Samuel Henderson Translations

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How many patent law decisions has the US Supreme Court issued?

Reading and writing about the Alice decision and its fallout got me wondering: how many patent decisions has the Supreme Court issued altogether? Like most “simple” questions, it turns out that this one doesn’t have a very straightforward answer. But the number is somewhere in the 600-900 range. Inspired by the “breakfast experiments” over on Language Log, I set out to answer the question. But by the time I was.. Read More

Patents.py: a Python script for reformatting Korean patents

When you’re preparing a Korean patent for translation, even after you’ve located a text-based PDF, reformatting the extracted text can be a real chore. Fortunately, the format of these PDFs is usually very consistent. Below is a simple bit of Python code I wrote for the purpose. If your PDF uses standard “[0001]” paragraph numbering, you can invoke this without any fiddling at all, directly from the command line. Just.. Read More

Software patent survives motion to dismiss

Cross-posted from Valpo Law Blog.   On September 29th, Judge Virginia Kendall of the Northern District of Illinois denied Citigroup’s motion to dismiss a patent infringement suit brought by Card Verification Solutions, LLC, based on a software patent. This was the first time any Illinois or Indiana court applied the Supreme Court’s Alice v. CLS Bank decision from earlier this year, in which the high court substantially raised the bar.. Read More

Another design patent bites the dust

Cross-posted from Valpo Law Blog. Maat, the ancient Egyptian goddess of law, via Wikimedia Commons On September 3, the Southern District of Indiana granted summary judgment for the defendants in Butler v. Balkamp Inc., a patent case. Cars and car parts are a huge part of the Indiana economy, so it’s no surprise that this rare Hoosier patent case is automotive-related. The patent in suit was D500,646, a design patent.. Read More

Lead weight lifts from East Chicago

Cross-posted from Valpo Law Blog.  On September 3, the EPA entered into a consent decree with two major companies to clean up lead and arsenic contamination in a residential area near the USS Lead Superfund site in East Chicago, Indiana. The consent decree was filed with the US District Court for the Northern District of Indiana in Hammond (less than three miles due west of USS Lead). Under the decree’s.. Read More

Equitable CERCLA resolution requires full record, 7th Circuit rules

Cross-posted from Valpo Law Blog.   On September 25, the Seventh Circuit vacated a trial court judgment that had found paper manufacturer NCR 100% liable for the costs of cleaning up polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in Wisconsin’s Lower Fox River. Chief Judge Diane Wood wrote for the three-judge panel. Judge Wood is not known for prolixity. So when she writes a 31-page opinion, you know it’s going to cover a lot.. Read More

Public access to South Korean court decisions

Via Asian Law Blog, here is a story from the Korea Times, reporting on the Supreme Court’s announcement of a timeline for placing all criminal and civil judgments in South Korean courts online. All courts here, including the appellate and highest courts, will be obliged to provide access for citizens to the texts of their rulings in all criminal cases via online or offline, the top court said, noting the.. Read More

Constitutional Court decision upholding South Korean abortion ban

This is a draft translation of the official summary of the Constitutional Court of Korea decision upholding the long-standing ban on abortion in South Korea.  The court was split 4-4; six votes would have been needed to declare the ban unconstitutional. This decision has been reported on in numerous English-language media outlets, including AFP and the Guardian. Any links in the text have been added for clarification, and are not present.. Read More

Constitutional Court decision on the “real name system” for Korean websites

This is a draft translation of the official summary of the Constitutional Court of Korea decision holding the “real name system,” which had been in place since 2007, to be unconstitutional.   The decision has attracted considerable global attention, and has been reported on in numerous English-language media outlets from Yonhap News to the Wall Street Journal. Any links in the text have been added for clarification, and are not present.. Read More