Look for me in the comments …

It’s been great fun to blog here at Madisonian. So much fun, in fact, that I’ve launched a blog of my own, The Fire of Genius. At TFOG, I’ll focus on patent law, i.p. law, and some questions about creativity and innovation. I hope to see you in the comments there, and I know you’ll see me in comments here. Thanks, Mike, for being a wonderful host.

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Important patent decision

Yesterday, the Federal Circuit issued a quite important decision in the area of willful infringement. The decision, before the court on mandamus, is In re Echostar. The key question in the matter is the scope of the waiver created by Echostar’s reliance on legal advice as a way to dispel the notion that its infringement was willful. Resolving a longstanding split in the district courts, the Federal Circuit holds that…

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It’s not the laptop, it’s the web.

A new A.P. story about differing views on laptops in the classroom (and some professors’ efforts to bar them) prompt Gordon Smith at Conglomerate to offer more reflections on the matter (as well as great links to a thread at Althouse). My views are strongly similar to Gordon’s. Blawgs have hit the topic quite a bit this academic year; you can dip in to earlier exchanges at OrinKerr or CoOp….

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One Law in Many Languages

Will Baude, at Crescat Sententia, offers some engaging thoughts on the creation of a Spanish version of The Star Spangled Banner. In passing, Baude makes the following observation: “[T]he translation of official texts is rife with all sorts of riddles. My dim recollection is that there were proposals in the First Congress to publish the U.S. Code in German as well as English. What a disaster that might have been…

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Petroski Fans …

If you’re a fan, as I am, of Henry Petroski’s work, you may enjoy this article from The New York Times. An especially interesting bit, in connection with a federal work group on the nuclear waste storage problem: “Knowledge of failure is crucial in considering this kind of problem, Dr. Petroski said. ‘I basically argue that engineers should arm themselves with all these case histories of failure and reason by…

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