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AU IP/Gender Panel III: US Federal Courts

Panel III: Gender and Intellectual Property in the U.S. Federal Courts Moderator – Christine Farley, American University Washington College of Law   Jessica Silbey, Suffolk University Law School – Intellectual Property Reform Through the Lens of Constitutional Equality   Qualitative … Continue reading

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AU IP/Gender: Lunch Keynote by Kara Swanson

Kara Swanson, Northeastern University School of Law – IP and Gender: Reflections on Methodology and Accomplishments   Literature review: from the footnotes to the text.  Personal experience writing and publishing in gender & IP—future orientation of how we can make … Continue reading

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AU IP/Gender conference (with a keynote from me)

Reimagining IP/Gender: The Next Ten Years of Feminist Engagement with Intellectual Property Law   Presented with the Women and the Law Program American University Washington College of Law February 27, 2015 For registration and more information.   At the 11th … Continue reading

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WIPIP Session 4, Cross-IP

Mark Lemley (& Mark McKenna), Scope   Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil copyright infringement case.  Court rejects invalidity claim: the photo has some creative elements.  So it has to go to a jury on infringement. But we … Continue reading

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consumer survey on patent value admissible despite serious flaws

Sentius Int’l, LLC v. Microsoft Corp., No. 5:13-cv-00825, 2015 WL 331939 (N.D. Cal. Jan. 23, 2015) (magistrate judge)   A little different today: this is a survey in a patent case trying to determine the value of a patented feature … Continue reading

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Lost goodwill isn’t irreparable harm without comprehensive effect on overall business

Via Sarah Burstein:   Worldwide Diamond Trademark S, Ltd., v. Blue Nile, Inc., No. 14-cv-03521 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 6, 2014)   Worldwide sought a preliminary injunction in its patent and trade dress lawsuit against Blue Nile for allegedly copying its Hearts … Continue reading

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Failure to disclose potato variety isn’t misleading

Zuckerman Family Farms, Inc. v. Bidart Bros., No. 1:14–cv–01529, 2014 WL 7239423 (E.D. Cal. Dec. 17, 2014)   Plaintiffs sued for violation of the Plant Variety Protection Act (PVPA), the Lanham Act, and California Business Practices Code section 17200 et … Continue reading

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Dastar bars false advertising claim based on patent filing

Akzo Nobel Surface Chemistry LLC v. Stern, 2014 WL 6910212, No. 2:13–CV–00826 (S.D. Ohio Dec. 8, 2014) Akzo makes specialty chemicals, including adjuvants, which are additives that modify the properties of the main ingredient in formulations.  Stern was formerly employed … Continue reading

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Reading list: Putting Intellectual Property in Its Place

Laura J. Murray, S. Tina Piper, & Kirsty Robertson, Putting Intellectual Property in Its Place: Rights Discourses, Creative Labor, and the Everyday: Coming at roughly the same time as Jessica Silbey’s The Eureka Myth, this book, like Silbey’s, challenges IP … Continue reading

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Disparagement to suppliers doesn’t trigger Lanham Act

Neonatal Product Group, Inc. v. Shields, No. 13–CV–2601, 2014 WL 6685477 (D. Kan. Nov. 26, 2014) This is largely a patent case, in which defendants threatened Neonatal (dba Creche) with a lawsuit for patent infringement.  Creche sought a declaratory judgment … Continue reading

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