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Why China Will Move Slowly — Very Slowly — on Legal Reform

Based on an initial report, the Communist Party's first plenary meeting devoted to law wasn’t interested in engineering far-reaching changes to China’s legal system. And there may be political costs to that reluctance.

Considerations for International Inventions – Foreign Filing Licenses

Guest Post by Brent M. Dougal and Philip M. Nelson.  Dougal and Nelson are IP Attorneys with Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP. In today’s age of international commerce, product development often takes place on an international scale.  Many companies have design centers in multiple countries, with design teams that span the globe.  What are […]

Lawyers: How to Get Upset at Work Without Getting Fired

Of all the places to get angry, work is probably the worst. ("In the middle of surgery" comes in a close second -- at least if you're the doctor.) Can you believe the partner just said you had to come in over the weekend? Or that he made you take......

How is Patent Litigation like Baseball?

By Jason Rantanen I’m a moderately-dedicated baseball fan, so I’ve been listening to quite a few baseball games over the past few weeks.  And as I’ve been listening to the games, it’s struck me that in many ways, patent litigation is a lot like a baseball game well beyond the Cubs reference.  Both are a […]

Mac Desktop Buyers' Guide Q4 2014: New Mac Minis and iMacs

Finally, with all of Apple's annual (or bi-annual, in the Mini's case) upgrades on the books, we have the entirety of the Apple product line in front of us. If you're looking up upgrade or replace your office computers, and you're already on the platform, or Mac-curious, you might wonder......

11th Cir. Remands GSU's 'E-Reserve' Copyright Infringement Case

If you attended college at least after the late 1990s, you probably remember that one or more of your professors made excerpts from books available in "electronic reserve" by scanning the relevant pages and turning them into PDFs that only students enrolled in the course could access. At the time,......

'Porngate' Just Became the Greatest Judicial Scandal of Our Time

When "Porngate" first erupted, it seemed like a minor blip, especially the involvement of Justice Seamus McCaffery of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. He sent porn, from a personal email address, to a handful of colleagues in other state offices. It's porn. From a personal account. None of which seemed to......

Marvel Goes DMCA Crazy Over Leaked Avengers 2 Trailer, Then Puts It On Its Own YouTube Page

Another near universal certainty is that Marvel will totally freak out whenever it gets the slightest inkling that its intellectual property is threatened.

PBI's 21st Annual Auto Law Update CLE Seminar a Week Away

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

I will be presenting on the topic of "The Latest in Bad Faith" at the PBI's 21st Annual Auto Law Update CLE Seminar set to take place on October 31, 2014. The program begins at noon.If interested in registering to attend the live seminar...Show More Summary

Without Failure To Warn, Other Claims Collapse

The key to appreciating the latest order granting summary judgment for the defense in the Ortho-Evra birth control patch MDL is to start with the order’s last paragraph: The Court has found that the Defendants provided adequate warnings sufficient to discharge their duty to warn. Show More Summary

IP Is No Excuse: Even If Someone Is Using Fake Chips, It's Not Okay To Kill Their Devices

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Not this again. For years, we were perplexed by the war on mod chips, which could be used to allow people to play pirated games, but also had plenty of legitimate uses as well, especially for developers and hackers. The same was true of the war on smart card readers. Show More Summary

140 Law - Legal Headlines for Friday, October 24, 2014

Here are the leading legal headlines from Wise Law on Twitter for Friday, October 24, 2014: Employee awarded $65,000 for loss of pension | Canadian Employment Law Today ‘Highly troubling’: US Justice Dept. slams local officials overShow More Summary

DHS Agents Raid Lingerie Shop, Save America From Unlicensed Underwear

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Your homeland has never been more secure. (h/t to Techdirt reader jupiterkansas) “They came in and there were two guys” Honig said. “I asked one of them what size he needed and he showed me a badge and took me outside. They told me they...Show More Summary

Guy Sues Legal System Again

Just the one in Illinois, at least for now. According to the Madison Record (thanks, Dave), Aaron Wemple has sued the Illinois State Bar Association and all of its members, alleging that... well, that it and they have done...         ...Show More Summary

You're Paying for a Nazi's Retirement [or Are You?]

Well, that headline isn't entirely accurate. You paid dozens of Nazis and you're still paying at least four of them. According to the Associated Press, "[d]ozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards collected millions of dollars...Show More Summary

Good Reason to Kill #17.1: Lost at Beer Pong

Oh dear. This new example (thanks, Steve) is funnier than the original #17, mainly because nobody died. Had I foreseen that beer pong would be the cause of another potentially life-threatening dispute, I'd probably have waited, but such...Show More Summary

About That Copyright Exception for Political Advertising. . .Never Mind

Earlier this month, a political storm hit in Canada when it was revealed that the government was considering including a new copyright exception for political advertising in its forthcoming omnibus budget bill. The reports sparked claims...Show More Summary

The 2014 Ig Nobel Prizes

As long as I'm on the topic of Nobel-Prize-Related Comedy With at Best a Tenuous Connection to Legal Humor (see "Did You Pack This Nobel Prize Yourself?" (Oct. 16)), I should mention this year's Ig Nobel Prize winners, which were...         ...Show More Summary

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