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Erik J. Heels

Erik J. Heels

Covers technology, law, baseball, and rock 'n' roll. By Erik J. Heels.

http://www.erikjheels.com/
  • Feb 17

    * 17 Seconds #33 – Hire my brother Mark Heels (and I will owe you a favor)

    * 17 Seconds #33 – Hire my brother Mark Heels (and I will owe you a favor)
    Nepotism is a good deal if you can get it, but we’re not hiring at the moment. By Erik J. Heels First published 2/15/2017; ErikJHeels.com; publisher: GiantPeople. One of the things I love about running my own law firm is the flexible…
  • Jan 17

    * 17 Seconds #32 – Clocktower Law’s newish address, 2017 fees, Unidesk exit

    * 17 Seconds #32 – Clocktower Law’s newish address, 2017 fees, Unidesk exit
    Our USPS mail forwarding is about to end. By Erik J. Heels First published 1/17/2017; ErikJHeels.com; publisher: GiantPeople. We Have Still Moved A reminder that we moved to Acton about a year ago. Our mail forwarding is about to end, so…
  • Jan 11

    * Escaping The Political Echo Chamber: Observations From Failed Pol

    * Escaping The Political Echo Chamber: Observations From Failed Pol
    After the election, I created a website dedicated to failed policies, politicians, and policies. The goal of the site was to force myself out of the echo chamber to try to understand what happened, where were are, and what comes next. Two…
Rank this Week: 34

Illinois Business Law Journal

Illinois Business Law Journal

Covers recent developments affecting business law. From the University of Illinois College of Law.

http://www.law.illinois.edu/bljournal/
  • Nov 27

    Two Sides of the Same [Bit]coin: Why Regulating Bitcoin Works in Its Favor

    Two Sides of the Same [Bit]coin: Why Regulating Bitcoin Works in Its Favor
               The reality of the most notorious virtual currency is that it is only a matter of time before it comes under the purview of a regulatory body.  Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency that exists entirely…
  • Nov 27

    The Ride-Sharing Economy: Keeping Liability in the Rearview

    The Ride-Sharing Economy: Keeping Liability in the Rearview
                      In large cities the world over, passengers have stopped reaching into the air to hail a cab and have begun reaching into their pockets for their smartphones.  Companies such…
  • Nov 27

    Two Sides of the Same [Bit]coin: Why Regulating Bitcoin Works in Its Favor

    Two Sides of the Same [Bit]coin: Why Regulating Bitcoin Works in Its Favor
               The reality of the most notorious virtual currency is that it is only a matter of time before it comes under the purview of a regulatory body.  Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency that exists entirely…
Rank this Week: 62

The TTABlog

The TTABlog

Covers the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. By John L. Welch.

http://thettablog.blogspot.com/
  • Feb 23

    CORN THINS and RICE THINS Merely Descriptive But Not Generic, Says TTAB

    CORN THINS and RICE THINS Merely Descriptive But Not Generic, Says TTAB
    The Board sustained oppositions to registration of CORN THINS for popped corn cakes, and RICE THINS for rice cakes [CORN and RICE disclaimed], find the marks to be merely descriptive of the goods and lacking in acquired distinctiveness.…
  • Feb 22

    TTAB Test: Is PLUM Confusable With BLACKPLUM and/or PLUMDOG for Financial Services?

    TTAB Test: Is PLUM Confusable With BLACKPLUM and/or PLUMDOG for Financial Services?
    The USPTO refused registration of the mark PLUM for various advisory and consulting services, including mortgage brokerage, finding the mark likely to cause confusion with the registered marks BLACKPLUM for financial advice and consultancy…
  • Feb 21

    TTAB Affirms Refusal to Register Container Shape on Principal Register

    TTAB Affirms Refusal to Register Container Shape on Principal Register
    Ouch! Well, you can't win them all! The Board affirmed a refusal to register the container shape shown below, for "dairy products, namely, skyr," on the ground that the applied-for mark comprises "a nondistinctive configuration of packaging…
Rank this Week: 204

Patently-O

Patently-O

Covers patents, claim drafting tips, patent cases, patent legislation and patent prosecution. By Dennis Crouch.

http://patentlyo.com/patent
  • Feb 23

    PTAB: A written decision on “every claim challenged”

    PTAB: A written decision on “every claim challenged”
    SAS Institute v. Lee (Supreme Court 2017) New petition for writ of certiorari from SAS asks the following question: Does 35 U.S.C. § 318(a), which provides that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in an inter partes review “shall…
  • Feb 22

    Life Tech v. Promega: Supreme Court Limits Contributory Liability for Export

    Life Tech v. Promega: Supreme Court Limits Contributory Liability for Export
    Life Technologies Corp. v. Promega Corp. (Supreme Court 2017) In a largely-unanimous opinion, the Supreme Court has ruled that the “supply of a single component of a multicomponent invention for manufacture abroad does not give rise to…
  • Feb 21

    For CBM Review: _Claims_ Must be Directed to Financial Service

    For CBM Review: _Claims_ Must be Directed to Financial Service
    by Dennis Crouch This case represents an important decision limiting the scope of Covered Business Method reviews.  However, its short consideration of agency-deference leaves it open to further challenge.  Secure Axcess v. PNC…
Rank this Week: 199

Law & Disorder

Law & Disorder

The Art of Technology

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/
Rank this Week: 245

Patent Docs

Patent Docs

Covers biotech and pharma patent law and news. By McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP.

http://www.patentdocs.org/
  • Feb 22

    Life Technologies Corp. v. Promega Corp. (2017)

