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The “Blurred Lines” of the Law

On March 10, 2015, a federal jury ordered Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams – authors of the hit song “Blurred Lines” – to pay nearly $7.4 million dollars to Marvin Gaye’s heirs, for infringing copyright in Gaye’s 1977 hit “Got To Give It Up.” Whatever you think of the controversial lyrics, Robin Thicke, or the provocative video; if you love music, this decision should be deeply troubling.

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Patent Trial and Appeal Board Roundtable

Center for Innovation Policy logoThe Center for Innovation Policy hosted the roundtable, The Patent Trial and Appeal Board's (PTAB) post-grant review proceedings: a review of the evidence. The discussion examined questions such as who is using the PTAB proceedings (both IPRs and CBMs); against whom these proceedings are being brought; grounds for petitions; and how petitions are faring.

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    Elvin R. Latty Professor of Law

    Arti Rai, Elvin R. Latty Professor of Law and co-Director, Duke Law Center for Innovation Policy, is an internationally recognized expert in intellectual property (IP) law, administrative law, and health policy. Rai has also taught at Harvard, Yale, and the University of Pennsylvania law schools.  Her research on IP law and policy in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and software has been funded by NIH, the Kauffman Foundation, and the Woodrow Wilson Center. She has published over 50 articles, essays, and book chapters on IP law, administrative law, and health policy.

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