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2133 ABA Journal Intellectual Property Law articles.

Dentons’ $32.3M malpractice loss remains intact after top Ohio court declines to hear case

Updated: The Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to hear Dentons’ appeal of a malpractice verdict requiring it to pay $32.3 million to a former corporate client that had to find new lawyers after the law firm was tossed from a patent case.

ABA supports use of ‘Kessler doctrine’ to discourage patent trolls

In 1907, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Kessler v. Eldred that after Eldred unsuccessfully sued Kessler for infringing his patent for an electrical cigar lighter, he couldn’t sue Kessler’s customers or Kessler, who intervened on their behalf, for infringing his patent on the same product.

AI system can’t be an inventor under US patent law, Federal Circuit rules

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has ruled that an artificial intelligence system can’t get a patent for two of its new inventions—a food container and a light beacon.

Federal judge sitting atop mound of patent litigation loses perch with equitable-distribution order

A federal judge in Waco, Texas, who hears nearly 25% of the nation’s patent cases will see his intellectual-property docket shrink as a result of a new order on case distribution.

New legal tech aims to bolster IP law firms’ copyright infringement claims

A copyright enforcement service has launched a propriety search engine to help intellectual property attorneys gather evidence to protect artists’ and photographers’ visual works.

Weekly Briefs: Michael Avenatti sentenced in money theft of Stormy Daniels; Reagan shooter released without restrictions

Lawyer Michael Avenatti gets more prison time

Suspended lawyer Michael Avenatti was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison for stealing nearly $300,000 in book-deal payments intended…

US law allowing hemp products legalized potlike intoxicant delta-8 THC, 9th Circuit says

A federal appeals court ruled last week that the 2018 law removing most restrictions on hemp legalized the ingredient delta-8 THC, which has psychoactive and intoxicating effects similar to the marijuana ingredient delta-9 THC.

All internet service providers in US must block 3 pirate streaming sites, federal judge rules

A federal judge in New York City has ordered every internet service provider in the United States to block three pirate streaming services that are rebroadcasting copyrighted Israeli shows in this country.

Dentons loses appeal to overturn $32.3M malpractice judgment; verein conflict at issue

An Ohio appeals court has upheld a $32.3 million malpractice award to a former Dentons client that says it had to scramble to find new lawyers after the law firm was booted from its case.

Best Lawyers sues Washingtonian publisher for ‘Washington, DC’s Best Lawyers’ directory

The company that does business as Best Lawyers has sued the publisher of the Washingtonian magazine for its publication of a directory and lawyer referral service called “Washington, D.C.’s Best Lawyers.”

Supreme Court will hear photographer’s copyright dispute over Andy Warhol’s Prince portraits

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to consider whether artist Andy Warhol’s portraits of singer Prince were a transformative use of copyrighted photos that constituted fair use.

After Supreme Court copyright fight, Georgia makes annotated legal code freely available

Georgia capped a yearslong legal fight over whether interpretations of its official state code are copyrightable, announcing Monday that the annotated legal code is now available online for free.

Chapman University professor files infringement suit to learn which students posted exam questions online

A Chapman University business professor has claimed in a lawsuit that unknown students who posted his midterm and final exam questions on Course Hero, a website in which students share documents from college classes, infringed on his copyright.

Lawyer is accused of climbing down wall, entering Capitol during Jan. 6 riot

An Indianapolis patent and trademark attorney has been charged with entering the U.S. Capitol and engaging in disorderly conduct during the Jan. 6, 2021, riot.

ABA’s Antitrust Law Section hopes to attract more students to practice with free casebook

Jonathan Gleklen wanted to do something a little different during his year as chair of the ABA Antitrust Law Section. Gleklen, who began his term in August, proposed that the section create a task force to develop an open source antitrust casebook for law school students.

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