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The RAND Commitment

Prof. Doug Lichtman, UCLA School of Law December 15, 2011 In Germany last week, Apple suffered a potentially significant setback when a German patent court rejected Apple's "RAND licensing defense" and instead took a step toward allowing Motorola to ban the sale of certain, allegedly infringing, Apple products.  The loss has not attracted significant attention, [...]

By |2018-06-04T16:58:41-04:00December 15th, 2011|Intellectual Property Issues|Comments Off on The RAND Commitment

The Apple/Samsung Patent War

Prof. Doug Lichtman, UCLA School of Law November 7, 2011 Over the past few weeks, Samsung and Apple have grabbed headlines internationally as each firm has filed, fought, lost, and/or won well over a dozen major patent battles with the other.  Apple seems to be the entity truly on the offensive, striking first with fast-tracked [...]

By |2018-06-04T16:54:51-04:00November 7th, 2011|Intellectual Property Issues|Comments Off on The Apple/Samsung Patent War

The Next Android Shakedown

Prof. Doug Lichtman, UCLA School of Law August 22, 2011 Google’s Android operating system is under siege.  Oracle has a substantial patent and copyright case underway in which it alleges that Android is illegally derivative of the Sun programming language, Java.  Apple has literally dozens of patent cases underway, alleging that Samsung, HTC, and Motorola [...]

By |2018-06-04T16:51:34-04:00August 22nd, 2011|Intellectual Property Issues|Comments Off on The Next Android Shakedown

Are Tattoos Eligible for Copyright Protection?

Prof. Doug Lichtman, UCLA School of Law June 15, 2011 For the past several weeks, an active debate in the copyright world has focused on the question of whether a tattoo drawn on a person’s face is properly considered eligible for copyright protection.  The issue came up in the context of Warner Brothers’ newly released [...]

By |2018-06-04T12:49:14-04:00June 15th, 2011|Intellectual Property Issues|Comments Off on Are Tattoos Eligible for Copyright Protection?

Tim Wu’s Master Switch

Prof. Doug Lichtman, UCLA School of Law March 8, 2011 Writing in the Wall Street Journal a few months ago, Columbia Law Professor Tim Wu complained that technology markets are too often allowed to remain under the control of a single dominant firm.  The theme is drawn from his recently published book, The Master Switch: [...]

By |2018-06-04T12:34:22-04:00March 8th, 2011|Intellectual Property Issues|Comments Off on Tim Wu’s Master Switch

Presume Nothing

Prof. Doug Lichtman, UCLA School of Law December 6, 2010 The Patent Act provides that an issued patent “shall be presumed valid,” but the statute fails to specify exactly how strong that presumption should be, and it fails to specify against exactly what evidence that presumption should weigh.  The Supreme Court last week granted cert [...]

By |2018-07-03T17:38:53-04:00December 6th, 2010|Intellectual Property Issues|Comments Off on Presume Nothing

Michael Heller’s The Gridlock Economy

Prof. Doug Lichtman, UCLA School of Law November 2, 2010 Over the last few weeks, I have been thinking a lot about Michael Heller’s engaging popular-press book, The Gridlock Economy.1  The book popularizes a concept that Heller has championed in his scholarship for years: the worry that, when it comes to property rights, too many [...]

By |2018-07-03T17:39:23-04:00October 28th, 2010|Intellectual Property Issues|Comments Off on Michael Heller’s The Gridlock Economy

Why Patent Law Exaggerates Damages

Prof. Doug Lichtman, UCLA School of Law August 9, 2010 Patent law intentionally and explicitly exaggerates damages.  That is, when a court decides that a valid patent has been infringed, it typically imposes a remedy, the net value of which clearly exceeds the value of any deal the parties would have made had they negotiated [...]

By |2018-06-05T13:41:15-04:00August 9th, 2010|Intellectual Property Issues|Comments Off on Why Patent Law Exaggerates Damages

First Sale, First Principles – Part II

Prof. Doug Lichtman, UCLA School of Law June 16, 2010 Section 109 of the Copyright Act states that the owner of a particular copy of a copyrighted work “is entitled, without the authority of the copyright owner, to sell or otherwise dispose of the possession of that copy.”  This is the “first sale” doctrine, and, [...]

By |2018-07-03T12:42:15-04:00June 16th, 2010|Intellectual Property Issues|Comments Off on First Sale, First Principles – Part II

First Sale, First Principles

Prof. Doug Lichtman, UCLA School of Law April 26, 2010 Copyright law’s first sale doctrine is part of our everyday experience.  College students, for example, routinely purchase textbooks or study aids, use them for a semester, and then sell them to other students who might be taking the same class the following term.  Regular consumers [...]

By |2018-06-05T11:26:37-04:00April 26th, 2010|Intellectual Property Issues|Comments Off on First Sale, First Principles
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