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  1. 100 Words for my Friends Taking the Bar Exam

    Things I did to myself before the bar: Did only a fraction of the practice I should have. Felt underprepared and terrified, just like you feel now. Things that happened to me during the bar: Day before the exam, while studying poolside at the hotel: got a sunburn. First day of exam: stung by a…

  2. Some Followup Thoughts on Bilski

    Some Third-Party Thoughts A friend summarized Bilski this way: “Shorter #Bilski: Federal Circuit, your rule was too straightforward and didn’t add enough uncertainty to an already volatile field.” I don’t think that was actually the court’s intent, but certainly that will be the short-term outcome. Long-term the court and the PTO will have to find…

  3. First thoughts on Bilski

    Some very preliminary thoughts on Bilski, written in the course of one train-ride to work. This does not represent the viewpoint of my employer and should not be taken as legal advice; merely observations on one ruling. In the lower court (Federal Circuit) ruling on this case, the Federal Circuit was very aggressive in trying…

  4. some data points on facebook

    My boss has written a blog post that tries to bring together some recent data points from across the privacy spectrum; it is worth a read. I’ve been noting a few (much smaller, more trivial) things myself over the past few days that suggest to me that privacy concerns in general, but facebook-related privacy concerns…

  5. a quick vent about the structure of online agreements

    I completely understand why many startups have terms of service with terrible content– providing terms of service whose content is fair to the user is incredibly risky and/or expensive (though it isn’t unheard of). But there is just no excuse for terms of service with terrible organization, especially when you’re trying to sell services to…

  6. quick life update

    If it matters to you, you might want to know that I have no network at home from sometime yesterday until Friday night, and I also have lousy cell connection1, so I’ll basically be off the network when not at work for the next few days. Otherwise, it has been a good week: first real…

  7. starting fresh with mozilla

    After some bumps in the road which delayed my start by a week, I started today in the legal department at Mozilla. Last night I lost a little sleep worrying if this was the right thing for me, but after a day around the office (during an all-hands meeting, no less) I’m pretty much glowing.…