Tafas: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has agreed to rehear en banc Tafas v. Doll, a major patent case which could “restrict sharply the number of continuations, claims, and requests for continued examination that patent applicants may file,” the National Law Journal’s Marcia Coyle reports.
Ehrman v. Covington: The Heller Ehrman estate might sue Covington & Burling and fourteen partners who left for the firm, The Recorder says. Many believe that the decision by Heller’s intellectual property group to jump ship for Covington in September triggered the firm’s final collapse. The estate’s lawyers have already been working on the Covington issue, the recorder reporters.
From Russia With...: President Barack Obama called for a renewed relationship between the United States and Russia during a speech delivered this morning in Moscow. He criticized the “19th Century” view that the two countries could only exist as rivals, declaring that, "The pursuit of power is no longer a zero-sum game." The Washington Post reports.
Jackson: Los Angeles is getting ready to pay its respects to the King of Pop. With thousands upon thousands expected to attend, just about the only thing missing from the memorial will probably be Michael Jackson’s body, which according to some reports, will be buried by the time the event begins. The New York Times has the story.
Supreme Court Panel: For all the talk of Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. slowly guiding it rightward, the Supreme Court still belongs to Justice Anthony Kennedy. That was the consensus yesterday afternoon among a panel of the country's top Supreme Court advocates, hosted at the Georgetown University Law Center by Legal Times and The National Law Journal. There was also talk of an emerging axis between Kennedy and Justice Samuel Alito Jr. See the rundown here, or just scroll down a bit.