Archive | April, 2013

SCOTUS update: Bowman v. Monsanto

22 Apr

From SCOTUSblog:


Issue: Whether the Federal Circuit erred by (1) refusing to find patent exhaustion – a doctrine which eliminates the right to control or prohibit the use of an invention after an authorized sale – in patented seeds that were sold for planting; and (2) creating an exception to the doctrine of patent exhaustion for self-replicating technologies.

This is most likely one of the biggest cases of the year for the high court. Forbes provides an overview here.The repercussions from this case are far-reaching–from the farmer to the consumer–and affecting IP law along the way.  In late March, President Obama signed the Monsanto Protection Act, which protects the corporate giant from lawsuits. And DuPont and Monsanto recently agreed to bury the hatchet over antitrust and patent claims, with DuPont handing Monsanto $1.75 billion to license their genetic technology.


Gideon’s Army

22 Apr

Gideon’s Army

From HBO:

GIDEON’S ARMY follows Travis Williams, Brandy Alexander and June Hardwick—three young public defenders who are part of a small group of idealistic lawyers in the Deep South challenging the assumptions that drive a criminal justice system strained to the breaking point. Backed by mentor Jonathan “Rap” Rapping, a charismatic leader who heads the Southern Public Defender Training Center, they struggle against long hours, low pay and staggering caseloads so common that even the most committed often give up in their first year. Nearly 50 years since the landmark Supreme Court ruling Gideon vs. Wainwright that established the right to counsel, can these courageous lawyers revolutionize the way America thinks about indigent defense and make “justice for all” a reality?

Here’s the trailer:

NC Policy Watch’s Sharon McCloskey interviewed attorney and filmmaker Dawn Porter.

Though unplanned by Porter and her media people, the film’s showing here roughly coincides with the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Gideon v. Wainwright, which established a right to counsel for anyone unable to pay for one. It also coincides with last week’s death of former The New York Times reporter and writer, Anthony Lewis, who in 1964 chronicled the case in the book “Gideon’s Trumpet”—a law school classic that has never gone out of print.

In “Gideon’s Army,” Porter captures the lives of the public defenders—at work and at home—as they face staggering caseloads and confront a system seemingly more interested in having the defenders move their cases than in providing their clients with justice.

Purchase Your Cap and Gown this Week!

22 Apr

From DTCC:

Tuesday, April 23, and Wednesday, April 24, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 3 – 6 p.m.

Caps, gowns, announcements, and class rings are available for sale on these dates. Students should start at the Cashier’s Window, White Building, room 84 to pay the appropriate fees. Then proceed with the receipt to the Counseling, Student Development and Activities office in the Wynn Center, room 1309 to be fitted for a cap and gown; pick up announcements; get tickets; and review other important information. IMPORTANT: All students should make arrangements to purchase a cap and gown on one of these two dates. If you do not purchase your cap and gown on April 23 or April 24, it will be very difficult for the college to ensure that you have the appropriate size gown. If you are unable to come on these dates, you may visit the Counseling, Student Development and Activities office during regular office hours until Friday, May 10, or until our cap and gown supplies are gone, whichever comes first.


All you need to know about commencement is right here!

NALA Exam Review Sessions Available

17 Apr

Two review sessions are planned for those interested in beefing up their studies–Friday, April 26 and Friday May 3 from 10 AM to 12 noon  in White 45 with an additional hour available from 12 – 1pm in the same classroom for students who can’t make the main session. The session will be hosted by Joe Donnan and Carey Ewing.

NCBA IP Institute for Paralegals Apr. 25, 2013

17 Apr

From the NCBA web site:

2013 IP Institute for Paralegals (LIVE)
Program ID: 134IPP
Program City: CARY
Program Date: 04/25/2013 – 04/25/2013
Registration Begins At: 8:30 AM
Program Time: 9:00 AM – 4:35 PM

This IP specific program is a great way to meet NC State Bar Board of Paralegal Certification requirements for recertification. The day begins with a general session and continues with break-out sessions.

The program covers many relevant topics for IP paralegals and administrators of all experience levels working with patents and/or trademarks. A one-hour, third track on Patent basics is included for those new to IP.

  • Breakout sessions on patents and trademarks
  • Patent foreign filing updates, including discussion of new EPC/Unified Patent
  • New session focusing on copyrights
  • Updates on implementation of America Invents Act
  • Trademark foreign filing strategies
  • Data Privacy for IP paralegals
  • Trademark highlights from 2012

Information and Registration information can be found here.

NALA Exam Site Fees Due May 3rd

17 Apr

Don’t forget to pay your $35 testing site fees by May 3rd! Payment is accepted at the Durham Tech Business Office in the White Building. If you have any questions, contact Joe Donnan.

The 2013 Testing schedule is as follows:


9:00 am     Communications (1.5 hrs)

10:45 am   Ethics (1 hr)

12:30 pm   Substantive Law (2 hrs)


9:00 am      Legal Research (1.5 hrs)

10:45 am   Judgment & Analytical Ability (2 hrs)


More information can be found on the blog’s Certification Page.

Polishing Up Your LinkedIn Profile

10 Apr

A good LinkedIn profile can work for you around the clock, giving your job hunt a little boost by showcasing your experience to would-be employers. But what exactly is it telling your next employer? Business Insider lists thirteen ways to improve your LinkedIn page. They also present fourteen mistakes you don’t want to make–everything from typos to party pictures.You can also get great tips directly from LinkedIn via their webinars.