Interesting Article on IP Law in Gaming

Check out another cool IP Law News read, the first of a trilogy of articles from the blog of an IP attorney who also loves to play Dungeons and Dragons.

This writer posted gaming resources online for other DnD players then received an email from game publisher Wizards of the Coast demanding he remove them  — and, being more savvy about copyright law than most gamers they’ve tried this on in the past, he’s decided to call their bluff.

In service of the gaming community and industry, which he feels are harmed by the extent to which such tactics usually work, the writer explains several points of copyright law accessibly and engagingly as they apply to game content, including what is and isn’t copyrightable and why it works that way, and why he contends that WotC’s actions constitute copyright misuse.

Read the full article here!

Stanford Class: Understanding U.S. Intellectual Property Law

Stanford Law School’s Law, Science, and Technology program is offering an intensive one-week summer course, consisting of an overview of U.S. Intellectual Property law with specific attention to IP in the field of high-tech.

The intended audience for this course is international IP attorneys who are new to Silicon Valley, but anyone interested in taking their professional skills to the next level is welcome.

The registration deadline for the course is August 2, and tuition is $4,950.

Please check out the Stanford website for more information.


IP News: University of California sues big retailers over LED bulbs

More interesting IP news to share! The University of California is suing several large retailers including Target, Amazon, Wal-Mart, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Ikea, (as a representative subset) regarding a design for a vintage-looking LED lightbulb design that includes a clear bulb with a glowing LED ‘filament’.

UC Santa Barbara contends that researchers in its Solid State Lighting and Energy Electronics Center, including Nobel laureate Professor Shuji Nakamura, originated the design by overcoming the uni-directionality of a typical LED.

The suit was just filed with the Los Angeles federal court, along with a complaint to the U.S. International Trade Commission.

Follow this link for one article on this story.

And this link for another.

Interesting Article: Gigi Hadid, Heroine of the Copyright Revolution?

Check out this article about a case of copyright litigation, which could hold interesting implications for the future of copyright law among the stars!

Recently, model Gigi Hadid posed for some paparazzi, and then posted one of the photos they took on her social media. The paparazzi sued Hadid for using their photos, even though the photos were of her and she had stopped and posed for them.

The author of this article writes that the arguments made in this case are likely to be repeated in similar future cases (which are getting more and more common), and hopes that they may even lead to establishing a more equitable precedent for all such cases, as an important step on the road to updating copyright law for the Internet era.

Read the full article here.

22nd Annual SFIPLA Job Fair

On Saturday, July 27, 2019, SFIPLA will host the 22nd Annual SFIPLA Bay Area Job Fair for rising 2L and 3L law students.

This year’s event is being held at and is co-sponsored by the University of San Francisco School of Law.

For more information regarding this event, please visit the SFIPLA Website event page.

SVIPLA Presents “Changing Landscape of IP: Emerging Practices”

The Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association will host its June 20, 2019 program “Changing Landscape of IP: Emerging Practices,” at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Palo Alto, 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Hear perspectives on emerging practices from global IP practitioners, including emerging IP services and outsourcing of certain IP functions, perspectives on how machine learning and/or artificial intelligence may affect the IP practice and other developments from around the globe.

Panelists include:

  • Michael F. Martin, Associate GC and Head of Patents, Verizon Media
  • Ju-Ho, Lee, Patent Attorney, Central IP & Law, Seoul, Korea
  • Moderator: Andrew Schwaab, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP

For more information about this event, please visit the SVIPLA Website event page.

Patent Prosecution and Litigation before the USPTO with the Director of the Silicon Valley Office, John Cabeca

John Cabeca (Silicon Valley USPTO), David Simon (Salesforce), and Martin Arastafar (Ring Central) will give us their insight into both patent prosecution and litigation practice before the USPTO. Sheila Martinez-Lemke (Weaver Austin Villeneuve & Sampson) will moderate. The panel will cover:

  • The USPTO Section 101 and 112 Guidelines
  • Patent Trial and Appeal Board revisions to its standard operating procedures
  • USPTO’s Pilot Program for Motion to Amend practice

Date:  Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Time:  12pm-1pm

Place:  Polsinelli, Three Embarcadero Center, Suite 2400, SF, CA 94111

More information about this event is available at the SVIPLA Website Events page