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September 2, 2014

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August 18, 2014

Wikipedia, Cybersecurity, and Aspen Forum This Week

Events on Wikpedia, cybersecurity, startups, and government use of technology to lower costs are on tap this week and the Technology Policy Institute’s Aspen Forum in Colorado continues early this week.

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July 30, 2014

Still Room for Congress on Patent Fee-Shifting, USPTO’s Lee Says

The deputy director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office said on Wednesday that “legislative clarification” is still possible on the issue of fee-shifting in patent lawsuits, even after two Supreme Court decisions on the matter earlier this year.

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July 28, 2014

This Week: Wireless Cramming, Minority Media and Microsoft’s Data Warrant

The highlights include a look at Microsoft’s challenge of a warrant for data located in Ireland, a Senate hearing on wireless cramming and a conference on issues for minority media and telecom businesses.

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July 25, 2014

Cellphone ‘Unlocking’ Bill Now Just Needs the President’s Signature

As House lawmakers left town for the weekend, they sent the president a bill that would again let cellphone users “unlock” their devices to switch wireless carriers without violating copyright law.

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Should There Be a System for Resolving Small Copyright Claims?

Some lawmakers appear interested in the idea of a small claims system for resolving copyright infringement disputes, or were at least asking questions about it at a House hearing Thursday.

Last year, the Copyright Office, following a congressional request, issued a report on small copyright claims that said small copyright owners face “formidable challenges” in pursuing infringement claims under the current system and proposed a voluntary system for addressing small claims within the Copyright Office that would serve as an alternative to going to federal court.

“What are your views on the Copyright Office recommendation for a small copyright claims system?” Howard Coble, R-N.C., asked witnesses at a Thursday House Judiciary Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet Subcommittee hearing on copyright infringement penalties.

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July 24, 2014

The Issue of ‘Trolls’ Apparently Isn’t Limited to Patents

The issue of patent “trolls” has been a high-profile issue in Washington, but the issue of copyright “trolls” also cropped up at a House hearing on Wednesday.

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July 22, 2014

The Question of Damages for Design Patents

Does the system for penalizing infringement of design patents — basically, protections for how things look — need to be examined?

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July 21, 2014

Satellite Television, Internet Governance and Open Data This Week

The House will take up a satellite television bill this week and a subcommittee holds a hearing on three tech bills. Elsewhere in Washington, events on Internet governance, open data and broadband regulation are coming up.

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July 18, 2014

3D Printing in Space: There’s Much to Learn, Report Says

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This 3D printer creation by Joshua Harker, shown in Paris in November, was not printed in space. (Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images)

Three-dimensional printing has been a hot topic lately, with Home Depot even starting to sell the machines in some stores and the National Institutes of Health maintaining an exchange for 3D printer files. What about using 3D printing in space? There are potential benefits, but we still don’t know the full scope of this technology, and its capabilities in the short-term have been exaggerated, says a new report by the National Research Council.

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July 15, 2014

DOJ/FTC Cybersecurity Antitrust Comments Good, Not Good Enough, Report Says

In April, the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission teamed up to release a statement to businesses who might be worried about sharing cybersecurity information with competitors: The agencies wrote that they “do not believe that antitrust is – or should be – a roadblock to legitimate cybersecurity information sharing.”

A new report released today on the security of the electricity grid concludes that the statement was a good start to tackling one of the biggest impediments of business-to-business cyber threat info sharing. It just isn’t good enough. Full story

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