    Life Technologies Corp. v. Promega Corp. (2017)
    By Donald Zuhn -- Earlier today, in Life Technologies Corp. v. Promega Corp., the Supreme Court reversed a determination by the Federal Circuit that there are circumstances in which a party may be liable under § 271(f)(1) for supplying…
  • Feb 20

    Guest Post -- The Emergent Microbiome: A Revolution for the Life Sciences -- Part X, The Big Data Component

    Guest Post -- The Emergent Microbiome: A Revolution for the Life Sciences -- Part X, The Big Data Component
    By Nicholas Vincent* and Anthony D. Sabatelli** -- Research into the human microbiome has resulted in such unprecedented amounts of data that challenges related to both interpretation and management have emerged. Somewhat paradoxically,…
  • Feb 19

    Xilinx, Inc. v. Papst Licensing GmbH & Co. KG (Fed. Cir. 2017)

    Xilinx, Inc. v. Papst Licensing GmbH & Co. KG (Fed. Cir. 2017)
    Personal Jurisdiction Exists Due to Warning Letters and Prior Litigations in Forum By Joseph Herndon -- Establishing personal jurisdiction in the United States over a company operating in a foreign country can be difficult. How does a U.S.…
Rank this Week: 219

Bernick Lifson Business Law Blog

Bernick Lifson Business Law Blog

Covers business-related legal current events and topics in areas including: litigation, labor law, creditors' remedies, real estate law, mediation and arbitration, construction law, intellectual property, and more.

http://www.bernicklifson.com/blog/
  • Feb 21

    The Fair Housing Act Meets Senior Living: Condo Exemptions and the 55+ Population

    The Fair Housing Act Meets Senior Living: Condo Exemptions and the 55+ Population
    Imagine this:  A client calls you.  She is semi-retired or thinking about retiring.  She is considering buying into an “adult living” community. Your client wants to downsize for her retirement years and is very…
  • Feb 14

    Protecting your Homeowner Association in Contracted Work

    Protecting your Homeowner Association in Contracted Work
    I cannot tell you how many times this has happened: The phone rings…it is a board member frantically telling me a story that starts out…we were referred to a company that (pick one): my brother in law swears by; another…
  • Feb 7

    The Overtime Final Ruling: What It Means for Your Busine

    The Overtime Final Ruling: What It Means for Your Busine
    Last month, President Obama and Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez announced their final ruling regarding overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The Final Ruling: Extend Overtime Pay Protections The Overtime Final Rule…
Rank this Week: 131

Technology & Marketing Law…

Technology & Marketing Law Blog

Covers Internet, technology and online marketing legal issues. Published by Santa Clara University School of Law Professor Eric Goldman.

http://blog.ericgoldman.org/
Rank this Week: 251

Center for Art Law Blog

Center for Art Law Blog

Features art and cultural heritage law resources and reviews.

http://itsartlaw.com
  • Feb 10

    WYWH: Introduction to Estate Planning for Artists in “Your Art Will Outlive You”

    WYWH: Introduction to Estate Planning for Artists in “Your Art Will Outlive You”
      By Heather DeSerio The subject of what life keeps in store for artists’ legacy when they are no longer around to protect their works is of increasing interest to auction houses, galleries, heirs and artists themselves. On…
  • Jan 31

    In Other News: Allegory, Fakes, HEAR Act, Synergy and Street Art

    In Other News: Allegory, Fakes, HEAR Act, Synergy and Street Art
    * * * Old Masters Faked The 2011 private sale involving a “modern forgery” was undone five years later, when Sotheby’s auction house recognized that it sold the work under a false attribution to…
  • Dec 21

    “Legs”: Art Law Issues Stand Out in a New Documentary

    “Legs”: Art Law Issues Stand Out in a New Documentary
      By Adelaide Dunn* In Sag Harbor, NY, a fiery local debate over a prominent artwork, which started in 2008 and still rages on, has led residents to consider exactly what it means to live in a small town with a big personality. Legs: A…
Rank this Week: 207

The Virginia Business Litigation…

The Virginia Business Litigation Blog

Covers news and updates in business litigation, IP, trademark, copyright law. By BerlikLaw, LLC.

http://www.virginiabusinesslitigationlawyer.com/
  • Feb 6

    Public Disclosure of Discovery

    Public Disclosure of Discovery
    If you look up “deposition” on YouTube, you’ll likely find over 200,000 videos to choose from. Many include graphics and commentary that the uploader added after the deposition was taken, usually with the aim of mocking the…
  • Jan 7

    Remedies for a Broken Engagement or Marriage

    Remedies for a Broken Engagement or Marriage
    So your fiancée broke off your engagement because she fell in love with your best friend and decided she likes him better. On top of that, she won’t return the $20,000 engagement ring you bought her. So the marriage is off, your…
  • Dec 19

    Fraud by Hindsight Insufficient to State Claim

    Fraud by Hindsight Insufficient to State Claim
    To sue a business for fraud in Virginia, a plaintiff must allege (and eventually prove) (1) a false representation, (2) of a material fact, (3) made intentionally and knowingly, (4) with intent to mislead, (5) reliance by the party misled,…
Rank this Week: 275

The University of Chicago Law…

The University of Chicago Law School Faculty Podcast

Listen to lectures by and discussions with the faculty of the University of Chicago Law School.

https://soundcloud.com/uchicagolaw
  • Feb 3

    Kurt Lash & Alan Gura, "Does the Fourteenth Amendment Protect Unenumerated Rights?"

