On the one hand, the federal government has decided to wade into the muck of the US patent system and is taking it to patent trolls. On the other hand, the federal government has somehow decided to hand Samsung a surprise courtroom victory that they, along with much of the rest of the world, already decided had no merit. The Feds giveth, and the Feds taketh away.
Still feeling the blues about the Librarian of Congress making it illegal to unlock your cell phone? The chairman of the FCC has a few things to say about that, and appears committed to getting it reversed.
Back in October 2012, the Library of Congress' Copyright Office ruled the unlocking of smartphones as illegal, under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DCMA). The ruling went into effect as of January 26 for any newly purchased devices. But a White House petition is apparently asking for help from the administration.