Intellectual Property

  • Remodeled_Walmart

    Basketball, Copyright, Football, Law Schools, Music, Non-Sequiturs, Trademarks

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.13.14

    * Wal-Mart adds lawyer offices. No, this article isn’t about Infilaw. [ABA Journal]

    * Now we are! The faculty of Charleston Law is pleading with anyone who will listen to stop Infilaw. [Pro Bono Populi (Charleston School of Law Alumni Association)]

    * Has the college applications process become a monopoly? There’s an antitrust lawsuit contending it is. Maybe somebody will make the same sort of claim about the law school applications process with all its major security concerns. [Reuters]

    * The latest traffic stats for blogs edited by law professors. It’s good to see Brian Leiter wasn’t just wrong about being more popular than ATL — he was really, really wrong. [TaxProf Blog]

    * Goldieblox paid the Beastie Boys (or technically charity) $1 million over using their song for 10 days in an effort to promote smart toys for girls. Good job bringing the lyrics to life, Boys! [Hypebot]

    * Speaking of intellectual property suits, the University of Alabama sued a company for using a houndstooth pattern because Bear Bryant used to wear hats with a houndstooth pattern that some other company developed. They’ve settled. [SF Gate]

    * Judge Claudia Wilken has denied the NCAA’s latest effort to delay the Ed O’Bannon trial. At least the NCAA is nearing a settlement on a concussion suit. I wonder if that’ll end up favoring the players? [Associated Press]

    * Litigation financing meets intra-disciplinary disputes as philosophy professors chip in to help a student sue a Yale philosophy professor for sexual harassment. [Chronicle of Higher Education]

    * Porsche sued for building cars that are too fast and too furious. [ABC News]

    9 Comments / / May 13, 2014 at 5:03 PM
  • Football stadium RF

    Andrew Cuomo, Biglaw, Football, Sports, Trademarks

    Ask Not What The NFL Can Do For Buffalo

    If the Bills stay in Buffalo, lawyers will make New York pay through the flared nostrils.

    5 Comments / / May 9, 2014 at 3:29 PM
  • 225px-Abraham_Lincoln_November_1863

    Antonin Scalia, Copyright, Movies, Music, Non-Sequiturs, Rap, Richard Posner, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Technology, Television

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.08.14

    * Abraham Lincoln was a harder working lawyer than you are. [Abraham Lincoln’s Almanac Trial]

    * Quentin Tarantino has given up the ghost and dropped his suit against Gawker over The Hateful Eight. [The Escapist]

    * The people who made stupid toe shoes have settled a big class action. [Deadspin]

    * Judge Posner and Justice Scalia haven’t had a public fight in a while. So this lawyer is trying to stir one up. Thanks, buddy! [Legal Times]

    * Colorado’s energy industry is suing municipalities creating a patchwork of fracking regulation. As the author notes, “for a state that has boldly snubbed federal law on marijuana policy, such arguments sound a bit hollow.” [Breaking Energy]

    * Stop calling on Justice Ginsburg to retire… it’s probably too late for Obama to nominate a replacement anyway. [New Republic]

    * Lawyer writes threatening letter to customer who wrote a negative review on Amazon. [Ars Technica]

    * Our tipster put it best, “New Show on Bravo: ‘Lowering the NJ Bar.’” [The Star-Ledger]

    * A young solicitor known as Mr. Kelly was inspired to release a rap album about how much he hated his training job at a top 10 global firm. His video after the jump…. [Legal Cheek]

    / May 8, 2014 at 5:02 PM
  • Casebook-generic-RF

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

    Casebook Publisher Has Aggressive New Plan To Rip Off Law Students

    Do you think the $200 you spend on a casebook means you own it? This publisher doesn’t think so….

    24 Comments / / May 8, 2014 at 11:12 AM
  • sad woman lawyer

    Biglaw, Deaths, Gender, Intellectual Property, Job Searches, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Patents, Technology, Women's Issues

    Morning Docket: 05.05.14

    * When it comes to billing rates, starting at the junior level, female law firm partners are still lagging behind their male counterparts by an average of 10 percent less. Boo. [Wall Street Journal (sub. req.)]

