Supreme Court Streams Oral Arguments For First Time Ever with Trademark Dispute

CBS News reports…

The typically technology-averse Supreme Court broke new ground Monday as it conducted arguments remotely by telephone and streamed live audio for the first time, inviting the masses to experience an event usually reserved for members of the public who wait in line to get into the court’s stately courtroom on Capitol Hill.


The arguments were conducted with few issues, with the exception of a delay from Justice Sonia Sotomayor as she began her questioning in the first half of the arguments – perhaps the result of a muted phone line — and muzzled audio from Justice Stephen Breyer during the second half of arguments, which quickly cleared.

While one hour was allotted, the arguments lasted roughly 75 minutes, though Chief Justice John Roberts worked to keep questioning by his colleagues moving swiftly.

Kicking off a historic two weeks for the Supreme Court was a dispute between the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and over a bid by the online reservation company to trademark the name.