On March 16, U.S. patent law will transition from a "first-to-invent" system to a "first-to-file" system, giving an advantage to inventors who quickly apply for patents. UCLA has an expert on "first-to-file" and patent reform legislation.
Hugo Chavez, whose 14-year tenure as president of Venezuela was marked by anti-U.S. rhetoric, tight control of the country's massive oil wealth and a populist approach to national politics, has died after a long battle with cancer. UCLA has experts.
President Obama's Justice Department has filed a brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot initiative that banned same-sex marriage in California. The case will be argued before the court on March 26. UCLA has experts.
If a deal is not reached in Congress by March 1, sequestration — a series of automatic cuts to government agencies totaling $1.2 trillion over 10 years — could have a major impact on many areas of the national and California economies. UCLA has experts.