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1. Lex Machina (which frequent TLR contributor @ouij alleges is nonsensical in Latin) has been tapped by the PTO to provide data on infringement letters. This partnership, Inside Counsel reports, comes as the result of the President’s promise during the State of the Union to double down against patent trolls.
2. This is my new favorite Google search thanks to antiblogger @redball: site:www.scotusblog.com Clarence Thomas said AROUND(10) nothing. Search modified slightly to illustrate a comment re: a blog post a while back from law librarian Elisabeth McKechnie at the UC Davis School of Law.
3. The New York Times published an interesting article about a band of photographers coming together to protect their work against alleged “fair use” abusers. There’s a pretty interesting discussion about an excessively lenient transformativeness test versus the exclusive right to produce derivative works. One proposal is to make people pay for each transformative use of a copyrighted work, which I will argue is crazy pants. We’re talking about starving artists, folks, not the RIAA.
4. If you ever code name a project Blue Sky, make sure your client doesn’t write the name of the project in the memo field of their online payment. Doing so caused a check from one of Wilmer Hale’s clients to be flagged by the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, meaning that their check disappeared into the night and they can no longer make a payment to their attorney via online payment. Weird.
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