    Kurt Lash & Alan Gura, "Does the Fourteenth Amendment Protect Unenumerated Rights?"
    Professor Lash graduated from Yale Law School and served as law clerk to the Honorable Robert R. Beezer of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Afterward, he joined the University of Illinois from Loyola Law School Los…
  • Jan 26

    William H. J. Hubbard, "Empirical Study of the Supreme Court of India"

    William H. J. Hubbard, "Empirical Study of the Supreme Court of India"
    "A Different Kind of Supreme Court? Empirical Study of the Supreme Court of India" Part of Chicago's intellectual tradition is a willingness to take nothing for granted. Comparative study of legal institutions often reveals to us exactly how…
  • Jan 5

    Saul Levmore, "Carrots and Sticks in Law (and Life)"

    Saul Levmore, "Carrots and Sticks in Law (and Life)"
    One of the great Chicago Ideas is the equivalence of positive and negative incentives. The government can motivate you by rewarding some behavior or by penalizing your failure to behave in the preferred manner. Private parties rarely have the…
Rank this Week: 140

Seattle Copyright Watch

Seattle Copyright Watch

Covers copyright and other intellectual property topics. By Tonya Gisselberg.

http://www.seattlecopyrightwatch.com/
  • Jan 19

    State Law Can't Protect Butterfly Valve from the Copyright Preemption Net

    State Law Can't Protect Butterfly Valve from the Copyright Preemption Net
    Ultraflo Corporation manufactures butterfly valves for use in the transportation industry. Ultraflo redesigned its Model 390 butterfly valve with the help of employee Thomas Mueller. Mueller left Ultraflo to work for Pelican Tank Parts, one…
  • Dec 30

    No New York Common Law Public Performance Right for Sound Recording Creator

    No New York Common Law Public Performance Right for Sound Recording Creator
    We close 2016 with the latest on the Flo & Eddie v. Sirius XM saga. My previous posts on this topic include Unhappy Turtles Take a Bite Out of Sirius XM for Unauthorized Public Performance, Flo and Eddie Goes for the Two Coast Punch…
  • Dec 16

    No More One and Done for DMCA Agent Designation Filing

    No More One and Done for DMCA Agent Designation Filing
    The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) shields online service providers from liability for copyright infringement for information uploaded to their networks by users, the “safe harbor,” if the online service providers meet…
Rank this Week: 114

Written Description

Written Description

Reviews recent scholarship in patent law, intellectual property theory, and innovation. By Christopher Suarez, Sarah Tran, and Tan Mau Wu.

http://writtendescription.blogspot.com/
  • Jan 11

    IP Fellowship Opportunities at Harvard and Yale

    IP Fellowship Opportunities at Harvard and Yale
    According to the 2016 self-reported entry-level hiring report, 66 out of 83 (about 80%) new tenure-track law faculty had a fellowship, and this percentage has risen over time. I think this is primarily because fellowships give you time to…
  • Jan 10

    IP and Federalism: An Expanding Field

    IP and Federalism: An Expanding Field
    Thanks to those of you who attended the "Intellectual Property & Federalism" panel at AALS, moderated by Jennifer Rothman and organized by Joe Miller. I truly enjoyed each of the presentations of my fellow panelists: Guy Rub, Brian Frye,…
  • Dec 19

    (Un)Reasonable Royaltie

    (Un)Reasonable Royaltie
    For the small subgroup of people who read this blog, but don't read Patently-O, I thought I would point to a new article that I've posted called (Un)Reasonable Royalties. I won't write much about it here. Dennis Crouch did a nice review, for…
Rank this Week: 246

Copyright Litigation Blog

Copyright Litigation Blog

Review of copyright law, copyright litigation, art litigation and relevant current events. Discussions of recent case law and federal rules of civil procedure. By Ray Dowd.

http://copyrightlitigation.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 155

Video Game Law Blog

Video Game Law Blog

Covers current Issues in video game law. By Davis LLP.

http://www.davis.ca/en/blog/Video-Game-Law
  • Mar 28

    WOW!

    WOW!
    A court in Berlin has ruled that some provisions of the World of Warcraft Terms of Use violate German consumer protection laws and are void. [More…]
  • Feb 26

    Ontario Youth Investment Accelerator Fund Recipients Announced

    Ontario Youth Investment Accelerator Fund Recipients Announced
    Recently, Ontario announced the first recipients of the Youth Investment Accelerator Fund Program (the “Program”). The Program, which mirrors the Investment Accelerator Fund, was launched in 2013 by the Province of Ontario with…
  • Feb 14

    Federal Budget 2014: Canada Invests an Additional $40 Million in Entrepreneurship

    Federal Budget 2014: Canada Invests an Additional $40 Million in Entrepreneurship
    On Tuesday February 11, 2014, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty presented the Canadian federal budget for fiscal year 2014-2015. The budget proposes to provide an additional $40 million over four years to the Canada Accelerator and Incubator…
Rank this Week: 205

Dozier Internet Law

Dozier Internet Law

Comments on Internet law issues including hacking, intellectual property infringment, spam, free speech and regulatory matters. By John W. Dozier, Jr.

http://johndozierjr.typepad.com/dozierinternetlaw/
  • Oct 12

    Internet Law: MySpace Murder in Virginia

    Internet Law: MySpace Murder in Virginia
    A suspect in the mass murder of four parents and teens in Farmville, Virginia has been arrested at the airport trying to flee to California. In "Google Bomb" I call for changes to Section 230 immunity so that web sites have the ability to…
  • Apr 16

