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 [...]

Ukraine Given a Pass on Special 301 Threats

 Posted by on March 21, 2014
Mar 212014
Ukraine Given a Pass on Special 301 Threats

The United States Trade Representative (USTR) recently announced that it would not seek sanctions against Ukraine following its designation as a Priority Foreign Country in the Special 301 process last year. The notice states that the USTR sticks by its finding that “certain intellectual property rights (IPR) acts, policies, and practices of Ukraine are unreasonable [...]

Feb 282014
USTR rejecting EU bids for more transparency in TTIP

USTR demands for hyper-secrecy in the Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) continue to be a major block to continuing negotiations. The current issue under discussion is access to US proposals by EU member states — which are of course themselves sovereign countries. The member states are demanding access to the text of proposals that would [...]

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 [...]

Feb 192014

On February 21, Professor Jorge Contreras will speak at the Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal’s 15th Annual IP Symposium. His talk will discuss litigation involving “fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory” (FRAND) licensing. This year’s sumposium is on “FRAND and the Antitrust/Intellectual Property Interface.” Click here for the agenda.

Feb 172014

Prepared by Natasha Dhillon, Justin Hemmings, Maggie Scales, and William Stanley, Student Attorneys Yesterday afternoon, Washington College of Law’s Sports & Entertainment Law Society held its first annual Sports Law Symposium featuring a panel discussion of the debate around whether the Daniel Snyder-owned D.C. pro football team should change its name and mascot. Panelists included [...]

Jan 312014

A new report by PIJIP Professor Peter Jaszi, AU Communications Professor Patricia Aufderheide, and AU fellows Bryan Bello and Tijana Milosevic. The College Art Association has commenced a project with American University Professors Jaszi and Aufderheide to develop a Codes of Best Practice in the Creation and Curation of Artworks and Scholarly Publishing inthe Visual [...]

Jan 272014

Professor Peter Jaszi will testify tomorrow before a House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, as a witness in a hearing on “The Scope of Fair Use.”  The hearing will focus on the fair use doctrine, which permits limited unauthorized use of copyrighted material, and which is relied upon to create [...]

Jan 172014

Copyright Week is the perfect occasion to celebrate fair use, certainly the most dynamic and arguably the most important doctrine in copyright law. The last 15 or 20 years have seen a remarkable series of developments that make fair use, now more than ever, the most vital protection of the public interest in the Copyright Act. For Copyright Week, we wanted to highlight a part of the fair use landscape that, perhaps more than any other, puts fair use in the hands of practitioners who need it most: the Fair Use Best Practices movement.

Jan 102014
Trade Promotion Authority Bill Falls Short of Ensuring Transparency and the Public Interest

Contacts: Sean Flynn, American University Washington College of Law, 202-274-4157, sflynn@wcl.american.edu Margot Kaminski, Yale Law School, margot.kaminski@yale.edu David Levine, Elon University School of Law, 336-279-9298, dlevine3@elon.edu The release of a Trade Promotion Authority bill yesterday, including provisions to increase Congressional oversight of the trade negotiation process, is a welcome sign that Congress may be preparing [...]