Need some good reading material? Here’s a quick recap of the top stories we loved diving into this month!

  • “Researchers point to the Supreme Court’s infamous 1857 Dred Scott ruling that Americans of African descent, whether free or enslaved, were not U.S. citizens. The decision essentially precluded Black people from patenting their inventions.” – For Black Inventors, Road to Owning Patents Paved With BarriersBloomberg Law
  • “As a Covid-19 inspired entrepreneur, ask yourself two questions: Are you delivering an innovation that your customers are passionate about? And will there be a large enough number of these passionate customers to grow a business once coronavirus is under control?” – Turn Your Covid-19 Solution into a Viable Business, Harvard Business Review
  • “Moffitt’s Makerspace is filled with tools for invention: 3-D printers, button-makers, sewing machines, and more. It’s a space for students to experiment with their creativity and bring their biggest ideas to life — from repurposing old clothing to combat fast fashion to 3-D printing robotic parts and medical devices.” – Amid COVID-19 closures, student club helps Library design makerspace of the future, Berkeley Library News
  • “In the lawsuit that it filed in a California federal court late last week, as first reported by Techdirt, Paper’s parent company ENTtech Media Group claims that the aforementioned defendants “are engaged in a scheme to deprive [Paper] and similar digital media companies of their valuable assets by unlawfully manipulating the take-down notice provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”),” a federal law that governs online copyright issues.” – Paper Magazine Files Copyright, RICO Case Over Alleged Scheme to Hold its Instagram Account Hostage for $4.6 Million, The Fashion Law


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