Jan 292015

Thirty six law professors have signed an open letter to the Federal Communications Commission which states that the only way to protect network neutrality is for the FCC to adopt Open Internet rules under Title II of the Communications Act.

Stanford CIS’s statement on the release says: “The letter represents an unprecedented display of support for a bright-line ban on fees for any kind of preferential treatment (“paid prioritization”) by the nation’s leading academics. It explains why a ban on all forms of paid prioritization (including zero-rating) is necessary to protect competition, innovation and free speech online and why antitrust enforcement alone cannot successfully address the problem, The letter also supports repealing the provision in the FTC Act that exempts Internet service providers from FTC oversight but explains that any efforts to do so should not hold up the adoption of open Internet rules next month. The letter is addressed to the Federal Trade Commission and filed concurrently with the FCC a week before FCC Chairman Wheeler is expected to share a draft of his network neutrality order with the other four FCC commissioners.”

WCL Professor Jonathan Baker said, “Allowing broadband providers to charge content, applications, and services for preferential access would hinder competition. Antitrust enforcement alone cannot prevent these competitive harms, and the resulting problems for innovation, investment, and free speech. We need an FCC rule.” Baker was formerly Chief Economist at the Federal Communications Commission and Director of the Bureau of Economics at the Federal Trade Commission. He teaches antitrust law, communications law, and law & economics at American University Washington College of Law.

The full text of the letter is available here, through AU Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property’s Internet Governance Project.




Jan 212015

PIJIP Professor Sean Flynn will speak about intellectual property in trade agreements at a conference on “Convergence and Divergence in Mega-Regional  Trade and Investment Agreements.”  The conference will be co-hosted by the American University School of International Service and American University Washington College of Law’s Program on International Organizations, Law and Diplomacy.  It will be held at the SIS building on the main AU campus. Continue reading »

Jan 212015

[AULR Announcement, Link]  The American University Law Review is proud to announce its upcoming annual Federal Circuit Symposium, “Trending IP Topics in 2015:  A Table Talk with Chief Judge Sharon Prost (WCL ’79) and Judge Arthur J. Gajarsa,” to be held on Thursday, February 12, 2015.  Hosted at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Federal Circuit Symposium will be moderated by Rachel Weiner Cohen, Counsel at WilmerHale LLP (WCL ’08). Continue reading »

Dec 102014

PIJIP, the American University Center for Media & Social Impact, and the Berkeley Digital Library Copyright Project have released the Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use of Orphan Works for Libraries & Archives.  Over 150 librarians, archivists and other memory institution professionals have contributed to the development of this Statement, which provides clear and easy to understand guidance for memory institutions that seek to provide digital preservation and access to collections containing copyrighted, orphan works under the doctrine of fair use. Continue reading »

Nov 12: Careers in Trademark Law

 Posted by on November 5, 2014
Nov 052014

Wed, Nov 12 | 5:00-6:30 pm | Room 601
American University Washington College of Law

Learn about career opportunities in trademark law. Meet lawyers who practice in diverse settings.

  • Big Firm: Dana Justus, Morgan Lewis
  • Boutique: Brian Westley, Finnegan
  • Government: Liz Jackson, USPTO
  • In-house: Stacey King, Amazon.com
  • Public Interest: Paul Alan Levy, Public Citizen
  • Small Firm: Linda McLeod, Kelly IP
  • Solo Practice: Scott Alprin, Alprin Law Offices

Moderated by Prof. Christine Haight Farley, Sponsored by the Program on Intellectual Property & Information Justice

Aug 152014

The South African Screen Federation (SASFED), Documentary Filmmakers’ Association (DFA), University of Capetown IP Unit, and American University’s Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property will hold a public briefing on the implications of an international research project on “Copyright Users’ Rights and the Clearance Culture in South African Filmmaking.” Continue reading »

Jun 192014

The US Patent and Trademark Office has once again cancelled the federal registration of the Washington NFL team’s name and related trademarks. In Blackhorse v. Pro Football, the agency found for the second time that the term “Redskin” is disparaging to Native Americans and therefore is barred from federal registration.

“This is “trademark bullying” in every respect. This phrase is typically used to describe attempts by trademark owners to bully others out of the marketplace by enforcing trademark rights beyond the scope of those they actually own. But the continued use of this disparaging term by Pro Football in this case after our U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has ordered the marks cancelled twice is indistinguishable from the domination, dehumanization and emotional scarring associated with the kind of bullying we are sadly all too familiar with. Our federal government should not sanction such hatred. The team and league should listen this time.” stated AUWCL Intellectual Property Clinic Director Professor Victoria Phillips in reaction to the decision. Continue reading »

Apr 172014

The American University Law Review’s recent event on scandalous marks was covered by Bloomberg BNA’s Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law Daily: “Trademark practitioners discuss whether marks incorporating terms such as ‘WTF’ or ‘MILF’ violate Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act’s prohibition on the registration of marks containing immoral, deceptive or scandalous matter at an American University Law Review event that was held April 11 at Arent Fox LLP’s offices in Washington, D.C. Continue reading »

Feb 202014

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney has written an op-ed calling for an updated poll of Native Americans on their opinion of the name of the Washington Football team.  His column cites the WCL Intellectual Property Clinic post by Natasha Dhillon, Justin Hemmings, Maggie Scales, and William Stanley titled “11 Reasons to Ignore the 10-Year-Old Annenberg Survey About the Washington Football Team’s Offensive Name.”  The Washington Post column is available here, and the IP Clinic’s piece is here.