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.
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.
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.
Temple Law alumni William Taylor (LAW ’06) outlines how the whistleblower immunity provision of the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) can be used to develop a strategy for trade secret holders to mitigate the risk of incurring civil and criminal penalties stemming from the company’s alleged misconduct.