can be found here.
Presentation on "Patents and Perverts" project, given at L'Université du Québec à Montréal's recent "Law and Context" conference
[Working draft of the paper on which this presentation is based is posted here.]
Katy Perry's Left Shark trademark applications hit a snag; my commentary on the "Blurred Lines" verdict, in the World IP Review
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!
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.)
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
"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"
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):