Supreme Court Upholds Patent Office Power to Invalidate Bad Patents

In one of the most important patent decisions in years, the Supreme Court has upheld the power of the Patent Office to review and cancel issued patents. This power to take a “second look” is important because, compared to courts, administrative avenues provide a much faster…

International Darknet Drug Trafficker Sentenced to Prison

According to United States Attorney Bob Troyer, U.S. District Court Judge R. Brooke Jackson sentenced 22-year-old Leonardo Cristea to a three year prison sentence for his role in the Italian Mafia Brussels (IMB) drug trafficking operation. After international law enforcement arrested Cristea and nine accomplices…

Minnesota Supreme Court Ruling Will Help Shed Light on Police Use of Biometric Technology

A decision by the Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday will help the public learn more about how law enforcement use of privacy invasive biometric technology. The decision in Webster v. Hennepin County is mostly good news for the requester in the case, who sought the…

German Man Ordered Drugs to His Grandmother’s House

Judge Stefan Weickert, at a District Court in Munich, sentenced a 29-year-old man to four years in prison for illegally buying cocaine and amphetamine from the darknet. The man lived with his grandmother in Weilheim, Germany, at the time of his arrest in May 2017….

Supreme Court Vacates Microsoft Email Privacy Case

The Supreme Court has vacated United States v. Microsoft, a case concerning whether a U.S. communications law can be used by a U.S. law enforcement agency to obtain personal data stored outside of the U.S. While the case was pending, the Congress quickly passed the…

European Court of Justice Receives Key Questions on Future of EU-US Personal Data Transfers

The Irish High Court has sent eleven questions to the European Court of Justice for review in Data Protection Commissioner v. Facebook. The case considers whether Facebook’s transfers of data from Ireland to the United States violate the European Charter of Fundamental Rights. The case…

D.C. Court: Accessing Public Information is Not a Computer Crime

Good news for anyone who uses the Internet as a source of information: A district court in Washington, D.C. has ruled that using automated tools to access publicly available information on the open web is not a computer crime—even when a website bans automated access…

New Hampshire Court: First Amendment Protects Criticism of “Patent Troll”

A New Hampshire state court has dismissed a defamation suit filed by a patent owner unhappy that it had been called a “patent troll.” The court ruled [PDF] that the phrase “patent troll” and other rhetorical characterizations are not the type of factual statements that…

D.C. Circuit Won’t Fix Deeply Flawed Ruling in EPIC’s Case Against Presidential Election Commission

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has refused to void an earlier ruling in EPIC’s case to halt the collection of state voter data by the Presidential Election Commission. Although the Commission was disbanded in January, last year’s decision by a three-judge panel of the…

Suspended Sentence for ‘Pretty Stupid’ Counterfeiter

A 29-year-old Austrian man stood in front of a judge at the Tettnang District Court where he faced prison time for ordering and then using counterfeit euros he had purchased on the darknet. Due to the man’s living situation, time spent in jail while waiting…

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