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“That’s Me All the Way”

by khepler Jul 21, 2015
Contributors: Bryan Cwik
Wikimedia Commons The O’Bannon Case, College Sports, and Property Rights in One’s Image and Public Likeness

How Patents Can Be The Difference Between Life and Death

by khepler Jul 21, 2015
Contributors: Bryan Cwik
The big political news over the past few weeks has been the shutdown of the federal government. One of the small footnotes to this latest national political circus was the cancellation of a scheduled trip President Obama was going to make to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit, which concluded Oct 7.

IP's Greatest Hits, Part 1: The End of the Golden Age of Sampling

by khepler Jul 21, 2015
Contributors: Bryan Cwik
(Wikipedia) In this installment, we will revisit an obscure copyright infringement case, Grand Upright Music, Ltd. v. Warner Bros. Records, Inc., that had a big effect on hip hop music, and still raises serious questions about IP and culture. So let us go back, to a distant and alien time...

IP's Greatest Hits, Part 2: Chakrabarty's Magic Oil-Eating Bacteria

by khepler Jul 16, 2015
Contributors: Bryan Cwik
Pseudomonas Putida It is time once again for an installment of IP's greatest hits, a look back at significant developments in the history of intellectual property institutions that have had a profound effect on the world, as well as IP theory and policy.

Now Is The Winter Of Our Discontent

by khepler Jul 16, 2015
Contributors: Bryan Cwik
Plots have I laid, inductions dangerous... On Our Recent National Fascination With the Dark Art of Politics

On Putting One's Foot in One's Mouth

by khepler Apr 02, 2015
Contributors: Bryan Cwik
Mitt Romney What Do Bayer's CEO's Recent Faux Pas And Other High Profile Gaffes Really Tell Us?

Owning Ideas: How Can You Own a Gene?

by khepler Apr 07, 2015
Contributors: Bryan Cwik
What do Angelina Jolie, Breast Cancer Screening, and the Myriad Genetics Case Have in Common?

Paying the Toll

by khepler Jul 21, 2015
Contributors: Bryan Cwik
(Its Always Sunny Wiki) Intellectual property folklore has its share of mythical evil creatures and dastardly deeds, such as patent suppression, the (fictional) practice of obtaining a patent for some invention in order to ensure that it’s never used (as in the so-called “free energy suppression” conspiracy theory). But in the various myths and legends about IP, no evil creatures are quite as reviled as patent trolls.

Superheroes, Super-Profits, and a Super-Swindle

by khepler Jul 21, 2015
Contributors: Bryan Cwik
Avengers Do Artists Always Win When Comic Books Become Movies?

What is Ethics?

by Rob Peeler Sep 24, 2015
Contributors: Michael D. Burroughs
How can you move from ethical awareness to ethical action? The Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State can help guide you and give you some tools to help in both your professional and personal lives.