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SOPA and PIPA video rejoinder

January 23, 2012

A friend, reader, and fellow law professor, Bill Rich, viewed the SOPA /PIPA video I posted and had this to say: One of the main assertions in the video — that any site that enables or facilitates copyright violations is liable to be shut down as a site "dedicated to theft of U.S. property" — [...]

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SOPA and PIPA Explained

January 19, 2012

Although I have not been keeping up with the SOPA/PIPA debate, I found this video useful, although clearly from the perspective of critics of the proposed legislation: The speaker is the founder of Khan Academy, whose free, clear, web-based video lessons inspired Bill Gates to fund as part of the future of education reform.

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How We Got Where We Are; Summary of Changes in Law

October 14, 2011

How We Got Where We Are; Summary of Changes in LawMarla Grossman, American Continental Group The

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Jobs for Patent Attorneys!

October 10, 2011

The New York Times ran a story today claiming that because of the new patent reform law, patent lawyers are in high demand.  Read the article here. To learn more about how you can specialize in patent law (or intellectual property in general), visit the University of Akron School of Law's Center for Intellectual Property [...]

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Steve Jobs and IP

October 6, 2011

The world lost a great technological leader yesterday with the passing of Steve Jobs.  A quick patent search lists Jobs as a co-inventor on a multitude of both utility and design patents, including some of the following: A design patent for the iPhone: A utility patent for a âhighly portable media deviceâ (thumb drive): A [...]

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Supreme Court issues opinion in Costco v. Omega

December 13, 2010

About one month after hearing oral arguments in Costco v. Omega, the international exhaustion copyright case I blogged about here, here, and here, the Supreme Court has issued a per curiam opinion. Instead of providing any additional insight into or guidance on answering this difficult question of statutory interpretation, the Supreme Court affirming the 9th [...]

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Update: Costco v. Omega Oral Arguments

November 8, 2010

Earlier today I posted a summary of Costco v. Omega, a Supreme Court case involving the application of copyright law's first sale doctrine in the context of copyrighted goods produced abroad and then subsequently distributed in the United States. A transcript of the oral arguments has been published.  Click here to view my commentary on [...]

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U.S. Supreme Court Hears Copyright "First Sale" Case Today

November 8, 2010

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments in Costco Wholesale Corporation v. Omega, S.A., an important copyright case involving the first sale doctrine and whether this doctrine applies to copyrighted works that are produced abroad. The facts are fairly straightforward.  Omega is a watch company that manufactures watches in Switzerland.  Omega owns a [...]

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Akron Law Symposium on Intellectual Property Law and Policy To Be Held March 9

February 9, 2009

The University of Akron School of Law and Sughrue Mion PLLC law firm will sponsor the 11th annual Richard C. Sughrue Symposium on Intellectual Property Law and Policy on Monday, March 9 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the John S. Knight Center in Akron. Prominent leaders in the field of intellectual property and [...]

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Seminar: How Patents, Copyrights and Trademarks Can Help Your Business and Exports

October 29, 2008

Akron Law with the cooperation of the U.S. Export Assistance Center in Cleveland, will present a half-day program on Monday, Nov. 10 from 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. describing how Northeast Ohio businesses and exporters can protect their patents, copyrights and trademarks in the United States and overseas markets. The program will provide basic information [...]

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