Intellectual Property

  • 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
  • patent law

    Biglaw, Boutique Law Firms, Intellectual Property, Litigators, Patents, SCOTUS, Small Law Firms, Supreme Court, Technology

    Beyond Biglaw: Software Patent Wars

    What are the implications of a major patent law case, soon to be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, for law firms and lawyers that practice patent litigation?

    7 Comments / / Mar 25, 2014 at 12:25 PM
  • Image by Juri H. Chinchilla.

    Copyright, Free Speech, Rap, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    On Remand: Pretty Woman Walking Down First Street

    How did a rap group wind up in front of the Supreme Court? It all started with a song.

    7 Comments / / Mar 24, 2014 at 1:32 PM
  • GMC USE

    Alan Dershowitz, Cars, Conferences / Symposia, Drugs, Education / Schools, Intellectual Property, Jury Duty, Non-Sequiturs, Old People, Patents, Suicide, Videos

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.20.14

    * A Minnesota court ruled that it is not a crime to encourage people to commit suicide. So… keep commenting assholes, just know that you’ll feel really bad if I do it. [Gawker]

    * I might be in the market for a used car, and I’m hoping to get a really good deal on one of these “recalled” GMs. I hope the DOJ doesn’t screw up my plans. [Reuters Legal]

    * Speaking of cars, Alan Dershowitz calls for vigorous prosecution of reckless drivers. I call for vigorous prosecution of any box-blocking suburbanite who drives around Manhattan on a Saturday like they’re cruising to the country fair. [ABA Journal]

    * Alabama thinks that people over 70 should be excused from jury duty. YES, they deserve to be excused and I hope they burn in Hell! [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Narc is the new tattletale. [Simple Justice]

    * Are you an IP lawyer, especially a patent litigator? Here’s a symposium you should consider attending (featuring ATL columnist Gaston Kroub). [Markman Advisors]

    * Speaking of conferences, who wants to hang out with Lat in Las Vegas? Read on for details (plus video)….

    Lat will be speaking next month at Avvo’s big Lawyernomics conference in Vegas. Here’s the agenda, here’s the registration from, and here’s Lat’s speaker spotlight video:

    4 Comments / / Mar 20, 2014 at 5:01 PM
  • Eric Bernsen

    Biglaw, Intellectual Property, Job Searches, Law Schools, Patents, Quote of the Day

    Biglaw Career Advice From A Thomas Jefferson Law Grad

    It’s possible to get a good job if you graduate from an unranked law school. It’ll just be extremely difficult.

    26 Comments / / Mar 20, 2014 at 3:04 PM
  • 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
  • SmokeyRobinson2-RF

    Copyright, Divorce Train Wrecks, Intellectual Property, Music

    Smokey Robinson Sues Ex-Wife To Prevent Her From Claiming 50% Of His Recaptured Motown Hits

    Smokey Robinson wants to contort the law to box out his ex-wife. He’s hoping for a miracle.

    1 Comment / / Mar 14, 2014 at 10:20 AM
  • stripper pole dancer

    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
  • Blank Lawyer Type Sign or Shingle.

    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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    American Bar Association / ABA, Biglaw, Celebrities, Copyright, Intellectual Property, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, Tax Law

    Morning Docket: 03.05.14

    * It’s apparently time to pay your fair share. Obama wants to close the pesky tax loophole that’s allowed rich professionals, like lawyers, to get away with being rich professionals for so long. [Legal Times]

    * On this episode of As the Weil Turns, we take a look at the firm’s tumbling gross revenue, profits per partner, revenue per lawyer, and headcount. Don’t worry, Weil’s just “repositioning.” [Am Law Daily]

    * The American Bar Association released the dirt on 1L enrollment declines at law schools nationwide, and some schools got totally massacred. Pray yours wasn’t one of them. [National Law Journal]

    * “[T]hey’d probably make the school year longer and bring the cost up for each year.” We sure hope these pre-law students aren’t right about the dubious cost factor behind the two-year law degree. [The Hoya]

    * Who owns the copyright to the Oscar selfie? Does it belong to Ellen DeGeneres, or Bradley Cooper? If you want to get technical about it (and you do, you’re a lawyer), check out this legal round-up. [The Wire]

    7 Comments / / Mar 5, 2014 at 9:04 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
  • If you outlaw guns, then violent, blind, drunks wouldn't have guns... actually that sounds like a pretty good idea.

    Christopher Christie, Copyright, Events, Football, Guns / Firearms, Law Schools, Music, New Jersey, Non-Sequiturs, Politics, Sports

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.24.14

    * Judge orders guns returned to blind guy. David Sedaris has a great routine where he talks about the few stupid jurisdictions that let the blind participate in gunplay. Well consider Florida stupider: this is a blind guy who previously shot 15 times at his cousin while drunk and has since killed his friend — not only while drunk, but after a “10 a.m. beer run” — and he’s getting his guns back. [Raw Story]

    * An intrepid, but hopelessly clueless jailhouse lawyer is taking it upon himself to free Gucci Mane. Fight on, you hero! [Global Grind]

    * Area Man Coasting By On Good Looks, Work Ethic, In-Depth Knowledge Of Virginia Real Estate Law. [The Onion]

    * It seems Ray Rice took out all the aggression he feels over having Joe Flacco as a quarterback by allegedly knocking his fiancée unconscious. By “allegedly,” I mean, “I’m not saying, but it was in an Atlantic City casino and videotapes show it from every angle.” Anyway, here’s a good primer on the differences between assault, simple assault, and aggravated assault in the state of New Jersey. [The Legal Blitz]

    * Speaking of Rutgers players, the merger between Rutgers-Camden and Rutgers-Newark into Rutgers-Both Law School is on track for 2015. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

    * So it’s a great time to go to law school! If you thought 2007 was a great time to go to law school that is. [Gawker]

    * Here’s an innovative way to fight illegal music downloads: the band Gridlink is running a contest encouraging users to upload bogus versions of their songs to gum up the works in exchange for a free, official copy of the latest album. [Handshake Inc.]

    * The lawyer who may topple Chris Christie is a defense lawyer who stymied the rotund Republican during his tenure as U.S. Attorney. That must be sweet. [Newark Star-Ledger]

    * Passionate about public-interest law? Here’s your chance to win a paid one-year fellowship with Save the Children. (Our very own David Lat is one of the contest judges.) [BARBRI]

    * The University of Pennsylvania Law School Entertainment and Sports Law Society is hosting the Penn Law Sports Law Symposium presented by the Heisman Trust this Friday, February 28th from 9:30am-6:00pm at the Law School in Philadelphia. Jim Delaney will be there to talk about how the Big Ten would go bankrupt if one cent of their billions in revenue were diverted. Tickets at the link. [ESLS]

    2 Comments / / Feb 24, 2014 at 5:25 PM
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    Copyright, Sports, Technology

    How Snowboarders Are Waving Company Logos In The IOC’s Face… And There’s Nothing It Can Do About It

    The Olympics are about abusing intellectual property laws and some sports. These athletes are sticking it to the Games.

    8 Comments / / Feb 21, 2014 at 11:21 AM
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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
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