Attorneys at Law

Barton Blogs

PTO States Its Position On Applicability of Fair Use Doctrine To Non-Patent Literature Used During Patent Prosecution

On January 19, 2012, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“PTO”) issued a written paper explaining in detail the basis for its position that the fair use doctrine provides broad protection for the use of copyrighted non-patent literature (“NPL”) during patent prosecution. The PTO has concluded that under Section 107 of the Copyright Law, …

New Proposed Tough European Privacy Law Covering Digital Information

The European Commission has proposed a new privacy law, revamping the outdated 1995 Data Protection Directive, that would have a significant effect on all companies that trade in, accumulate or publish personal data. The proposal, which is considered a breakthrough in protection of individual rights, would affect all 27 countries of the European Union, which …

Supreme Court Grapples With Constitutional Rights of Privacy in the Digital Age

In a legal world facing what Justice Alito describes as “dramatic technological changes”, the Supreme Court has made a major decision about defining privacy in the digital era in yesterday’s unanimous decision United States v. Jones. This Monday, the country’s highest court ruled that GPS tracking by the police, without a warrant, violated Fourth Amendment …

« Older posts