Intellectual Property

  • Elsa_(Frozen_2013)-RF

    Copyright, Movies, Technology

    Hell Freezing Over? Disney Realizing That Fans Celebrating ‘Frozen’ By Infringement May Be A Good Thing

    A giant media conglomerate realizes it’s a good thing when everyone is talking about their product.

    3 Comments / / May 30, 2014 at 10:04 AM
  • Paris Hilton legal trial lawyer law school nude hottie

    Deaths, Federal Judges, Non-Sequiturs, Paris Hilton, Patents, Prisons, S.D.N.Y., Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.28.14

    * In sad news, Judge Harold Baer Jr. died last night. A giant of the Southern District of New York, Judge Baer will be remembered for his sound judicial temperament and his biting wit. [New York Law Journal]

    * Paris Hilton hit with $2 million lawsuit for breaching a footwear deal. Does anyone still care enough about Paris Hilton to sign her to multi-million dollar sponsorship deals? [Radar Online]

    * Kamala Harris may have a bright future, but her present has some issues. She started a task force to go after foreclosure consultant fraud and managed to pursue only 10 cases, fewer than her colleagues in other states despite California’s foreclosure crisis. Part of having a prestigious job is actually doing it. [East Bay Express]

    * A Texas woman has filed suit claiming she was forced to give birth in solitary confinement, begging for — and not receiving — medical care. The baby died. But, hey, the baby came out of her, so it’s not a problem whether it lives any more in conservative Texas. [Feministing]

    * Judge allows Bank of America to continue foreclosing on the home of Burt Reynolds. And somewhere Alex Trebek smiles. [WPEC]

    * More on the female brain drain at law firms and how to fix it. [She Negotiates]

    * 5 awesome charts that prove that patent litigation is officially out of hand. [Vox]

    * Ray Rice’s lawyer offers a hypothetical of the videotaped altercation between Rice and his now-wife. This is why lawyers shouldn’t use hypotheticals. [Sports World News]

    * Is there really a “third way” when it comes to Net Neutrality? This article makes a good case for rules allowing providers to take reasonable actions to address the different needs of Skype vs. email. [The Hill]

    * Law firms are starting to think like media companies. Next thing you know, Biglaw will be all Hollywood. Video after the jump…. [Mimesis Law]

    6 Comments / / May 28, 2014 at 5:00 PM
  • Mahbod Moghadam, formerly of Rap Genius

    Antonin Scalia, Biglaw, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Federal Circuit, Federal Judges, Guns / Firearms, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Patents, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Violence

    Morning Docket: 05.27.14

    * Supreme Court justices are “basically rewriting the law,” sometimes years after the fact. As it turns out they’ve been quietly “changing the wording of opinions” — sometimes, even our legal idols make mistakes. [New York Times]

    * Many law school deans at leading law schools are pretty pissed off about Justice Antonin Scalia’s latest criticisms of the legal academy. Please, continue taking “Law and Unicorns.” It’s a real class, we promise! [National Law Journal]

    * Judge Randall Rader, who recently resigned as the Federal Circuit’s chief judge, released a memo to his colleagues apologizing for his scandalous recusals in a pair of patent cases. Poor guy. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Peter Alexander, Indiana Tech Law’s dean, has resigned less than a year after opening the school’s doors. The school’s interim dean doesn’t use capital letters in his name. That’s cute. [Journal Gazette]

    * Très, très déclassé: Mahbod Moghadam, formerly of Dewey & LeBoeuf, was fired from Rap Genius after he inappropriately annotated suspected Santa Barbara shooter Elliot Rodgers’s manifesto. [Re/code]

    14 Comments / / May 27, 2014 at 9:08 AM
  • 474px-Van_Gogh_Self-Portrait_with_Straw_Hat_1887-Metropolitan

    Art, Copyright, Intellectual Property, Technology

    Metropolitan Museum Of Art Claims Copyright Over Massive Trove Of Public Domain Works

    One of the world’s premium art museums also doesn’t get the basics of copyright.

    18 Comments / / May 23, 2014 at 11:07 AM
  • 444px-Usher_Raymond_by_Sandra_Alphonse_(Straighten_Crop)-RF

    Attorney Misconduct, Benchslaps, Celebrities, Copyright, Depositions, Legal Ethics, Music

    Lawyer Suing Usher Gets Benchslapped Into The Stone Age

    There is conduct that receives warrantless benchslaps from cranky judges. This is not that conduct.

