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337Info – Unfair Import Investigations Information System

337Info is an information retrieval system that contains data about USITC section 337 investigations, including:

  • the unfair act(s) alleged (patent, trademark, or copyright infringement; misappropriation of trade secrets; etc.)
  • the parties involved (current and historical)
  • the Administrative Law Judge(s) (ALJ(s)) and USITC staff assigned (current and historical)
  • the product(s) involved
  • current investigation status and key dates (hearing dates, target dates, etc.)
  • key dates in the procedural history (e.g., date of institution)
  • disposition of the investigation as a whole and by respondent
  • remedial order(s) issued
  • any appeals and/or ancillary proceedings

337Info brings together information that was previously spread across the USITC website and presents it in a single, user-friendly, easy-to-navigate interface. It features a robust search capability that enables users to identify investigations of interest; track ongoing investigations, appeals, and ancillary proceedings from filing to disposition; and conduct research with ease. 337Info currently includes information about investigations instituted or otherwise initiated on or after October 1, 2008. These investigations include violation-phase, enforcement, bond forfeiture, and modification proceedings, as well as investigations following a remand from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The data will generally be updated within three business days of a Commission or ALJ action. 337Info is not a document repository. To view official documents filed in USITC investigations, users may use the USITC Electronic Document Information System (EDIS).”

Questions and Answers about Ebola and Pets

CDC – “The ongoing epidemic of Ebola in West Africa has raised several questions about how the disease affects the animal population, and in particular, the risk to household pets. While the information available suggests that the virus may be found in several kinds of animals, CDC, the US Department of Agriculture, and the AmericanContinue Reading

Service offers a better way to search federal court records than PACER

Via Robert Ambrogi – ABA Journal – a snippet of his review of PacerPro – Find Bookmark Download:  “PacerPro provides a clean, modern interface to the PACER system. But PacerPro is more than just lipstick on a pig. It actually improves on the federal site through features such as real-time universal search, aggregated search results andContinue Reading

FISHWATCH – U.S. Seafood Facts

“Today, 91 percent of seafood consumed in the United States is imported, and about half of this is wild-caught. Because of our interests both as a seafood-consuming nation and a fishing nation, it is critical that NOAA take an active role in shaping the conservation and management of international fisheries. For U.S. consumers of importedContinue Reading

Report claims NSA has operatives in foreign communications companies

“The National Security Agency has had agents in China, Germany, and South Korea working on programs that use “physical subversion” to infiltrate and compromise networks and devices, according to documents obtained by The Intercept. The documents, leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, also indicate that the agency has used “under cover” operatives to gain access toContinue Reading

Department of Homeland Security Privacy Office 2014 Annual Report to Congress

“The Department of Homeland Security (DHS or Department) Privacy Office is the first statutorily created privacy office in any federal agency, as set forth in Section 222 of the  Homeland Security Act of 2002, as amended. The mission of the Privacy Office is to protect all individuals by embedding and enforcing privacy protections and transparency inContinue Reading

Taking Steps to Improve Federal Information Security

Beth Cobert, Deputy Director for Management at the Office of Management and Budget  “In a rapidly changing technological environment, we must have robust procedures, policies, and systems in place to protect our nation’s most sensitive information. Growing cybersecurity threats make it ever more important for the Federal government to maintain comprehensive information security controls to assessContinue Reading

Retired NSA Technical Director Explains Snowden Docs

Biographic Entity Resolution Challenges of managing and sharing

Via Public Intelligence – DOJ/FBI – Unclassified  Presentation – Biographic Entity Resolution – Challenges of managing and sharing. John N. Dvorak – Senior Level IT Architect, September 16, 2014, Global Identity Summit. “Entity Resolution: The process of determining whether two or more references to real-world objects such as people (individuals), places, or  things are referring to the same object or to different objects.Continue Reading

NOAA’s Marine Debris Blog

“Marine debris is everyone’s problem. It is a global problem affecting everything from the environment to the economy; from fishing and navigation to human health and safety; from the tiniest coral polyps to giant blue whales. Marine debris also comes in many forms, from a cigarette butt to a 4,000-pound derelict fishing net. Marine debris is aContinue Reading

GAO – Federal Laboratory Consortium Should Increase Communication with Potential Customers to Improve Initiatives

TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER: Federal Laboratory Consortium Should Increase Communication with Potential Customers to Improve Initiatives, GAO-15-127: Published: Oct 3, 2014. Publicly Released: Oct 3, 2014. “The Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC) has taken steps to communicate with potential customers, including small businesses and entrepreneurs, but has not obtained feedback from them to assess their needs when designingContinue Reading

Offline and falling behind: Barriers to Internet adoption

McKinsey – More than 60 percent of the world’s population remains offline. Without removing crucial deterrents to Internet adoption, little will change—and more than 4 billion people may be left behind. “In a little more than a generation, the Internet has grown from a nascent technology to a tool that is transforming how people, businesses, and governmentsContinue Reading