Intellectual Property

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    Books, Copyright, Football, Free Speech, Golf, Non-Sequiturs, Rape, Sports, Television

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.07.13

    * A senior litigation associate at Paul Hastings, Ryan Nier, has decided to participate in something called the Death Race, and it has nothing to do with the drive for partnership. This Death Race is 50-mile mountain endurance/obstacle race that takes somewhere between 24 and 48 straight hours to finish. Only a handful complete the race every year, and Nier is determined to be one of them. From what we’re told, Paul Hastings has been entirely supportive of Nier, which is cool because he’s using it as an opportunity to raise money for charity. But who knows how supportive they’ll be when they realize he won’t have Blackberry access on top of the mountain for 48 hours. For more information about the Death Race, check out the website. [The Death Race]

    * Law student golfing across the U.S. So, I take it summer associate gigs are still scarce? []

    * “Guess What the Air Force’s Chief of Sexual Assault Prevention Was Just Arrested For…” Hard to top that headline. [Lowering the Bar]

    * Harper Lee suing over “To Kill a Mockingbird” (affiliate link), alleging that the son-in-law of her literary agent botched the copyright. *Insert cheap Atticus Finch joke here* [Washington Post]

    * Gigi Jordan case gets even uglier with misconduct charges flying around. [Thompson Reuters News & Insight]

    * Dr. Phil is suing Gawker alleging that the website posted a video of the pop psychologist’s interview with Manti Te’o, stifling ratings. So Dr. Phil thinks his audience strongly overlaps with Gawker’s. I’m incredulous. [Yahoo! Sports]

    * This is why an over-aggressive cease and desist letter can get you into more trouble. Enter the world of the “miniature war-gaming community.” [Popehat]

    * A guide to the questions applicants need to be able to answer at OCI. The best? “Describe a situation when you had to think on your feet to extricate yourself from a difficult situation.” This provides insight into how the applicant will deal with virtually every situation that ever comes up in Biglaw. [Ms. JD]

    2 Comments / / May 7, 2013 at 5:13 PM
  • STInBeauty-RF

    Benchslaps, California, Copyright, Federal Judges, Intellectual Property, Pornography, Technology, Television

    Prenda Boldly Benchslapped Where No One Has Gone Before

    Copyright trolls treated to a healthy dose of federal judge’s Star Trek fandom.

    14 Comments / / May 7, 2013 at 2:24 PM
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    Benchslaps, Biglaw, California, Carter Phillips, Celebrities, Copyright, Drugs, Federal Judges, Job Searches, Law Schools, Marijuana, Morning Docket, Music, Pornography

    Morning Docket: 05.07.13

    * There’s been a changing of the guard at Sidley Austin. Carter Phillips, one of our nation’s preeminent appellate advocates, is now the sole chair of the firm’s executive committee after a one-year stint as co-chair. Congrats! [The Recorder]

    * You should really try to make the most of your summers during law school, even after your first year. Because duh, in case you weren’t aware, it’ll probably help you to get a job later on. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News & World Report]

    * It looks like the trolls attorneys behind Prenda Law got benchslapped in the worst of ways — complete with a multitude of Star Trek references. We’ll likely have more on this later today. [Ars Technica]

    * The California Supreme Court just ruined everyone’s high, because it ruled that cities and counties can ban medical marijuana dispensaries. Smoke ‘em while you’ve got ‘em, stoners. [Associated Press]

    * Justin Bieber is being sued for copyright infringement, along with his musical mentor, Usher. Tween girl mob: ASSEMBLE! Defend your pop idol’s honor; after all, he just needed somebody to love. [Reuters]

    1 Comment / / May 7, 2013 at 9:06 AM
  • techdirt-RF

    Copyright, Intellectual Property, Movies, Technology

    Warner Bros., MGM, Universal Collectively Pull Nearly 2,000 Films From Netflix

    Short-sighted studios are ruining the market for consumers… and themselves.

    / May 3, 2013 at 2:13 PM
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    Intellectual Property, Patents, Ridiculousness, Rudeness

    The Return of the Mad-As-Hell Patent Attorney [WITH PICS]

    If you thought the patent attorney meltdown from last month was funny when he was mad about a patent application, wait until you see how he responds to media attention.

