Katy Perry's Left Shark trademark applications hit a snag; my commentary on the "Blurred Lines" verdict, in the World IP Review
As World IP Review reports, some of Katy Perry's 'Left Shark' trademark applications have hit a snag at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The TESS entry for one of the applications in question is posted below. (Oh, and speaking of the World IP Review, you can read my musings on the (fairly) recent jury verdict in the "Blurred Lines" copyright infringement case here.)
Video of AU Law's 2015 "IP/Gender - Mapping the Connections" conference (including my talk on "Patents and Perverts") and more!
The 2015 IP/Gender conference at American University's Washington College of Law was a smashing success; the video of the full event is posted here. I presented "Patents and Perverts" -- now tentatively retitled "Design and Deviance" -- whose abstract is posted on SSRN. If you're interested in my portion of the conference, if starts at the 5:02 mark. (As always, Professor Rebecca Tushnet has done a wonderful public service by transcribing the event essentials.)
Oh, and did you read this January 26th column on the "utility-design patent boundary" by my firm's Of Counsel, Yin Huang? If not, you should check that out, too...
Interview for Washington Square News (NYU student newspaper) article, "Fashion, lawsuits an unexpected pair"
Washington Square News, NYU's Independent Student Newspaper, has published an article, "Fashion, lawsuits unexpected pair," in its November 5, 2014, issue. In the piece, staff reporter Sam Del Rowe interviews Barbara Kolsun (Stuart Weitzman GC, NYU adjunct prof, and co-editor (with FIT professor Guillermo Jimenez) of Fashion Law: A Guide for Designers, Fashion Executives, and Attorneys -- to which I contributed a chapter on copyright law) about the current lay of the land.
Del Rowe goes on to ask this writer, one Charles Colman, about his views on life, law, and the pursuit of unlawful monopolies. He selects a portion of my answers to his questions, but -- for anyone who is interested -- I've copied my unedited responses to Del Rowe below (hyperlinks added):
Great news: Prof. Gary Watt's "Dress, Law and Naked Truth: A Cultural Study of Fashion and Form" is now open-access!
One of the most provocative and valuable works of legal scholarship on dress, Gary Watt's Dress, Law and Naked Truth: A Cultural Study of Fashion and Form, is now available through a Creative Commons license:
I have uniformly positive things to say about this book -- for example:
"Professor Watt's book represents such a dramatic leap forward in legal thought about dress that it demands the recognition of a new category of scholarship. Dress, Law and Naked Truth presents an array of startlingly original ideas about the relationship between dress and the law. Happily, Watt's book manages to combine intellectual heft with beautifully crafted prose, making it not only a remarkable scholarly accomplishment, but also a joy to read."