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Who Rules Patents? A Discussion with Chief Judge Randall R. Rader - Podcast

Intellectual Property Practice Group Podcast
Randall R. Rader May 06, 2014

Randall Rader

Having completed work on the America Invents Act in 2011, Congress is now considering further patent revision legislation. While some observers argue that the patent system is broken, in dire need of repair, others assert that the patent system has fostered innovation in technology, communications and elsewhere, which has permitted remarkable advances and robust economic expansion in those sectors in an otherwise tepid economy. Is the business world overrun with patent suits, or are judges already empowered to control nuisance litigation? What parts of the current patent revision efforts are true reform, and which are unwarranted government intrusions? What are the respective roles and expertise of the judiciary and the legislature when it comes to patents, patentability, fee-shifting, patent-licensing, and more? These and other issues were discussed by Chief Judge Randall R. Rader, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Featuring:

  • Hon. Randall R. Rader, Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

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The Internet: Are We Losing Control? - Podcast

Telecommunications & Electronic Media Practice Group Podcast
John M.R. Kneuer, Patricia J. Paoletta April 02, 2014

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On March 14, 2014, the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced its plan to transition its key internet domain name functions to the global multistakeholder community. It has asked the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to commence the multistakeholder process to develop the transition plan.

NTIA administers changes to the authoritative root zone file – the database containing the lists of names and addresses of all top-level domains – and serves as the historic steward of the Domain Name System. NTIA currently contracts with ICANN to carry out the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions and has a cooperative agreement with Verisign under which it performs related root zone management functions. ICANN’s government contract expires September 30, 2015. NTIA has indicated that ICANN’s transition plan must adhere to four principles. It must:

  • Support and enhance the multistakeholder model
  • Maintain the security, stability, and resiliency of the Internet DNS
  • Meet the needs and expectations of the global customers and partners of the IANA services
  • Maintain the openness of the internet

In this Teleforum, we discussed the implications of this pending transition and its potential impact on a free and open internet.

Featuring:

  • Hon. John M.R. Kneuer, President and Founder, Kneuer LLC
  • Patricia J. Paoletta, Partner, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP

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Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank - Podcast

Intellectual Property Practice Group Podcast
Adam Mossoff April 01, 2014

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The rise of the software industry following the personal computer revolution in the early 1980s created a heated policy debate about whether this “computer-implemented technology” should be secured in the patent system. The debate culminated this year with the Supreme Court’s cert grant in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, in which the Court will determine whether computer-implemented technology, such as computer software programs like Excel or Word, are eligible for patent protection or whether they should be excluded from the patent system on the grounds that they are “abstract ideas” tantamount to scientific formulas or mathematical algorithms. Given the “smart phone war” between Apple, Samsung, Google, Microsoft, and other high-tech firms, many commentators in newspaper articles, in blogs, and at conferences now complain about the “problem of software patents.” But for at least twenty years, patents have secured software and served an important function in bringing to market technological innovation once imagined as only science fiction — tablet computers, smart phones, wireless telecommunication, cloud computing, and streaming television, movies and songs, to name but a few. In Alice, the Court holds the fate of a significant portion of America’s innovation economy in its hands, as the Justices will wrestle with the difficult issues of how the patent system can best promote high-tech innovation in the twenty-first century.

Featuring:

  • Prof. Adam Mossoff, Professor of Law and Co-Director of Academic Programs and Senior Scholar of the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property, George Mason University School of Law

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Cybersecurity and the NSA - Event Audio/Video

2014 Annual Student Symposium
Stewart A. Baker, Randy E. Barnett, Jeremy A. Rabkin, Ricky Polston March 25, 2014

Cybersecurity and the NSA - Event Audio/VideoThe NSA acts pursuant to broad statutory authorities, and has interpreted those statutes to enable vast data collection programs. Two programs in particular, programmatic surveillance of the content of communications and bulk collection of metadata have become the subject of heated public and scholarly debate. Are these programs consistent with the NSA’s mission to gather foreign intelligence and to defend U.S. government information systems? Have the leaks about these programs jeopardized national security, or have they enhanced public accountability? Is there a better way to strike a balance between privacy and security?

The University of Florida Student Chapter hosted this panel discussion during the 2014 Annual Student Symposium on Saturday, March 8, 2014.

Panel 1: “CYBERSECURITY AND THE NSA”
9:00 – 10:45 a.m.
J. Wayne Reitz Union

  • Mr. Stewart Baker, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • Prof. Randy Barnett, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Prof. Jeremy Rabkin, Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law
  • Moderator: Chief Justice Ricky Polston, Florida Supreme Court

University of Florida Levin College of Law
Gainesville, FL

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Balancing Privacy and Security - Event Audio/Video

2014 Annual Student Symposium
Devon Westhill, Robert H. Jerry, Rachel Brand, Steven G. Bradbury, Julian Sanchez, John F. Stinneford, Theodore W. Ullyot, William H. Pryor Jr. March 25, 2014

Balancing Privacy and Security - Event Audio/VideoThis roundtable will address a wide range of issues and potential solutions to the challenges associated with balancing privacy and security in an increasingly technological world. In an era where individuals increasingly entrust their data to third parties, how can the right balance be struck between the government’s need to collect information, and the individual’s right to privacy in that information. Does the Fourth Amendment adequately protect an individual’s rights in an era of rapidly advancing technology, or should Congress play a more active role in regulating this space?

The University of Florida Student Chapter hosted this roundtable discussion during the 2014 Annual Student Symposium on Friday, March 7, 2014.

Introductory Remarks
6:00 p.m.
J. Wayne Reitz Union

  • Mr. Devon Westhill, Chairman, Symposium Executive Committee
  • Dean Robert H. Jerry II, University of Florida Levin College of Law

Roundtable Discussion: “BALANCING PRIVACY AND SECURITY”
6:15 – 8:00 p.m.
J. Wayne Reitz Union

  • Mr. Steven G. Bradbury, Partner, Dechert LLP
  • Hon. Rachel L. Brand, Vice President & Chief Counsel for Regulatory Litigation, National Chamber Litigation Center, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Member, Privacy & Civil Liberties Oversight Board
  • Mr. Julian Sanchez, Research Fellow, The Cato Institute
  • Prof. John Stinneford, Associate Professor of Law, University of Florida Levin College of Law
  • Mr. Ted Ullyot, Former General Counsel, Facebook
  • Moderator: Hon. William H. Pryor Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

University of Florida Levin College of Law
Gainesville, FL

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