Intellectual Property

  • Kevin Trudeau

    Bankruptcy, Food, Habeas Corpus, Labor / Employment, Non-Sequiturs, Partner Issues, Patents, Romance and Dating, Sentencing Law

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.18.14

    * “How many years would you put a TV pitchman in jail? 3 years? 5 years? Don’t answer yet…” [Sentencing Law and Policy]

    * So there’s a sex tape of Chris Christie. Except it isn’t him. They should have known Christie could never be a porn star. You can’t get far in the porn biz by saying, “This lane is closed.” [Gawker]

    * Dolt Duped By Date Sues OKCupid. [NY Post]

    * Patents are a terrible measure of innovation. Hold on, I defy you to besmirch the Anti-Drowning Hat. [Concurring Opinions]

    * Wage theft in fast food shouldn’t come as a surprise, but the role played by the franchise model in creating labor law violations is intriguing. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * A gathering of business development tips, including shout outs to Anonymous Partner and Mark Herrmann. [Corporette]

    * What better qualification to challenge for the Vegas DA’s job than to be prosecuted by that office days before the election? [Las Vegas Law Blog]

    * A Baltimore lawyer aggressively used the habeas process to release mentally ill girls to serve as personal slaves to the wealthy. [Slate]

    * Weil’s Business Finance & Restructuring team is putting together a March Madness bracket based on quotes from bankruptcy decisions. Let the excitement wash over you. Having not seen the bracket yet, I’m reserving judgment on what an awesome array of bankruptcy quotes would look like. [Bankruptcy Blog]

    * Kevin O’Keefe, who presented on my panel at our Attorney@Blog conference, left all of us touched with his tribute to Above the Law. [Real Lawyers Have Blogs]

    1 Comment / / Mar 18, 2014 at 5:17 PM
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    ACLU, Billable Hours, Insurance, Legal Ethics, Non-Sequiturs, Patents, Sex, Tort Reform

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.11.14

    * Missouri lawyer is hauled into a disciplinary hearing about his practice of showing a picture of a naked woman to a female client. He says it wasn’t about sex and he was just showing her the kinds of pictures that come up in a divorce proceeding. That sounds like a fine explanation. I mean, every divorce involves autographed photos of strippers. He also commingled funds. That’s less easy to explain. [Inside the Ozarks]

    * Hey look! They brought back Debtors’ Prison. The prison-industrial complex has gotta get paid somehow. [Bergen Dispatch]

    * Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are now looking into David Samson, the chair of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and a Christie appointee. If government agencies aren’t for petty revenge and plunder, then what are they for? [Talking Points Memo]

    * Insurance company cronies threaten that insurance company may have to get out of the business because of all the lawyers winning cases making the insurance company actually pay their contractual obligations. Don’t they understand the purpose of litigation is just to collect premiums? [Legal Newsline Legal Journal]

    * How ACLU attorney Ben Wizner became Snowden’s lawyer. [Forbes]

    * “One of the reasons I could never imagine being a lawyer is because you have to account for your time in 15-minute increments.” Thankfully she was corrected and told that lawyers are actually more irritatingly measured in 6-minute increments. [Dear Prudence / Slate]

    * With all the talk of patent law reform coming from the President, this is an excellent time to look back at eight dumb patents. [Mashable]

    1 Comment / / Mar 11, 2014 at 5:05 PM
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    Biglaw, Boutique Law Firms, Intellectual Property, Litigators, Patents, Small Law Firms

    Beyond Biglaw: Battle Of The Titans

    When you are fortunate enough to watch skilled advocates make the difficult look easy, try and learn something from them.

    6 Comments / / Mar 11, 2014 at 10:15 AM
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    Intellectual Property, Kids, Movies, Trademarks

    Career Alternatives For Lawyers: Inherit Valuable Property

    The untold story of the Chipmunks is a tale of law school and aggressive litigation.

    4 Comments / / Mar 5, 2014 at 11:05 AM
  • Beyond Biglaw

    Biglaw, Boutique Law Firms, Intellectual Property, Litigators, Patents, Small Law Firms, Travel / Vacation

    Beyond Biglaw: Traveling Time, Again

    How much do you travel for work, and do you enjoy it? Some thoughts and advice from Gaston Kroub.

    8 Comments / / Mar 4, 2014 at 10:17 AM
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    Patents, Technology

    Wearable Technology Invites Legal Challenges, Dumb Traffic Tickets

    Outdated legal concepts collide with new technology.

