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Patently-O Bits and Bytes by Juvan Bonni

Recent Headlines in the IP World: Matthew Rosen: Fintel Announces Issuance of Second U.S. Patent, Strengthening the Company’s Intellectual Property Position in USA PATRIOT Act Section 314(b) Information Sharing Technologies (Source: Business Wire) Bruce Crumley: Apple Files Patent Request for Drone (Networking) Tech (Source: Drone DJ) Sisi Jiang: Sony Patent Lets Viewers Vote And Pay To Boot Players From Games (Kotaku) Source: USPTO Commentary and Journal Articles: Atty. Alex Moss: Ami...
Tags: Usa, Law, Sony, Uspto, Allergan, Patent, Peter Lee, Matthew Rosen, Bits and Bytes, Juvan Bonni, Matthew Rimmer, Alex Moss, Finch Maloney, Bruce Crumley, Sisi Jiang, Silbersher

Sunrise — 7:23, 7:25.

[Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Sunrise, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse

Making the case for bringing back parole in Illinois and elsewhere

A few years ago I wrote an essay, titled "Reflecting on Parole's Abolition in the Federal Sentencing System," which in part lamented the federal sentencing system's decision to abolish parole back in 1984.  That essay came to mind as I read this new New York Times commentary authored by Ben Austen and Khalil Gibran Muhammad headlined "Let the Punishment Fit the Crime."  Here are excerpts: Senate Bill 2333 would entitle people imprisoned in the state who serve at least 20 years to a parole revie...
Tags: Law, Senate, Germany, Virginia, United States, New York Times, Netherlands, Illinois, New York State, National Research Council, American Law Institute, Vera Institute of Justice, Douglas A Berman, Ben Austen, Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Still more great Inquest pieces, including a timely commentary on reproductive justice

I continue to hope readers are not tired of all my blogging about Inquest, "a decarceral brainstorm," because the site continues to publish must-read essays and other great materials that remain so  blogworthy.  Here are some new great new reads from the site since the last time I blogged about it, concluding with an excerpt focused on the intersection of incarceration and reproductive rights: From James M. Binnall, "Carceral Wisdom: Like the value they bring to the classroom, people who have ex...
Tags: Texas, Law, New York City, Black, James, Roe, Rikers, Douglas A Berman, Felix Sitthivong, Inez Bordeaux Radicalized, True Jailers of Rikers, Hayes Carolyn Sufrin Jamila Perritt

"A trans woman who transitioned late, in her fifties for example, who benefited from being treated as a man and paid as a man throughout her career, could really skew the figures."

"It makes the data inherently unreliable. It is unsafe as a matter of principle. The idea behind the sex pay gap is to identify systemic sex-based discrimination and rectify it. That’s the idea. It’s to right the historical wrong of women being underpaid."Said the barrister Akua Reindorf, quoted in "Biggest firms won’t record sex of bosses under diversity plans/Identifying as a woman is enough in proposals from regulator ‘captured by Stonewall'" (London Times). Stonewall is an LGBTQ group that ...
Tags: Law, Careers, Transgender, Feminism, Ann Althouse, Employment Discrimination, Akua Reindorf, Stonewall London Times Stonewall, Reindorf

"If your home has more than one level, consider inverting the traditional layout."

"Admittedly, you might never get used to the idea of declaring 'I’m going downstairs to bed,' but in most other respects it makes a lot of sense, unlocking the light and views for the living spaces, and using the naturally darker areas lower down the building for sleeping."From "Mismatch plates and hang art low: 18 ways to create a more beautiful home" (The Guardian). No one will do this, but it's a funny idea. Another way to get natural dark for sleeping is just do your sleeping at night. But...
Tags: Real Estate, Law, Sleeping, Ann Althouse, Interior Decoration

"In early Oct., a 'F--- Joe Biden!' cry broke out among the crowd at Alabama’s Talladega Superspeedway."

"Kelli Stavast, an NBC Sports reporter, was interviewing NASCAR driver Brandon Brown live on air at the time, and she quipped, 'You can hear the chants from the crowd, "Let’s go Brandon!"' Trump supporters instantly saw signs of a coverup, claiming on social media that journalists were deliberately censoring anti-Biden sentiment. The brief video exchange quickly turned viral. The result has been a proliferation of chants in recent weeks, both of 'Let’s go Brandon!' — now used as a stand-in by th...
Tags: Google, Law, Wikipedia, Alabama, Joe Biden, House, Language, PAC, Biden, Nascar, Slang, Trump, Michael Halliday, Nbc Sports, Brandon, Anti

"In the Hobbesian formula, the Leviathan relies upon fear to suppress pride. It is pride that makes men difficult to govern."