    37 Comments / / May 3, 2013 at 11:55 AM
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    Biglaw, Copyright, Intellectual Property, Job Searches, Law Professors, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Paralegals, Women's Issues

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.01.13

    * We know you’re all excited about the new RANKINGS, but tonight is also the LAST NIGHT to vote for Law Revue finalists. [Above the Law]

    * “It’s totally reasonable to spend $75 just for a shot at an unpaid internship,” said no one ever. [Craigslist]

    * Kirkland & Ellis (or any Biglaw firm) handing out advice on women and “work/life balance” should elicit exactly this response. [UChiLawGo]

    * Reading Above the Law can make you money. Sure, it’s only by boosting your severance package, but… [A Paralegal’s Life]

    * Several law school professors were recruited from prison. So if you’re hoping to get tenure… [Dallas Blog]

    * Pirate Bay is still out there hopping around the Caribbean to avoid prosecution. Just like real-life, well, you know. [IBTimes]

    * Running over a bicyclist? Accomplishment unlocked for some real-life GTA players. [Legal Juice]

    3 Comments / / May 1, 2013 at 5:29 PM
  • E

    Intellectual Property, Rudeness, Trademarks

    What Is It With IP Lawyers?

    Maybe patent lawyers melting down on the USPTO isn’t such a unique event…

    7 Comments / / May 1, 2013 at 10:03 AM
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    Books, Crime, Non-Sequiturs, Patents, Sexual Harassment, White-Collar Crime

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.30.13

    * A patent infringement suit filed over the “hairy visor.” The best idea for combatting hair loss since SNL’s Chia Head. [Lowering the Bar] * The Hong Kong legal community is split over the continued donning of wigs. It’s nice how China allows them to think they have a choice on such matters. [Wall Street […]

    6 Comments / / Apr 30, 2013 at 5:25 PM
  • Network12

    Intellectual Property, Patents, Rudeness

    Patent Attorney Mad As Hell and Not Going To Take It (From the USPTO) Anymore

    There’s something beautiful about watching someone have a full meltdown.

    32 Comments / / Apr 29, 2013 at 2:53 PM
  • It doesn't have to be this way.

    Biglaw, Intellectual Property, Law Schools, Money, Patents, Perks / Fringe Benefits, Student Loans

    Biglaw Perk Watch: Tuition Reimbursement

    Want to go to law school for free? Get your employer to pay for it!

    6 Comments / / Apr 22, 2013 at 2:59 PM
  • Trump-for-Prez

    Baseball, Copyright, Donald Trump, Drinking, Football, Intellectual Property, Kenyon & Kenyon, Law Schools, Racism, SCOTUS, Sports, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.18.13

    * The New York Post responds to critics of its Boston attack coverage. [The Onion]

    * I’m just going to quote our tipster on this one because I cannot improve upon his commentary: “Because we should publicize every time a Donald Trump lawsuit fails.” [Chronicle of Higher Education]

    * DOUBLE F**KING NEWSFLASH: this pissed off sorority girl will write the BEST cease and desist letters someday. [Gawker]

    * CVS: the place with the helpful, anti-Asian racist staff! [Associated Press via Yahoo! Finance]

    * The Supreme Court stands up to warrantless searches. Sort of. [Simple Justice]

    * Sports franchise owners totally rip off the communities they supposedly serve? [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * You’d think an intellectual property firm would know better than to commit copyright violations. [Law 360]

    * Good news, law students! You can get a casebook for the low, low price of $200! [PrawfsBlawg]

    * Rachel Ray sued for negligence in trying to help a teen lose weight. If the goal was weight loss, Rachel should have just forced the girl to exclusively eat from Rachel Ray’s cookbook. Nothing can turn someone off eating like that. [US Weekly]

    3 Comments / / Apr 18, 2013 at 5:03 PM
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    Benchslaps, Breasts, Copyright, Federalist Society, Intellectual Property, Law Schools, Music, Non-Sequiturs, Pets, Running, Tax Law, Texas, Violence

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.15.13

    * Thoughts go out to all those in Boston. [CNN]

    * I hope you’ve all got your taxes finished. Here’s a fun fact: most tax cheats live in the South and the West. The two areas of the country filled with people who think taxes are evil cheat more? Go figure. [NBC News]

    * Remember, it’s not polite to say “thank you.” [Las Vegas Law Blog]

    * And now the rare, “self-benchslap.” [Associated Press]

    * A detailed look at how the Federalist Society became so powerful in American law schools. Unfortunately, it neglects the “they tend to order better pizzas for their events” gambit. [Chronicle of Higher Education]

    * Remember the new, depressing, public domain Happy Birthday song? The sponsor of that contest, WFMU, is at it again with a new contest to create modern, entertaining covers of public domain ditties. Despite my ragging on the birthday song, this is a pretty cool idea. [Free Music Archive]

    * Are you a young lawyer complaining about your lot in life? You’re at this site, so statistically you are. Well, quit your bitchin’! [Associate’s Mind]

