Tomorrow I’ll be speaking on “Intellectual Property in an Augmented Reality” at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Virginia as part of the World Intellectual Property Organizations’ Summer School series.
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The Kölner Dom Cathedral in Cologne, Germany has survived war, plague, and decay. Built in the 12th Century, it was the only major building in the city to survive the Allied carpet bombing in World War II. But the cathedral and its caretakers now stand against new invaders: hordes of Pokemon Go players.
This is a guest post by Peter Hamp, a student pursuing his JD and MBA as part of the joint degree program at the University of Michigan Law School and Stephen M. Ross School of Business. He earned his B.A., with distinction, in political science from Yale University. Over the past decade, social media has significantly changed […]
I write this post to share a thought that I didn’t get the chance to complete during my recent appearance on the Bloomberg Law Show. It’s about the July 14, 2016 decision in Detroit Free Press v. Department of Justice, in which the en banc 6th Circuit decided 9-7 to reverse 20 years of precedent that […]
In the classic comic book series Crisis on Infinite Earths, thousands of worlds collided. Prior to that title, virtually all of the various stories told and characters created by DC’s various comics were said to take place within parallel dimensions of the same universe. This convenient device allowed the “Golden Age” superhero stories from mid-century comic books […]
If you’ve been tuned at all to developments in the science fiction or intellectual property fields, you know that Paramount Pictures and CBS have been pursuing copyright infringement litigation against the producers of a Star Trek fan-fiction movie called Axanar. The fan/producers published the 20-minute teaser Prelude to Axanar on YouTube in August 2014 (which as of […]
Today the U.S. Supreme Court issued its unanimous opinion in the Kirtsaeng case, concerning the standards that govern the award of attorneys’ fees to the prevailing party as an element of “costs” under the Copyright Act. The statute itself does not give guidance on when fees should be awarded. Prior Supreme Court case law was […]
A few hours before I left for the airport to attend this week’s Augmented World Expo 2016, I received a call from Boston Globe tech reporter Hiawatha Bray. We had a great and detailed conversation about several of the legal issues that AR-enabled smart glasses will raise, including personal injury concerns, intellectual property issues, and e-commerce regulations. It’s […]
The Augmented World Expo is the premier annual event for all the latest developments in augmented reality, virtual reality, and wearable technology. Back for its seventh year, over 4,000 attendees from all over the world–including a mix of CEOs, CTOs, designers, developers, creative agencies, futurists, analysts, investors, and press–will have a fantastic opportunity to learn, inspire, partner, and […]
In the unlikely event that any West Coast celebrities out there had been considering a move to Minnesota, an article published today on WealthManagement.com will give them pause. It makes the insightful observation that the late artist Prince’s decision to remain domiciled in his home state may have cost his heirs (whoever they turn out to be) the […]