    * Just in time for the graduation of one of the largest law school classes in history, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says the legal sector is shedding jobs. That sucks. Sorry Class of 2014. [Am Law Daily]

    * Law school deans are dropping like flies. Since last week, at least three have announced their intention to leave their positions. We know of one more that we may discuss later. [National Law Journal]

    * If you want to work as an attorney, your odds are better if you go to a Top 50 law school. Seventy-five percent of Top 50 grads are working as lawyers, compared to 50% of all others. [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

    * The verdict is in on the latest Apple v. Samsung patent case, and Apple is probably pretty miffed it was awarded only $120M this time, since lawyers for the company requested billions in damages. [Reuters]

    * Laura LaPlante, a 3L who was set to graduate from U. Chicago Law on June 16, RIP. [Chicago Tribune]

    5 Comments / / May 5, 2014 at 8:50 AM
  • Donald_Sterling

    Basketball, Copyright, Death Penalty, DUI / DWI, Intellectual Property, Non-Sequiturs, Sports

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.30.14

    * Donald Sterling may be banned from the NBA, but the recording that placed him on the outside looking in was captured illegally per California law. [The Legal Blitz]

    * If the NBA owners agree — as expected — to force Sterling to sell the Clippers, it could cost his heirs over $100 million. Let’s feel sorry that megamillionaires might be slightly less megamillionaires. [Slate]

    * The inimitable Charles P. Pierce with more on the horrifically botched execution in Oklahoma last night. Overlooked in the horror was the constitutional crisis that preceded it — where the very authority of the state supreme court was called into question. [Esquire]

    * After getting his client acquitted of molesting a child while drunk, a lawyer managed to get arrested for DWI, hours after the verdict. Amazing. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

    * The conservative argument for copyright reform. Seriously, at this point there’s no political philosophy in favor of lengthy copyright terms, so why can’t we change this? Oh, right. Media companies have tons and tons of money. [R Street]

    * UVA Law funds the first jobs of a bunch of its grads. David Lat weighs in. [C-Ville]

    * This story could just as easily be entitled “I’m a young Biglaw associate who lives in Williamsburg.” [McSweeneys]

    7 Comments / / Apr 30, 2014 at 5:40 PM
  • iStock_000020205526Small

    Copyright, Law Reviews, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Politics, Tort Reform

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.29.14

    * Remember when I said it was a bad idea to drop off a drunk in Ireland? This is EXACTLY why. [The Independent (Dublin)]

    * Oh, Cooley Law School… don’t ever change. [The Faculty Lounge]

    * Republican tort-reform advocate settles overblown personal injury suit. Oh the irony. [The Hutchinson News]

    * Check that, this is even more ironic. [The Chronicle of Higher Education]

    * The U.S. Postal Service helped kill an innovative, anti-junk-mail startup. You could say a bloated government agency is to blame. Or you could say cutting off the Post Office and forcing them to fund themselves through Faustian deals with junk mail distributors is to blame. Either way, a great idea was smothered. [Inside Sources]

    * Indicted former Virginia Governor and transvaginal ultrasound enthusiast Bob McDonnell has taken a gig as a visiting professor at an ATL Worst Law School finalist, Liberty Law. Of course. [The News & Advance (Lynchburg)]

    * Do you need to be on a law journal to succeed? [Huffington Post]

    * Can you get paid for sleeping on the job? Good question. [The Spitz Law Firm]

    2 Comments / / Apr 29, 2014 at 5:01 PM
  • Beyond Biglaw

    Biglaw, Boutique Law Firms, Intellectual Property, Litigators, Patents, Small Law Firms

    Beyond Biglaw: Biglaw’s Eroding Edge (Part 1)

    Are large firms losing their advantage over small firms in the area of knowledge management?

    3 Comments / / Apr 29, 2014 at 10:06 AM
  • Quentin-Tarantino-RF

    Copyright, Movies, Technology

    Quentin Tarantino Loses Big In Trying To Paint Gawker As A Copyright Infringer

    A federal court that actually understands copyright law has quickly disabused Tarantino of his bizarre interpretation of copyright law.

    3 Comments / / Apr 25, 2014 at 11:10 AM
  • Banana Lady-RF

  • netflix-150x150-RF

    Copyright, Movies, Technology, Television

    The Cost Of Permission Culture: Or Why Netflix Streaming Library Sucks Compared To Its DVD Library

    Never let technology or common sense get in the way of an overzealous copyright claim.

    8 Comments / / Apr 11, 2014 at 12:14 PM
  • Film_591w_12AngryMen_original

    Animal Law, Copyright, Divorce Train Wrecks, Election Law, John Roberts, Non-Sequiturs, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.09.14

    * Want to see a really terrible version of 12 Angry Men? Watch it in Louisiana or Oregon, the two states that allow criminal convictions even when jurors are holding out. The Supreme Court has an opportunity to fix that, let’s see if they will. [Constitutional Accountability Center]

    * Speaking of 12 Angry Men, this chart of the Dungeons & Dragons alignments of each juror is entertaining. [Imgur]

    * The judge in the Janice and Ira Schacter kerfuffle invoked Above the Law in her decision as proof that the accusations against Ira Schacter were in the public eye. Thanks for specifically promoting us over the rest of the NY media Justice Laura Drager! [NY Post]

    * Watch a bunch of law students talk about cats on Facebook. Will it end in douchebag posturing and threats of lawsuits? Of course it will! [Legal Cheek]

