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Use of Competitors’ Trademarks as Google AdWords is not Infringement

The British Columbia Supreme Court has decided that the use of a competitor’s trademarks in Google AdWords does not constitute infringement. In Vancouver Community College v Vancouver Career College (Burnaby) Inc.,...more

Patent Trial & Appeal Board Finds Obscure Russian Doctoral Thesis Qualifies as Prior Art

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Board) recently provided important guidance for prior art “printed publications” asserted in invalidity challenges under the 2011 Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) concerning a doctoral...more

NLRB Punts on First Down: Declines to Exercise Jurisdiction in Northwestern University Football Players Union Representation Case

The NLRB’s decision is limited to the facts presented by the Northwestern case, and the Board may assert jurisdiction in another case involving scholarship athletes at a later date. On August 17th, the National Labor...more

Hidden Risks? What Liability Can Private Colleges and Universities Have for Their Student Newspapers and Publications?

It is well-settled that public institutions are generally not liable for statements made by their student publications because the First Amendment prohibits them from exercising control over such publications. See, e.g.,...more

Play for Pay? Not Today, Says the Ninth Circuit in the Latest NCAA Ruling

Whether the amateurism rules of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) violate federal antitrust laws remains an active issue before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. But the dramatic changes ordered by U.S....more

Is Your School District’s Lack of Social Media Guidelines Putting the District at Risk?

School districts are under growing scrutiny and criticism for the lack of clear social media guidelines and policies. For instance, after a Michigan teacher reportedly was sentenced to 6 to 15 years for an inappropriate...more

NAI & IPO Release List of Top 100 Universities Receiving Patents in 2014

Last month, the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) published a list of the top 100 worldwide universities that received the most U.S. utility patents in 2014. The NAI...more

Hackers seek to access intellectual property assets of higher educational institutions

College and universities, like many other businesses and organizations, defend against millions of cyberattacks each day. Most recently, Penn State’s College of Engineering discovered a multi-year long cyberattack seeking...more

BIO Commissioned Study Calculates Economic Contribution of University/Nonprofit Inventions in the U.S.

Last month, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) announced the release of a BIO commissioned study that estimates the economic impact of academic licensing between 1996 and 2013. The study, entitled "The Economic...more

It's Time to Start Planning Your Summer

It is hard to believe that the 2014/15 school year is coming to a close. Summer projects beckon. So, what should be on the list for your summer (other than some vacation time)? Ideally, if you haven’t done it lately, you...more

“.school” Domains Now Available

The “.school” top-level Internet domain is currently available. Educational institutions with federally registered trademarks can take advantage of the upcoming “Sunrise Period” and secure their “.school” domain as soon as...more

Registration with ICANN’s Trademark Clearinghouse a Necessity for Securing a “.college” Domain during the Upcoming Sunrise Period

The “.college” top-level Internet domain will soon be available to institutions of higher education (“IHEs”). IHEs with federally registered trademarks can take advantage of the upcoming “Sunrise Period” and secure their...more

Generic Top Level Domains Create New Opportunities and New Headaches for Colleges and Universities

For decades, the Internet was limited to a small number of top-level Internet domains, the most common being .com, .org, .net, .edu, and country-specific domains. However, in 2012 the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names...more

Obama Administration Announces Cybersecurity and Privacy Initiatives

On Monday, January 12, 2015, President Obama appeared at the Federal Trade Commission to announce the administration’s blitz of cyber security and privacy legislative and public policy initiatives, which will be discussed in...more

Carnegie Mellon University v. Marvell: $1.5 Billion at Stake at the Federal Circuit

Currently on appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is Carnegie Mellon University’s (“CMU”) $1.535 billion judgment for patent infringement against Marvell Technology Group Ltd. and Marvell...more

Cambridge v. Becker – A Copyright Win For Publishers or an Enlargement of Fair Use?

Recently the 11th Circuit addressed on appeal the question of whether fair use insulates from copyright liability a University which offers to its students a digital repository of reading material culled from third party...more

Make Sure You Own the Patent You Think You Do.

The biotechnology industry has a long history of successfully licensing and litigating university technology. That trend looks to be continuing, even as other industries have taken aim at limiting patent enforcement. Ten U.S....more

No Fair Use for Digital Excerpts

Cambridge University Press et al v. Patton et al. - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit vacated the district court’s decision holding that digital excerpts of books from three academic publishers provided to...more

Cambridge University Press v. Patton: Who Really Won?

Cambridge University Press v. Patton is a recent opinion from the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals regarding fair use. In a nutshell, the case involved the nation’s premier text-book publishers Cambridge University Press,...more

The College Football Playoff™ college football playoff

This past Sunday, the College Football Playoff Committee unveiled the four college football teams that will be participating the very first playoff in college football. The festivities begin Jan. 1, 2015, with Oregon battling...more

Panoramic Stock Images, Ltd v. McGraw-Hill Global Education Holdings, LLC - USDC, N.D. Illinois, November 25, 2014

Panoramic Stock Images, Ltd v. McGraw-Hill Global Education Holdings, LLC - USDC, N.D. Illinois, November 25, 2014: District court denies textbook publisher McGraw-Hill’s motion for summary judgment on its statute of...more

ECJ Rules on Digitization of Library Collections

Technische Universität Darmstadt v. Eugen Ulmer KG - The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on the meaning of an exception contained in the European Copyright Directive (2001/29/EC), permitting the provision of...more

A Cautionary Tale for Universities about Patent Ownership Rights from the Lone Star State

A recent decline in patent litigation has been attributed to the evolving patent eligibility standard, as well as to an increase in post-grant review proceedings at the Patent Office, now reported to be “the second-biggest...more

Breaking Up is Hard to Do: The California Strawberry Commission’s Claim to University Plant Breeding Research

Plant patents are often overshadowed by their more well-known utility and design patent counterparts under U.S. law. Yet, with the increasing branding and differentiation of agricultural commodities, plant patent rights...more

Court Rules Against Georgia State University in E-Reserves Case

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit issued a long-awaited decision in the Georgia State e-reserves copyright case on October 17, 2014. The Court of Appeals reversed and remanded to the District Court...more

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