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Patently-O Bits and Bytes by Juvan Bonni

Recent Headlines in the IP World: Siddhant Sibbal and Namrata Agarwal: EU Parliamentarians Back India-South Africa Proposal for COVID-19 Vaccine Patent Waiver (Source: Zee News) Chris Burt: Lawsuit Alleges Apple Biometrics Infringe Patents, Claims Against Amazon Sent to Arbitration (Source: Biometric Update) Atty. Y. Artemis Lai: Canadian Patent Law 2020: A Year in Review (Source: JD Supra) Joel Shacker: Core One Labs Prepares First in Series of Patent Applications (Source: BioSpace) Caroli...
Tags: Law, Eu, Uspto, Patent, ClearView, India South Africa, Zee News, Andrew Trask, Jorge L Contreras, Brianna Sacks, Bits and Bytes, Juvan Bonni, Chris Burt, Namrata Agarwal, JD Supra Joel Shacker, BioSpace Caroline Haskins Ryan Mac


At the Still Too Cold Café...

 ... there’s still no new sunrise photo. I’m locked in by the subzero cold and waiting for Wednesday to get back to half-normal life. But there’s the indoor fun of a Saturday night café, so please join me in the long overnight conversation. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Ann Althouse


Ebola kills four in Guinea in first resurgence of disease in five years

Health minister says officials ‘really concerned’ about deaths in south-east region NzerekoreFour people have died of Ebola in Guinea in the first resurgence of the disease in five years, the health minister said on Saturday.Remy Lamah told AFP officials were “really concerned” about the deaths, the first since a 2013-16 epidemic – which began in Guinea – left 11,300 dead across the region. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Ebola, Africa, Society, World news, Guinea, World Health Organization, Afp, South East, Remy Lamah


What’s in a surname? The female artists lost to history because they got married

A new biography of the painter Isabel Rawsthorne highlights how talented women have often missed out on the recognition they deservedGenerations of female artists, composers and writers have been lost to history because their names changed after marriage. According to growing academic consensus, the conventional switch of surnames at the altar has erased a key cultural legacy. And the story of the painter and designer Isabel Rawsthorne, told in a new biography, is among the first to make this po...
Tags: Art, Books, London, Marriage, Women, Painting, Life and style, Society, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Alberto Giacometti, Jacob Epstein


Senate Vote Falls Short for Conviction on Impeachment

Donald Trump, who holds the record for the number of times an occupant of a desk in the oval office has been impeached in the House of Representatives, avoided conviction in the Senate today. All 50 Democrats and seven Republicans voted... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Law, Senate, House Of Representatives, Donald Trump


They're voting on guilty/not guilty. UPDATE: 57 to 43. Trump is acquitted.

That happened fast! [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Trump, Ann Althouse, Trump's trial


"Yet, there was a glaring omission in the substance of the House arguments. The managers... only briefly touched on proving any 'state of mind' needed for such a conviction."

"That is why I have referred to their case as more emotive than probative. It lacked direct evidence to support the claim that Trump wanted to incite an actual insurrection or rebellion against the United States, as alleged in the article of impeachment. I do not believe that an acquittal was inevitable in this case, but it was all but assured by critical decisions made by the House in this impeachment. The unforced errors discussed below raise the question of whether the Democrats 'tanked' the...
Tags: Law, Senate, United States, House, Trump, Jonathan Turley, Ann Althouse, Trump's trial


Accused Ghosn accomplices lose high court bid to avoid extradition to Japan

Authorities say Michael and Peter Taylor helped former Nissan boss flee the country tucked in a box on a private jetThe US supreme court on Saturday cleared the way for the extradition of an American father and son wanted by Japan in the escape of former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn. Related: Impeachment trial deal ends move for witnesses and brings final vote near – live Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Japan, Law, US, World news, US news, Automotive Industry, Nissan, US supreme court, Michael, Ghosn, Carlos Ghosn, Peter Taylor, Law (US


"A perpetual stew, also known as hunter's pot or hunter's stew, is a pot into which whatever one can find is placed and cooked. The pot is never or rarely emptied all the way..."