    * “Volunteer Liquor Commissioner” was disciplined for operating a Facebook page for people complaining about the police. He’s suing. Better question is what does a “Volunteer Liquor Commissioner” even do? [IT-Lex]

    * Allegations that Disney ripped off the trailer for Frozen from an animated short. They should really let it go. [Hollywood Reporter]

    * Chief Justice John Roberts says he’s a minimalist. He’s wrong. [Election Law Blog]

    * Microsoft stopped supporting Windows XP. The IRS decided to keep going with the old product. So now your tax records are at risk. Enjoy the fruits of budgeting with anti-IRS legislators! [TaxProf Blog]

    3 Comments / / Apr 9, 2014 at 5:02 PM
  • 'I can't decide what kind of phone

    Cellphones, Federal Judges, Patents, Quote of the Day, Technology, Trials

    Federal Judge Shames Attorneys For Phone Use During Tech Trial

    Put those phones away, lest you anger this judge.

    10 Comments / / Apr 9, 2014 at 4:29 PM
  • Justice Antonin Scalia

    Antonin Scalia, Non-Sequiturs, Patents, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Tax Law, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.08.14

    * Justice Scalia was asked, “Why should society be bound by laws that were passed only by white male property owners?” If you guessed he’d eschew a substantive response in favor of a condescending sarcastic quip, you’re right! [Wall Street Journal]

    * 2L who based his student government bid around a self-made rap video failed to secure election. He was probably screwed the moment Dr. Dre entered the race. [Daily Business Review]

    * Nursing home sued for hiring male strippers for patients. Lawsuit aside, wasn’t it a bit much to make them dress up like Matlock for their act? [NY Post]

    * A firm is handing out pairs of Google Glass to clients to record how their injuries impact their daily lives. Next up: a firm specializing in the injuries caused by wearing Google Glass to record how injuries impact daily lives. [Slate]

    * Big corporations are filing junk patents. Will anyone put a stop to them? Of course not. [Politix]

    * It’s time to put a stop to shady tax preparers ripping off low-income families. That way low-income families can go back to being ripped off by every other avenue of American society. [New York Times]

    * Managing your Facebook account can give rise to spoliation. So you’d better be happy with all those pictures you’re tagged in before you get in a legal scrape. [IT-Lex]

    4 Comments / / Apr 8, 2014 at 4:43 PM
  • Beyond Biglaw

    Biglaw, Boutique Law Firms, Intellectual Property, Litigators, Patents, Small Law Firms, Trials

    Beyond Biglaw: Candid Camera

    What can litigators learn from cameras in the courtroom?

    3 Comments / / Apr 8, 2014 at 10:16 AM
  • Supreme_Court_US_2010

    Copyright, Election Law, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Trademarks

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.02.14

    * Professor Rick Hasen drops knowledge bombs all over the “subtly awful” decision in McCutcheon. [Slate]

    * Another firm joins the “CV Blind” approach of assessing future lawyers without looking at their grades. So go ahead and blow off that third-year course if this trend continues. [Legal Cheek]

    * In case law schools needed another study to make them feel better about driving up costs, here’s a new study that says schools that hire hotshot professors improve faculty productivity. [TaxProf Blog]

    * Med students are mistreated. Boo hoo. At least you bastards get jobs when you graduate. And they were mistreated by the hospitals they worked with? Try a Biglaw firm right before a deadline and then stow your whining. [Chronicle of Higher Education]

    * Education Department moves to prohibit the practice of colleges barring lawyers from institutional sexual assault hearings. In other news, colleges have been getting away with keeping lawyers out of hearings about potentially criminal acts. [Inside Higher Ed]

    * The BARBRI public interest fellow contest is now underway! Watch the videos and cast your vote by April 7. [BARBRI]

    * Strip club company thought it could build a theme restaurant based on the movie Talladega Nights. More after the jump… [Bloomberg]

    1 Comment / / Apr 2, 2014 at 4:44 PM
  • OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

    2nd Circuit, 8th Circuit, Lexis-Nexis, Trademarks, Westlaw

    On Remand: Lexis Drives West, Sues Toyota

    Years before Philadelphia’s National Constitution Center built the forty-foot high “Tower of Law” (or, as Stephen Colbert called it, “the building blocks of boring”) out of unused legal reporters, Lexis started the books’ march to obsolescence when it debuted on April 2, 1973. “Lexis,” a term the company’s president coined by combining the Latin word […]

    11 Comments / / Apr 2, 2014 at 2:28 PM
  • High Speed

    Biglaw, Boutique Law Firms, Litigators, Patents, Small Law Firms, Trials

    Beyond Biglaw: The Need For Speed

    Biglaw firms often move very slowly; are boutique law firms any different?

    8 Comments / / Apr 1, 2014 at 10:12 AM
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