Video of AU Law's 2015 "IP/Gender - Mapping the Connections" conference (including my talk on "Patents and Perverts") and more!

Posted by Charles Colman

The 2015 IP/Gender conference at American University's Washington College of Law was a smashing success; the video of the full event is posted here.  I presented "Patents and Perverts" -- now tentatively retitled "Design and Deviance" -- whose abstract is posted on SSRN.  If you're interested in my portion of the conference, if starts at the 5:02 mark.  (As always, Professor Rebecca Tushnet has done a wonderful public service by transcribing the event essentials.)

 

Also, in case you missed the Copyright Society's recent panel on IP-for-fashion (co-hosted with the NYU Law Media Collaborative), a video of that event is posted here.

 

Oh, and did you read this January 26th column on the "utility-design patent boundary" by my firm's Of Counsel, Yin Huang?  If not, you should check that out, too...

Chanel, fashion house, forces Chanel Jones, hairstylist, to settle by signing away rights to basically all public uses of name

Posted by Charles Colman

"Consent judgments" (a/k/a "consent decrees") are very, very dangerous -- especially when wielded by a powerful corporation against a pro se defendant.  The defendant in this case probably could have used some help, not only in drafting her (sort of heartbreaking) "Answer" to plaintiff's Complaint, but in negotiating more reasonable terms for the settlement agreement embodied in the Consent Judgment embedded below -- which, in its current form, essentially prevents her from using her name in commerce in any way, ever, under penalty of contempt of court, among other possible penalties.

By the way, consent decrees are probably unconstitutional.  Just sayin'.

Interview for Washington Square News (NYU student newspaper) article, "Fashion, lawsuits an unexpected pair"

Posted by Charles Colman

Washington Square News, NYU's Independent Student Newspaper, has published an article, "Fashion, lawsuits unexpected pair," in its November 5, 2014, issue.  In the piece, staff reporter Sam Del Rowe interviews Barbara Kolsun (Stuart Weitzman GC, NYU adjunct prof, and co-editor (with FIT professor Guillermo Jimenez) of Fashion Law: A Guide for Designers, Fashion Executives, and Attorneys -- to which I contributed a chapter on copyright law) about the current lay of the land.

 

Del Rowe goes on to ask this writer, one Charles Colman, about his views on life, law, and the pursuit of unlawful monopolies.  He selects a portion of my answers to his questions, but -- for anyone who is interested -- I've copied my unedited responses to Del Rowe below (hyperlinks added):

 

 

Great news: Prof. Gary Watt's "Dress, Law and Naked Truth: A Cultural Study of Fashion and Form" is now open-access!

Posted by Charles Colman

One of the most provocative and valuable works of legal scholarship on dress, Gary Watt's Dress, Law and Naked Truth: A Cultural Study of Fashion and Form, is now available through a Creative Commons license:

 

 


I have uniformly positive things to say about this book -- for example:

 

"Professor Watt's book represents such a dramatic leap forward in legal thought about dress that it demands the recognition of a new category of scholarship. Dress, Law and Naked Truth presents an array of startlingly original ideas about the relationship between dress and the law. Happily, Watt's book manages to combine intellectual heft with beautifully crafted prose, making it not only a remarkable scholarly accomplishment, but also a joy to read."

 

"It's the most wonderful[ly busy] time of the year..."

Posted by Charles Colman

At some point, this writer and/or one of his sparkling new Of Counsel (bios for Yin Huang and Naveen Thomas here) will resume posting to this blog with regularity. But now is not the time, due to several speaking engagements at conferences and symposia taking place in the coming weeks -- and, of course, because of my teaching responsibilities at NYU Law. (Another crop of brilliant students this year, by the way!)