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February 24th, 2017

Prof. Hugh Hansen Joins Amicus Brief of IP Scholars in Oracle v. Google Fair Use Appeal (CAFC)

On February 17, 2017, Prof. Hugh C. Hansen joined an amicus curiae brief submitted by thirteen intellectual property scholars in support of the plaintiff-appellant, Oracle America, Inc., in Oracle Am. v. Google, Inc., 2017-1118 (Fed. Cir.). The appeal concerns the proper copyright fair use analysis as applied to computer software, specifically APIs. In supporting a reversal of […]

February 24th, 2017

Restore the Meaning of “Secondary Meaning”

Last June, in Converse v. ITC, the International Trade Commission (ITC) found that Wal-Mart, Skechers, and New Balance, among others, could copy an athletic shoe design – Converse’s Chuck Taylor – because it lacked “secondary meaning” to consumers, and therefore failed to qualify for trade dress protection under the Lanham Act. In trademark law, secondary […]

February 8th, 2017

2016 Fordham IP Conference Program & Faculty List

Look back on the proceedings of the 2016 Fordham IP Conference: 2016 Fordham IP Conference Detailed Program 2016 Fordham IP Conference Program-at-a-Glance 2016 Fordham IP Conference Faculty List

February 6th, 2017

Prof. Hugh Hansen Joins Amicus Brief of 11 Law Profs in Converse v. ITC (CAFC)

On February 3, 2017, Prof. Hugh C. Hansen joined an amicus curiae brief submitted by 11 Law Professors in support of the appellant, Converse, in Converse v. ITC, 2016-2497 (Fed. Cir.). The appeal concerns the ITC’s invalidation of Converse’s registered trademark in the mid-sole of its iconic Chuck Taylor All-Star shoe, and that further there was insufficient […]

December 30th, 2016

Prof. Hugh Hansen Joins IIPSJ Amici Brief in Blurred Lines Appeal (9th Cir.)

On December 28, 2016, Prof. Hugh C. Hansen joined an amicus curiae brief submitted by the Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice; Musician and Composers; and Law, Music, and Business Professors in support of the appellee in the “Blurred Lines” case, Williams v. Gaye, 15-56880 (9th Cir.).  The appeal specifically concerns issues relating to the expert […]

December 19th, 2016

Prof. Hugh C. Hansen Files Amicus Brief in Lee v. Tam (SCOTUS)

On December 16, Professor Hugh C. Hansen submitted an amicus curiae brief in support of Respondent, Simon Tam, in the case Lee v. Tam (15-1293), which is currently before the Supreme Court of the United States. Prof. Hansen’s brief employs a legal realist perspective to advise the Court on important considerations relevant to both First […]

December 7th, 2016

46th CSUSA Brace Lecture: Roger Zissu

On November 17, the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. presented the 46th Annual Donald C. Brace Memorial Lecture at Fordham University.  The year’s lecture was given by Roger Zissu (Partner, Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, P.C.) and entitled “Expanding Fair Use: The Trouble with Parody, the Case for Satire.” The event was co-sponsored by the […]

September 26th, 2016

Fellow Sven Schonhofen Publishes Articles in JIPLP

Over the past year, Sven Schonhofen has been prolific in publishing a series of articles for the Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Policy (JIPLP).  Following his graduation from Fordham’s LLM program in May 2015, Sven returned to Germany where he is an Associate in the Media, Technology & Telecommunications Practice Group at Olswang LLP while […]

July 26th, 2016

Fordham IP Institute Welcomes Danielle Falls

This month, the Fordham IP Institute welcomed our most recent addition to our staff.  Danielle Falls has joined the IP Institute team as the Program Coordinator, in which capacity she will assist in planning and organizing the annual Fordham IP Conference as well as Institute events throughout the year.  Danielle previously worked in the legal […]

July 24th, 2016

Asst. Director Nicholas Bartelt Joins NYIPLA Amicus Brief in Varsity Brands Case (SCOTUS)

Assistant Director Nicholas Bartelt participated as counsel to amicus curiae New York Intellectual Property Law Association (NYIPLA) on a brief submitted on July 22, 2016, in support of neither party in Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands, 15-866 (Sup. Ct.). The case concerns the copyrightability of two-dimensional designs for cheerleading forms, and more broadly, what the appropriate test […]

July 5th, 2016

Nicholas Bartelt Appointed to Assistant Director of Fordham IP Institute

On July 1, Nicholas Bartelt was appointed as Assistant Director of the Fordham IP Institute.  Nick had previously worked as a Senior Fellow at the Institute where his work focused on organizing and planning the annual Fordham IP Conference, as well as contributing to amicus briefs and legal scholarship.  Nick can be contacted at: bartelt@hansenipinstitute.com.

June 26th, 2016

Prof. Hugh C. Hansen Joins IP Scholars Brief in Fox News v. TVEyes (2nd Cir.)

On June 22, Prof. Hugh C. Hansen joined an amici curiae brief submitted by thirteen intellectual property scholars in support of the plaintiff in the case Fox News Network v. TVEyes, Inc., 15-3886 (2d Cir.). The case concerns the scope of the fair use doctrine in copyright law as it applies to a paid service […]

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