Category Archives: Law Students

Aman Gebru: Compelling Disclosure of Traditional Knowledge in Patents

Aman Gebru, visiting assistant professor at Cardozo Law, has a new article forthcoming in Denver Law Review about patenting traditional knowledge. Aman is on the teaching market this year in the patents and intellectual property field, but his research and teaching deal with other areas as well like contracts and international law. His proposal, if adopted, could be good for the public and some communities, but might make big pharma a bit angry.So-called traditional knowledge is a term of art. Gebru defines it as the "know-how, skills, innovations, and practices of indigenous peoples and local communities." This is often referred to colloquially as “traditional knowledge” or “TK."  (5). One of the big issues in the international human rights community and the TK literature is whether it is fair for big U.S. companies to extract information from local communities that they then go on to patent and commercialize in products like….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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AALS Second Annual Reception – Wingspread P20 Leadership Pipeline Consortium

Please join us for the 2nd Annual AALS Wingspread P20 Leadership Pipeline Consortium Reception. Wingspread is a group of P-20 educators, the bench, and the bar committed to working across the educational continuum to improve participation, persistence, and success of….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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USPTO Director Iancu Proposes Revised 101 Guidance

In remarks at the annual IPO meeting today, USPTO Director Andrei Iancu said "the USPTO cannot wait" for "uncertain" legislation on patentable subject matter and is "contemplating revised guidance" to help examiners apply this doctrine. Few are likely to object to his general goal of "increased clarity," but the USPTO should be sure that any new guidance is consistent with precedent from the Supreme Court and Federal Circuit.As most readers of this blog are well aware, the Supreme Court's recent patentable-subject-matter cases—Bilski (2010), Mayo (2012), Myriad (2013), and Alice (2014)—have made it far easier to invalidate patent claims that fall under the "implicit exception" to § 101 for "laws of nature, natural phenomena, and abstract ideas." Since Alice, the Federal Circuit has held patents challenged on patentable-subject-matter grounds to be invalid in over 90% of appeals, and the court has….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Reality-Testing Questions for Real Life and Simulations – and Ideas for Stone Soup Assignments

Litigation offers many potential benefits.  It can help people solve difficult problems, make relationships and institutions function properly, and promote justice.  It enables people to enlist legitimate, independent government officials to resolve disputes when the parties can’t resolve disputes themselves.  Indeed, litigation provides mechanisms for structuring dispute resolution processes that enable most parties to ultimately […].. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Are All Free Legal Services the Same for the Volunteer Lawyer? Teaching Students to Evaluate Post-Graduate Pro Bono Opportunities

Law students are taught the importance and desirability of pro bono work, and rightfully so. Pro bono service has obvious benefits to our students, to young lawyers, and to society. In 2012, New York emphasized its commitment to pro bono by becoming the first state to require pro bono service for bar admission. In law school, while discussing the value of pro […].. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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