Author Archives: Brandon Butler

About Brandon Butler

Practitioner-in-Residence at the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Clinic.

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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USPTO Again Cancels Washington NFL Team Trademark Registrations

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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Wash. Post Columnist Robert McCartney Echoes IP Clinic Students’ Criticisms of Poll

Wash. Post Columnist Robert McCartney Echoes IP Clinic Students’ Criticisms of Poll In a column published in February, Post Local columnist Robert McCartney calls for a new poll to discern the opinions of Native Americans regarding the Washington NFL team’s … Continue reading

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Washington Football Team Doubles Down On Junk Opinion “Data”

A press release went out today from the Washington pro football team touting “unprompted” email from “almost 200 people who identified themselves as Native Americans or as family members of Native Americans” who support use of the R-word as the team … Continue reading

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11 Reasons to Ignore the 10-Year-Old Annenberg Survey About the Washington Football Team’s Offensive Name

Prepared by Natasha Dhillon, Justin Hemmings, Maggie Scales, and William Stanley, Student Attorneys Yesterday afternoon, Washington College of Law’s Sports & Entertainment Law Society held its first annual Sports Law Symposium featuring a panel discussion of the debate around whether … Continue reading

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Professor Peter Jaszi to Testify Before House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet

Update: Video of the hearing is available here. [Cross-posted from PIJIP.] Professor Peter Jaszi, one of the founders of the Glushko-Samuelson IP Clinic, will testify this afternoon before a House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, … Continue reading

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Power to the People! Five Reasons Fair Use Best Practices are Changing the World

Power to the People! Five Reasons Fair Use Best Practices are Changing the World As part of #CopyrightWeek, a guest blog post by professor Peter Jaszi, practitioner-in-residence Brandon Butler, and AU professor Patricia Aufderheide on the power of fair use … Continue reading

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Clinic Alum Liz Jackson

Clinic Alum and trademark examiner Liz Jackson braved record cold temperatures to head to the Madison Building at the USPTO in Alexandria, VA. That’s dedication!

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