Computer Ethics, Summer 2018

Corboy 323, 5:30-8:30ish Tuesdays and Thursdays
Class 11

Class 11 Readings

Read the Chapter 4 material on software patents, and also the essays (linked to in the patent notes) by:

Read Baase & Henry Chapter 5, on Computer Crime

US v Carpenter

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the police do need a warrant for more than seven days worth of a phone's cell-tower-connection data. This information spells out the approximate location of the phone, often to within less than a quarter mile. In principle, a record is made whenever a phone moves within range of a new cell tower.

This decision is a major departure from the third-party doctrine, under which information about someone that is in the possession of someone else can be turned over to the police without a warrant. Traditionally this applies to "business records", such as banking information and phone-call metadata.

Software Patents


    i4i v Microsoft

    NTP v RIM

    Business methods

    Apple patents

    KSR v Teleflex, and the standard for obviousness


    Mayo v Prometheus   

    Alice v CSR

    Lawsuit venue