    Traverse Internet Law: Medical Justice and Eric Goldman's Attack Site

    Traverse Internet Law: Medical Justice and Eric Goldman's Attack Site
    Eric Goldman is a professor at Santa Clara University and as a former general counsel to Epinions.com has a long standing view of free speech that is, to say the least, one sided. He seems to always support a very liberal interpretation of…
  • Apr 16

    Traverse Internet Law: Medical Justice and Eric Goldman's Attack Site

    Traverse Internet Law: Medical Justice and Eric Goldman's Attack Site
    Eric Goldman is a professor at Santa Clara University and as a former general counsel to Epinions.com has a long standing view of free speech that is, to say the least, one sided. He seems to always support a very liberal interpretation of…
Rank this Week: 298

IPEstonia

IPEstonia

Intellectual property news from Estonia. By Liina Lintrop and Mikk Putk.

http://ipestonia.wordpress.com
Rank this Week: 303

CommLawBlog

CommLawBlog

Covers developments in the entire range of issues addressed by the Federal Communications Commission in its regulation of spectrum-related activities, as well as copyright, trademark, First Amendment and Internet issues. By Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth.

http://www.commlawblog.com/
  • Feb 23

    Wi-Fi Holds its Breath as FCC OKs LTE-U

    Wi-Fi Holds its Breath as FCC OKs LTE-U
    Wi-Fi is one of the great technological successes of our age. It gives fast, reliable data transmission by anyone for any purpose. No FCC license is needed. No single provider controls the technology. The equipment is inexpensive and…
  • Feb 21

    Mobile Now Legislation, Moving Along

    Mobile Now Legislation, Moving Along
    High-stakes spectrum lobbying gears up Last year, we reported on the proposed Mobile Now Act, the darling of U.S. Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and Bill Nelson (D-FL), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Commerce Committee,…
  • Feb 20

    Upcoming FCC Broadcast, Telecom Filing Deadline

    Upcoming FCC Broadcast, Telecom Filing Deadline
    Do you know what upcoming FCC filing deadlines now and through early April apply to you? We do. Note our list is not comprehensive. Other proceedings may apply to you. Please do not hesitate to contact FHH if you have any…
Rank this Week: 3280

Docket Report Patent Infringement…

Docket Report Patent Infringement Blog

Detailing substantive events regarding patent cases in the district courts.

http://docketreport.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 356

Revista Mi Patente

Revista Mi Patente

Una revista especializada en temas de propiedad intelectual, de contenido ágil y propositivo que gira en torno a las ideas que se convierten en negocios, desde su transformación, administración, protección y cuidado; así como las noticias más importantes que se desarrollan en el entorno.

http://www.mipatente.com/
  • Feb 23

    Descubren científicos mexicanos propiedades antiinfecciosas y anticancerosas en moléculas de chile habanero y aguacate criollo

    Descubren científicos mexicanos propiedades antiinfecciosas y anticancerosas en moléculas de chile habanero y aguacate criollo
    A partir del hallazgo se contempla la fabricación de un producto para uso medicinal en animales y humanos Un grupo de investigadores del Centro Multidisciplinario de Estudios en Biotecnología (CMEB) y del Instituto de…
  • Feb 22

    Desarrollan biopelícula con semilla de chía

    Desarrollan biopelícula con semilla de chía
    Por Felipe Sánchez Banda Saltillo, Coahuila.  (Agencia Informativa Conacyt).- Científicos del Departamento de Ciencia y Tecnología de Alimentos (DCTA) de la Universidad Autónoma Agraria Antonio Narro…
  • Feb 22

    Desarrollo industrial en área de polímero

    Desarrollo industrial en área de polímero
    Por Felipe Sánchez Banda Saltillo, Coahuila. 7 de febrero de 2017 (Agencia Informativa Conacyt).- Con la finalidad de fomentar el desarrollo científico e industrial de manera paralela, el Centro de Investigación en…
Rank this Week: 4708

Nigerian Law Intellectual Property…

Nigerian Law Intellectual Property Watch

An online repository for intellectual property articles, papers and news.

http://www.nlipw.com/
  • Feb 23

    10 Requirements for Registration of Technology Transfer Agreements in Nigeria

    10 Requirements for Registration of Technology Transfer Agreements in Nigeria
    The National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) is the agency responsible for evaluating and registering Technology Transfer Agreements in Nigeria. NOTAP provides some general as well as specific requirements for…
  • Feb 22

    United We Stand Campaign to Launch in Lago

    United We Stand Campaign to Launch in Lago
    A new campaign that seeks to raise awareness about the menace of counterfeiting, intellectual property theft and piracy in Nigeria will be launched in Lagos on February 24. Under the slogan “United We Stand” the [...] The post…
  • Feb 21

    CISAC and ARIPO Partner to Champion Creators’ Rights and Economic Growth in Africa

    CISAC and ARIPO Partner to Champion Creators’ Rights and Economic Growth in Africa
    A new partnership has been formed between CISAC (International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers) and ARIPO (African Regional Intellectual Property Organization). Last week, CISAC and ARIPO signed a Memorandum of…
Rank this Week: 2527

IPWatchdog

IPWatchdog

Offers insights on current developments in the intellectual property space, and discusses patent, trademark, trade secret and copyright information and news.

http://www.ipwatchdog.com/
Rank this Week: 4913

Deal Law Wire

Deal Law Wire

Addresses private equity, foreign investment in Canada, antitrust/competition, cross-border transactions, litigation, taxation, employment and intellectual property issues that affect deal-making. By Norton Rose Fulbright.

