Pauline Newman, the 96-year-old Federal Circuit judge who is fighting a probe into her mental fitness, spoke at a Washington, D.C., conference on Friday to urge more scrutiny into how patent law could affect the development of vaccines and other groundbreaking technologies. The judge told Reuters after her appearance that she was concerned that current patent eligibility law could hinder innovation in vaccine development and potentially undermine valuable intellectual property. Several lawsuits have been filed over technology used in COVID-19 vaccines including the blockbuster shots made by Pfizer and Moderna.Read more about Newman’s remarks.
U.S. President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden was criminally charged with deceiving a gun dealer into selling him a firearm, in the latest sign of how the younger Biden’s legal woes may weigh on his father’s re-election bid next year … The lawyers for Hunter Biden earlier in the week filed a lawsuit against an aide in the White House of former President Donald Trump over the aide’s alleged role in the publication of embarrassing emails and images … Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have opened an impeachment inquiry into President Biden after months of investigations of his Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings. Read about some of the evidence that has come to light.
IP … China’s Huawei inked a global patent cross-licensing deal with Xiaomi … Apple convinced a U.S. appeals court to uphold USPTO tribunal decisions invalidating parts of about a dozen patents owned by Masimo in their dispute over Apple Watch technology … Plaintiffs law firm Morgan & Morgan agreed to end a lawsuit against the USPTO after making progress in its bid to register the trademark “#LAW” … Genomics startup Parse Biosciences lost its bid to dismiss a patent-infringement lawsuit brought by rival 10x Genomics and Stanford University … Kroger’sHome Chef failed to convince a U.S. appeals court to stop Grubhub from using a fork-and-knife logo … Impossible Foods convinced the 9th Circuit to revive its lawsuit seeking to head off an Austin, Texas, wellness entrepreneur’s trademark-infringement allegations … Modelo and Constellation ended their trademark fight over the sale of Modelo Reserva beers … A group of major textbook publishers sued file-sharing service Library Genesis for what they described as copyright infringement on a “staggering” scale … And Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Chabon, along with a group of other U.S. authors, sued OpenAI, accusing the program of misusing their writing to train its popular chatbot ChatGPT.
Civil rights …
The 9th Circuit ordered a public school district in San Jose, California, to reinstate a Christian student group, which the district said discriminated against LGBTQ students … Two parents challenged a Massachusetts school district’s policy to not disclose students’ gender identities expressed at school to their families without their consent … Plus, the 9th Circuit blocked a California law banning gun marketing that is attractive to minors … A federal judge temporarily blocked New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s 30-day suspension of concealed and open firearm carry rights in Albuquerque and its surrounding county … A Delaware federal judge dismissed a gun industry challenge to a state law that expands the liability of gun makers and sellers after shootings.
As newly-minted law firm associates start reporting for work this month, they’ll face what’s likely to be a recurring, career-long chore: writing their professional bios. The online profiles are important – but they’re often quite dull, writes Jenna Greene in her latest column. Still, there are benefits to going beyond a dry recitation of practice area, academic credentials and industry awards. Starting with the late Martin Ginsburg, Greene looks at lawyers who’ve opted for less snoozy profiles.