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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 […]

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 SCOTUSblog.com. 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 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 […]

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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