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Patently-O Bits and Bytes by Juvan Bonni

Recent Headlines in the IP World: Laurie Bedord: Farmobile Receives U.S. Patent for Its Farming Data and Collection System (Source: Successful Farming) Ben Mahaney: Nokia Settles Patent Dispute With Lenovo (Source: Yahoo Finance) Ben Lovejoy: Apple Patent Application Shows Magic Keyboard and Trackpad Combo, with Apple Pencil Support (Source: 9ot5 Mac) Malcolm Owen: Apple Pay with UWB May Automatically Select Right Card Based on Location (Source: Apple Insider) Source: USPTO Commentary ...
Tags: Google, Law, Nokia, Uspto, Oracle, Patent, Richard Beem, Yahoo Finance, Ben Lovejoy, UWB, Bits and Bytes, Juvan Bonni, Matthew Powell, Laurie Bedord, Farmobile Receives U S Patent for Its Farming Data, Ben Mahaney


Headlines providing more reminders of how COVID meets mass incarceration

A number of notable reads about the state of COVID in incarceration nation in recent days.  Here are some headlines and links: From the AP, "As states expand vaccines, prisoners still lack access" From Business Insider, "Thousands of inmates given the chance to serve their sentence at home because of COVID-19 might go back to prison cells" From Reuters, "Thousands of low-level U.S. inmates released in pandemic could be headed back to prison" Fom the New York Times : "I’m Incarcerated. This Is M...
Tags: Law, New York Times, Reuters, Douglas A Berman, Covid Lockdown Story Incarcerated


Labor Department Will Not Enforce Anti ESG Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced that it will not enforce recently published final rules by the prior Administration on “Financial Factors in Selecting Plan Investments” and “Fiduciary Duties Regarding Proxy Voting and Shareholder Rights.” This policy statement is in furtherance of the Biden Administration issued Executive Order 13990, entitled “Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis,” directing federal agencies to review existin...
Tags: Law, Labor, Obama, Commission, SEC, ESG, U S Department of Labor, Wild West, Employee Benefits Security Administration, Biden Administration, Ali Khawar, Labor Department Will Not Enforce Anti ESG, Update Required Climate Related Disclosures ESG


Enjoy freedoms but stay wary of risks, PM says as England reopens

Boris Johnson says easing of restrictions will be welcome relief for businesses that have been closed Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePeople should enjoy new freedoms but remain wary of the risks, Boris Johnson has said, as beer gardens, alfresco restaurants, shops and salons prepared to reopen across England on Monday for the first time in almost four months.The prime minister hailed the reopening – a major and “irreversible” step in the roadmap of easing restriction...
Tags: Health, Business, Politics, England, Pubs, Society, UK News, Public services policy, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Hospitality Industry, Coronavirus


‘Rainbow, leopard print or pink’: Prince Philip’s Land Rover shows rise in alternative hearses

Transportation to one’s own funeral is becoming more personalised, as more seek ‘something different’The send-off for Prince Philip will be a royal funeral like no other, not least because his coffin will be carried in a bespoke Land Rover hearse he helped to design himself.It’s a break from royal tradition – but his choice is not uncommon. Alternative hearses have become increasingly popular in recent years as people opt for more personalised funerals. Continue reading...
Tags: Society, UK News, Death and dying, Philip, Prince Philip


512(f) Preempts Tortious Interference Claim–Copy Me That v. This Old Gal

“Copy Me That” (I’m pretty sure no IP lawyer recommended that name–it’s like a confession for copyright defendants) makes an app to help users manage recipes. “This Old Gal” (again, who comes up with these names?) publishes recipes. This Old Gal complained to Copy Me That that its users were copying its recipes. This implicates some tough issues about the copyrightability of recipes, but the opinion sidesteps all that. In response to This Old Gal’s complaint, Copy Me That removed This Old Gal’s ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Law, Congress, E-commerce, Copyright, Dmca, Johnson, Smith, Crossfit, Vodka, Usc, Viacom, Automattic, Shropshire, Umg


When I was young, I left Sudan in search of ‘success’. Now I yearn for family and home | Nesrine Malik

