Judges to discuss patents at National Press Club: Four federal judges will discuss the U.S. patent system Tuesday at a National Press Club event hosted by the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies.
Panelists include Judge Richard Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit and as three former federal judges: Arthur J. Gajarsa, Paul R. Michel and moderator Douglas H. Ginsberg. The men will discuss whether the U.S. patent system is truly “broken” and will debate whether the current system helps or hurts innovation.
Those interested in seeing the discussion, which begins at 12:30, can watch here.
AP records secretly obtained by DOJ: The Associated Press said Monday that the Justice Department obtained two months’ worth of the news service’s phone records, The Washington Post reported, as part of an investigation into the disclosure of classified information about an al-Qaeda plot.
In a letter, AP president and chief executive Gary B. Pruitt told U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder that there could “be no possible justification for such an overbroad collection” of his reporters.
As The Post reported, its believed that the investigation is not aimed at AP reporters but rather at U.S. officials who may have disclosed classified information.
BlackBerry releases new phone: BlackBerry announced Monday that it will release a new, cheaper smartphone to emerging markets in July, a move that could help the company bolster its position in the larger smartphone market.
The new phone will not go on sale in the United States at launch, but will be available in fast-growing smartphone markets such as the Middle East and Latin America.
BlackBerry also announced that it will make its BlackBerry Messaging system available on devices running Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android mobile operating systems this summer.
Zuckerberg group faces more pressure: CREDO Mobile, a mobile service provider that lobbies on progressive issues, has gathered about 40,000 signatures on a petition asking prominent members of Mark Zuckerberg’s immigration reform lobbying group, FWD.us, to drop out over ads the group funded that support conservative politicians.
Some environmental groups are complaining that FWD.us has funded television ads supporting politicians who back construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline and proposals to drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The ads do not mention immigration reform but support politicians who may be able to help ease immigration proposals through the Senate.
Tesla and PayPal co-founder Elon Musk and Yammer chief executive David Sacks withdrew support from the group Friday, and CREDO mobile is asking others, such as Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, to also withdraw from the group.