The newsletter of the ISBA’s Section on Intellectual Property Law
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Newsletter articles from 2002
Copyright birth & death announcements
Copyright death approaches for older unpublished works. Pre-1978 works that did not receive copyright protection before 1978 may, unless the works are published before January 2003, become public domain.
ICANN Stockholm fallout
If anyone blinked in June 2001, they might have missed the cursory press coverage of the ICANN quarterly meeting in Stockholm. For anyone that is involved in the domain name industry, which many of us are, a few items deserve special attention.
Douglas Dorhauer, a student at Louisiana State University school of law maintains the lsulaw.com Web site.
The Official Gazette for Patents stopped paper publication September 25, 2002; electronic publication on CD-ROM began October 1, 2002.
Inventor rights: Chou v. The University of Chicago
The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has recently ruled that a putative inventor who lacks a potential ownership interest in a patent still has standing to sue for correction of inventorship of the patent based on an alleged "concrete financial interest in the patent."
Is that boat really intended for this safe harbor?
One of the few parts of the "Communications Decency Act" (47 U.S.C. §230) left standing after the Supreme Court invalidated the statute's motivating provisions (see Reno v. ACLU, 117 S.Ct. 2329, 2334 (1997).)
ISBA advisory ethics opinions on Web
ISBA Advisory Opinions on Professional Conduct are posted and available on ISBA's Web site, <http://www.isba.org/EthicsOpinions/>.
ISBA Intellectual Property contents
Baron, Steven L. and Anne C. Brynn. "Another roadblock on the way to proving trade dress in product configuration: Traffix Devices, Inc. v. Marketing Displays, Inc."
The law of privacy: past, present and future
Studies indicate that 92 percent of consumers are concerned about the misuse of their personal information online, and that concern is estimated to result in potential losses of up to $20 billion by 2002.
Organic foods and labels
Trademark counsel often review labels and packaging. The federal government has issued new rules defining what constitutes an organic food.
Property v. Privacy
An interesting exploration of the ability to monitor telephone records is found in Schmidt v. Ameritech Illinois, 2002 Ill.App. LEXIS 220 (Mar. 29, 2002).