Intellectual Property

  • 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
  • 12 Angry Men

    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
  • 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
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