"... and ingredients and liquid are replenished as necessary. The concept is often a common element in descriptions of medieval inns. Foods prepared in a perpetual stew have been described as being flavorful due to the manner in which the ingredients blend together, in which the flavor may improve with age.... Wattana Panich restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand, has continued to maintain the broth from the same perpetual stew for over 47 years.... William Gibson references a perpetual stew served on ...
Tags: Law, Senate, Wikipedia, Restaurants, Metaphor, House, Soup, Philadelphia, William Gibson, Mccarthy, Danny DeVito, Trump, Bangkok Thailand, Kevin McCarthy, Herrera Beutler, HB


"Bargained Justice: The Rise of False Testimony for False Pleas"

The title of this post is the title of this new article available via SSRN and authored by Andrew Pardieck, Vanessa Edkins and Lucian Dervan. Here is its abstract: The authors conducted a multi-year psychological deception study in the United States, Japan, and South Korea to gain greater understanding of the phenomenon of false pleas of guilty by the innocent.  The study also explored whether innocent participants would be willing to offer false testimony in return for the benefits of a plea b...
Tags: South Korea, Law, United States Japan, Douglas A Berman, SSRN, Lucian Dervan, Andrew Pardieck Vanessa Edkins


"Heading into the 2020 election, most of the U.S. media was uninterested in, if not outright hostile to, any reporting that might have helped President Trump’s re-election bid."

"As a result, the Lincoln Project continued to enjoy media veneration even as the magnitude of its scam became increasingly obvious. But with Trump now safely vanquished, the Lincoln Project is dispensable, and the protective shield it enjoyed against any real journalistic scrutiny is — like its reputation and prospects for future profiteering — rapidly crumbling.... From the start, it was obvious that this disgraceful collapse was the inevitable end for this group. The very idea that this freak...
Tags: Law, Gop, Glenn Greenwald, Msnbc, Trump, Democratic Party, Ann Althouse, Trump and the press, Lincoln Project, Lincoln Project Facing Multiple Scandals, Own Co Founder of Likely Criminality Liberals


When Can Plaintiffs Serve Process Via Online Methods? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

This post recaps three recent decisions dealing with service of process via alternative means (e.g., email or social media). The rulings arise in different contexts so they are useful illustrations of how courts deal with alternative service under different rules. The Noco Co v. Zhe ji ang Ouingyou Electronic Commerce Co. : This is a patent infringement case brought by The Noco Company against foreign sellers who allegedly sold infringing products via Amazon’s platform. Noco sought leave to ...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Texas, General, Law, California, Russia, Ukraine, United States, Ohio, Department Of Justice, Kuwait, Shenzhen, Epic Games, Chang, Legislature


"While a close call, I am persuaded that impeachments are a tool primarily of removal and we therefore lack jurisdiction."

"The Constitution makes perfectly clear that presidential criminal misconduct while in office can be prosecuted after the president has left office, which in my view alleviates the otherwise troubling 'January exception' argument raised by the House." Wrote Mitch McConnell, quoted in "Hours before the verdict, McConnell tells Republicans he plans to vote to acquit Trump, calling it ‘a close call’" (NYT). To say "close call" is to hedge his political bet. To rely on the jurisdictional ground...
Tags: Law, House, Mitch McConnell, Republican Party, Trump, McConnell, Ann Althouse, Mr Trump, Impeachment, Trump's trial


Boris Johnson 'optimistic' about easing some England lockdown measures

Prime minister says priority is to reopen schools on 8 March once 15m in priority groups vaccinatedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBoris Johnson has said he is optimistic about announcing the easing of some lockdown measures soon as the government nears its target of offering vaccines to 15 million people in priority groups.Speaking on Saturday at a visit to the Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies plant in Billingham, Teesside, where the new Novavax vaccine will be manu...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Schools, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Johnson, Novavax, FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies, Coronavirus, Billingham Teesside


The NYT tells its readers about the woes of life in a "tiny home" during the lockdown...

 ... in And the 2 top-rated comments are:I've got news for you: most NYC apartments don't have the storage for weeks of supplies, either. And:Hooray for Ms. Jacques' and her children and how they are managing in their tiny home. As a former apartment dweller in New York City, I thought I'd mention that many a New Yorker would kill to have that kind of 660-square foot space...and with a loft!The article uses the term "tiny home" to refer to all sorts of abodes — a converted "cargo trailer," a t...
Tags: Travel, Real Estate, Law, New York City, Bob Dylan, Language, Tiny House, Trump, Judas Priest, Dylan, Jacques, Ann Althouse, Coronavirus


"Some owners even chose to be buried at the pet cemetery, since they could not be buried alongside their pets at human cemeteries..."

