Sep 022015
 

American University Washington College of Law’s Program and Information Justice and Intellectual Property and the American University International Law Review (“AUILR”) seek submissions for a AUILR Focus Issue on International and Comparative User Rights in the Digital Economy. A symposium for the issue will be held on March 18, 2016. Scholarships are available for accepted […]

Aug 282015
 

Abstract Sharing research data by depositing it in connection with a published article or otherwise making data publicly available sometimes raises intellectual property questions in the minds of depositing researchers, their employers, their funders, and other researchers who seek to reuse research data. In this context or in the drafting of data management plans, common […]

Aug 072015
 

PIJIP and four South African cultural organizations will convene a Roundtable Discussion with South African and U.S. copyright experts and filmmakers on the recently published South African Intellectual Property Policy and Copyright Amendment bill, on Thursday, 13 August 2015, at 09:00 at the NFVF (National Film & Video Foundation) in Johannesburg.

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 […]