From the monthly archives: May 2013

The Use and Misuse of 3D Printers

On May 31, 2013 By Matt Ginther

Talk of 3D printers seems to be everywhere these days–including the Spring 2013 SkyMall Catalog I was skimming on a recent flight to Nashville. At $1299, SkyMall’s Cube 3d Printer sounds tempting, but functional 3D printing technology is not yet available for the typical consumer. However, experienced developers, programmers, and machinists are already using [...]

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Typically in patent litigation, the patent holder bears the burden of proving that the defendant infringed.  The Federal Circuit recently created a limited exception to that rule in Medtronic, Inc. v. Boston Scientific Corp. (Fed. Cir. 2012) (PDF). It held that when a licensee in good standing seeks a declaratory judgment of non-infringement, [...]

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The US government has a budget deficit. In fact, it’s kind of a large deficit. As Congress looks for ways to reduce that deficit, one of the ideas that has come up is a financial transaction tax, or “Tobin tax.” In fact, Democrats Tom Harkin and Peter DeFazio have suggested that a small tax [...]

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If you’re unfamiliar, Airbnb is like a mix of eBay and Couchsurfing: people list their property on the site, and vacationers rent that property. Property owners can make money when they’re not at home, and vacationers have more choice when visiting a city—a win-win, or most would think. Of course, being a stranger-to-stranger [...]

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Cheesy Poofs.  Oceanic Airlines.   Sabor de Soledad.  Dunder Mifflin.  The Cornballer.  Sex Panther.

Each of these product or brand marks had a similar beginning–as a fictional product in a fictional world.  And with one exception, these marks have continued to exist only in [...]

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With the Affordable Health Care Act (ACA) signed into law, there will be approximately 30 million new health care patients in the United States. With such an influx, it would be natural to assume that doctors are looking forward to raking in the extra money that will come from their increased visits. Instead, doctors [...]

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Would you shop less online if you had to pay sales tax at the point of purchase? This may happen if the Marketplace Fairness Act, a.k.a. the “Internet Sales Tax,” is passed. On May 6, 2013, the Senate passed the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013. The legislation has now moved on to the House [...]

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I love monograms. Naturally I was intrigued when I learned that the monogram “RG3″ was the center of a recent trademark controversy. Two RG3′s are duking it out to see who can use RG3 for exclusive branding. Let’s meet the contenders:

Robert Griffin III: born in Japan, this RG3 played college football [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On May 20, 2013 By Bradlee Edmondson

Disney withdraws bid to trademark ”Dia de los Muertos” in connection with an upcoming movie. It’s uncertain whether it could have succeeded in trademarking the phrase, but it probably could have trademarked a stylized logo incorporating it. Federal law enforcement agencies propose sweeping real-time wiretap overhaul. Several leading information security [...]

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The Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law has published its Summer 2013 issue, Volume 15, Issue 4. This year’s previous issues, Volume 15, Issue 1, Volume 15, Issue 2, and Volume 15, Issue 3 are also available online. Hard copies of the journal will be available soon.

 

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