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Jun 202017
 

On June 20th, Professor Vicki Phillips (Professor of the Practice of Law and Director of the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic, Washington College of Law, American University) will speak on the recent Matal v. Tam decision.

The Supreme Court has ruled that part of a 1946 law prohibiting trademarks that disparage others violates the First Amendment. The case against the Lanham Trademark Act was brought by Asian American rock band The Slants, but the decision is likely to affect Washington’s football team, which lost its trademark in 2014 under the law. While some in the legal community applaud the court for upholding constitutional free speech rights, others argue the decision could open the floodgates for offensive names and that trademarks should not be protected as free speech. Kojo explores the case and its local implications.

Listen to the podcast, here.

Jun 142017
 

The Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP) at American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL) has been approved to receive a generous gift from Google Inc. The generous gift will support the work of PIJIP to undertake research and dissemination activities on the promotion of copyright balance in international trade agreements, including particularly in relation to the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Specific outcomes of the project during this period will include:

  • Public and private meetings and workshops on IP in NAFTA. Coinciding with the announcement of a renegotiation of NAFTA to begin in Fall 2017, PIJIP will seek to organize a series of meetings and public events around the IP chapter of NAFTA. The meetings will include public webcast events designed to reach a broad audience, policy briefings planned with industry associations and think tanks designed to target government officials and hill staffers, and academic conferences designed to promote scholarship.
  • Model trade agreement text promoting open copyright exceptions. PIJIP will undertake research on models for promoting balance in copyright in previous trade agreements and work with the User Rights Network to develop model text.
  • Research on the value of open copyright exceptions. PIJIP will utilize its User Rights Database (mapping the evolution of copyright user rights over time in 20-40 countries around the world) to perform econometric studies on the positive impact that open copyright exceptions have on information industries in key countries.

PIJIP is the internationally recognized and nationally ranked intellectual property and information law research and academic program of AUWCL. PIJIP’s academic programs, including our new  LL.M. degree in Intellectual Property, and a first in the nation IP Clinic, offer an unparalleled course of study in the fields of intellectual property and information law. PIJIP’s faculty is among the most prolific and engaged IP faculties in the world. Full-time faculty teach courses in every major topic of the field, including Copyright, Patent, Trademark, Trade Secret, Cyberlaw, and a full array of international intellectual property law courses.

Apr 172017
 

On April 27th, Professor Christine Farley will speak at Duquesne Law School, along with the Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association and the Federal Bar Association on the CLE, “A Name Worth Fighting For? The Slants, Trademark Law, and Free Expression.”

Simon Tam, the band’s founder and bassist, will join with Professor Farley and other legal scholars in a panel discussion about trademark law, including whether the band’s choice to claim the name should be protected by the First Amendment. Associate Dean Jacob H Rooksby, who teaches intellectual property law at Duquesne, will serve as the discussion moderator.

See the full program, here.

Apr 172017
 

On May 11th, Professor Jonas Anderson will speak at the Stanford Patent Litigation Symposium. Leading experts from the public sector, private practice, and academia will gather at Stanford on May 10th and 11th, 2017, to address the phenomenon of the patent assertion entity (PAE) and the state of patent law reform. The first Stanford Patent Litigation Symposium inaugurates the public release of the Stanford NPE (Non-Practicing Entity) Litigation Dataset, the first comprehensive dataset to categorize patent plaintiffs. Over the past three-and-a-half years, the Stanford Patent Litigation Symposium has classified nearly 50,000 patent plaintiffs as practicing (e.g., Google or Pfizer) or as NPEs (e.g., universities, pre-production startups, PAEs, etc.). Fifteen experts have now developed empirical findings based on the Dataset, which will inform the debate about the role of NPEs in our patent system. Most of the discussion focuses on PAEs, whose business model has been highly scrutinized as existing solely to monetize their patents. In addition to aiding Congress and the Patent Office in developing effective laws and policy, the Symposium will help private sector stakeholders, policy makers, judges, litigators, scholars, and researchers better understand the nature of the entities filing patent suits.

See the whole program and register, here.

Apr 032017
 

On April 1st, Associate Director of PIJIP Sean Flynn spoke at Texas A&M Law School. The symposium, titled, “Intellectual Property and Global Development: 50 Years After Stockholm,” examined the development of the international intellectual property regime since the Stockholm Intellectual Property Conference in June–July 1967. In addition to developments concerning the Berne and Paris Conventions, the TRIPS Agreement and the WIPO Development Agenda, this event explored new intellectual property issues arising from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

Further details can be found, here.

Apr 032017
 

On Friday, March 17th, American University Washington College of Law’s Glusko-Samuelson IP Clinic was accepted into the patent portion of the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (“USPTO”) Law School Clinic Certification Program (“Program”). Participation in the patent portion of the Program commenced on April 1, 2017.

The IP Clinic is now certified in both the Trademark and Patent portions of the Law School Clinic Certification Programs. Congratulations to Professors Victoria Phillips, David Grossman and Hillary Brill for spearheading the approval process and their success!

Apr 032017
 

On April 5th, Professor Christine Farley will be speaking at the annual American Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Spring Meeting.

Professor Farley will discuss how firms can prepare themselves and their clients to brand products and protect trademarks in Cuba. This program will cover the trade and Commerce American Businesses can currently pursue in Cuba; how to navigate the applicable American and Cuban statutes, regulations, and administrative bureaucracy when currently registering and protecting trademarks; issues U.S. Applicants for trademark registration are currently facing in Cuba; and issues former registrants and the owners of well-known trademarks without registrations are currently facing in Cuba.

Three WCL IP students have also been chosen to be Law Student Reporters at the conference. Fadia Galindo, Katherine Bravo and Justin Wickersham will be covering multiple CLE panels throughout the conference, including the “Trademarks: Get Ready for Cuba” discussion.

Congratulations to Professor Farley and our students!