IPSC and the Future of Legal Scholarship

Last week I attended the 14th edition of the “Intellectual Property Scholars Conference,” or IPSC. I came back to Pittsburgh inspired, challenged, and a little … well, down. Did I see into the scholarly soul of the discipline(s) that we call intellectual property law? Into the future of legal scholarship in general? If so, I came away with mixed feelings. I’ve been away from this blog; now back to the…

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Opportunity for Professor at INTA Annual Meeting 2014

The International Trademark Association (INTA) is looking for one professor to be chosen as a Table Topic moderator for the 2014 Annual Meeting to be held in Hong Kong next May.  (For those who aren’t aware, the INTA Annual Meeting is a conference of about 9,500 trademark professionals from more than 140 countries.  It is a good opportunity to stay up to date on the latest issues in trademark law,…

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Theorizing the Web

Those near NYC this Saturday might consider visiting the “Theorizing the Web” conference. Provocative presentation titles include: The Automation of Compliance: Techno-Legal Regulation in the U.S. Trucking Industry What We Talk About When We Talk Data: Metrics, Mobilization, and Materiality in Performing Health Online Crowdsourcing Assassination 2.0 Identity Prosumption and the Quantified Self Movement Beyond Bridges, Speed-Bumps, And Hotel Keys: A New Design Paradigm for Control Technologies There is no…

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Smartphones and Software Patents

I will be speaking at Santa Clara Law School’s outstanding conference about Solutions to the Software Problem tomorrow.  It promises to be a great event, with academics, public interest advocates, and government officials all weighing in. As a lead-in to the conference, I want to discuss an oft repeated statistic: that there are 250,000 patents that might be infringed by any given smartphone. I’m going to assume that number is…

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ICANN Announces New gTLD Program

On June 20, ICANN announced that it would be opening up the domain space for new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs),  meaning that anyone will be able to register virtually any word or phrase in almost any language or script as a gTLD.  Up until now, there have been 22 available gTLDs (eg .com, .net, .org, .info etc) along with a number of country-code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) such as…

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