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Professor David Taylor on Patent Eligibility and Investment

The following post comes from Terence Yen, a 4E at Scalia Law and a Research Assistant at CPIP. By Terence Yen In his new paper, Patent Eligibility and Investment, Professor David Taylor of the SMU Dedman School of Law explores whether the Supreme Court’s recent patent eligibility cases have changed the behavior of venture capital … Continue reading “Professor David Taylor on Patent Eligibility and Investment”

Forty Years Since Diamond v. Chakrabarty: Legal Underpinnings and its Impact on the Biotechnology Industry and Society

CPIP has published a new policy brief celebrating the fortieth anniversary of the Diamond v. Chakrabarty decision, where the Supreme Court in 1980 held that a genetically modified bacteria was patentable subject matter. The brief, entitled Forty Years Since Diamond v. Chakrabarty: Legal Underpinnings and its Impact on the Biotechnology Industry and Society and written … Continue reading “Forty Years Since Diamond v. Chakrabarty: Legal Underpinnings and its Impact on the Biotechnology Industry and Society”

Senate IP Subcommittee Considers the Role of Private Agreements and Existing Technology in Curbing Online Piracy

The following post comes from Liz Velander, a recent graduate of Scalia Law and a Research Assistant at CPIP. By Liz Velander In mid-December, the Senate Intellectual Property Subcommittee, led by its Chairman, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), held a hearing entitled “The Role of Private Agreements and Existing Technology in Curbing Online Piracy.” The hearing … Continue reading “Senate IP Subcommittee Considers the Role of Private Agreements and Existing Technology in Curbing Online Piracy”

USPTO-DOJ Workshop on Promoting Innovation in the Life Science Sector: Day Two Recap

The following post comes from Austin Shaffer, a 2L at Scalia Law and a Research Assistant at CPIP.  By Austin Shaffer This past fall, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) hosted day two of their public workshop to discuss the importance of intellectual property rights and pro-competitive collaborations for … Continue reading “USPTO-DOJ Workshop on Promoting Innovation in the Life Science Sector: Day Two Recap”

USPTO-DOJ Workshop on Promoting Innovation in the Life Science Sector: Day One Recap

The following post comes from Colin Kreutzer, a 2E at Scalia Law and a Research Assistant at CPIP. By Colin Kreutzer This past fall, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) hosted a joint workshop with the Department of Justice (DOJ) entitled Promoting Innovation in the Life Sciences Sector and Supporting Pro-Competitive Collaborations: The … Continue reading “USPTO-DOJ Workshop on Promoting Innovation in the Life Science Sector: Day One Recap”

CPIP Expresses Condolences on Passing of Disney’s Richard Bates

CPIP expresses condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Richard Bates, long-time head of Disney’s Government Relations team in Washington, D.C., who died suddenly on December 31, 2020. Richard was a consummate professional and knowledgeable advocate for the interests of the creative community. His impact in the policy arena was far-reaching, and he was … Continue reading “CPIP Expresses Condolences on Passing of Disney’s Richard Bates”

Ninth Circuit Confirms: Fair Use Is an Affirmative Defense to Copyright Infringement

The Ninth Circuit’s recent decision clarifying transformative fair use in Dr. Seuss v. ComicMix gives much to admire (see my deep dive into the opinion here). The court held that a mash-up of plaintiff Seuss’ Oh, the Places You’ll Go! (Go!) with a Star Trek theme—entitled Oh, the Places You’ll Boldly Go (Boldly)—by defendant ComicMix … Continue reading “Ninth Circuit Confirms: Fair Use Is an Affirmative Defense to Copyright Infringement”

Ninth Circuit Clarifies Transformative Fair Use in Dr. Seuss v. ComicMix

This past Friday, the Ninth Circuit handed down its opinion in Dr. Seuss v. ComicMix, a closely watched transformative fair use case. The decision marks an important milestone in the development of the fair use doctrine, especially as applied to mash-ups—where two or more preexisting works are blended together to create a new work. However, … Continue reading “Ninth Circuit Clarifies Transformative Fair Use in Dr. Seuss v. ComicMix

CPIP Applauds Congress on Passing CASE Act and Protecting Lawful Streaming Act

As advocates for individual artists and small businesses in the arts, CPIP is grateful this holiday season for the inclusion of the CASE Act and the Protecting Lawful Streaming Act as part of the end-of-year omnibus and COVID-19 relief package: the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. These measures enjoyed overwhelming support and address longstanding challenges in … Continue reading “CPIP Applauds Congress on Passing CASE Act and Protecting Lawful Streaming Act”