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Upcoming CLE Conference – Trade Secrets: The New Frontier in a Changing IP Landscape

On December 3rd, JIPEL contributing author Adam Waks will be part of the faculty for the International Intellectual Property Institute-Bloomberg BNA CLE “Trade Secrets: The New Frontier in a Changing IP Landscape.” The conference will provide an overview of current trade secret law, the proposed Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2014, and strategies for creating policies and more »

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Cutting Costs: Tax Deductions for Artists

Under the Internal Revenue Code § 183, individuals or corporations cannot take deductions for activities if “such activity is not engaged in for profit.” The IRS does not want to provide a subsidy for people engaging in hobbies for their own enjoyment; deductions are meant to accurately reflect the costs that individuals and corporations incur more »

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JIPEL Symposium

You finally got a gig as a standup comedian and your competitor stole your best joke? Your favorite chef created a new culinary masterpiece and a week later the restaurant down the street started serving the same thing? You heard on the news that Google is making millions of dollars off of Android even though more »

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Start on a Good Foot: The Implications of Grooveshark’s Guilty Verdict

A recent Federal Court ruling has left the online streaming service Grooveshark in critical condition.  On September 29th, 2014, the Southern District of New York, in an opinion delivered by Judge Thomas P. Griesa, found the Florida-based company guilty of copyright infringement, concluding an action brought against it in joint suit by nine of the major record labels.  more »

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Linking to the Past: Week of October 13

WikiLeaks released another draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s intellectual property chapter. As you might have guessed, many are displeased. Congratulations, European librarians! You can digitize your books without infringing copyrights. Access to the internet does not imply access to a given copyrighted work. Google Google: verbification isn’t enough to make a trademark generic. Be careful more »

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Publicity Rights in Major College Sports Telecasts: To Whom Do They Belong?

“Whether Division I student-athletes hold any ownership rights in their athletic performances does not depend on the scope of broadcasters’ First Amendment rights but, rather, on whether the student-athletes themselves validly transferred their rights of publicity to another party.” – U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken, Pre-Trial Ruling In Marshall v. ESPN, NCAA student-athletes are testing more »

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