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Jay-Z Fights One-Syllable Infringement Lawsuit

On September 23, 2014 By

A single syllable could hold major implications for the future of music sampling.

The disputed syllable, “oh,” is the subject of a recent lawsuit filed against rapper Jay-Z, Atlantic Records, and Roc-a-fella. The suit alleges that Jay-Z took the micro-sample from bluesman Eddie Bo’s “Hook & Sling Part I” for use […]

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Even the most casual observer has probably heard the words “patent reform” in news recently. Since the US House of Representatives passed the Innovation Act in December, many thought a Senate bill targeting patent reform could not be far away. It took four months, but we learned last […]

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Supreme Court to Weigh in on Awarding Fees in Patent Cases

On February 19, 2014 By

In less than two weeks, the Supreme Court will hear the first patent case of this session, which raises the question of when to award attorney’s fees in patent cases under 35 U.S.C. § 285. The statute provides for the award of attorney fees only in “exceptional cases.” Under the rule established in Brooks […]

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FTC Hits Road Block in Patent Troll Reform

On February 4, 2014 By

In the wake of President Obama’s admonition of the increasing costs of patent litigation in his State of the Union, a notorious patent troll has further illuminated the need for reform. After learning that the FTC planned to file a complaint alleging deceptive trade practices, MPHJ Technology Investments preemptively Continue Reading

Friday Morning JETLawg — Good Luck in Fall 2013 Exams

On November 22, 2013 By

Thanks to our authors for a great semester full of legal analysis across intellectual property, entertainment, and technology law. This will be our last regularly scheduled post of the semester. We head into final exams right after the Thanksgiving break. Good luck, everyone!

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On September 9, 2013 By

The New York Times breaks a story alleging that the Drug Enforcement Agency has been working very closely with AT&T to access a database of phone records going as far back as 1987. According to the story, the DEA pays AT&T to station several of the company’s employees inside DEA investigative units to facilitate […]

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On February 27th, Reps. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) and Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) reintroduced a “new and improved” Saving High-Tech Innovators from Egregious Legal Disputes Act of 2013 (or “SHIELD Act,” pleasing fans of both acronyms and imagery of strife).  The legislation is intended to curb the rapid ascent of so-called “patent trolls,” which are reported to have […]

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