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Price Gougers Beware: Vermont About to Pass 'Anti-Shkreli' Bill

Gougers can likely look to Martin Shkreli for ruining the game of price gouging customers by going nuts and hiking the price of a desperately needed pill some 5,555 percent. The Internet won't soon forget Shkreli's uncontrollable need to display his contempt for formal hearings, which put him in the running for the "most hated person on the Internet" contest.

Well, several states have reacted to that whole scandal and have proposed laws to counter future Shkrelis. But none have gotten as far as Vermont, which is just on the cusp of passing such a law. It looks like a very lucrative way of doing business is about to get a whole lot harder.

Fight Back! Steps to Take Against Cybersquatters

It's a war out there in cyberspace. Everyone is vying for a piece of the pie -- customer eyeballs and dollars. But what are some steps that the honest solo attorney can utilize to fight against that most annoying of opportunists, the cybersquatter?

But you don't have to give up when a cybersquatter takes over one of your desired domains. Fight back, with these quick tips that will help you shore up your good name against the attacks of online domain-name trolls.

Facebook Wins IP Legal Battle in China

According to The Wall Street Journal, Facebook walked away with a ruling in favor of an American company ... in China!

But is this a sea-change for intellectual property rights in China?

Atari Is Still Around to Haunt Independent Game Developers

The maker of the beloved gamer classic Pac-Man is still alive and kicking (legally) -- and kicking independent developers in the teeth.

Nineteen-eighties icon Atari is taking a stand in the USPTO this week in order to vanguard the rights to its video games that bear the Haunted House moniker. It's the sort of intellectual property demon that sends shivers down the spines of the artists who make these games.

You can get married in Klingon, use Google in Klingon, and even stage Hamlet in Klingon. But can you copyright Klingon? CBS and Paramount seem to think so, and they're suing a fan film that makes use of the language, first invented in 1984 for "Star Trek."

Now, a group of linguists is stepping into the legal fight, arguing that Klingon, and other "constructed languages," are real, living forms of communication exempt from copyright law. Their amicus brief is, of course, partly in Klingon.

Not sure how you feel about inter partes review, the relatively new administrative process for challenging patents? Neither is the Supreme Court, who struggled during oral arguments yesterday to determine what claims construction standards the Patent and Trademark Office should use in IPR proceedings. The case, Cuozzo Speed Technologies v. Lee, could have long-lasting implications, as the use of inter partes review continues to grow.

Let's take a look at how things went.

It was a very techie day in the Supreme Court today, as the Court heard oral arguments in the only two tech-related cases of the year. In the first, Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley and Sons, the Court debated whether attorney's fees in copyright litigation should be awarded when a prevailing defendant has advanced the interests of the Copyright Act, or more restrictively, when they have resisted unreasonable litigation.

Let's take a look at how the arguments went.

It's the biggest legal data breach ever. With over 11 million previously confidential files released to the public, the so-called "Panama Papers" have led to accusations of corruption, cronyism, and tax evasion, implicating everyone from Vladimir Putin and Jackie Chan, to the (now former) Prime Minister of Iceland.

At the center of the scandal is one law firm, Mossack Fonseca, whose "limited" data breach exposed how the rich and powerful hide their cash. Here's what you should know about the firm.

Trade Commission Stymies Chinese 'Hoverboard' Imports into USA

Way back in 2014, Segway filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission, alleging that imported Chinese "hoverboards" violated its patents. Now, that complaint has started to bear fruit. Yesterday, the ITC issued a general exclusion order banning most self-balancing hoverboards from being imported into American borders.

The exclusion order could have far reaching and substantial effects, not least of which is making people look less stupid getting from point A to point B.

CRISPR Lawsuit: The Biggest Gene Patent Pre-Suit of All Time Hit PTAB

At first hearing, you might have thought that Crispr was some sort of new age snack. But it just happens to be probably the biggest giant leap forward in biotech and bioengineering in recent history of medicine. Crispr could be the key to hacking genes in ways that scientists could previously only fantasize about.

Sounds like there's a lot of money to be made? Yeah, we'd say so.