Dark Patterns: We May or May Not Realize We’re Being Tricked

Have you ever received a bunch of annoying promotional e-mails and let them stuck in your inbox because you hardly find the “unsubscribe” button in the e-mail? Or have you ever made a hasty choice because your heart is trembling fast when an “Only 1 room left!” notification appears in a travel website? If that were the case, then most likely you are exposed to – or tricked by – the Dark Patterns… Read More

The Chilling Adventures of Copyright Infringement

This past fall, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina was the Netflix Original that everyone was talking about. This show reimagines the world of Sabrina the Teenage Witch (a popular show released in the 90’s) with a new, dark spin. In this version of the show, Sabrina must choose between joining the world of witchcraft that her family belongs to and remaining in the human world with her boyfriend and friends. Yet what appeared.. Read More

Science and the Courts

As technology advances and new scientific discoveries are made, more courts are faced with issues of admissibility and reliability as challenges in administering their use. Judges and juries are faced with difficult scientific and often unscientific propositions delivered through self-serving expert witnesses and tailored studies. Development of science and tech in the courts is not limited to new findings of traditional sciences but far more narrow and complex fields. Emojis and emoticons for.. Read More

Dance, Dance, Litigation: The Copyrightability of Dance

Everyone’s seen them. With the massive success of Epic Games’ Fortnite, the free-to-play battle royale video game, many of the in-game dances have gained mainstream notoriety among the younger generations. In the game, players can unlock different dances, or “emotes,” for their characters either by completing various objectives within the game or by paying a fee ranging from $5 to $10. Yet, the origins of many of these popular emotes have recently created.. Read More

Strawberry Patent Wars Forever

To a casual grocery shopper, looking to find the perfect topping for her shortcake, ingredient for her smoothie or vehicle for her heavenly chocolate fondue, patents are probably the last things on her mind.  Yet, in fact, the very item that she seeks, the strawberry, an aromatic, bright red, juicy, and sweet fruit, has been at the center of ongoing patent litigation. Patent law covers the invention or discovery of “any new and.. Read More

EU’s New Copyright Directive: Will the U.S. Follow Suit?

The copyright directive that the European Parliament adopted in March (“the Directive”) won final approval from the European Council last month. Member states have two years to integrate its requirements into their own national law. The amendments—especially Article 17—stand in sharp contrast to U.S. internet governance laws and the EU’s existing copyright directive. Article 17, for example, would impose liability on sites that host copyright-infringing user-generated material, mandating that the sites proactively remove.. Read More

The Impact of the GDPR

After four years of preparation and debate the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) was finally approved by the EU Parliament on April 14, 2016, coming in to effect on May 25, 2018. Nine months after its enforcement, this article seeks to examine its impacts on individuals as well as businesses. Overview The aim of the GDPR is to protect all EU citizens from privacy and data breaches. To be protected under the.. Read More

Supreme Court to Hear Case on AIA “Secret Sales.”

What is the America Invents Act (AIA)? The path to patentability has many obstacles, and inventors’ own actions sometimes stand in the way of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) granting a patent for their invention. In determining patentability, the USPTO compares a proposed invention to prior art—relevant existing inventions. The Smith-Leahy America Invents Act (AIA) was enacted in 2011, shifting the patent process from a “first to invent” to a “first.. Read More

Biometric Facial Recognition for Unlocking iPhone – Does it Violate the Fifth Amendment?

With the overwhelming numbers of criminal mischief, the government seems to seek resourceful leeway that may lead to the findings of valuable evidence in an investigation. Among all feasible scenarios,  there is a possibility for the law enforcer to request access to the criminal offender’s cell phone locked with latest facial biometrics technology, including the technology of Face ID introduced by Apple. Apple’s explains that Face ID revolutionizes authentication by utilizing the advanced.. Read More

The Future of Biometric Data Privacy Law and BIPA

Biometric Technology Industry Biometrics encompasses a wide variety of technologies, which aim to identify a person’s identity based on unique, unchanging physical or behavioral characteristics. Biometric technologies include fingerprint recognition, voice identification, facial recognition, DNA matching, and signature recognition. Though biometric technology has been utilized for hundreds of years, there has been rapid technological innovation in the biometric field in recent years. Biometric technologies have become more mainstream in our modern society being.. Read More