In the stillness of lockdown, I now see that the costs of globalisation have come to outweigh its benefitsFor as long as I have been able to remember, I have known that I would not always live where I was born. I knew that at some point, I would have to leave my country of Sudan if I wanted to secure work that would provide a meaningful living.At the time, it wasn’t a sad realisation but more an exciting prospect, one that promised a shot at a “modern” life. To me, that modernity meant social mo...
Tags: Politics, Africa, Society, Sudan, Nesrine Malik, Coronavirus


Early findings show new drug could be ‘game-changing’ for brain cancer treatment

Using ipatasertib, researchers say some brain cancers could potentially be made vulnerable to immunotherapy agentTwo people with advanced brain cancer of the sort that led to the death of the MP Tessa Jowell have responded well in a small trial to an experimental combination of chemo and immunotherapy drugs. In one case, the life-threatening tumour seems to have disappeared.Doctors at the Institute of Cancer Research and the Royal Marsden hospital in London cautioned that this was very early res...
Tags: Health, Science, London, Cancer, Society, Medical Research, Tessa Jowell, Cancer Research, Institute of Cancer Research, Royal Marsden hospital


Early findings show new drug could be ‘gamechanging’ for brain cancer treatment

Using ipatasertib, researchers say some brain cancers could potentially be made vulnerable to immunotherapy agentTwo people with advanced brain cancer of the sort that led to the death of the MP Tessa Jowell have responded well in a small trial to an experimental combination of chemo and immunotherapy drugs. In one case, the life-threatening tumour seems to have disappeared.Doctors at the Institute of Cancer Research and the Royal Marsden hospital in London cautioned that this was very early res...
Tags: Health, Science, London, Cancer, Society, Medical Research, Tessa Jowell, Cancer Research, Institute of Cancer Research, Royal Marsden hospital


New statement from prosecutors and law enforcement urging review of extreme prison sentences

The Fair and Just Prosecution folks this past week released from "64 elected prosecutors and law enforcement leaders ... urging policymakers to create mechanisms to reduce the number of people serving lengthy sentences who pose little or no risk to public safety, including by creating second chances for many in our nation currently behind bars."  (This quoted language comes from about the joint statement.)  Here is the start and key section of the statement: As current and former elected pr...
Tags: Law, Douglas A Berman


Summaries Sunday: SOQUIJ

Every week we present the summary of a decision handed down by a Québec court provided to us by SOQUIJ and considered to be of interest to our readers throughout Canada. SOQUIJ is attached to the Québec Department of Justice and collects, analyzes, enriches, and disseminates legal information in Québec. PROFESSIONS : Les défendeurs — Maison Jacynthe inc., Actumus inc. et un naturopathe — sont déclarés coupables d’avoir agi de manière à donner lieu de croire qu’ils étaient autorisés à exercer la ...
Tags: Facebook, Law, Canada, Quebec, Limoges, Summaries Sunday, SOQUIJ, Québec Department of Justice, Maison Jacynthe, Juge Nathalie Duchesneau


Summaries Sunday: Supreme Advocacy

One Sunday each month we bring you a summary from Supreme Advocacy LLP of recent decisions at the Supreme Court of Canada. Supreme Advocacy LLP offers a weekly electronic newsletter, Supreme Advocacy Letter, to which you may subscribe. It’s a summary of all Appeals, Oral Judgments and Leaves to Appeal granted from March 15 to April 9, 2021 inclusive. Appeals Constitutional Law: Carbon Tax; Division of Powers Reference re Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, 2021 SCC 11 (38663)(38781)(39116)...
Tags: Law, Parliament, Summaries Sunday, Supreme Advocacy, Supreme Advocacy LLP, Supreme Court of Canada Supreme Advocacy LLP, Supreme Advocacy Letter, However Parliament, Family Trusts Canada Attorney General, Collins Family Trust


"Against Criminal Law Localism"

The title of this post is the title of this notable new paper authored by Brenner Fissell now available via SSRN. Here is its abstract: Scholars have long called for greater localism in criminal justice as a response to the crises of racialized mass incarceration and over-policing.  A downward shift of power to smaller local governments is thought to maximize an array of values, including liberty, equality, and efficient experimentation, and also to allow for criminal justice to better reflect ...
Tags: Law, Douglas A Berman, Brenner Fissell


