Intellectual Property

  • 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
  • 220px-Eric_Holder_official_portrait

    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
  • troll online trolls

  • Bluebook small Legal Bluebook Uniform System of Citation

    Books, Copyright, Intellectual Property, Law Professors, Law Reviews, Law Schools

    Is The Bluebook About To Be Killed Off?

    What kind of silver bullet could kill this venerable institution?

    38 Comments / / Oct 7, 2014 at 5:35 PM
  • Pepsi logo

    9th Circuit, Gay Marriage, General Counsel, In-House Counsel, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Patents

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.07.14

    * Congratulations to Tony West on his new gig as General Counsel of PepsiCo. It sounds like an exciting and challenging opportunity. Plus, you know, free Mountain Dew. [Politico]

    * What the hell? The feds stole a woman’s identity and made it into a Facebook page. Well, now she’s found out and she’s suing. Identity theft was one thing, but the way the DEA Agent kept spamming the woman’s friends to play Candy Crush Saga was just unacceptable. [Buzzfeed]

    * Time for some court news: Ninth Circuit joined the chorus in striking down gay marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada. [Ninth Circuit]

    * It’s Nobel Prize time, and one of the winners for Physics has a personal story about how important it is to hire a good lawyer. In fact, it was about $180 million important. [Slate]

    * We constantly beat the drum of how law schools need to adjust to reality and stop duping students into terrible financial decisions. But here’s the PR secret that’s kept law schools from, by and large, collapsing: they sell the experience. [Law and More]

    * An open letter begging Amal Alamuddin not to quit her day job now that she’s married to some acting guy. [The Careerist]

    * New York City paid $50K to settle a lawsuit brought by the family of a child who killed herself after school officials allegedly did nothing despite several warnings that the girl was being brutally bullied. There’s a lot of “in my day…” types who read this site who may not care about bullying, but this is more a question of irresponsibility. If your job is to provide a safe learning environment and you fail, you pay. [DNA Info]

    * At oral argument, the Court seemed generally supportive of the Muslim inmate hoping to grow a beard. If this intuition is right, soon individual people may have the same religious rights as corporations! [Supreme Court Brief]

    * Finally, thanks to the Rutgers-Newark Law School chapter of the American Constitution Society for hosting a great event today where Elie and I previewed the upcoming SCOTUS Term. My personal highlight was watching Elie’s head explode while talking about Young v. UPS.

    8 Comments / / Oct 7, 2014 at 5:02 PM
  • This would be a better patent than what these guys received.

    Patents, Technology

    Serial Litigant Blue Spike Wins EFF’s Stupid Patent Of The Month For September

    Blue Spike’s massive litigation campaign is a perfect example of how vague and abstract software patents tax innovation.

    4 Comments / / Oct 3, 2014 at 10:18 AM
  • access denied

    Biglaw, Boutique Law Firms, In-House Counsel, Intellectual Property, Patents, Small Law Firms

    Beyond Biglaw: In-House Talent — Access Denied?

    Why are in-house lawyers limited to working only for their particular employer?

    11 Comments / / Sep 30, 2014 at 10:16 AM
  • Online Password

    In-House Counsel, Technology

    Your Client is Hacked and Personal Information is Leaked Online – Now What?

    You are general counsel to a company, and your CEO steps into your office, clutching his iPhone in one hand and wiping sweat from his brow with the other, and tells you that a compromising photograph of him was stolen from his phone and posted online. You start thinking not if, but when, shareholders will discover this embarrassment, how much it will cost the company and what legal action to take.

    / Sep 30, 2014 at 9:52 AM
  • Justice Sonia Sotomayor

    Copyright, Non-Sequiturs, Patents, Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.25.14

    * Justice Sotomayor would like to remind you that just because you’ve been to one Indian casino, that doesn’t mean all Native Americans are fantastically wealthy. [KGOU]

    * Nor is every Native American cured by this news, but this is certainly a start — the Department of the Interior will sign a $554 million settlement in the breach of trust case brought by the Navajo nation. [Buckley Sandler LLP]

    * A Peruvian woman has sued Disney for $250 million because she alleges that Frozen is a rip-off of her life story. Because she has magic ice powers? I guess. Actually, it looks like the only connection is that she lived in a cold place and had a sister. This reminds me of my lawsuit against Chuck Palahniuk for basing Fight Club on my life story. Not that I ran anarchic underground fight clubs, but because one-time at camp I made a bar of soap. [Bustle]

    * Law professor goes after revenge porn and patent trolls because he’s trying to win the title of best person ever. [Brooklyn Paper]

    * Harold Hamm, Continental Resources’ Chairman and CEO — and former energy adviser to Mitt Romney — is staring down the barrel of a massive divorce settlement. So he takes a page from Romney’s adversary. Hamm is arguing that his fortune… he didn’t build that! He was just the beneficiary of a good market rather than a contributing factor so he doesn’t have to share. [Upstream Online]

    * The CAC launches a new series on the Roberts Court at 10. It’s hard to believe how long ago that was. When the Chief Justice took over we still thought the ending of Lost was going to make sense! [Constitutional Accountability Center]

    * Winston & Strawn lawyer turned famous LEGO artist Nathan Sawaya opened a new show in London. Sculptures made of thousands and thousands of hand-assembled bricks. Just in case you were wondering if there was a task more boring than document review. [Yahoo! Canada News]

    * Paul Clement and Mike Carvin offer a SCOTUS preview. [Heritage Foundation]

    8 Comments / / Sep 25, 2014 at 5:05 PM
  • Football Victory

    Copyright, Football, Technology

    Only Surviving Recording Of The Very First Superbowl Is Because A Fan Recorded It, But You Can’t See It, Because Copyright

    A piece of history has been found, except it still hasn’t been made available, perhaps because of the NFL’s standard “we own everything” policy.

