Opening the Valve: Effects on Distribution of Digital Content After Steam is Ordered to Allow Dematerialized Game Resale

By Luke Mattison In 2015, the French consumer advocacy organization, UFC-Que Choisir, took American video game giant, Valve, to court over the company’s policy of disallowing program resale on its digital marketplace, Steam.[1]  Steam is currently the most popular video game and program marketplace in the world.[2]  If successful, UFC-Que Choisier’s efforts could radically change […]

No-Fly Zone: How the WTO’s Recent Ruling will Cause Tensions in Trans-Atlantic Trade

By Jasmine Dohemann For 15 years, the U.S. and EU have been in a legal battle over aerospace subsidies.[1] The U.S. has accused certain EU member states of providing massive illegal subsidies to the European aerospace company, Airbus.[2] However, on October 2, 2019, the World Trade Organization (“WTO”) ruled that the U.S. was allowed to […]

International Fashion Brands’ Trademarks in the Wake of Star Athletica, LLC v. Varsity Brands, Inc.

By Walker Livingston After the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Star Athletica, LLC v. Varsity Brands, Inc.,[1] where the Court held that clothing designs could be successfully copyrighted and that those copyrights are enforceable, many international brands have attempted to protect their marks and intellectual property with varying results. Most recently, the Richemont-owned brand Alfred […]

U.S. Department of Commerce Adds Huawei to the Top of its List

By: Divya Prasad, J.D. Candidate, American University and Margaret Ververis, Trade Compliance Counsel at Hughes Network Systems, an Echostar Company Recent trade restrictions exemplify an alarming trend of isolationism that could cripple the United States technology industry.[1] On May 15, 2019, President Trump issued an Executive Order declaring a national emergency with respect to threats […]

Proposed Legislation Changing Patent Eligible Subject Matter: Protecting Industries’ Revolutionary Technology

By: Chris Katsantonis On May 22, 2019, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Chris Coons (D-DE), and several members of the House of Representatives released a bipartisan, bicameral draft bill that would reform Section 101 of the Patent Act (“Subject Matter Eligibility”).[1] Currently, U.S. patent law discourages innovation in some of the most critical areas […]

Interpreting Legislation or Legislating Interpretation: Businesses left Perplexed in Wake of Supreme Uncertainty

By: Nicole Bruner 35 USC § 101 broadly discloses the four statutory classes that may be patentable, and further states that an invention must be new and useful to qualify for a patent.[1]  However, in purporting to apply this statute, the judicial system has arguably run amok of Congress’ original intentions.  The Supreme Court set the stage […]

Tackling High Drug Prices with a Patent Law Approach: The Brilliance Behind the Upcoming We PAID Act

By: Jonathan Grygiel The Senate has recently began discussing a bill, dubbed the We PAID Act, that would require any corporation that receives research funding from federal agencies, including the National Institute of Health, to follow certain pricing restrictions for pharmaceutical drugs that they sell.[1]   If corporations refuse to follow these pricing restrictions, they would incur […]