Voice Missed: One key voice is missing from the debate on Capitol Hill on major reforms to the patent system—the head of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. That’s because there hasn't been a director for more than 10 months—and patent attorneys are highlighting the void, Todd Ruger of The National Law Journal reports.
Concussions Litigated: Ten former National Hockey League players have filed in a class-action lawsuit related to concussions, just three months after the National Football League agreed to pay $765 million to settle lawsuits from thousands of former players, The Associated Press reports.
Non-Fiction Noted: The Washington Post includes The National Law Journal's Marcia Coyle on its "Notable nonficion of 2013" list. THE ROBERTS COURT: The Struggle for the Constitution is described: "With thorough and balanced reporting, Coyle gives a nuanced sense of how conservative and libertarian lawyers strategically litigated four high-profile cases."
Judge Complains: A prominent African American judge accused two UCLA police officers of using excessive force when they pulled him over for not wearing a seat belt, The Los Angeles Times reports.