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Techlaw, LLP partner Dana Robinson is heading up an IP law clinic at USD School of Law along with Professor Ted Sichelman. The program is based on the same principles as the already successful Entrepreneurship Tech Clinic that the law school has been running in partnership with Connect for the past few years. The new IP Clinic puts students under the supervision of local law firms, where they will do work for pro bono clients that come through the IP Clinic (or come from the firm’s pro bono activities). It is a great way for law firms to bring in clients that may start as pro bono, but could convert to regular clients as their venture grows into a successful business or obtains investment funding. It is also a great way to vet students who work at no charge, and … Continue reading
The First Sale Doctrine After Kirtsaeng v. Wiley In the United States, copyright owners enjoy several exclusive rights, including the right to distribute copies of the protected works. This right is tempered by several defenses and exemptions, including the First Sale Doctrine. Copyright owners are entitled to the first sale of any lawfully made copies of their works, after which their rights to that copy are exhausted. Without this doctrine, copyright owners could use the distribution right to prohibit public libraries and second-hand bookstores. For many years, it was unclear whether the exhaustion principle applied to works purchased abroad and imported for resale. Under 17 U.S.C. § 602, importing copyrighted materials without permission from the copyright owner is an infringement of the distribution right. Yet, in Quality King Distributors, Inc. v. L’anza Research Int’l, the Supreme Court applied the First … Continue reading
Foreign filers should be aware that the mere fact that their trademark registers in the U.S. through the Madrid Protocol, does not mean that the mark is insurmountable. Continue reading
Check out Dana’s article on DRM in the context of ebooks: http://www.vjolt.net/archives.php?issue=55 Digital Rights Management Lite: Freeing Ebooks from Reader Devices and Software 17 Va. J.L. & Tech. 152 (2012)
Techlaw attorney Bob Irvine presented at the recent Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) Software Course in Jersey City June 8, 2012. The talk was about Software Patents: “Are Software Patents Worth It?” where Bob argued that it is difficult to draw the line between software and non-software inventions, and as such, simply doing away with software patents, as some would have it, would eliminate necessary IP protection for US businesses. His presentation can be downloaded here: Software Patents – Irvine
TechLaw Partner Dana Robinson is answering questions related to intellectual property on LawGuru. Check out his profile and answers to legal questions.
Ross Epstein Presents at Licensing Executive Society March, 2012 Meeting. The presentation covered Developingand LicensingThe Next BIG Thing! Techlaw is pleased to offer a copy of the presentation here: LES Anaheim March 2012
Ross Epstein presented at the LES meeting in October 2011, covering “Doing Battle With Counterfeiters In ChinaThere Is a Way!!” Techlaw is pleased to provide a copy of the presentation here. LES SanDiego October 2011
Ross Epstein, partner at Techlaw, has been noted in Electronic Retailer Magazine.