Denying Black Musicians Their Royalties Has a History Emerging Out of Slavery

Professors Olufunmilayo Arewa of Temple Beasley School of Law, and Matt Stahl of Western University examine racialized contracting and accounting in the recording industry. Their work traces the origins of industry-wide discriminatory practices back to the days when African American slaves were systematically oppressed, controlled, and denied their rights of ownership to any form of property, be it tangible or intangible.

Modernization of Intellectual Property Laws Under the New Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (the act) was passed by Congress on December 21 and signed by President Donald Trump on December 27, 2020. The act includes not only amendments to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), but also significant changes to copyright and trademark laws.

There’s An App (But Maybe Not A Copyright) For That

With the software copyright case Google LLC, v. Oracle America, Inc. now being decided by the Supreme Court after hearing oral arguments on October 7, 2020, software developers and the general public may wonder about the potential impact a decision in the case may have on the tech industry. At stake for the parties are the copyright protections afforded to Oracle’s application programing interface (API) previously used by Google to provide the functionality of Google’s highly popular Android mobile operating system installed on billions of mobile devices worldwide.

How the West Became the East: The Patent Litigation Explosion in the Western District of Texas

Since Judge Alan Albright took the bench in the Western District of Texas in 2018, his docket has become the new hotspot for patent litigation. The authors identify five reasons why the Western District is attractive to patentees and explain why they are problematic.

Federal Circuit Throws Shade on TTAB’s Treatment of Color Trademarks

Pink insulation, green tractors, robins-egg blue jewelry boxes—they all have something in common: recognizable colors that many associate with products. But can colors be registered as trademarks and, if so, when? On April 8, 2020, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit provided welcome guidance for trademark owners and practitioners on the nuanced area of protecting trademarks consisting solely of colors.