent Infringement Under Alice Test

Justin Farooq Online game developer Zynga Inc. survived a patent infringement lawsuit asserted by numerous technology companies concerning its online social casino gaming platform on October 13, 2016 when a federal judge in Nevada held that the alleged patents were invalid according to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corporation PTF. LTD. v. CLS … Continue reading Zynga’s Patent Infringement Under Alice Test

Justices Question $400M Award in Apple-Samsung Case

Teal Johnson This Samsung and Apple dispute is the first design patent case to make it to the Supreme Court in over 120 years.  Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. appealed a jury verdict that awarded Apple Inc. $399 million.  The patents-in-suit are U.S. Patent Numbers D593,087, D604,305 and D618,677.  The case is Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. … Continue reading Justices Question $400M Award in Apple-Samsung Case

The Story Behind the App: Red Zone Map

Annie Millar We rely on phone applications, or apps, on a daily basis. Without them, our smart phones would simply be used to make calls, something that seems ancient now. There are apps for everything imaginable, including social media, calendars, maps, and fitness trackers. Due to their prevalence in our lives, we tend to overlook … Continue reading The Story Behind the App: Red Zone Map

N.S.A. Contractor Arrested

Lishayne King At a time when privacy and information concerns are high, it appears that yet another government official is under investigation to determine “whether he stole and disclosed highly classified computer code developed by the [NSA] to hack into the networks of foreign governments.” On August 27th, an F.B.I. raid on contractor Harold T. … Continue reading N.S.A. Contractor Arrested

China’s cyber and trade war has US firms, national security in crosshairs

Jeffrey Cullen A recent issue in cyber security is China’s efforts to hack and steal intellectual property from the United States. Thousands of Chinese hackers have gained the ability to steal intellectual property from United States industries. This information is then used to produce identical products and sell those products at low rates that companies … Continue reading China’s cyber and trade war has US firms, national security in crosshairs

Accusations of Russian Hacking in 2016 US Election

Nicholas Fedorka Russian hackers have been accused by the United States for carrying out a series of attacks against political organizations.  United States officials claim it’s an attempt “to interfere with the US election.”  Specifically, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton claims her party had been targeted.   This is all happening at a time when Russia’s relations … Continue reading Accusations of Russian Hacking in 2016 US Election

Yahoo Said to Have Aided U.S. Email Surveillance by Adapting Spam Filter

Teal Johnson Yahoo had a system intended for scanning emails of child pornography and spam which has helped Yahoo search messages for a computer “signature” tied to communications of a state-sponsored terrorist organization because of a secret court order.  Last year a judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court barred Yahoo from disclosing the matter. … Continue reading Yahoo Said to Have Aided U.S. Email Surveillance by Adapting Spam Filter

California Governor Signed Bills Decriminalizing Child Prostitution

Samantha Cirillo In California, the law on prostitution is beginning to shift away from prosecuting the children and young women that may have been forced into the industry. This is largely a result of organizations such as “Saving Innocence” and “Rights4Girls”, and their efforts to show that minors are victims, not criminals. [1] On Monday, … Continue reading California Governor Signed Bills Decriminalizing Child Prostitution

Nobel Price Recipients Announced

Lindsey Marie Round It is that time of the year again. Over the past week and this coming week, the Nobel Prize recipients have been or will be announced in anticipation of the Nobel Prize Awards ceremony in December. It is always exciting to hear will be receiving the awards each year. On Wednesday, October … Continue reading Nobel Price Recipients Announced

N.S.A. Contractor Charged in Baltimore

Cecilia Santostefano Charges against Harold Martin, a contractor with the National Security Agency became unsealed on Wednesday, October 5, 2016. The fifty-one-year-old from Maryland has been charged with theft of government property and the unauthorized removal and retention of classified materials.[1] Materials include a highly classified code generated to break into the electronic systems of … Continue reading N.S.A. Contractor Charged in Baltimore

Commentators Struggle to Figure Out Reason for EpiPen Price Increase

By: Lindsey Marie Round In the wake of a dramatic increase in the price of Mylan’s well-known EpiPen, many articles have been published addressing the public’s concerns, analyzing the situation, and trying to understand the cause of this change. In particular, the article Mylan Tries Again to Quell Pricing Outrage by Offering Generic EpiPen was … Continue reading Commentators Struggle to Figure Out Reason for EpiPen Price Increase

Baltimore Police Commissioner Secretly Tests Aerial Surveillance Program

By: Samantha Cirillo With cameras located at street corners, ATMs and even traffic lights, Americans may have a hard time avoiding being recorded on a daily basis. Given the current use of surveillance technology, does the City of Baltimore’s new system which uses airborne cameras to provide a live stream of a 32-mile radius surrounding … Continue reading Baltimore Police Commissioner Secretly Tests Aerial Surveillance Program

FDA Issues Warnings For Prescription Opioids and Benzodiaz

By: Samantha Dente As part of the agency’s Opioids Action Plan, the FDA issued its strongest warning, a required boxed warning, as well as class-wide changes to drug labeling after significant scientific evidence showed the serious risks associated with combining opioid medications with benzodiazepines.[1] The Opioids Action Plan is an initiative to revise policies to … Continue reading FDA Issues Warnings For Prescription Opioids and Benzodiaz

Apple Owes $14.5 Billion in Irish Back Taxes

Eddie Montesdeoca The European Union stated that Apple owes Ireland $14.5 Billion dollars in back taxes. The basis of which the tax agreement with Apple is anti-competitive, given the disparity that exist between the profits that Apple makes in Ireland compared to what they pay in taxes.[1]   For instance, Apple profited 22 Billion from Ireland … Continue reading Apple Owes $14.5 Billion in Irish Back Taxes

The Trauma of Violent News on the Internet

Shamsheer Kailey Violence permeates our world, always has and will continue to as long as mankind believes it has power. In the world of old media – print, radio, and TV – the information presented to the world was edited and controlled. However, with the advent of internet, smartphones, and social media, there is no … Continue reading The Trauma of Violent News on the Internet