    6 Comments / / Sep 19, 2014 at 10:08 AM
  • Drexel Law Kline Law

    Biglaw, Contract Attorneys, Document Review, Federal Judges, Intellectual Property, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Patents, Politics, Technology, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Morning Docket: 09.19.14

    * Voters in Scotland just said no to independence from the United Kingdom (although it might not have been a big deal for the legal profession if the vote had gone the other way). [New York Times]

    * Congratulations to Drexel Law on a whopping $50 million gift — and its new name, the Thomas R. Kline School of Law. [Philadelphia Inquirer via WSJ Law Blog]

    * The latest chapter in the “cautionary tale” of David Lola: dismissal of the contract attorney’s lawsuit against Skadden and Tower Legal. [American Lawyer]

    * An office renovation for Baker Botts in Houston strips junior associates of window offices. [ABA Journal]

    * How could Watson transform the practice of patent law? [Corporate Counsel]

    * Are we seeing a reversal in the trend of declining prison populations? [Washington Post]

    * The chorus of voices calling for Judge Mark Fuller to resign in the wake of domestic violence charges against him continues to grow. [New York Times]

    6 Comments / / Sep 19, 2014 at 9:05 AM
  • Thomas Hale Boggs Jr. (1941-2014)

    Copyright, Divorce Train Wrecks, Drinking, Law Schools, Music

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.15.14

    * Tommy Boggs, the name behind Squire Patton Boggs, has died at the age of 73. [On Politics / USAToday]

    * As you read all the over-the-top awful details from the Rep. Mark Sanford divorce hearing, remember there was a day not too long ago that he was considered a serious presidential contender. [Wonkette]

    * In his deposition, Robin Thicke says he was too drunk and high to write that rapey song about getting women drunk and high. [Music Times]

    * Stymied in his bid to become Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, Debo Adegbile will have to settle for becoming a partner at WilmerHale. [Law Blog / Wall Street Journal]

    * Legal and public health problems of the wireless age. [Consumer Law & Policy Blog]

    * The second in a series on Charlotte Law School by a former professor. The first addressed the school’s treatment of faculty and staff. This one talks about the school’s treatment of students. [Outside the Law School Scam]

    * If you’re a law student in the New York area, Marino Bar Review is hosting an open bar tomorrow. Check it out. [Above the Law]

    1 Comment / / Sep 15, 2014 at 4:56 PM
  • 800px-Dave_Letterman

    Copyright, Fashion, Legal Ethics, Non-Sequiturs, Reader Polls, Television, Weddings

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.08.14

    * David Letterman and CBS got smacked with the latest internship class action. To think, poor Paul Shaffer’s been working for free all those years. [Deadline]

    * Class action could be on the horizon over high-frequency trading. [Wall Street Journal]

    * Frankly, I don’t know what the problem is. [Washington Post]

    * You may have been following the story of Justice Ginsburg’s officiating a wedding in New York this weekend. Well, if so, here’s the Times write-up. [New York Times]

    * The federal courts are looking at tightening the word limits on appellate briefs. How do you feel about this move? I’m with the author that “The number of cases where attorneys think they need a word extension is greater than the number of cases that actually warrant one.” [New Mexico Appellate Law Blog]

    * Scott Brown, formerly of both Massachusetts and the Senate, is threatening to sue Harvard’s Larry Lessig after Lessig labeled the Nixon Peabody “advisor on governmental affairs” a “lobbyist.” Lessig asks if the campaign preferred he write the more technical, “sold his influence to a DC lobbying firm.” Ha. [Time]

    * Fordham professor Susan Scafidi, founder of the Fashion Law Institute and designer Narciso Rodriguez make the case for strong legal protection for fashion designs. [Room for Debate / New York Times]

    * On Friday, Keith Lee wrote about a lawyer who billed a client for sanctions. We’ve written before about lawyers billing for the time spent boning their clients. A law professor who teaches professional responsibility asks: “Is billing for sanctions better or worse than billing for sex. I say sanctions. Can we have a survey on this?” Of course you can. Poll after the jump….

    7 Comments / / Sep 8, 2014 at 5:04 PM
  • McKayla Maroney not impressed unimpressed McKayla Rose Maroney McKayla R Maroney

    Copyright, Perverts, Sports

    How Not To Write About The Celebrity Hacking Thing

    ESPN, your trusted source for manufactured controversy, chose to report on this actual controversy in the most opaque manner possible.

    10 Comments / / Sep 5, 2014 at 11:02 AM
  • Thinking woman pondering over something

    Copyright, Movies, Technology

    Australian Movie Studio Says Piracy Is Equivalent Of Pedophilia & Terrorism

    Apparently, Village Roadshow’s CEO still hasn’t gotten over the loss in the legal case.

    2 Comments / / Sep 5, 2014 at 10:10 AM
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