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  • Engelberg Center Conference: National Policies on Secondary Pharmaceutical Patents

    Please join the Engelberg Center on January 23 for a day-long conference in which academics and industry experts consider the effectiveness of policies in the developed and developing world regarding secondary pharmaceutical patents and their implications for innovation and access to medicines.     For program details and a list of speakers, visit To register, RSVP to

  • Patent Trolls: To Fight or to Settle, That is the Question

    “Patent Troll,” or Non-Practicing Entity (NPE), is a derogatory term used to label people or companies that exploit patents as a business strategy. A patent troll acquires patents to make profits by bringing patent infringement lawsuits. Rather than actually going through lawsuits, trolls seek to extort early settlements by filing frivolous suits and asking relatively small sums. One federal district… read more

  • A Conversation With David Shields

    David Shields is the bestselling author of twenty books, including The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead, and Reality Hunger: A Manifesto, which was named one of the best books of 2010 by more than thirty publications. His essays and stories have appeared in Harper’s, McSweeney’s, and Slate, and his writing frequently addresses issues of copyright and… read more

  • Baby Blue: A Bluebook Compatible Citation System in the Public Domain

    The Bluebook describes itself as a “unique system of citation” on which “generations of law students, lawyers, scholars, judges, and other legal professionals have relied.” One NYU Law professor is trying to change this reliance with a new project called ‘Baby Blue’ that aims to bring this citation system into the public domain. Learn more about Baby Blue from the… read more

  • Gender Diversity in Technology: A Panel Discussion

    Catch phrases such as “male allies,” “imposter syndrome,” and “implicit bias” were abound as over twenty-five women gathered in a New York University School of Law classroom to attend a panel discussion titled Gender Diversity in Technology. Hosted by NYU’s Law Women, Social Entrepreneurship & Startup Law Group, and Intellectual Property & Entertainment Law Society, the panel discussed the challenges… read more

  • Instagram Deleted User Accounts for Posting Photos and Video Clips from Janet Jackson’s Tour

    On October 20th, the New York Post reported that Instagram deleted accounts of individuals who posted videos and photographs of Janet Jackson’s live performances to the social networking application. Apparently, these users received emails explaining that “a third party reported that the content violates their copyright.” The coverage highlights how these fans, attending concerts of Jackson’s Unbreakable tour, lost all… read more

  • You Used to Copy Me in Your Videos

    Drake’s recent music video for his song “Hotline Bling” is of note for more than the exceptional dance moves Drake displays therein. A mere three days after the video was released, renowned contemporary artist James Turrell released an artfully worded statement indicating that he was in no way involved in the creation of the video: “While I am truly flattered… read more

  • Middle Earth in the Digital Age: How Far Do Copyrights Go?

    For those of you who finished the recent Hobbit film trilogy wondering when they’d see Middle Earth on the big screen again, don’t hold your breath. As far as bad blood goes, the animosity between the Tolkien estate and filmmakers makes the saga’s dwarves and elves seem like best friends. A recent Ninth Circuit decision denying an anti-SLAPP motion is… read more

  • Dental Aligners and the Power to Regulate Digital Data

    What started as a case between two makers of plastic braces at the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) has led to great interest from the entertainment industry and technology companies. Align Technology, Inc. makes the popular Invisalign® plastic braces and filed a complaint against their competitor ClearCorrect Operating, LLC at the ITC for infringing several of their patents on… read more

  • A Tale of Two Statutes: New Questions on Patent Venue

    Sweetener manufacturer TC Heartland recently petitioned the Federal Circuit for a writ of mandamus that asked the court to radically alter how patents are litigated in the United States. The issue presented calls into question basic law on venue for patent infringement, which for the past twenty-five years has been fairly permissive. If TC Heartland’s arguments are adopted, the much… read more