"It may be illuminating to view our Covid moment through this lens and consider how small moments of humiliation may be put in the service of a long-standing political project, or find their meaning and normative force in it. Specifically, to play one’s part in Covid theatre, as in security theatre at the airport, is to suffer the unique humiliation of a rational being who submits to moments of social control that he knows to be founded upon untruths. That these are expressed in the language of ...
Tags: Google, Law, Masks, Propaganda, Obama White House, Cass Sunstein, Richard Thaler, Hobbes, Rationality, Matthew B. Crawford, Sunstein, Ann Althouse, Thaler, Emotional Politics, Coronavirus, COVID

"Attorney General Merrick Garland is, like Mueller before him, a diligent institutionalist. And while the institutionalists are not to be faulted for..."

"... attempting to prop up institutions—answering chaos with chaos is not an option—it is now amply clear that propping up institutions in response to the carnival is not enough. As Garland’s testimony Thursday morning revealed, the big lie is already going to be halfway across the world while the institutionalists are still double-knotting their loafers. When we comforted ourselves with the bromide that boring old institutionalists and reliably respected institutions would serve to cool the fe...
Tags: Law, Shoes, Metaphor, Gop, Department Of Justice, Doj, Justice Department, Trump, KGB, Garland, Mueller, Dahlia Lithwick, Ann Althouse, Emotional Politics, Merrick Garland, Smelly

"Once M.I.T. starts choosing speakers based on their public stances, it becomes responsible for every stance of every speaker it does invite. Isn’t that a bigger risk for M.I.T. than a stance-neutral policy?"

A tersely brilliant question framed by Ilya Shlyakhter, published in (NYT).It could become impossible to invite anyone anywhere, because something could turn up post-invitation and you'd need to pull off the awkward, conspicuous act of revoking the invitation. It could become impossible to accept an invitation, because you're asking for anyone to search through whatever there might be out there that could be used against you, throwing your life into total disarray.ADDED: I'm searching the NYT ...
Tags: Comedy, Guns, Law, Washington, Horses, Censorship, Affirmative Action, Bush, Mother Teresa, George, Laura, Laura Bush, Religion And Government, Race And Education, Ann Althouse, Things That Won't Work

"The neighborhood’s camera opponents argued that the systems were a pointless, Orwellian annoyance they didn’t want greeting them every time they drove home."

"To them, the cameras felt like another step toward mass suburban paranoia, where every once-forgettable slight is now recorded by Ring doorbell cameras, shared on Facebook and discussed endlessly on Nextdoor. But the cameras’ supporters said... [g]oing soft on crime could put their families at risk... and no one on public roads should expect privacy, anyway.... 'You would think we were living in a war zone,' said [Michele] Lawrence, 55. 'We have neighbors who have fortressed their houses in Rin...
Tags: Facebook, Coco, Technology, Privacy, Law, Colorado, Relationships, Surveillance, Language, Emotion, Spelling, Mira, Ann Althouse, Michele -RSB- Lawrence, David Paul -RSB- Appell

German Law Banned Dying Light in European Nintendo eShop

European fans of renowned horror series Dying Light are out of luck if they want a digital version from the Nintendo eShop, all thanks to a German law that prohibits such titles. The situation came to light in the Dying Light subreddit, when a user asked if the game was showing up in the eShop […]
Tags: Games, Law, Horror, Germany, Censorship, FPS, Nintendo, Anime, Bans, Dying Light, Nintendo Switch

China passes law to reduce ‘twin pressures’ of homework and tutoring on children

Law makes local authorities and parents responsible for ensuring children are spared stress of overworkChina has passed a law to reduce the “twin pressures” of homework and off-site tutoring on children.The official Xinhua news agency said on Saturday the new law, which has not been published in full, makes local governments responsible for ensuring that the twin pressures are reduced and asks parents to arrange their children’s time to account for reasonable rest and exercise, thereby reducing ...
Tags: Law, China, Asia Pacific, Xinhua

Former Prosecutor Disbarred

The Maryland Court of Appeals has disbarred a former prosecutor for failing to disclose exculpatory evidence This attorney discipline proceeding involves a lawyer who, in his capacity as a prosecutor, knowingly and intentionally failed to disclose for more than a... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Maryland Court of Appeals, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process

Time of day - first clew to murder!

When historical homicides were sorted by the time of the day at which they occurred, an interesting pattern emerged. In one sweeping study of homicides in New Spain (Mexico, California etc.) between 1747 and 1821, more than twice as many domestic murders were committed in the morning versus other types of homicides. "Unlike homicides that required outside contact and were more likely to occur at other times of the day, domestic disputes could and did begin early, even before men and women began ...
Tags: Law, Edvard Munch, Laura James, New Spain Mexico California, Victor M Uribe Uran, Atlantic Stanford University Press

"[T]he United States is in the midst of a spiritual reboot. Just look at the stats: Four in ten millennials no longer identify with any religion..."

