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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.

  • The Future of Video Competition & Regulation | William J. Baer, Keynote Address

    William J. Baer, Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division, Department of Justice gives the keynote address for Duke Law School's Center for Innovation Policy conference Friday, October 9, 2015, discussing the future of video competition and regulation. The provision of video programming is changing rapidly. The universe of video providers has become more diverse, as have the forms of video programming and the platforms used to distribute video. This raises a set of questions at the intersection of innovation and policy. Which business models show the greatest promise? Will video markets look different from Internet broadband markets, and will over-the-top video become a full competitor to current cable offerings? What do these competitive developments mean for the future of regulation? What, if any, role should the federal government play in regulating video competition? Which government entities should be involved, and what principles should guide them in choosing a particular regulatory approach? How long, if at all, should they wait to adopt that approach? Does Congress need to enact or revise legislation to allow for appropriate regulation? Leading experts from government, industry, and academia discussed these and other questions at the Center for Innovation Policy's Fall 2015 conference.

  • Frey Lecture 2015 | Paul Goldstein, The Americanization of Global Copyright Norms

    Paul Goldstein, Stella W. and Ira S. Lillick Professor of Law at Stanford Law School, delivers the Annual Frey Lecture in Intellectual Property, entitled "The Americanization of Global Copyright Norms." A globally recognized expert on intellectual property law, Goldstein is the author of an influential four-volume treatise on U.S. copyright law and a one-volume treatise on international copyright law, as well as leading casebooks on intellectual property and international intellectual property. He has authored nine books including three novels devoted to intellectual property themes, Errors and Omissions and A Patent Lie. Some of his other works include Copyright's Highway: From Gutenberg to the Celestial Jukebox, a widely acclaimed book on the history and future of copyright, and Intellectual Property: The Tough New Realities That Could Make or Break Your Business. In 2015 he was inducted by Intellectual Asset Management into the IP Hall of Fame, which honors those who have helped to establish intellectual property as one of the key business assets of the 21st century.

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