Category Archives: Law

USPTO Cancellation of Redskins trademark does not mean the end of the mark/name

The media is treating the TTAB’s cancellation of 6 of the Redskins’ trademarks as if this is the end of the name/mark (pending appeal). http://nyti.ms/1l2Wela But, as the TTAB itself points out, federal registration is not the totality of trademark … Continue reading

Categories: Commerce, Goods/Artifacts, Intellectual Property, Law, Services

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Crowdfunding’s Impact on Start-Up IP Strategy

[The following is summarized from my forthcoming article in the George Mason Law Review] Crowdfunding has been heralded as a revolutionary and democratic way to connect ordinary individuals with innovative projects they would like to support. The version involving equity … Continue reading

Categories: Art, Commerce, Commercialization, Corporate/Securities Law, Creativity, Entrepreneurship, Intellectual Property, Law, Technology

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Congressional testimony on Sec 512 of the DMCA “notice and take down” for websites

Testimony of Sean M. O’Connor, Professor of Law and Founding Director, Entrepreneurial Law Clinic, University of Washington (Seattle) Before the Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Notice and Takedown Provisions under the DMCA, § … Continue reading

Categories: Art, Commerce, Commercialization, Creativity, Electrical & Digital Arts, Entrepreneurship, Fine Arts, Information Technology, Innovation, Intellectual Property, Law, Technology, Technology Entrepreneurship

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Tel Aviv presentation and conference

Chief Judge Rader and I were in Tel Aviv in November at the “From IP to NP (Net Profit)” conference. Here is my presentation on “Managing Know-How in Global Value Chains and International Tech Transfer.” And of course, because we … Continue reading

Categories: Art, Commerce, Commercial/Contract Law, Commercialization, Fine Arts, Intellectual Property, Law, Technology, Technology Transfer, Uncategorized

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Madison, IP and the Creative Class

In the emerging conflict between creators and content repackagers and conduits (e.g., social media and Google), it is good to remember what James Madison said about IP: “With regard to Monopolies they are justly classed among the greatest nusances [sic] … Continue reading

Categories: Art, Commerce, Commercialization, Creativity, Electrical & Digital Arts, Fine Arts, Information Technology, Intellectual Property, Technology

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