Long Covid: many will need specialist therapies, says expert

Intensive care consultant says doctors are hoping to create a uniform structure for follow-up clinicsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA “significant” number of people will require long-term aftercare such as the physiotherapy and speech therapy being received by Derek Draper after a year in intensive care following Covid, a leading doctor has said.On Friday, it was revealed that Draper, the former political adviser and the husband of ITV presenter Kate Garraway, has be...
Tags: Health, London, Society, UK News, Itv, Health policy, Draper, Kate Garraway, Derek Draper, Coronavirus, Long Covid


Britain risks damaging reputation by keeping Julian Assange in jail, says partner

Stella Moris says Britain’s continued detention of WikiLeaks founder is compromising its global standingBritain would be on stronger ground campaigning against authoritarian regimes if it pressed the Biden administration to drop its call to extradite Julian Assange on espionage charges, Stella Moris, Assange’s partner, has told the Guardian. Moris – who has had two children by Assange – is trying to broaden the campaign of support for him by pointing to the global damage to the UK’s reputation b...
Tags: UK, Human Rights, Media, Law, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Britain, Julian Assange, Wikileaks, Biden, Stella Moris, Stella Moris Assange, Guardian Moris


UK’s Covid vaccine programme on track despite AstraZeneca problems

Seventy-five per cent of population can be fully immunised by first week in August, according to forecastsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK’s vaccination programme is expected to be effectively completed shortly after the United States’ this summer, and several weeks ahead of the EU, despite falling up to six weeks behind because of problems affecting its workhorse AstraZeneca jab.Airfinity, which tracks vaccination programmes worldwide, forecasts that 75% of the...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Eu, Society, World news, US news, Medical Research, United States, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Is vaccinating against Covid enough? What we can learn from Chile and Israel

Contrasting lessons from the two countries, both with high rates of inoculation against the virus, show the danger is not pastCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA trio of countries stand out for the effectiveness of their Covid-19 vaccination programmes: Israel, Chile and the UK. All have managed to inoculate an impressively high percentage of their people but each has fared very differently in controlling the disease.Israel has done so well it is resuming university lec...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Israel, Society, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Chile, Epidemics, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, Israel Chile


Making sense of conspiracy theorists as the world gets more bizarre

It is 20 years since Jon Ronson wrote Them, his eye-popping investigation into conspiracy theorists. Now, in a world awash with tales of paedophile elites and puppet masters, is he any closer to understanding it all?In 1999 I sat in a Vancouver café with a group of anti-capitalist activists. They’d just returned from protesting the WTO in Seattle to find a new, far stranger foe in town – David Icke. He was there to lecture about how the ruling elite are actually child-sacrificing, blood-drinking...
Tags: Books, Politics, Media, Social Media, Society, Culture, US politics, WTO, Vancouver, Seattle, Jon Ronson, David Icke, Icke


Colombia’s cartels target Europe with cocaine, corruption and torture

Armed Belgian police raids have lifted the lid on a sinister new front in the drugs warAt 5am on a chilly Tuesday morning last month, 1,600 police officers and balaclava-wearing special forces, bristling with arms and battering rams, were ordered into action around the Belgian port city of Antwerp.More than 200 addresses were raided in what was the largest police operation ever conducted in the country and potentially one of the most significant moves yet against the increasingly powerful narco-...
Tags: Europe, Drugs, Americas, Society, World news, Colombia, Belgium, Drugs trade, Antwerp


Is vaccinating against Covid enough? What we can learn from other countries

Contrasting lessons from Chile and Israel, both with high rates of inoculation against the virus, show the danger is not pastCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA trio of countries stand out for the effectiveness of their Covid-19 vaccination programmes: Israel, Chile and the UK. All have managed to inoculate an impressively high percentage of their people but each has fared very differently in controlling the disease.Israel has done so well it is resuming university lect...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Israel, Society, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Chile, Epidemics, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, Israel Chile



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