Category Archives: Clinic News

HR 5108 Codifies USPTO Law School Clinic Pilot Program

H.R. 5108, the legislation to permanently establish the USPTO Law School Clinic Pilot Program, was passed by the Senate yesterday. The IP Clinic and clinic students were instrumental in early efforts to establish a student practice rule at the agency. The bill will … Continue reading

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You Gotta Fight For the Right to Break Digital Locks: IP Clinic Teams Up with Cinema Studies Professor, Higher Education Organizations in DMCA Rulemaking

Guest post by student attorneys Sarah O’Connor and Mark Patrick The Digital Millennium Copyright Act makes it illegal to break digital locks on copyrighted material, even when what you intend to do with the work is otherwise legal, such as … Continue reading

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Suzan Shown Harjo to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom on Monday

President Obama has named Suzan Shown Harjo (Cheyenne & Hodulgee Muscogee) a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Medal of Freedom, established by President Kennedy in 1963, is the nation’s highest civilian honor.  It is awarded to “individuals who … Continue reading

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IP Clinic Announces “Pop Up Legal Clinic” for Creative Entrepreneurs to be held on Oct. 29th

The Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic of WCL, in collaboration with the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts (WALA) and George Washington University College of Law’s Small Business Clinic will hold another in its series of “Pop Up” Legal Clinics … Continue reading

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Native Americans Seek Dismissal of Pro Football’s Lawsuit Over Cancellation of Washington Team’s Trademarks

Today Amanda Blackhorse and her co-defendants filed a motion to dismiss Pro Football’s complaint in federal court for lack of jurisdiction.  The defendants argue that although Pro Football and the Blackhorse Defendants sharply disagree over the U.S. Patent and Trademark … Continue reading

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Missing the Point: The Real Impact of Mascots on American Indian and Alaska Native Youth

Under the supervision of Prof. Victoria Phillips, the IP Clinic has been involved for the past several years in representing Native clients in the controversy surrounding the Washington NFL team’s disparaging trademark and related cultural issues.  We have had the great privilege … Continue reading

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Clinic publishes case studies of Native American mascot changes

Today the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Clinic at American University Washington College of Law is publishing a collection of case studies showing how four universities successfully retired and replaced mascots that play on Native American stereotypes. The studies, which examine mascot changes at … Continue reading

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Court Emphasizes Industry in Aereo Case

**Update—IP Clinic client Consumer Federation of America issued the following statement regarding the decision: This decision is bad for video consumers, who have lost an important low cost option for viewing the programming they want whenever, wherever and on the … Continue reading

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The US Patent and Trademark Office has once again cancelled the federal registration of the Washington NFL team’s name and related trademarks. In Blackhorse v. Pro Football, the agency found for the second time that the term “Redskin” is disparaging … Continue reading

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Clinic Students File Amicus Brief on Behalf of Leading Consumer Groups in Supreme Court Aereo Case

On Wednesday, April 2, 2014, students at the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic of the Washington College of Law filed an amicus brief (read it here (PDF)) in the pending Supreme Court case American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. v. Aereo, Inc., … Continue reading

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