Jul 082015

Today, the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia issued its decision in Pro-Football v. Blackhorse and affirmed the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s (TTAB) decision to cancel the team’s six “Redskins” trademark registrations on the ground that they are disparaging to Native Americans. It was a long-awaited decision as it has been 23 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

Apr 242015

In a recent piece published by Slate,  WCL Professors Robert L. Tsai and Christine Haight Farley argue that the Washington football team’s use of a racist term as a trademark  affects interstate commerce.  Congress therefore has “the power—and perhaps even an obligation—to confront pervasive forms of inequality.” Click here for the piece on slate.com.

Apr 232015

by WCL Professors Robert L. Tsai and Christine Haight Farley Originally posted on the PrawfsBlawg, Link On Tuesday, the Federal Circuit issued a unanimous decision (In re Tam) holding that the mark THE SLANTS was properly refused registration because it is disparaging to people of Asian descent.  Since 2010, Simon Shiao Tam, the front man […]

Apr 232015

by WCL Professors Robert L. Tsai and Christine Haight Farley Originally posted on the PrawfsBlawg, Link The ACLU recently filed an amicus brief in the Washington Redskins trademark case, arguing that the Patent and Trademark Office’s (PTO) cancellation of Redskins registrations constitutes viewpoint discrimination contrary to the First Amendment, and urging the federal court to […]

Apr 082015

American University Washington College of Law Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property students, alumni, faculty, mentors and friends – come to the annual Spring bbq and jam at Sean’s house April 9 6pm Margaritas and tacos, 7pm Toast to the 3Ls 7:30-9 Jam session 9-10 Hang out RSVP at http://www.jotformpro.com/pijip/events

Mar 252015

Prof. Michael Carroll spoke on a panel about the transition to digital learning at a National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) conference on federal education policy.  He discussed the licensing issues involved when student and teachers use and remixing digital materials. As quoted in statescoop.com:  “We better think about what are our policies […]