http://www.deallawwire.com/
  • Feb 23

    Canada v. the US: highlights from the 2016 private deal points study

    Canada v. the US: highlights from the 2016 private deal points study
    The American Bar Association recently published the 2016 Canadian Private Target M&A Deal Points Study. The study, which was authored by a group of Canadian lawyers, including several from Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, was based on a…
  • Feb 21

    Canadian M&A expected to rise in 2017

    Canadian M&A expected to rise in 2017
    Fuelled by low interest rates, strong corporate balance sheets and stable finances, 2016 was a strong year for Canadian M&A. Looking forward, Citi Canada, in association with Mergermarket, surveyed a range of Canadian dealmakers to gauge…
  • Feb 16

    Big year on the horizon for big pharma

    Big year on the horizon for big pharma
    Global M&A activity in the biopharmaceutical industry skyrocketed in 2014 and 2015, eclipsing US$200 billion in deal value each year and prompting EY to declare such elevated activity to be the “new normal” in the industry.…
Rank this Week: 1715

Duets Blog

Duets Blog

Collaborative blog on advertising, intellectual property, and marketing.

http://www.duetsblog.com/
  • Feb 23

    Adidas v. Puma: Another three-stripe lawsuit

    Adidas v. Puma: Another three-stripe lawsuit
    We’ve written on several occasions (for example, here, here, and here) about the aggressive policing by Adidas of its well-known “three-stripe” mark for shoes, including attempts to enforce its mark against other…
  • Feb 22

    The Big Ten and the NCAA Tip Off for MARCH Mark

    The Big Ten and the NCAA Tip Off for MARCH Mark
    You don’t have to be a sports fan to be aware of MARCH MADNESS, the name associated with the annual tournament to determine the college basketball national champion. The tournament is organized by the National Collegiate Athletics…
  • Feb 20

    McCarthy Institute Trademark Seminar 2017

    McCarthy Institute Trademark Seminar 2017
    One of the current challenges in trademark law addressed in Seattle last week at the Amazon Corporate Conference Center, host of the 2017 McCarthy Institute and Microsoft Corporation Symposium, is an issue we have discussed quite a bit here,…
Rank this Week: 3911

Freedom to Tinker

Freedom to Tinker

Focuses on issues related to legal regulation of technology, and especially on legal attempts to restrict the right of technologists and citizens to tinker with technological devices. From Princeton's Center for Information Technology Policy.

https://freedom-to-tinker.com/
  • Feb 23

    RIP, SHA-1

    RIP, SHA-1
    Today’s cryptography news is that researchers have discovered a collision in the SHA-1 cryptographic hash function. Though long-expected, this is a notable milestone in the evolution of crypto standards. Kudos to Marc Stevens, Elie…
  • Feb 20

    Smart Contracts: Neither Smart nor Contracts?

    Smart Contracts: Neither Smart nor Contracts?
    Karen Levy has an interesting new article critiquing blockchain-based “smart contracts.”  The first part of her title, “Book-Smart, not Street-Smart,” sums up her point. Here’s a snippet: Though smart…
  • Feb 18

    Mitigating the Increasing Risks of an Insecure Internet of Thing

    Mitigating the Increasing Risks of an Insecure Internet of Thing
    The emergence and proliferation of Internet of Things (IoT) devices on industrial, enterprise, and home networks brings with it unprecedented risk. The potential magnitude of this risk was made concrete in October 2016, when insecure…
Rank this Week: 787

Scholarly Communications @ Duke

Scholarly Communications @ Duke

Duke's source for advice and information about copyright and publication issues.

http://blogs.library.duke.edu/scholcomm/
  • Feb 23

    Fair Use is for Innovation

    Fair Use is for Innovation
    [cross-posted from the Copyright at Harvard Library Blog and written for Fair Use Week] Remember Betamax? I do, but mostly for the fair use case that it precipitated, Sony Corp. v. Universal Studios, Inc. That case was decided by the Supreme…
  • Feb 21

    Fair Use for Author

    Fair Use for Author
    Happy fair use week! I’m sure many of you have already taken note that February 20 to 24 is a week-long celebration of copyright’s fair use doctrine. The organizers at fairuseweek.org have done a great job…
  • Feb 8

    How to Restrict Access to the Law (and Make Money Doing It!)

    How to Restrict Access to the Law (and Make Money Doing It!)
    Standardization is really important. Huge parts of modern life—everything from sending an email to the structural integrity of your car—depend on standards. Among other things, standards make sure we’re all on the same page.…
Rank this Week: 916

Wisconsin Probate & Estate…

Wisconsin Probate & Estate Planning Blog

Covers estate planning, trusts and wills. By Krause Donovan Estate Law Partners, LLC

http://www.madisontrustlaw.com/
  • Feb 23

    Does A Retirement Plan Pass Through Probate? Part One.

    Does A Retirement Plan Pass Through Probate? Part One.
    Much like life insurance that goes to the individual named in the policy, the retirement plan goes to the individual named on the beneficiary designation in the plan document. If you don’t have a beneficiary designated or the individual…
  • Feb 6

    What Can An Attorney Do To Expedite The Probate Process?