    1 Comment / / Mar 3, 2014 at 3:16 PM
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    Crime, Facebook, Gay, Insider Trading, Non-Sequiturs, Patents, Supreme Court, Tax Law

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.20.14

    * Congrats to Weil Gotshal and Fenwick & West for getting in on Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp, the biggest Internet deal in a decade. [The Recorder]

    * In South Carolina, you can get arrested for crimes that aren’t even things any more. Like “failure to return a VHS tape.” [Lowering the Bar]

    * Drunk lawyer at heart of alleged insider trading scheme. [Dealbreaker]

    * Did LBJ colossally screw up the Supreme Court? [Concurring Opinions]

    * Were you curious about who would be on the Mount Rushmore of Tax Law professors? No? Well, here they are anyway. [TaxProf Blog]

    * The so-called “trial penalty” is really a myth and empirical data confirms that defendants who reject plea deals and go to trial actually garner a “trial discount.” Yep, prosecutors aren’t overreaching at all. [PrawfsBlawg]

    * President Obama called for patent law reform in the State of the Union address. Now we have some insight into what he’s thinking about. [Patently-O]

    * Congratulations to Matthew Skinner, the next executive director of the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York! [LeGal]

    0 Comments / / Feb 20, 2014 at 5:00 PM
  • Juri the Dreamer by Juri H Chinchilla RF

    Intellectual Property, Music, Trademarks, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    On Remand: Apple Wedges Itself Into The Music Business

    The Beatles’ company, Apple Corps, sued Apple Computer in Britain. Who prevailed in this legal battle of the Apples?

    9 Comments / / Feb 10, 2014 at 1:40 PM
  • O Canada!

    Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Canada, Eric Holder, Federal Government, Federal Judges, Gay, Gay Marriage, Intellectual Property, Money, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, Trademarks

    Morning Docket: 02.10.14

    * Secrets secrets are no fun, secrets secrets hurt someone: Chief Justice Roberts named two judges to two secret courts. Congrats to Judges Boasberg and Tallman. [Legal Times]

    * Bankruptcy just got a lot more fabulous. AG Eric Holder announced that the government would extend recognition of same-sex couples in federal legal matters. [New York Times]

    * With reports of firms’ financials beginning to trickle out, partners are getting anxious. No one wants to be the next Dewey — or the next Gregory Owens. [Am Law Daily]

    * This is the second year in a row that Greenberg Traurig has posted financial declines. Perhaps the firm started its lower pay, non-partner track residency program for a reason. Something to think about. [Daily Business Review]

    * “It’s our duty as partners to help.” Law students articling at the recently dissolved Heenan Blaikie are learning a lesson in Canadian collegiality. The firm is trying to help them get new jobs. [Montreal Gazette]

    * Speaking of Heenan Blaikie, we’re hearing chatter that the firm’s talks with DLA Piper may be in trouble. HB says the talks they’re off, but DLA says they’re ongoing. Hmm, that sounds dramatic. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * “It’s a very L.A. thing. We’ll see how long it lasts.” If you had to choose, you’d probably go to Dumb Starbucks over Starbucks. Order a Dumb Frappuccino before they get a C&D letter. [Los Angeles Times]

    1 Comment / / Feb 10, 2014 at 9:06 AM
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    Biglaw, In-House Counsel, Partner Issues

    The Biglaw 2013 Partnership Class, By Practice Area

    How did the 200 largest law firms in the country apportion their new partners among practice areas?

    6 Comments / / Feb 4, 2014 at 4:03 PM
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    Bar Exams, Books, Cellphones, Crime, Eric Holder, Free Speech, Non-Sequiturs, Sports, Technology, Trademarks

    Non-Sequiturs: 01.30.14

    * The Phoenix Coyotes plan to change their name to the Arizona Coyotes. They probably should have looked into whether or not someone had trademarked “Arizona Coyotes.” I don’t care about their name as long as they go back to their awesome original sweaters. [The Legal Blitz]

    * As expected, Mayor Bill De Blasio has dropped New York City’s appeal of the stop-and-frisk case. [New York Times]

    * As we discussed this morning, Eric Holder had to make a decision on whether or not to pursue the death penalty in the Boston Bomber case. Well, he made it. [CNN]

    * No, getting mocked on late night TV is not the same as torture or the mass extermination of human beings. [Popehat]

    * What happens when 16 children’s book characters are sent to court? [Visual.ly]

    * Here are 5 quick tips to employ when preparing for the bar exam. [BigLaw Rebel]

    * Prosecutors aren’t all out to get your client. You need to read the signals to figure out when they’re willing to help. [Katz Justice]

    * Unlocking your phone is still a crime. It’s almost as though Congress was deliberately obstructionist on every issue for a whole year. Weird. [Politix]

    * Ever wonder how to make the transition from law school to journalist? Here’s one answer from across the pond. [Legal Cheek]

    1 Comment / / Jan 30, 2014 at 5:04 PM
  • "Try and make it look painful, we've got a bloodthirsty audience here!"

    Basketball, Death Penalty, Election Law, Eric Holder, Non-Sequiturs, Patents, Sentencing Law

    Non-Sequiturs: 01.29.14

    * Allegations that a prison told a death row inmate to “put on a show” while getting a lethal injection. Just when you thought the death penalty couldn’t manifest itself as more cruel and unusual… [NBC News]

