Intellectual Property

  • xw1

    Pro Se Litigants

    Judge Thinks X-Wing Lawsuit Is As Dumb As We Did

    The guy suing Disney so he can build a real-life X-Wing has lost. But the judge gives us some grade A trolling.

    23 Comments / / Jan 16, 2015 at 11:50 AM
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    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 01.15.14

    beer craft beer* Lagunitas sued Sierra Nevada over beer. Beer connoisseurs pulled themselves out of their own vomit to tweet their disapproval. And it worked, Lagunitas dropped the suit. Imagine if we could harness the power of drunks for good. Or evil. Just anything. [SF Gate]

    * Musing that maybe that daunting LSAT was the obstacle keeping students from filling seats, University of San Diego Law just opened up the school to USD grads — no LSAT required. [University of San Diego School of Law]

    * Saks has heard the public backlash against its assertion that transgender people deserve no legal protections in the workplace and responded by… reasserting that transgendered people have no rights. [Slate]

    * Fashion law isn’t just for Elle Woods acolytes anymore. [Racked]

    * Ninth Circuit does not take kindly to a state prosecutor who lied under oath. [Seeking-Justice]

    * SCOTUS justices don’t have to recuse themselves, and when they do, they don’t have to explain why. Let’s look at the recusals this Term and venture a guess at why each justice sat out. [Fix the Court]

    * NY subways boast some ridiculous safety posters to cover themselves legally. Here’s a breakdown of their latest efforts. [NY Observer]

    * Checking in on the always messed up developments down at Manhattan Supreme Court. [Wise Law NY]

    * “Good news for law grads and law schools!” article ends up buried in a sea of caveats. Because of course it does. [TaxProf Blog]

    8 Comments / / Jan 15, 2015 at 5:33 PM
  • Beyond Biglaw

    Boutique Law Firms, Litigators, Small Law Firms

    Beyond Biglaw: Moving Past A Tough Loss

    How should litigators (and lawyers in general) deal with difficult losses? Thoughts from columnist Gaston Kroub.

    4 Comments / / Jan 13, 2015 at 10:14 AM
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    Technology

    Legal Considerations for Web Based Start-Ups

    Mobile Internet usage is predicted to grow faster in the next few years, making online or web based businesses great opportunities. What does that mean for you if you are starting an online business?

    / Dec 22, 2014 at 9:07 AM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 12.18.14

    * Many Biglaw firms seem to be dragging their feet to match Davis Polk’s generous bonus scale. Why’s that? According to one partner, these bonus matches have cut into his firm’s profits by about 4 percent. Yikes! [The Economist]

    * Total 1L enrollment in law school is the lowest it’s been since 1973, when there were 53 fewer schools. The next step would be to reduce tuition to 1973 levels, and then no one would have any more complaints. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * Just because Bingham McCutchen bit the big one, it doesn’t mean that all of its pro bono cases will have to suffer the same fate. Not only did Morgan Lewis rescue most of the firm’s attorneys, but it’s also saving 500 of its pro bono cases. [Am Law Daily]

    * Now that President Obama has decided to reopen diplomatic relations with Cuba, lawyers are champing at the bit for more business opportunities. Love Cuban cigars? Well, lawyers love trademark disputes involving those cigars. [National Law Journal]

    * Greenberg Traurig reminds Florida clerks that if they issue gay marriage licenses, they could be criminally charged. Plaintiffs’ attorneys remind Florida clerks that if they refuse to issue gay marriage licenses, they could be sued. [Tampa Bay Times]

    * Our managing editor, David Lat, sat down with Vivia Chen to dish about some of his favorite things, from his new book, Supreme Ambitions (affiliate link), to his new fiancé. Her book review: “I liked it! It’s a fun, breezy read.” Hooray! [The Careerist]

    15 Comments / / Dec 18, 2014 at 9:01 AM
  • Earth Dollar

    Biglaw, Boutique Law Firms, Small Law Firms

    Beyond Biglaw: A Superstar League

    How is “superstar” culture changing the landscape of Biglaw?

    8 Comments / / Dec 16, 2014 at 10:03 AM
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    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 12.10.14

    * An Assistant DA in Barrow, Alaska, was shot and killed the other day, allegedly by a man jealous that his ex-girlfriend had started dating the ADA. [KTUU]

    * Legislature amends law “to protect quacks.” That sounds like a good use of their time. [Slate]

    * David appeared on Today’s Verdict to discuss his new book, Supreme Ambitions. Also on the show was the creator of Lawsuit — The Game, featured in our holiday gift guide for lawyers. [BronxNet]

    * “How Many Bites Do Sloppy Lawyers Get At The Apple?” Oh. I get it. [Redline]

    * Lawrence Mitchell is back and talking about inequality. It’s much more what you’d expect from a legal academic than poetry about ogling women in the park. [Washington Post]

    * Sometimes even squishy toys take a hit: Nerf ordered to pay $73 million in back royalties. [North Dallas Gazette]

    * Congrats to Gawker General Counsel Heather Dietrick on her new role as President. [New York Observer]

    * Sad news: Kirkland associate and Northwestern Law ’13 grad Jeremy Adler died unexpectedly last week. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. [Inside Bay Area]

    1 Comment / / Dec 10, 2014 at 5:31 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 12.09.14

    * New Jersey’s new tort liability ruling is an important first step to a real-life Hunger Games. [The Legal Blitz]

    * A holiday shopping guide to beer and wine involved in intellectual property disputes. Clever. [Trademark and Copyright Law Blog]

    * “There’s an app for that!” Lawyers create “Driving While Black” app for your smartphone. [The Oregonian]