"But while people are leaving organized religion in droves, Americans are still hungry for spiritual nourishment.... Astrology and other psychic services are booming, and the pandemic has only accelerated the trend of consumers seeking out mysticism. Psychedelics fit perfectly into this new framework.... 'Our religious and spiritual institutions have become hollowed-out shells. They’re bereft, in a way, and a lot of people want something more than that—an affirmation to their intuition that ther...
Tags: Greece, Law, Drugs, United States, Astrology, Los Angeles Magazine, Ann Althouse, Religion Substitutes, Albert Hofmann, L.A, Brian Muraresku, Dennis -RSB- McKenna, Eleusia

At the Friday Night Café...

 ... I'm making soup. What are you up to? [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Sunrise, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse

"Singapore’s otters are... testament to Singapore’s reforestation and ­anti-pollution efforts. When the otters resettled here in 2014..."

"... they returned to clean waterways with schools of fish untouched by predators for decades. The city has since implemented an ambitious plan to interweave green and urban ­areas, including creating wildlife corridors so that every resident will live within a 10-minute walk of a park by 2030. 'It doesn’t have to be a concrete jungle,' said Anbarasi Boopal, the co-CEO of Animal Concerns Research and Education Society, Singapore’s wildlife rescue center. 'Singapore has a huge potential to be a n...
Tags: Law, Animals, Singapore, Environmentalism, City Life, Ann Althouse, Anbarasi Boopal

"There is a narrative out there that people sat on the El train, and watched this transpire and took videos of it for their own gratification."

"That is simply not true — it did not happen."Said District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer of Delaware County, quoted in (NYT).  This is the first time I'm blogging about this incident. I held back because I couldn't see that the initial report was fact-based and people seemed to just snap it up and run with it. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Crime, Law, Journalism, Jack Stollsteimer, Delaware County, Ann Althouse

Money Is On Lawyers’ Minds — See Also

The 2021 Raise Raise: Law firm salaries went up, up, up in 2021. But Will Bonuses Be As Bountiful? Let us know what you think in our annual bonus survey. ‘How To Coup’ Lawyer Thinks Himself A Hero: That’s an alternative fact if we’ve ever seen one. Office Closures In The “New Normal”: Come on, […]
Tags: Law, See Also

"Terms like 'curb alert' or 'first come first serve' are discouraged. You are not putting your stuff on the street hoping someone claims it..."

"... before the trash truck comes. Instead, you are intentionally 'gifting' your possessions.... [M]embers are not allowed to trade or barter, as each object is seen as a gift independent of anything else.... The giver is encouraged to let an offer 'simmer' for a period of time, selecting a recipient for some reason other than being the fastest one to reply. Members who raise their hands ask to 'be considered,' and may offer a compelling reason for wanting, say, a table lamp. Or maybe they’re as...
Tags: Facebook, Law, Fish, Commerce, Ann Althouse, Lightman, Excrement

Don’t Be Nice. (But, Generally, Don’t Be A Jerk.) Win.

Control your ego and your desire to be liked if you want to serve your clients the right way.
Tags: Law, Litigators, Boutique Law Firms, Matthew W. Schmidt

Trump Coup Lawyer John Eastman Calls Himself ‘White Knight Hero’ In Spectacular Interview

Not all heroes wear capes. Not everyone who capes is a hero.
Tags: Politics, Law, Government, Elizabeth Dye, Election Law, John Eastman

Priscilla Chan joins executive board of Reform Alliance alongside Jay-Z, Meek Mill, Michael Rubin, Van Jones, and others

Priscilla Chan. Steve Jennings/Getty Images Priscilla Chan has joined the executive board of the Reform Alliance, the criminal-justice reform organization told Insider ahead of an announcement. Chan, who will join Jay-Z, Meek Mill, Van Jones, Michael Rubin, and a list of others on the organization's Board of Directors, provided a written statement to Insider about the role. Dr. Priscilla Chan has joined the executive board of the Reform Alliance, the criminal-justice organization told...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Law, Jay Z, Trends, Tech News, United States, Priscilla Chan, Meek Mill, CHAN, Van Jones, John Lynch, Criminal Justice Reform, Tech Insider, CZI, Vera Institute

Lawyer Time Is Valuable

Do you charge for consultations? If you don't, you definitely should.
Tags: Law, Small Law Firms, Iffy Ibekwe, Solo Practitioner

Top Firm To Pay Senior Associates Full Biglaw Salaries For Working In Yearlong Justice Fellowships

Orrick is really putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to racial and social justice.
Tags: Law, Social Justice, Biglaw, Quote Of The Day, Orrick, Pro Bono, Racial Justice