    What Can An Attorney Do To Expedite The Probate Process?
    There are a lot of ways that an experienced attorney can speed up the probate process and make it less painful for those involved.
  • Jan 26

    Forget About The Estate Tax. Capital Gains Tax Is The New Tax To Avoid

    Forget About The Estate Tax. Capital Gains Tax Is The New Tax To Avoid
    But almost every family who engages in estate planning has assets that have appreciated in value. That means there is the potential for capital gains tax at both the federal and state level when those appreciated assets are sold.
Rank this Week: 3813

PlagiarismToday

PlagiarismToday

Covers content theft, plagiarism, and copyright issues on the Web. By Jonathan Bailey.

http://www.plagiarismtoday.com
  • Feb 23

    3 Count: Screener Door

    3 Count: Screener Door
    Warner Bros. settles lawsuit over leaked Oscar screeners, Kim Dotcom vows to sue the New Zealand government and Hamilton creators settle merch lawsuit. The post 3 Count: Screener Door appeared first on Plagiarism Today.
  • Feb 22

    3 Count: Making Argument

    3 Count: Making Argument
    Web host Steadfast wins dismissal of lawsuit against them, Vimeo asks Supreme Court to not hear appeal and Copyright Alliance backs Oracle vs. Google. The post 3 Count: Making Arguments appeared first on Plagiarism Today.
  • Feb 21

    Who Holds the Copyright to an Essay Mill Paper?

    Who Holds the Copyright to an Essay Mill Paper?
    When students buy papers off of essay mill sites, they are paying for an easy grade. However, are they also getting the copyright to the work? The post Who Holds the Copyright to an Essay Mill Paper? appeared first on Plagiarism Today.
Rank this Week: 855

TechnoLlama

TechnoLlama

Covers copyrights, creative commons, DRM, open source and more. By Andres Guadamuz.

http://www.technollama.co.uk
  • Feb 23

    The online radicalisation of young men

    The online radicalisation of young men
    “THE CRUSADE IS COMING! RACE WAR WHITES AGAINST MUSLIMS” This message was not shouted during a UKIP meeting, a Le Pen rally, or an English Defence League demonstration. I did not read it in Breitbart News, or Infowars. I did not…
  • Feb 1

    US Border agents to start collecting social media data

    US Border agents to start collecting social media data
    EFF has publicised a report by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) which details a new policy by US border police in which agents ask Muslim Americans returning home for travels abroad for social media handles, but also going as…
  • Jan 23

    Book Review: The Circle by David Egger

    Book Review: The Circle by David Egger
    [SPOILERS] After languishing for more than a year in my “to read” pile, I finally got around to reading The Circle by David Eggers. This is an important, yet flawed book, and while I loved many of the concepts and loathed the…
Rank this Week: 796

JOTWELL - The Journal of Things We…

JOTWELL - The Journal of Things We Like (Lots)

Edited by University of Miami School of Law Professor Michael Froomkin, The Journal of Things We Like (Lots)–JOTWELL–invites law professors to join us in filling a telling gap in legal scholarship by creating a space where legal academics will go to identify, celebrate, and discuss the best new legal scholarship.

http://jotwell.com/
  • Feb 23

    Could There Be Free Speech for Electronic Sheep?

    Could There Be Free Speech for Electronic Sheep?
    Toni M. Massaro, Helen L. Norton & Margot E. Kaminski, Siri-ously 2.0: What Artificial Intelligence Reveals about the First Amendment, Minn. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2017), available at SSRN.Ann BartowThe goal of “Strong Artificial…
  • Feb 22

    The Impact of Business Courts (Outside of Delaware)

    The Impact of Business Courts (Outside of Delaware)
    Jens Dammann, Business Courts and Firm Performance (U. Tex. Research Paper No. 564, 2017), available at SSRN.Omari SimmonsProfessor Jens Dammann’s paper titled Business Courts and Firm Performance is a bold attempt to answer a vexing…
  • Feb 21

    (Almost) Everything You Wanted to Know About Class Action

    (Almost) Everything You Wanted to Know About Class Action
    John C. Coffee, Jr., Entrepreneurial Litigation: Its Rise, Fall, and Future (2015).Alexandra D. LahavWith the advent of the new administration, aggregate litigation is under attack again. As of this writing new legislation aimed at limiting…
Rank this Week: 4825

Copyright, Intellectual Property,…

Copyright, Intellectual Property, Computer, Internet, e-Commerce Law

Covers IP/IT law, with a strong focus on copyright and internet law. By Barry Sookman.

http://www.barrysookman.com
Rank this Week: 2036

IP Iustitia

IP Iustitia

Discusses news, cases, legislation and anything to do with Intellectual Property law.

http://www.ipiustitia.com
Rank this Week: 1644

IPKat

IPKat

Covers copyright, patent, trade mark and privacy/confidentiality issues from a UK and European perspective.

http://ipkitten.blogspot.com/
  • Feb 22

    Never Too Late: If you missed the IPKat last week!

    Never Too Late: If you missed the IPKat last week!
    Been away and want to catch up on last week's IP news? No problem! As always, the IPKat is here to bring you a quick summary -- the 135th edition of Never Too Late. * Playing Polo with potential defendants Rosie Burbidge brings…
  • Feb 22

    Book Review: The Informal Economy in Developing Nations - Hidden Edge of Innovation?

