“Scandalous Speech,” 5G & Facebook Turns 15 - Priori

Priori Digest 47th Edition | “Scandalous Speech,” 5G & Facebook Turns 15

By Oliver Duchesne
| Priori Digest

In this edition of the Priori Digest, a weekly look at what’s happening in law and technology, we look at Facebook turning 15, new smart fridges being trialed by Walgreens that let them infer the demographic information of customers, and a federal trademark case involving a 1990s fashion brand with interesting First Amendment implications. To get the digest straight to your inbox, sign up here. Enjoy! 


  • A streetwear brand that has been consistently denied a federal trademark for being too “scandalous” will be having its case heard by the Supreme Court in spring. The Justices will decide how much “scandalous” speech is protected by the First Amendment (hopefully clearer than Justice Potter Stewart’s infamous concurrence in Jacobellis v. Ohio in which the Court found that the Constitution protects obscenity except hard core pornography: "I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description; and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so. But I know it when I see it and the motion picture involved in this case is not that.")
  • Sunday’s Super Bowl was the first in which sports gambling is legal in seven states other than Nevada
  • What the 2018 patent litigation statistics can show us 


Facebook Turns 15

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  • Which U.S. state stipulates in law how the state name should be pronounced? Find out here

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