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My recent presentation “Fashioning the Law of Design: Wearable Intellectual Property” at the 7th Annual Jordan and Joan R. Leibman Forum was featured in the Winter 2010-2011 issue of the IU-Indianapolis Law Alumni Magazine. My excerpt:

Click here to read the full magazine. Feature article: “The Turning Point, Change on the Horizon: What’s Next?” by Jonna Kane MacDougall, ’86

Here’s the full slideshow from the presentation:

 

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Pop artist Robert Indiana, best known for his LOVE statue (which was created in 1964 for a Christmas card for New York’s Museum of Modern Art) is being sued by a former business partner, John Gilbert. Gilbert claims Indiana signed an agreement three years ago which allowed him to license sculptures and other pieces bearing the word “prem” (Sanskrit for “love”) in Indiana’s iconic style.

The deal apparently fell apart at some stage, leading to the cancellation of auctions at both Sotheby’s and Christie’s, and according to Gilbert’s breach of contract suit, kept him from “meeting [his] obligations under current contracts and jeopardized prospective contractual agreements with numerous third parties.”

Indiana, now 81 years old, has filed a counter-suit for alleged violations of trademark law, stating that he never signed an agreement.

For the full story, see The Gothamist.

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The last time Peyton Manning was leading the Indianapolis Colts on a championship run, the NFL clamped down on the ability to watch the big game in churches. The NFL sent letters to churches informing them that airing the game would be a violation of the NFL’s copyright and trademark rights. However, last year the NFL called a reverse and allowed viewing in churches under certain conditions.

So what’s the NFL’s policy this year? Unless we hear otherwise, we have to assume that the NFL is sticking to last year’s policy that churches can air the Super Bowl without violating copyright laws. I’ll let you know as soon as I hear something that would suggest otherwise.

So start planning those parties…Go Colts!

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Check out the Indiana Intellectual Property & Technology Blog…there’s a new post in the series entitled “A Legal Primer for Bloggers.”  The latest post (4 of 5) covers anonymity issues and discusses what you should know about blogging anonymously and keeping your identity secret, including the duty of your internet service provider to protect your identifying information.  If you’re a blogger (or represent a blogger) and haven’t given much thought to the applicable legal issues, please give it a read.

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Check out the Indiana Intellectual Property & Technology Blog…there’s a new post in the series entitled “A Legal Primer for Bloggers.”  The latest post (3 of 5) covers defamation issues and explores your options when somebody has posted something false and damaging about you, including some common defenses..  If you’re a blogger (or represent a blogger) and haven’t given much thought to the applicable legal issues, please give it a read.

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Part 2 of the “Legal Primer for Bloggers” series is now up at the Indiana Intellectual Property & Technology Blog.  If you’re a blogger (or represent a blogger) and haven’t given much thought to the applicable legal issues, please give it a read.

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Check out the Indiana Intellectual Property & Technology Blog…there’s a new post series starting entitled “A Legal Primer for Bloggers.”  If you’re a blogger (or represent a blogger) and haven’t given much thought to the applicable legal issues, please give it a read.

Indiana Intellectual Property Blog

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