    Book Review: The Informal Economy in Developing Nations - Hidden Edge of Innovation?
    Off the beaten path of science and technology innovation lies a world of innovation in the informal sectors. Think lifehacks but with the goal of improving handmade soap, making-do with limited materials or other forms of improvisation and…
  • Feb 21

    Copyright law in the UAE: it's not what you might think

    Copyright law in the UAE: it's not what you might think
    Practitioners who think that copyright in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a market of increasing importance for IP owners, is similar to that in place in common-law jurisdictions, will be surprised to learn that this is not so. Kat friend…
Rank this Week: 2309

Afro-IP

Afro-IP

Covers African intellectual property news and views.

http://afro-ip.blogspot.com/
  • Feb 22

    SABC v Via : Freedom of Expression and Copyright in SA

    SABC v Via : Freedom of Expression and Copyright in SA
    One minute read The SABC asserted a copyright infringement and contractual claim over a documentary that it had commissioned from Via and paid for, and had never aired, against Via. Via defended arguing that it had a right under freedom of…
  • Feb 20

    Nigeria's approved society of collectors still limited, for the time being

    Nigeria's approved society of collectors still limited, for the time being
    Does an exclusive licensee of copyright works [Musical Copyright Society of Nigeria Limited] have the right to exercise property rights in such works outside of and notwithstanding the provisions of Sections 17 and 39 of Copyright Act 2004,…
  • Feb 20

    Putting a price on creativity- Nigerian musos insist on their right

    Putting a price on creativity- Nigerian musos insist on their right
    The African music scene is thriving and popular artists are set to share in a projected R309 million annual earning in 2019 on digital formats alone.While artists on the continent compose lyrics to feed avid consumers, watchdogs are having to…
Rank this Week: 3358

ef yeah copyright law

ef yeah copyright law

Focuses on sharing news, information and resources about copyright and trademark law, privacy and security issues, contracts, including Terms of Use and license agreements, as well as caselaw, law suits and new legislation that could impact IP laws in the US and elsewhere.

http://www.isfanficlegal.com/
Rank this Week: 1880

Law, Technology & Arts Blog

Law, Technology & Arts Blog

Covers emerging legal issues in IP, technology, commerce, and the arts. From the Washington Journal of Law, Technology & Arts.

http://wjlta.wordpress.com/
  • Feb 22

    Man or Machine? EU Considering “Rights for Robots”

    Man or Machine? EU Considering “Rights for Robots”
    By Grady Hepworth Isaac Asimov’s 1942 short story “Runaround” is credited for creating the famous “Three Laws of Robotics.” Asimov’s Laws, although theoretically fictional (and most recently featured in the…
  • Feb 17

    Journey to the Past?

    Journey to the Past?
    By Danielle Ollero Last October, our Blog discussed the legal woes of the hit Broadway musical Hamilton. It may come as no surprise that Hamilton is not the only show plagued by litigation. Many of us may remember the animated film…
  • Feb 14

    Are My Emails Beyond the Grasp of the U.S. Government?

    Are My Emails Beyond the Grasp of the U.S. Government?
    By Mackenzie Olson Companies like Microsoft and Google store a lot of customer data in storage centers overseas. As of July 2016, 2nd Circuit precedent indicated that, due to the foreign location of those centers, the U.S.…
Rank this Week: 3141

IPBiz

IPBiz

Intellectual property news affecting business and everyday life. From patent lawyer Lawrence B. Ebert.

http://ipbiz.blogspot.com/
  • Feb 22

    CAFC tackles "covered business method" patents in SecureAxce

    CAFC tackles "covered business method" patents in SecureAxce
    In SecureAxcess v. PNC, Judge Plager begins the majority decision:This is a patent case—the issue turns on what is acovered business method patent. Appellant Secure Axcess,LLC (“Secure Axcess”) challenges a Final…
  • Feb 22

    Seminar on “Invention Analysis and Claiming” for Chicago, DC area, New York

    Seminar on “Invention Analysis and Claiming” for Chicago, DC area, New York
    Ron Slusky is presenting a two-day “Invention Analysis and Claiming” seminar at the dates and places indicated:Chicago, March 13-14Arlington, March 22-23New York, April 3-4Complete information is available at…
  • Feb 22

    Promega loses at U.S. Supreme Court

    Promega loses at U.S. Supreme Court
    The disagreement between Life Technologies and Promega grew out of a licensing deal.Bloomberg notedPromega sold Life Technologies a license to make and sell genetic testing kits for specified law enforcement fields. Four years into the…
Rank this Week: 726

Deeplinks Blog

Deeplinks Blog

Covers bloggers' rights, DMCA, DRM, intellectual property, privacy and security issues. From the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks
  • Feb 22

    Congressional Oversight Committee Wants Warrants to Rein in Police Abuse of Cell-Site Simulator

    Congressional Oversight Committee Wants Warrants to Rein in Police Abuse of Cell-Site Simulator
    A bipartisan Congressional committee’s recent report showcases troubling details about police abuse of cell-site simulators, and calls on Congress to pass laws ensuring that this powerful technology is only deployed with a court-issued…
  • Feb 22

    Virginia Supreme Court Should Protect Drivers from License Plate Surveillance

    Virginia Supreme Court Should Protect Drivers from License Plate Surveillance
    EFF urged the Supreme Court of Virginia today to protect the state's residents from a police surveillance database created with automated license plate readers (ALPRs). We've been following law enforcement use of ALPR technology a long time,…
  • Feb 22

    BWP Media v. Polyvore: It’s All About Control

    BWP Media v. Polyvore: It’s All About Control
    Major entertainment companies are once again trying to expand copyright law to gain leverage over a wide variety of user-generated content sites. If they succeed, they would have a veto over Internet users’ access to the tools that…
Rank this Week: 2570

IP Finance

IP Finance

Looks at financial issues for intellectual property rights: securitisation and collateral, IP valuation for acquisition and balance sheet purposes, tax and R&D breaks, film and product finance, calculating quantum of damages--anything that happens where IP meets money.

