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Patent Office

Understanding the patent landscape: An inside look

August 16, 2019

A patent is a type of intellectual property which protects any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof. A claim cannot be patented if it was previously “patented, described in a printed publication, or in public use, on

Debbie Harry

Blondie—shaping the landscape of music from CBGB to the DMCA

July 08, 2019

It’s crazy to think that there was once a world before music technology as we know it. But long before there was iTunes and iPods, there were portable CD players and the Sony Walkman. I remember my first Walkman. My Dad bought it for me for my

Copyright

Copyrights 101: Reviewing the rules of protecting original works

May 15, 2019

A copyright is a type of intellectual property which protects original artistic or literary works that are fixed in a tangible medium of expression, meaning that the work is sufficiently permanent to last for more than a transitory period of time (17 U.S.C. §101). A copyright protects books,

Patently Impossible

The Patently Impossible Project and the importance of pro bono service

January 31, 2018

Our communities as a whole are substantially improved when we provide representation and voices to our underserved segments of society, particularly non-profit organizations. With respect to intellectual property law, I think it is important to foster entrepreneurship and invention through pro bono work.

In-House Attorney

Is an in-house counsel job right for you? A guide for law grads

December 18, 2017

The decision to work as an in-house or private practice attorney is a difficult one to make, and making it does not make the path to that in-house job any easier. With that in mind, before making the decision, you need to do your homework. This article will help you explore the differences between in-house and private practice. If you decide in-house practice is for you, it will also help you understand how to prepare yourself and your resume for that job hunt.

Trolls

Patent trolls storm the podcasting industry

March 16, 2017

Podcasting has become a lucrative business.  The increasing popularity of podcasts has in its wake advanced an army of patent trolls. Comedian and acclaimed podcaster, Adam Carolla recently commented, during a patent lawsuit, that these trolls “make a business of buying technology that they didn't create and then find

IP Law

IP 101 for law students

November 10, 2016

When I was in law school, I spent a semester in the Technology Venture Clinic. Besides the benefit of working with real-life clients, I also received a startup lawyer primer in contracts, intellectual property (IP), and financing requirements. I also met clients who had made some serious errors in the early

Introduction to Intellectual Property Law

Meet a group: Intellectual Property Law

December 11, 2015

And by "meet the Section on Intellectual Property Law," we mean that literally. The section is looking for law student reporters for its 31st annual Intellectual Property Law Conference in Bethesda, Md., from April 6-8. Their program allows law students to interact with and learn from IP practitioners

FIFTEENTH CIRCUIT: Taylor Smurthwaite: Presenting on IP Trends in China

October 01, 2014

By Nicole Israel Taylor Smurthwaite, a 3L at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, landed the opportunity to journey to the Far East and present at the sixth annual Chinese IP Counsel Congress. “The conference highlighted China’s prominence in intellectual property, a subject matter traditionally associated with the

Hot Practice Profiles

March 01, 2012

By Janan Hanna. Some lawyers begin their careers with a path in mind. But, for many, it is not uncommon to start in one practice area and end in another. The list of practice areas is practically endless. In the pages that follow, Student Lawyer profiles lawyers working in five of