    * The Texas Supreme Court does not value emotional attachments to dogs. This is surprising because I can think of at least 10 country songs on this very point. [Law and More]

    * Mocking law school couples with a GIF from Veep? Get out of my head, UChiLawGo! [UChiLawGo]

    * Boob-induced failure. [Legal Juice]

    3 Comments / / Apr 15, 2013 at 5:15 PM
  • lilo

    Biglaw, Book Club, Books, D.C. Circuit, Guns / Firearms, Intellectual Property, Jed Rakoff, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Lindsay Lohan, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, Patents, Politics, Senate Judiciary Committee, Wall Street Journal, Weddings

    Morning Docket: 04.11.13

    * “I don’t believe judges should be filibustered.” Tell that to the rest of your Republican pals, Senator Hatch. D.C. Circuit nom Sri Srinivasan faced little drama at the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday. [Bloomberg]

    * A bipartisan gun regulation deal has been reached in the Senate, and of course the NRA is opposing it — well, except for the parts that expand gun rights. The group really likes those parts. [Washington Post]

    * Trolling for patent partners? Bingham recently snagged five IP partners from DLA Piper’s Los Angeles office, including the former co-chair of DLA patent litigation department. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * Time well spent: while Detroit hangs on the precipice of bankruptcy, local politicians are worrying about whether retaining Jones Day poses a conflict of interest for their emergency manager (formerly of Jones Day). [Am Law Daily]

    * NYLS — or should we say “New York’s law school” — is revamping its clinical program to kill two birds with one stone (e.g., fulfilling pro bono hours and boosting job prospects). [National Law Journal]

    * For all the talk of his being a hard ass, Judge Rakoff is a nice guy after all! The judge gave an ex-SAC trader permission to go on a honeymoon after his release from prison. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * If you’ve ever wondered how Lat spends his free time, sometimes he’s off writing book reviews for distinguished publications. Check out his review of Mistrial (affiliate link) here. [Wall Street Journal]

    * “Lindsay Lohan is the victim.” What the Heller you talking about? LiLo’s lawyer thinks there’s a conspiracy among the prosecutors on her case that’s resulted in leaks of information to TMZ. [CNN]

    5 Comments / / Apr 11, 2013 at 9:10 AM
  • steele RF

    Attorney Misconduct, Copyright, Intellectual Property, Legal Ethics, Pornography

    Prenda Law’s Plight: Porn Copyright Lawyers Plead The Fifth When Asked About Dirty Dealings

    You can do so much with a law degree, including porn production… wait, what?

    6 Comments / / Apr 3, 2013 at 10:16 AM
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  • techdirt-RF

    Copyright, Intellectual Property, Movies, Technology, Television

    Arrested Development Documentary Has To Hit Up Kickstarter Because of Copyright Issues

    Is Fox being overly aggressive in its copyright claims?

    / Mar 29, 2013 at 12:45 PM
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    Copyright, Quote of the Day, Technology

    Whole Editorial Board Bids Adieu to Journal Over Copyright Issues

    Editors face crisis of conscience working for closed-source journal after the death of Aaron Swartz.

    7 Comments / / Mar 28, 2013 at 4:02 PM
  • 425G - Remembered to lift the seat

    Civil Rights, Copyright, Gay Marriage, Non-Sequiturs, SCOTUS, Securities and Exchange Commission, Securities Law, Sex, Supreme Court, Video games

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.27.13

    * First the law school rankings, now urine-based video games? It’s been a whirlwind week of heavy journalism for U.S. News. [U.S. News]

    * Did you ask for a diorama of the Supreme Court? Because I did… [Washington Post]

    * What do SCOTUSblog and “Girls” share in common? If you guessed that Tom Goldstein spends most of his day at the office naked, you’re (probably) wrong. [Peabody Awards]

    * Casinos have systematically driven men out of the bartending and cocktail serving market. They use a fig leaf to protect themselves from Title VII… apparently literally. [Workplace Prof Blog]

    * Dartmouth professor Sonu Bedi argues that same-sex marriage is really about the separation of church and state. You say potato, I say egregious denial of basic rights. [Huffington Post]

    * UBS trying to get out of an SEC case. Color me surprised. [Dealbreaker]

    * Central New Mexico Community College does not want to hear that sex talk. It makes Sol the Suncat sad. [Popehat]

    * As mentioned before, there’s a new legal dispute over whether or not Sherlock Holmes has lapsed into the public domain. Alex Heimbach of Slate puts the case under the proverbial magnifying glass. [Slate]

    0 Comments / / Mar 27, 2013 at 5:01 PM
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