Legal news from Saturday, May 11, 2013

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit [official website] on Friday ruled [opinion, PDF] per curiam that an abstract idea is not patentable simply because it is tied to a computer system. Analysts say the ruling could have severe implications [IDG News report] on software and business … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak [Al Jazeera profile; JURIST news archive] appeared in court on Saturday for a retrial on charges of complicity in the murder of over 800 protesters last year. An Egyptian appeals judge overturned Mubarak's conviction and life sentence in January on those same charges, ordering … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt [JURIST news archive] was found guilty Friday of the genocide, torture and rape of 1,771 indigenous Ixil Mayans during his 1982-83 rule. The court found that Rios Montt was responsible for commanding his military forces to kill 5.5 percent of the Ixil population, … [read more]

[JURIST] A New York federal judge on Friday declined to delay [opinion PDF] his order that emergency contraception be available over the counter (OTC) to girls of all ages. Judge Edward Korman of the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York [official website] issued the order [JURIST … [read more]

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