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This WEEK in LAW
Episode 182

This Week In Law 182: Watching Patented Pants

Patenting chairs and pants, tracking infringement, IP reform, and more.


  • Denise Howell
  • Evan Brown
  • Sarah Burstein (@design_law)
    • "Professor Burstein joined the University of Oklahoma College of Law faculty in 2012. She teaches Civil Procedure I, Civil Procedure II and Copyright. Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Burstein served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert W. Pratt in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa. She also worked as an intellectual property litigation associate in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Professor Burstein received a law degree from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in Art & Design from Iowa State University. Professor Burstein’s scholarship focuses on the legal protection of product design, with a particular emphasis on design patent law. Her most recent article, published in the Lewis & Clark Law Review, proposes several changes to the Federal Circuit’s test for nonobviousness in the context of design patents. She has also blogged about design patent law on the leading U.S. patent law blog, Patently-O, and has been invited to speak at a November 2012 design law conference at the University of Oxford."
  • Tim Smith (@mywerx)
    • "Tim Smith is a serial entrepreneur with IT and Music Publishing / Intellectual Property Rights Management expertise. He is an executive leader and strategic thinker, and a digital media pioneer and IT consultant in operations, marketing and sales processes. He has had a career long emphasis in IT-related solution envisioning, design, process engineering and systems implementation. Entertainment and copyright attorneys will learn about e-signatures and the electronic IP chain of title, and notarizing signatures as a best practice. When is it really necessary and are current costs really necessary. Currently, Mr. Smith has pilot projects underway with Big Machine Label Group. EMI/CMG and Pat Higdon Music with respect to e-signatures for copyright assignments and recently secured the U.S. Copyright Office’s acceptance of e-signed assignments. Nashville will lead the music industry this cost-cutting innovation in the new reality of billions of micro-pennies transactions."


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