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CPIP Roundup – September 30, 2019

Greetings from CPIP Executive Director Sean O’Connor The fall semester is now in full swing at Antonin Scalia Law School, and the CPIP team has been busy this past month with our various programs and events. On September 12-13, we hosted the third meeting of the 2019-2020 Thomas Edison Innovation Fellowship, where the Edison Fellows … Continue reading “CPIP Roundup – September 30, 2019”

Publishers v. Audible: An Army of Red Herrings

Audible has now filed its response to the publishers’ request for a preliminary injunction—twice. It filed the exact same brief to argue that it shouldn’t be preliminarily enjoined (Dkt. 34) and to argue that the complaint should be dismissed for failure to state a claim (Dkt. 41). Unfortunately for Audible, the repetition of fallacious arguments … Continue reading “Publishers v. Audible: An Army of Red Herrings”

Audible’s Planned Caption Service is Not Fair Use

Late last month, a group of publishers filed a complaint against Audible in the Southern District of New York asking the court to enjoin the audiobook distributor’s launch of a new audio-to-text transcription service. Although Audible has yet to file a response, a statement from the company—a subsidiary of Amazon since 2008—hints at a fair … Continue reading “Audible’s Planned Caption Service is Not Fair Use”

Publishers v. Audible: VCRs and DVRs to the Rescue?

On August 23, a group of publishers, including Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster, sued Audible for copyright infringement. Audible, which is a subsidiary of Amazon, sells and produces audiobooks, and it planned to launch a new speech-to-text feature on September 10. The feature, dubbed Audible Captions, would automatically convert the licensed audio … Continue reading “Publishers v. Audible: VCRs and DVRs to the Rescue?”

George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School Launches Innovation Law Clinic

Scalia Law Will Serve Emerging Tech Sector in the DMV George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School today announced the launch of its new Innovation Law Clinic to support the emerging, dynamic tech sector in the DMV (DC, MD, No VA). Sean O’Connor, a distinguished innovation scholar and Executive Director of Scalia Law’s Center for … Continue reading “George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School Launches Innovation Law Clinic”

CPIP Roundup – August 29, 2019

Greetings from CPIP Executive Director Sean O’Connor With a new academic year beginning at Antonin Scalia Law School, the CPIP team continues to build on a productive summer of scholarship, events, and more. Our WIPO-CPIP Summer School on Intellectual Property this past June boasted 70 students from 30 countries for a two-week crash course on … Continue reading “CPIP Roundup – August 29, 2019”

New York Times Recycles Discredited Positions on Government Patent Rights over Pharmaceuticals

By Sean O’Connor The New York Times is at it again. A year after its Editorial Board promoted flawed research on government rights to patented drugs as part of a price control plan, the Board floated the idea again, together with misinformation about the Bayh-Dole Act. Advocates looking for a magic bullet to reduce drug … Continue reading “New York Times Recycles Discredited Positions on Government Patent Rights over Pharmaceuticals”

“No Combination Drug Patents Act” Stalls, but Threats to Innovation Remain

By Kevin Madigan & Sean O’Connor This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee was to mark up a bill limiting patent eligibility for combination drug patents—new forms, uses, and administrations of FDA approved medicines. While the impetus was to curb so-called “evergreening” of drug patents, the effect would have been to stifle life-saving therapeutic innovations. Though … Continue reading ““No Combination Drug Patents Act” Stalls, but Threats to Innovation Remain”

CPIP Roundup – May 23, 2019

Sean O’Connor Joins George Mason University’s Scalia Law Faculty O’Connor will lead the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property and expand innovation and entrepreneurship programs. Professor Sean O’Connor, noted innovation law scholar, is joining George Mason University’s Scalia Law faculty as a tenured full professor and Executive Director of the Center for Protection of … Continue reading “CPIP Roundup – May 23, 2019”

Sean O’Connor Joins George Mason University’s Scalia Law Faculty

O’Connor will lead the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property and expand innovation and entrepreneurship programs. Professor Sean O’Connor, noted innovation law scholar, is joining George Mason University’s Scalia Law faculty as a tenured full professor and Executive Director of the Center for Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP). He will continue the renowned CPIP … Continue reading “Sean O’Connor Joins George Mason University’s Scalia Law Faculty”