http://www.ip.finance/?m=1
  • Feb 22

    Public Universities Bringing More Patent Suits and May Be Immune to IPR

    Public Universities Bringing More Patent Suits and May Be Immune to IPR
    A recent Technology Transfer Tactics article by Jesse Schwartz published on February 22, 2017 states that universities are bringing more intellectual property suits, particularly patent infringement actions, against large companies. …
  • Feb 14

    U.S. Chamber of Commerce Releases 2017 International IP Index

    U.S. Chamber of Commerce Releases 2017 International IP Index
    In February of 2017, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) released its 2017 International IP Index.  (Index).  Unsurprisingly, the overall conclusion is that IP is the medicine for all that ills countries.  The 148 page Index…
  • Feb 14

    Free OxFirst Webinar--"IP Commercialization Tactics for Wealth Generation & Innovation"

    Free OxFirst Webinar--"IP Commercialization Tactics for Wealth Generation & Innovation"
    OxFirst is hosting another free webinar which, like previous events, promises to be most worthwhile. The topic is ‘IP Commercialization Tactics for Wealth Generation & Innovation’, and the event will take place on February…
Rank this Week: 1750

Hollywood, Esq.

Hollywood, Esq.

Focuses on how the entertainment and media industries are impacted and influenced by the law. From The Hollywood Reporter.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/blogs/thr-esq
Rank this Week: 4665

The Trademark Blog

The Trademark Blog

Covers advertising, ambush marketing, appellations of origin, branding, replacement parts, famous marks, grey goods and Madrid Protocol. By Marty Schwimmer.

http://www.schwimmerlegal.com/
Rank this Week: 2060

New Media & Technology Law Blog

New Media & Technology Law Blog

Covers intellectual property, data security, online marketing and online commerce. By Proskauer.

http://newmedialaw.proskauer.com
Rank this Week: 3826

The Brand Protection Blog

The Brand Protection Blog

Covers developments and trends in all areas of the law that impact brands, including the creation, promotion and protection of branded products and services. By Norton Rose Fulbright.

http://www.thebrandprotectionblog.com
  • Feb 22

    Copyrightability of private standards in federal regulation

    Copyrightability of private standards in federal regulation
    On February 2, 2017, a federal trial court judge in Washington, D.C. ruled, in a 55-page opinion, that private standards developing organizations (“SDOs”) do not lose their copyright or trademark protection if a federal regulation…
  • Feb 9

    Use them or lose: US trademarks put to the proof

    Use them or lose: US trademarks put to the proof
    In the United States, a trademark owner must use their mark in commerce to maintain a federal trademark registration. This requirement is different from many other countries which do not require use of the mark to maintain registration.…
  • Jan 5

    Settlement restricting Grey Marketing not an unreasonable restraint of trade

    Settlement restricting Grey Marketing not an unreasonable restraint of trade
    In Mars Canada Inc. v. Bemco Cash & Carry Inc., 2016 ONSC 7201 (November 18, 2016), the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has granted Mars Canada Inc (“Mars”) summary judgment. Mars the well-known maker of inter alia, candy…
Rank this Week: 1505

The Brand Protection Blog

The Brand Protection Blog

Reports on developments and trends in all areas of the law that impact brands, including the creation, promotion and protection of branded products and services. By Norton Rose Fulbright.

http://www.thebrandprotectionblog.com/
  • Feb 22

    Copyrightability of private standards in federal regulation

    Copyrightability of private standards in federal regulation
    On February 2, 2017, a federal trial court judge in Washington, D.C. ruled, in a 55-page opinion, that private standards developing organizations (“SDOs”) do not lose their copyright or trademark protection if a federal regulation…
  • Feb 9

    Use them or lose: US trademarks put to the proof

    Use them or lose: US trademarks put to the proof
    In the United States, a trademark owner must use their mark in commerce to maintain a federal trademark registration. This requirement is different from many other countries which do not require use of the mark to maintain registration.…
  • Jan 5

    Settlement restricting Grey Marketing not an unreasonable restraint of trade

    Settlement restricting Grey Marketing not an unreasonable restraint of trade
    In Mars Canada Inc. v. Bemco Cash & Carry Inc., 2016 ONSC 7201 (November 18, 2016), the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has granted Mars Canada Inc (“Mars”) summary judgment. Mars the well-known maker of inter alia, candy…
Rank this Week: 1712

North Carolina Journal of Law &…

North Carolina Journal of Law & Technology

Features legal scholarship in law and technology topics, including intellectual property law, cyberspace law, environmental law, criminal law, health law, and privacy law.

http://ncjolt.org/
  • Feb 22

    Helping Astronauts Go to the Bathroom in Space

    Helping Astronauts Go to the Bathroom in Space
    Imagine that moment of trying to unlock your front door when you desperately need to use the bathroom. You finally jiggle the key into the lock, burst into the room, drop everything you’re holding, and sprint to the bathroom. Relief.…
  • Feb 22

    Courts Continue to Split on the Fourth Amendment in Cyberspace

    Courts Continue to Split on the Fourth Amendment in Cyberspace
    Just two weeks ago, a United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania handed down a decision compelling Google to produce electronic data, even though the data had been stored on servers in foreign countries.…
  • Feb 21

    The Facebook Divorce

    The Facebook Divorce
    At least one judge in New York has ruled that a person seeking a divorce may serve the spouse with divorce papers via Facebook.  Facebook breakups have long been the source of gossip and relationship lore.  But divorce papers? Is…
Rank this Week: 479