Intellectual Property

  • Facebook on a screen

    Copyright, Privacy, Technology

    That Facebook Copyright And Privacy Notice Is Still Completely Meaningless

    Stringing together nonsensical bits of pseudo-legalese cannot save you from succumbing to the rules and regulations of the Facebook gods.

    16 Comments / / Jan 6, 2015 at 10:11 AM
  • Businessman Consulting Glowing Crystal Ball

    Biglaw, In-House Counsel

    3 Predictions For The Legal Profession in 2015

    In-house columnist Mark Herrmann looks back on the predictions he made in 2014, which turned out to be correct, and makes new predictions for 2015.

    6 Comments / / Jan 5, 2015 at 12:36 PM
  • Story time

    Copyright, Technology

    How Copyright Makes Culture Disappear

    Publishers would rather keep books out of your hands.

    15 Comments / / Jan 2, 2015 at 10:30 AM
  • cooley blue

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 12.24.14

    * The Thomas M. Cooley Law School is planning to sell one of its academic buildings for an asking price of $8.15 million. Dear Lord, the school will lose some of its library square footage. NOOOOOOOOO! [Lansing State Journal]

    * Contrary to his client’s hit anthem, Pharrell’s lawyer isn’t happy. He says YouTube has been “blithely” ignoring his requests to take down music for which it lacks performance rights, and it may result in a $1B lawsuit. [Hollywood Reporter]

    * Clifford Sloan, the State Department’s special envoy on Guantánamo Bay, appointed in 2013 to help shut down the detention center, is returning to the loving arms of Skadden’s partnership on January 1, 2015. Gitmo is still open. Oops. [Am Law Daily]

    * After 30 years, the Food and Drug Administration decided to lift its lifetime ban on blood donation for gay men. Now gay men just have to abstain from doing gay things for a year — like having sex with other men — to donate blood. Yay? [WSJ Law Blog]

    * If you’ve been wondering what the most ridiculous lawsuits of 2014 are, we’ve got you covered. These are the top 10 most absurd cases filed over the course of the past year. You may remember some of these from our coverage. [Faces of Lawsuit Abuse]

    11 Comments / / Dec 24, 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
  • HungerGamesPoster

    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
  • law books RF

    Technology

    Authors Guild Argues That Google Books Should Be Infringing Because Aaron Swartz

    Now the case is back before the appeals court as the Authors Guild is insisting loudly that it’s not fair use.

    2 Comments / / Dec 5, 2014 at 11:22 AM
  • 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
  • patent law

    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
  • yoga downward facing dog

    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

    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
  • Cocaine addiction

    Crime, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Patents, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.28.14

    * He stuck all that cocaine, where? [Legal Juice]

    * We saw the list of the Most Impressive, but what can you really tell about a law school from its building? [PrawfsBlawg]

    * A musical about Thomas Jefferson’s moose skeleton and what it means for Internet regulation. It makes more sense than it sounds. [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * Virginia’s Supreme Court to hear the Case of the Annoying Yelpers. [WTOP]

    * SLU law professor Justin Hansford writes about his experience as a legal observer to the protests following the Michael Brown killing. [The Faculty Lounge]

    * Interesting piece on the “multiple jeopardy” faced by patentees. [Patently-O]

    12 Comments / / Oct 28, 2014 at 5:19 PM
  • Ultron1

    Copyright, Movies, Technology

    Marvel Goes DMCA Crazy Over Leaked Avengers 2 Trailer, Then Puts It On Its Own YouTube Page

    Another near universal certainty is that Marvel will totally freak out whenever it gets the slightest inkling that its intellectual property is threatened.

    4 Comments / / Oct 24, 2014 at 11:06 AM
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    11th Circuit, Copyright, Department of Justice, Election Law, Fashion, Law Reviews, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.20.14

    * Eric Holder gave millions to Nazis! Or at least that’s how Darrell Issa will put it. But seriously, the Department of Justice has a long-standing policy of allowing Nazi war criminals to collect Social Security payments if they agree to get the hell out of the U.S. [Associated Press via New Europe]

    * A Cleveland attorney, Peter Pattakos, is not worried about contracting Ebola, even though he was in a room with a current Ebola patient, because Pattakos is neither a crazy person nor a cable news producer and realizes that he never exchanged bodily fluids with the patient. As he points out, “I’m much more likely to be mistakenly killed by a police officer in this country than to be killed by Ebola, even if you were in the same bridal shop.” [Cleveland.com]

    * Chanel is suing What About Yves for trademark infringement. The question Professor Colman asks is whether “we really want a trademark ‘protection’ regime in which mark ‘owners’ can prevent creative, non-confusing uses of ‘their property.’” [Law of Fashion]

    * One for the career alternatives file: Miami lawyer who ranks local restaurants opens his own restaurant. At ATL we rank law schools, maybe we should open our own law school. [Southern District of Florida Blog]

    * Academic publishers fighting the war on common sense by charging an arm and a leg for access to research that is written and peer reviewed by other people for free scored a victory on Friday when the Eleventh Circuit rejected the lower court’s articulation of educational fair use in the digital age. [The Chronicle of Higher Education]

    * Balancing parenthood and the “jealous mistress” that is the practice of law. [Jed Cain]

    * An amazing symposium on campaign finance reform from the NYU Law Review and the Brennan Center for Justice. It’s a wealth of content. [NYU Law Review]

    * Josh Gilliland from The Legal Geeks gave a presentation on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Law at the San Diego Comic Fest, which sounds much more fun than any “and the Law” class I ever took. He’s provided his slideshow presentation…

    8 Comments / / Oct 20, 2014 at 4:58 PM
  • Blogging Typewriter RF

    Copyright, Legal Ethics, Technology

    Lawyer Says It’s Copyright Infringement To Use Her Own Blog Posts Against Her In Disciplinary Proceedings

    Not surprisingly, the court soundly rejected this particular interpretation of copyright law….

    15 Comments / / Oct 17, 2014 at 10:14 AM
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