Sep 152015

PIJIP is partnering this week with the Argentina Academy of Exchange and Judicial Studies (AIEJ) to host Neuroscience, Biotechnology and the Law, a unique training for a group of 45 Argentinian judges. The week long certificate program includes lectures from leading professors on science, intellectual property and the law from American University and the University of Buenos Aires, in addition to site visits to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Federal Judicial Center and Montgomery County Circuit Court. This is the second year of the partnership between PIJIP and AIEJ. Continue reading »

Sep 022015

American University Washington College of Law’s Program and Information Justice and Intellectual Property and the American University International Law Review (“AUILR”) seek submissions for a AUILR Focus Issue on International and Comparative User Rights in the Digital Economy. A symposium for the issue will be held on March 18, 2016. Scholarships are available for accepted authors. Continue reading »

Aug 282015

Abstract Sharing research data by depositing it in connection with a published article or otherwise making data publicly available sometimes raises intellectual property questions in the minds of depositing researchers, their employers, their funders, and other researchers who seek to reuse research data. In this context or in the drafting of data management plans, common questions are (1) what are the legal rights in data; (2) who has these rights; and (3) how does one with these rights use them to share data in a way that permits or encourages productive downstream uses? Leaving to the side privacy and national security laws that regulate sharing certain types of data, this Perspective explains how to work through the general intellectual property and contractual issues for all research data.

Carroll MW (2015) Sharing Research Data and Intellectual Property Law: A Primer. PLoS Biol 13(8): e1002235. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1002235

Full Article: http://journals.plos.org/plosbiology/article?id=10.1371/journal.pbio.1002235

Aug 072015

PIJIP and four South African cultural organizations will convene a Roundtable Discussion with South African and U.S. copyright experts and filmmakers on the recently published South African Intellectual Property Policy and Copyright Amendment bill, on Thursday, 13 August 2015, at 09:00 at the NFVF (National Film & Video Foundation) in Johannesburg. Continue reading »

Jul 012015

There will be two changes to the course schedule for Fall 2015. First, Cyberlaw will be offered on Wednesdays from 6:00 – 7:50 p.m. Professor Carroll will be on sabbatical leave in the fall, so the course will be taught by Matthew Schruers, Vice President, Law and Policy at the Computer and Communications Industry Association. He is a long-time friend of our program who has participated in a number of our events.

Second, we have had to change the time that Patent Law will be offered. It will be taught by Professor Anderson and will move to 11:00 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. We realize that this change will cause some inconvenience and possible rescheduling for you, and we apologize for that.

Rooms for both classes are still to be determined.

May 192015

The Washington Post has published a story quoting PIJIP Prof. Christine Haight Farley on the long running intellectual property dispute between Apple and Samsung.  Farley notes that, although the case is often referred to as the “patent case of the century,” much of the case is really about design: “It’s not about the tech inside the phones as much as the design and aesthetics of the phone. The bulk of the decision deals entirely with the really hard questions of protecting design features.”

Click here for the full story on washingtonpost.com.

May 062015

On May 5, Professor Victoria Phillips was appointed to the Federal Communications Commission’s Consumer Advisory Committee.  The committee makes recommendations to the Commission regarding consumer issues within the jurisdiction of the Commission and facilitates the participation of all consumers in proceedings before the Commission. This is a two year appointment. Continue reading »