The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office may have a major problem on its
hands -- the possibly unconstitutional appointment of nearly two-thirds
of its patent appeals judges. Read more about this case here.
Translogic Technology, a company whose patent was rejected, is raising this issue in a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court. A copy of the petition is available for viewing at the Law Library Reference Desk.
U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno of Philadelphia has tallied the
number of times Aaron Wider, the CEO of HTFC, dropped the F-word or a
variant of it in a deposition — it was 73 times — and calculated the
more than $29,000 sanction he and his lawyer Joseph R. Ziccardi should
pay. In his 44-page opinion in GMAC Bank v. HTFC Corp., U.S.
District Judge Eduardo C. Robreno found that Ziccardi was also to blame
for his client's hostile conduct because he failed to stop his client's
tirades and persuade him to answer questions.
(via The Legal Intelligencer)