ARL Releases Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) announces the release of the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries, a clear and easy-to-use statement of fair and reasonable approaches to fair use developed by and for librarians who support academic inquiry and higher education. The Code was developed in partnership with the Center for Social Media and the Washington College of Law at American University. Winston Tabb, Johns Hopkins University Dean of University Libraries and Museums and President of ARL, said, “This document is a testament to the collective wisdom of academic and research librarians, who have asserted careful and considered approaches to some very difficult situations that we all face every day.”

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Summary of Mayo v. Prometheus Oral Argument

Professor Jonas Anderson wrote a guest blog post for Patently-O.com, summarizing the oral argument in Mayo v. Prometheus at the Supreme Court.

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Secret Inventions to be Republished in Intellectual Property Law Review

Professor Jonas Anderson's article Secret Inventions was selected as one of the best law review articles addressing intellectual property from 2011. The article will be republished in The Intellectual Property Law Review (West).

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SCOTUS Decision a Loss for the Public Domain, and Déjà Vu for Court Watchers

The Supreme Court handed down its decision in Golan v. Holder yesterday. The case could have been the antidote to its 2003 decision in Eldred v. Ashcroft. It could have vindicated the defenders of the public domain. It could have breathed life into the Copyright Clause in the Constitution. But it didn’t. Instead it hewed so closely to the Eldred decision that it will take wily law professors countless hours of postmortem to remind themselves of why they had any optimism in the first place.

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IP at WCL Spring 2012 Orientation

Come learn about opportunities to get involved with intellectual property law at WCL, including: Spring Events, Curriculum planning for 2L year and beyond, IP Clinic, Volunteer Opportunities and Dean’s Fellowships, IP Brief, IP Law Society, Communications and Media Law Society, Sports and Entertainment Law Society, International Trade and Investment Law Society.

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PIJIP Seeks Deans Fellows for the Spring 2012 Semester

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The Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property is hiring Deans Fellows d to assist with editing, cite-checking and formatting papers we are receiving for a series of working papers on international IP. We are also seeking a communications fellow to assist with maintaining the WordPress sites associated with our grant funded work. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to pijip@wcl.american.edu no later than January 13, 2012.

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Michael Carroll to appear on Diane Rehm Show, January 5 at 11:00

Michael Carroll will appear on the Diane Rehm show today, January 5, at 11:00, as part of a panel discussing Copyright Reform in the Digital Age. The panel will focus on ways to protect information without discouraging creativity, as more information, including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, is produced and shared online.

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New Publication by Professor Jonas Anderson: Secret Inventions

ABSTRACT: Patent law - and innovation policy more generally - has traditionally been conceptualized as antithetical to secrecy. Not only does the patent system require inventors to publicly disclose their inventions in order to receive a patent, but various patent doctrines are designed to encourage inventors to forego trade secrecy. This Article offers a critique of the law’s preference for patents. In particular, this Article examines whether and under what circumstances the law should prefer patents over secrets, and vice versa.

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Digital Millennium Copyright Act Begins Fifth Triennial Rulemaking

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The U.S. Copyright Office recently received the first round of comments pursuant to the fifth anticircumvention rulemaking for the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Law students at AU’s Intellectual Property Clinic submitted comments on behalf of the American Association of University Professors, requesting an exemption for college professors and students, and the Media Education Lab, requesting an exemption for K-12th grade educators.

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Nov 30: Seventh Annual Finnegan Distinguished Lecture on Intellectual Property

David Kappos will deliver the Seventh Annual Finnegan Distinguished Lecture on Intellectual Property at 6:00 at American University Washington College of Law: The America Invents Act: A Patent Law Game Changer in a 21st Century Global Economy. Mr. Kappos is the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. In this role since August 2009, he advises the President, the Secretary of Commerce, and the Administration on intellectual property matters.

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