Recent Happenings around the Institute
April 4th, 2018

Fordham IP Conference Commemorative Video

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Fordham Intellectual Property Law & Policy Conference in 2017, the Fordham IP Institute produced a video featuring recollections from conference faculty on their years of learning, debating, and having fun at Fordham.  The IP Institute thanks everyone who contributed to the video and to the conference over […]

January 29th, 2018

House Judiciary Committee Holds Music Copyright Hearing at Fordham Law

On January 26, the House Judiciary Committee held a field hearing at Fordham Law School entitled “Music Policy Issues: A Perspective from Those Who Make It.” The hearing examined the state of the music industry and the challenges the digital age poses. The hearing centered on legislative proposals to modernize music licensing, extend public performance […]

January 21st, 2018

IP Institute hosts Copyright & Technology NYC 2018

On January 16, 2018, Giant Steps Media and the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. brought the ninth annual Copyright and Technology NYC 2018 to Fordham Law School.  The Fordham IP Institute was pleased to host the annual one-day conference, which focused on the dramatic and fast-moving influences that technology has on copyright in the digital age. […]

November 8th, 2017

47th CSUSA Brace Lecture: Prof. Rebecca Tushnet

On November 6, the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. presented the 47th Annual Donald C. Brace Memorial Lecture at Fordham University.  The year’s lecture was given by  Prof. Rebecca Tushnet (Harvard Law School) and entitled “Picking up the Pieces after Star Athletica.” Prof. Tushnet’s work currently focuses on copyright, the First Amendment, trademark, and false […]

October 23rd, 2017

Institute Fellow Nicholas Bartelt Moderates AIPLA Session on US Copyright Office

On October 20, as part of the three-day American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) 2017 Annual Meeting, the AIPLA invited senior U.S. officials and congressional staff involved in copyright policy to discuss “The Copyright Office — Developing a Path Forward in the 21st Century.”  Acting Register of Copyrights Karyn Temple Claggett presented on the Copyright […]

October 6th, 2017

Federal Circuit Holds Oral Arguments at Fordham Law

On October 5, for the first time since 2007, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuitsat in session in New York City. A three-judge panel from the court based in Washington, D.C. held oral arguments at Fordham University School of Law. Circuit Judges Alan D. Lourie, Kathleen M. O’Malley, and Richard G. Taranto […]

July 5th, 2017

Prof. Hansen calls Matal v. Tam “Most important free speech case in many years” in SCOTUSblog Post

Professor Hugh C. Hansen authored a blog post on the recent Supreme Court opinion Matal v. Tam for The Court’s judgment on the trademark “Slants” case was announced on June 19th, 2017. Professor Hansen argues that the case is one of the most important First Amendment free speech cases to come along in many years […]

February 26th, 2017

Prof. Hugh Hansen Joins Amicus Brief of IP Scholars in Impression Products v. Lexmark International

On February 23, 2017, Prof. Hugh C. Hansen joined an amicus curiae brief by  44 professors and scholars in support of Lexmark International in its Supreme Court case against Impression Products. in Impression Products v. Lexmark International. The professors argue that although patent exhaustion provides the baseline rule for sales of a patented product by a […]

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 […]

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