    12 Comments / / May 22, 2014 at 2:30 PM
  • Wang Dong

    Copyright, Department of Justice, Football, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.20.14

    * The best part of the DOJ’s charges against the Chinese hackers is definitely the fact that we now have a “Wanted” poster for “Wang Dong.” Third graders of the world, go ahead and snicker. [What About Clients]

    * This is a literal way of sticking it to the banks — man arrested for attempting to have sex with an ATM machine. He was charged with public intoxication. And solicitation… goddamned $3.00 out of network charge. [The Smoking Gun]

    * A new NFL lawsuit alleges that the NFL illegally used painkillers to cover up injuries. This story is brought to you by the letters D, U, and H. [Sports Illustrated]

    * In an interview, the admissions dean of the University of Texas says the school “extend[s] opportunities to students who aren’t 100% perfect on paper.” No kidding. [Tipping the Scales]

    * Australian lawyers are trying to argue that their cease and desist letters are copyrighted and cannot be republished. Professor Volokh explains why that’s not a viable argument in the United States. We. Totally. Concur. [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * A transwoman was denied a requested name change. The judge? The former counsel to Liberty University. Of course. [GayRVA]

    * Twitter icon Judge Dillard cited Wikipedia in a decision. Didn’t Keith Lee just have an article about that? [Court of Appeals of Georgia]

    * More analysis of Gaston Kroub’s look at Biglaw’s Scarlet Letter. [Law and More]

    * The DOJ announced that LSAC will pay $7.73 million and institute systemic reforms over its ADA violations. If only the DOJ could get on top of LSAC’s problems securing your private personal information. [U.S. Department of Justice (press release)]

    4 Comments / / May 20, 2014 at 5:10 PM
  • led-zeppelin-iv-1125

    1st Circuit, Antonin Scalia, Copyright, Elena Kagan, Music, Non-Sequiturs, Privacy, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.19.14

    * Justice Kagan received a Supreme Court fact check when she confused the site of the nation’s oldest standing synagogue with the home of the nation’s first Jewish community. At least she didn’t make a mistake about the actual law that she actually wrote. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Justice Scalia may not understand how cell phones work, but even he gets net neutrality — because it’s a lot like pizza. [The Atlantic]

    * Marc Randazza describes the need for a right to be forgotten online. Getting forgotten online? Hey, we found a new job for Jill Abramson. [CNN]

    * A woman threatened to shoot up a South Carolina Burger King over a stale roll. Don’t tell her what “pink slime” is. [New York Daily News]

    * Cops arrest upwards of 40 people while trying to catch a bank robber. When you read the whole history, it’s actually surprising they weren’t limiting their search to people in stripes carrying bags with dollar signs on them. [Slate]

    * Corporate lawyer fits right into the rising phenomenon of “Bulls**t Jobs.” [Strike! Magazine]

    * Earlier today we wrote about a possible crowdfunded lawsuit. Here’s a discussion of legal issues involved in crowdfunding generally. [IT-Lex]

    * Sen. Rand Paul has a stupid idea, so he’ll probably convince a bunch of liberals to go along with it. And that would be bad news for Professor David Barron’s nomination to the First Circuit. [New Republic]

    * Led Zeppelin is getting sued over allegedly stealing the opening riff from Stairway to Heaven. It turns out there’s some band out there who’s sure that all that glitters is gold and they want some of it. A clip of the alleged original below…. [The Guardian]

    3 Comments / / May 19, 2014 at 5:04 PM
  • Apple logo 2

  • man pulling hair out

    Intellectual Property, Patents, Rudeness

    ‘Dear Piece Of Sh*t': A Great Response To A Patent Troll

    Sometimes patent trolls need to be trolled themselves.

    30 Comments / / May 19, 2014 at 1:15 PM
  • En garde, esquires of the Biglaw realm!

    Basketball, Biglaw, Cars, Google / Search Engines, In-House Counsel, Law Firm Mergers, Law Firm Names, Money, Morning Docket, Patents, Patton Boggs, Racism, Real Estate, Technology

    Morning Docket: 05.19.14

    * Partners from Patton Boggs and Squire Sanders may vote on their merger sometime this week. Get ready to say hello to Squire Patton, House of Boggs, Hodorific of Its Name. [Reuters]

    * “[E]xcuse me, sir, you may not be here in five years.” Biglaw firms are becoming more “egalitarian” about office space because attorneys have expiration dates. [National Law Journal]

    * After a flat year in 2013, and much to Biglaw’s chagrin, “[i]t is going to be harder to sustain year-over-year profitability gains.” Oh joy, time to power up the layoff machine. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

    * Tech giants Apple and Google have called a ceasefire in their dueling patent suits in a quest to reform patent law — and so Apple can concentrate all of its efforts on suing the sh*t out of Samsung. [Bloomberg]

    * GM’s in-house legal department is being heavily scrutinized in the wake of the car maker’s ignition switch lawsuit extravaganza. You see, friends, people die when lawyers don’t even bother to lie. [New York Times]

    * Donald Sterling found a lawyer willing to represent him, an antitrust maven who thinks the NBA should take its ball and go home because “no punishment was warranted” in his client’s case. [WSJ Law Blog]

    0 Comments / / May 19, 2014 at 9:12 AM
  • 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
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