-Los Angeles Times, June 23, 2010 by Alex Pham and Meg James
“If the decision had gone the other way, that would have likely been very damaging” to a whole host of technology companies that depend on the activities of its users, not just Google, said Jennifer Urban.
-San Francisco Chronicle, June 24, 2010 by James Temple
“In the main, it’s a victory for innovation,” said Jennifer Urban, director of the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic at UC Berkeley. “It’s a victory for the companies that are creating new kinds of technologies … that allow people to speak and create on the Internet.”
Los Angeles Times, May 7, 2010 by Jon Healey
Jennifer Urban … said that the ruling “removed the possibility of the plaintiffs having so much power at the beginning that the licensing negotiations are heavily tilted toward the plaintiffs.”
Network World, Open Source Subnet Blog, May 7, 2010 by Julie Bort
Without patents of their own, FOSS developers have limited their defense against patent bullies, those seeking to stop innovation by filing patent infringement suits…. But when a company has its own patents, “there are interesting ways to defend against patent litigation, especially defensive patents and cross licensing,” says Urban.
So if the DPL technically isn’t a pool, what is it? “A distributed network of patent owners” who grant a standardized license to those in the network “that commit their patents to 100% defensive purposes,” Schultz adds.
KPCC Southern California Public Radio, April 4, 2010 Host Judy Muller
The thing about smart meter data is that it gives a very intimate picture of life within the home. So you can tell when people within a house get up, you can tell when they’re cooking, when they go to sleep, when they’re home or when they’re away…. It isn’t as though you have the choice to decide to live your life in the open and tell your story to everybody; this information is collected from you automatically as part of your energy service.
American Public Media, Future Tense, March 16, 2010 Host Jon Gordon
Smart meters draw information about energy usage within a home thousands of times a month as opposed to one time.… You can tell when people get up, you can tell when they go to bed. You can tell when they’re cooking; you can tell when they’re using certain medical devices. You can tell when they’re home or when they’re away.… The risk is really in how the information might be used and how we might lose control of it.
The New York Times, Bits Blog, March 15, 2010 by Steve Lohr
“This technology is very promising, but we should try to manage privacy early, before there is a problem,” said Jennifer Urban, co-director of the Samuelson Law, Technology and Public Policy Clinic at the University of California, Berkeley. Her organization prepared the filing on behalf of the technology-and-privacy groups.