Big changes; my story "Thomas Dreams of Separability" (newly published by the Harvard Journal of Sports & Entertainment Law)

Posted by Charles Colman

So... In the nearly three years since my last post on this blog, there have been important changes in just about every area of law and life. Many of those changes will require little (additional) elaboration here. Other changes, like those involving my own professional and geographic moves and scholarly projects, require more explanation and narration from me -- both of which might be better suited to a new blog, for reasons to be discussed in the coming weeks.

Katy Perry's Left Shark trademark applications hit a snag; my commentary on the "Blurred Lines" verdict, in the World IP Review

Posted by Charles Colman

As World IP Review reports, some of Katy Perry's 'Left Shark' trademark applications have hit a snag at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  The TESS entry for one of the applications in question is posted below.  (Oh, and speaking of the World IP Review, you can read my musings on the (fairly) recent jury verdict in the "Blurred Lines" copyright infringement case here.)

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'.