    * Speaking of Oregon, the University of Oregon is in the midst of a teaching strike that not only impacts its football team, but caused an immigration law issue when statements the school made were interpreted as threats to the immigration status of foreign teachers if they joined the strike. [Daily Nous]

    * According to Dean LeDuc, Thomas M. Cooley Law is sad that it failed to sell the Mason Temple building in downtown Lansing to the state senate. Except there’s not really any mention that the state senate was ever interested. Perhaps their interest was reported by the same people behind the Cooley Rankings. [Lansing City Pulse]

    * If you liked Mark Hermann’s rundown of business development tactics, here some other suggestions for what more lawyers and law students could be doing to develop business. [Law and More]

    * New OSHA rules a-comin’. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    3 Comments / / Dec 9, 2014 at 5:30 PM
  • Captainamerica1

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 12.04.14

    Captainamerica1* Finally something with bipartisan support. Nazis are bad. [Lowering the Bar]

    * 80 year old law student graduates. We would say he’ll literally being paying this off for the rest of his life, but… England. [Legal Cheek]

    * Elie was in the paper today! [New York Daily News]

    * Yesterday we had a partner admitting law firms are targets for hackers. Maybe those hackers should take on the geniuses at Sony. [Gawker]

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    Morning Docket: 12.04.14
    * Looking for a cool job? Here’s one. Seriously, this looks like a great gig for someone looking to get into altLaw. [Diligence Engine]

    * Biglaw runs up big bills. Really big bills. [Last Honest Lawyer]

    * Blast from the past: patent pendency in 1993. [Patently O]

    3 Comments / / Dec 4, 2014 at 5:00 PM
  • xw1

    Pro Se Litigants

    Guy Sues Disney For Not Letting Him Build A Working X-Wing And Making $930 Million

    But before the complaint is over we learn about how great Florida State is at football and get a review of world literature.

    17 Comments / / Nov 25, 2014 at 12:40 PM
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    Intellectual Property, Trademarks

    Wrigley Opposes The Trademark ‘WTF’

    Wrigley seeks to protect its stale, dry gum from Internet slang….

    12 Comments / / Nov 18, 2014 at 2:00 PM
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    Technology

    The Mis-“Conception” Of Being An Inventor

    Ed note: This post originally appeared on Winstead’s WinTech Blog. Scientists often confuse “authorship” in a manuscript with “inventorship” in a patent application or a patent. More often than not, scientists will list everyone involved with an invention or a manuscript describing the invention, as inventors while filing a patent application. These include individual(s) involved […]

    / Nov 14, 2014 at 3:40 PM
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    6th Circuit, DUI / DWI, Gay, Gay Marriage, JPMorgan Chase, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Patents

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.06.14

    * The Sixth Circuit, in an opinion by Judge Jeff Sutton, just upheld four states’ bans on same-sex marriage. Next stop, SCOTUS? [BuzzFeed]

    * JPMorgan Chase really doesn’t want people to hear this woman’s story. [Rolling Stone]

    * Dating site busted for sharing users’ STD info. [Slate]

    * If you’re opting for a life of crime, dream bigger. [Legal Juice]

    * There’s a patent on filming yoga classes. So class, you’re going to transition from “downward dog” to “shameless patent troll.” [Lowering the Bar]

    * The continued existence of Thomas Jefferson School of Law has spawned so many good lines. The Times compared the school to Dracula. Now Steven Harper describes it as “throwing furniture into the fireplace to keep the house warm.” [TaxProf Blog]

    11 Comments / / Nov 6, 2014 at 5:00 PM
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    China, Intellectual Property, International Law, Patents, Trademarks

    How to Protect Against China Counterfeiting

    If you sell or outsource your products to China, you should anticipate infringement of your intellectual property.

    5 Comments / / Nov 3, 2014 at 10:15 AM
  • houdini

    Copyright, Patents

    Trick Or Cheat? A Pair Of Magicians Have Their Day In Court

    The cases of two magicians who used the legal system to try to take their secrets to the grave.

    16 Comments / / Oct 31, 2014 at 12:41 PM
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  • Grover

    Abortion, Antonin Scalia, Books, Football, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Trademarks

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.30.14

    * Using children’s books to describe the legal academy. It also works for law firms. Like The Monster at the End of This Book (affiliate link), about an associate who fears and reviles an overbearing partner and then learns (about 8 years in) that they’ve had the monster within them all along. [lawprofblawg]

    * In advance of its showdown before the Supreme Court, UPS changes its policy, but denies wrongdoing. [Redline]

    * I’ve never been called a Greek Chorus before. I like it. [Law and More]

    * Reproductive & Sexual Health and Justice senior legal analysts Imani Gandy and Jessica Mason Pieklo discuss both voting rights and abortion access in Texas with political reporter Andrea Grimes. [RH Reality Check]

    * Op-ed notes that Obamacare opponents are cherry-picking their history. Are there actually Obamacare opponents left? [Washington Post]

    * A week or so ago I made a joke about OSU Coach Mike “I’m a Man! I’m 40!” Gundy. Apparently he tried to trademark it. [Campus Insiders]

    * LFC360 chats with Bentham IMF’s Ralph Sutton about making Biglaw more affordable with third-party litigation funding. [LFC360]

    * A list of the top 100 Wild Men and Wild Women in history. Justice Scalia, Racehorse Haynes and David Boies all make the list. I get why he went with Haynes, but when it comes to a Texas litigation “wild man,” I think Joe Jamail. [What About Clients?]

    7 Comments / / Oct 30, 2014 at 5:15 PM