"'It was so important for some people that they stay together that they decided to be interred in a pet cemetery.'" From (NYT).  The quote is from Allison C. Meier, "a writer and licensed New York City sightseeing guide who gives tours of the city’s cemeteries."  Another quote from Meier: "The way that people refer to their pets changes. On a lot of old dog graves, they call them a gentleman — like, 'He’s a great gentleman. He lived like a gentleman.'" The original meaning of "gentl...
Tags: Law, Dogs, New York City, Language, Names, Cemeteries, Meier, Ann Althouse, Allison C Meier


"The defense lawyers contended that Democrats were pursuing Mr. Trump out of personal and partisan animosity, using the word 'hatred' 15 times during their formal presentation..."

"... and they cast the trial as an effort to suppress a political opponent and his supporters. 'It is about canceling 75 million Trump voters and criminalizing political viewpoints,' [Trump's lawyer Bruce] Castor said. 'That’s what this trial is really about. It is the only existential issue before us. It asks for constitutional cancel culture to take over in the United States Senate. Are we going to allow canceling and banning and silencing to be sanctioned in this body?'"  Write Peter Baker ...
Tags: Law, Senate, United States, House, Donald Trump, Hatred, Trump, Donald J Trump, Peter Baker, Ann Althouse, Partisanship, Nicholas Fandos, Trump's trial, Bruce -RSB- Castor


Notable reviews of extreme sentences in Pennsylvania

The tail end of this week brought a number of notable stories about notably extreme sentences (and a few releases therefrom) in Pennsylvania.  I will use headlines and links to cover a lot of ground involving a number of intersecting and overlapping stories: "Report raises questions with second-degree murder sentencing in Pennsylvania" "Pa.’s second-degree murder charge is outdated, unfair, Fetterman says" "‘They don’t deserve to die in prison’: Gov. Wolf grants clemency to 13 lifers" "The natio...
Tags: Law, Pennsylvania, Fetterman, Douglas A Berman, Joe Ligon, Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity


"A few weeks into riding, [Michelle] Schaeffer, 34, posted a suggestion on the 395,000-member Peloton Facebook page."

"Riders there frequently rave about the soaring emotions and meaning they get from the teachers’ words combined with the physical intensity. Posts about crying during rides are common. Wouldn’t Christian music — maybe gospel — be even better, Schaeffer wondered, even more intense? Responses were rapid. 'Just stop. Please don’t turn Peloton into another political/grievance battle. Drop it,' wrote one. 'Perhaps you could find your Christian ... whatever ... at church?' wrote another...." From "P...
Tags: Health, Law, Christianity, Catholic Church, Jesus, New Age, Schaeffer, Peloton, Harvard Divinity School, Ann Althouse, Lightweight Religion, Peloton Facebook, Michelle -RSB- Schaeffer, Ter Kuile


The Trump lawyers' "Fight" montage is devastating and — if you're not bent on getting Trump convicted — hilarious.

  Maybe this cheerful, rousing song with cheer up Trump haters: [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Language, Trump, Hillary 2016, Ann Althouse, Trump's trial


Love story déjà vu.

On February 11th, the NYT published "What Makes for a Great Literary Romance?/Passion, sacrifice, a twist: 125 years of book reviews offer the clue to Love Potion No. 9.," which I blogged here.  On February 12th, WaPo published "Stop dismissing love stories. They’re exactly what we need to survive covid-19." I just saw that headline this morning, and remembering my recent blog post, including a memory that it was in the NYT, I worried that I'd misindentified a Washington Post article as a NYT ...
Tags: Movies, Law, Washington Post, Relationships, Chicago, Prince Charles, Nyt, Diana, John, Valentine, WaPo, John Wilson, Ann Althouse, Annual Nonsense, Szukalski, Coronavirus


Fewer than a third of UK doctors feel protected from Covid at work – poll

British Medical Association says figure of 28% – down from 41% last July – is a ‘terrible indictment’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFewer than a third (28%) of UK doctors feel they are fully protected from coronavirus in their place of work, according to a survey.The findings of the poll by the British Medical Association (BMA) show a decline since July when 41% of doctors said they felt protected. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, UK, Society, UK News, Hospitals, NHS, Doctors, British Medical Association, British Medical Association BMA, Coronavirus, COVID



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