Monthly Archives: March 2016

Checkered result for Uber: some false advertising claims survive

Checker CAB Philadelphia, Inc. v. Uber Technologies, Inc., 2016 WL 950934, NO. 14-7265 (E.D. Pa. Mar. 7, 2016)   Checker sued Uber and Google for Lanham Act and RICO violations.  Unsurprisingly, this opinion kicks out Google and RICO, leaving Uber … Continue reading

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I don’t go into yours, you don’t go into mine: copyright preempts Dirty Dancing trademark claim

I don’t go into yours, you don’t go into mine: copyright preempts Dirty Dancing trademark claim   Lions Gate Ent. Inc. v. TD Ameritrade Servs. Co., No. cv 15-05024  (C.D. Cal. Mar. 14, 2016)   Lions Gate sued TD for … Continue reading

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Reading list: dilution fails an empirical test

Christo Boshoff , The lady doth protest too much: a neurophysiological perspective on brand tarnishment, 25 J. Product & Brand Management (2016):   [C]onsumers’ emotional responses to a series of brand tarnishment advertisements are investigated in this study. The purpose … Continue reading

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Private Law & IP, Remedies and Prizes

Session 7: Remedies and Prizes Moderator: Chief Judge Patti B. Saris (D. Mass.): 50% of all claim constructions are reversed, and 80% of all damages.  So judges are interested in improvements.   John M. Golden, “Reasonable Certainty in Contract and … Continue reading

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Private Law & IP, Standards

Session 6: Standards Moderator: Kirti Gupta   Jorge L. Contreras, “Private Ordering or Public Law? The Legal Character of Technical Standard Setting”: Private ordering structure arises when public enforcement mechanisms are unavailable (crime syndicates, rural settings) or less efficient/logical (credit … Continue reading

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Private Law & IP, Institutions II

Session 5: Institutions II Moderator: Alfred C. Yen   F. Scott Kieff, “Pragmatism, Perspectives, and Trade: Intellectual Property, Antitrust, and International Trade as Mostly Private Law”: These fields are inherently blends of private and public law, so let’s try pragmatically … Continue reading

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Private Law & IP, Licensing II

Session 4: Licensing II Moderator: David J. Kappos   Karen Sandrik, “Empowering Inventors”: Reformers must understand the law they are planning to reform before trying to reform it. Stephen Smith, Contract Theory.  Shiffrin, Divergence of Contract & Promise: two sets … Continue reading

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Private Law and IP: Licensing I

Session 3: Licensing I Moderator: Yonathan Arbel Jonathan M. Barnett, “Why is Everyone Afraid of IP Licensing?”: Conventional view—be wary of encroachment on public domain from licensing transactions.  Medley of limitations lay minefield for construction of transactions w/minimum legal risk.  … Continue reading

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Private Law & IP: Institutions

Session 2: Institutions I Moderator: Patrick R. Goold Wendy J. Gordon, “Proximate Cause in Torts becomes Proximate Use in Copyright”: Common law has useful intuitions—tort for copyright—though I don’t pretend to know whether tort is optimal. Both tort and © … Continue reading

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Private Law and Intellectual Property conference at Harvard

Opening Remarks: Henry Smith—exploring the connections between private law and IP.   Session 1: Entitlement Design Moderator: Rebecca L. Tushnet Speakers and Papers/Commentators: Tun-Jen Chiang, “The Paradox of IP”: A paper looking for a theory.  Why do we have an … Continue reading

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