A First Look at the 2010 Decisions of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

The American University Law Review will host its second annual “First Look” panel of practitioners and Federal Circuit judges who will discuss their impressions of the Federal Circuit’s decisions in 2010. The panelists will offer their insights on significant cases and jurisprudential trends in the areas of patent, trademark, international trade, government contracts, and veterans’ claims law.

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PIJIP and CSM release Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Poetry

PIJIP’s Peter Jaszi and the Center for Social Media’s Pat Aufderheide, co-facilitated by UC Berkeley’s Jennifer Urban and Poetry Foundation’s Kate Coles, have just released a Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Poetry.

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Feb 1: Recording Artists Contracts 101

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(5:30-7:30pm, Room 603) Have you ever wondered how recording artists get signed – or recording agreements get negotiated? This program will feature Record Business tips and is geared for beginning or young lawyers looking to learn some basics, ask questions, hear from some experts, meet and network.

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Feb 2: Copyright Clearance and Fair Use: A Master Class with Entertainment Lawyer Michael Donaldson

(12:00-1:45pm, Room 607 - JD Student Lounge) An illustrated talk about copyright clearance and fair use in documentary and independent film with Michael Donaldson, who serves as General Counsel to Film Independent (home of the Independent Spirit Awards) and the Writers Guild Foundation. He is the industry’s go-to attorney for fair use and other clearance- and rights-related issues.

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Jan. 18: IP at WCL Spring Orientation

5:30-6:30pm Room 600 – Faculty Dining Room: Come learn about opportunities in IP and WCL. Co-sponsored by the IP Brief and the IP Law Society, this event will introduce you to all of the IP opportunities at WCL, including the IP Brief 1L blogging project, Dean’s Fellowships at PIJIP, and small-group workshops with IP professors.

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AU Intellectual Property Brief: Call for Article Submissions

The American University Intellectual Property Brief publishes semesterly articles, as well as daily blog posts of IP news throughout the year. We would like to invite you to submit articles for our Spring 2011 Issue that address a legal topic relating to any area of intellectual property.

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Supreme Court Grants Cert in Sorrell v. IMS

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Last week, the Supreme Court granted cert in Sorrell (Vt.) v. IMS Health, a case involving whether the First Amendment prohibits legislation regulating the commercial secondary uses of data disclosed (under government mandate) in prescription records.

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USTR Requests Comments for the 2011 Special 301 Report and for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

The U.S. Trade Representative has requested written submissions from the public in advance of the 2011 Special 301 Report. It has also announced a public hearing on the special 301 Report to be held March 2. Any member of the public, including foreign nationals, can submit comments to the record and can testify at the hearing.

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PIJIP, CSM, and the Association of Research Libraries Publish New Report: Fair Use Challenges in Academic and Research Libraries

A new report summarizes research into the current application of fair use and other copyright exemptions to meet the missions of U.S. academic and research libraries. It is the product of a collaboration between the Association of Research Libraries, the AU Center for Social Media, and the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property.

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Comments to USTR on the Special 301 Out of Cycle Reivew of Thai Intellectual Property

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USTR's Out-of-Cycle Review of Thailand should not sanction that country for any policies or practices that address health needs and comply with the TRIPS agreement. It is improper for the U.S. to object to Thailand’s use of compulsory licenses, to press for data exclusivity or linkage provisions, or to interfere with any efforts to amend the local patent law to promote public health.

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