    * A discussion of how early voting is bad. Apparently, after an electoral dialogue that usually lasts a year or more, we’re all lemmings swayed by the events of the last day of campaigning so there’s no justification for allowing voters to show up three days before the finish line. [Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * Kentucky legend Richie Farmer’s basketball jersey may be retired, but the Bureau of Prisons decided to give Farmer, now a political figure heading to prison for abusing his office, his old number back as an inmate number. Thanks? [Legal Juice]

    * In last night’s State of the Union address, President Obama came out strong for patent law reform. Exactly the issue he needed to rally voters for the midterms! [Patently-O]

    * And while it didn’t make the address itself, Attorney General Eric Holder is signaling a new administrative interest in reforming the out of whack sentencing laws. [Sentencing Law and Policy]

    * On February 12, our own David Lat will be speaking at Georgetown at an ABA Journal sponsored talk on “#21stCenturyLaw.” Let’s see that hash tag start trending. [ABA Journal]

    * Joshua Gilliland of The Legal Geeks reacts to the revelation that the new costuming for next season’s Doctor Who will ditch Gilliland’s beloved bow tie. Our hearts go out to you in your pain. Video embedded below… [The Legal Geeks]

    2 Comments / / Jan 29, 2014 at 5:58 PM
  • Blank Lawyer Type Sign or Shingle.

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

    Beyond Biglaw: Myself, A Frustrated Client

    Gaston Kroub, who left a Biglaw partnership to launch his own boutique, shares some reflections on his own experience as a client.

    10 Comments / / Jan 9, 2014 at 1:22 PM
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  • Amy Chua: She's baaaaaaack!

    Abortion, Association of American Law Schools, Biglaw, Books, Conferences / Symposia, Football, Gender, Intellectual Property, Jed Rubenfeld, Law Schools, Racism, Securities and Exchange Commission, Securities Law, Sports, Tax Law, Trademarks

    Morning Docket: 01.06.14

    * “Either access to abortion will be dramatically restricted in the coming year or perhaps the pushback will begin.” We’re moving back in history. Here’s hoping pro-choice advocacy will be born anew in 2014. [New York Times]

    * George S. Canellos, the SEC’s co-chief of enforcement, announced his departure on Friday, and people are already wondering whether he’ll return to his old stomping grounds at Milbank Tweed. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * We hope legal educators had fun at the Association of American Law Schools annual meeting, but we hope most of all that they learned what needs to change to really make legal education pay. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * “I believe women lawyers can contribute a lot to the legal system.” Saudi Arabia now has its first female law firm dedicated to bringing women’s issues to the country’s patriarchal courts. Congratulations! [RT]

    * A Starbucks spokeswoman issued a defense to the cease-and-desist response letter that went viral worldwide, and it reads just like how her company’s coffee tastes: bland. [International Business Times]

    * Amy “Tiger Mom” Chua is back with a vengeance, co-authoring a controversial new book (affiliate link) with her husband, Jed Rubenfeld. Which cultural groups are superior? [New York Post]

    8 Comments / / Jan 6, 2014 at 9:28 AM
  • WOULD-YOU-RATHER

    Intellectual Property, Trademarks

    Lawyer Writes Absurd Demand Letter And Gets Called Out In Court

    Backing an adversary against the wall can be fun, but can backfire spectacularly.

    13 Comments / / Jan 2, 2014 at 5:18 PM
  • letter shock LF

    Drinking, Fabulosity, Intellectual Property, Trademarks

    The Greatest Response To A Cease And Desist Letter, Probably Written While Drunk

    An AMAZING response to a cease and desist letter. You must read this.

    30 Comments / / Dec 30, 2013 at 9:46 AM
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    Affirmative Action, Amy Schulman, California, Canada, Football, Gay, Gay Marriage, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Patents, Prostitution, Women's Issues

    Non-Sequiturs: 12.20.13

    * A federal judge just struck down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage. [Salt Lake Tribune]

    * After striking down Canada’s anti-prostitution laws, our neighbors to the North went ahead and approved a law school that functionally bans gays. What’s going on up there? Play keep away with the Stanley Cup for 20 years and they just lose their damn minds. [TaxProf Blog]

    * Chief Judge Alex Kozinski objects, but nobody wants to hear it. [Josh Blackman’s Blog]

    * Professor Richard Sander won the right to examine law school race, attendance and grade information, in a bid to prove his central theory that affirmative action somehow hurts black folks. I guess the California Supreme Court is on Team Sander. [San Jose Mercury News]

    * Amy Schulman, the powerful general counsel at Pfizer, is out — and now there’s some interesting speculation as to why. [Law and More]

    * So now everyone’s writing legal opinions over Fantasy Football trades. [BigLaw Rebel]

    * Jim Harbaugh gets all his legal acumen from Judge Judy. Next thing you know he’ll be objecting to “What’s your deal?” for lack of foundation. [ESPN]

    * Speaking of Jennifer Lawrence, she can probably help with your International Law final. [The Onion]

    * There’s a rundown of the top patent law stories of 2013 on the web next month. And there’s CLE to be had! [Patently-O]

    1 Comment / / Dec 20, 2013 at 5:03 PM