First Day As A Professor

Professor – from Latin as a “person who professes” being usually an expert in arts or sciences, a teacher of high rank.

Well, I’m not sure that definition fits me exactly, but last night from 8:00pm to 10:00 I began teaching “Patent preparation and prosecution” at Southwestern School of Law in Los Angeles.

The school is located in the middle of what Angelinos call the Wilshire district.  The school administrative offices and law library are  housed in the historic, art deco, Bullocks building.

I teach in the building you can’t see off to the right of the image above.  The school has been wonderful to me, and I hope that I can impart some of my knowledge to the students in my class.  From the comments last night, I seem to be off to a good start.  I will keep you updated on my progress.

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– Ex astris, scientia –

I am and avid amateur astronomer and intellectual property attorney.  As a former Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, I am a proud member of the Armed Service Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association working to aid all active duty and veterans in our communities.  Connect with me on Google +

Norman

 

Louis Vuitton Accused of Excessive Trademark Protection Actions.

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A trademark dispute is brewing between luxury brand Louis Vuitton and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Louis Vuitton sent a strongly worded cease and desist letter demanding that the school remove posters advertising the Pennsylvania Intellectual Property Group’s (PIRG) annual symposium on fashion law because the posters “misappropriated and modified” Vuitton’s trademarked monogram design.

“This egregious action is not only a serious willful infringement and knowingly dilutes the LV trademarks, but also may mislead others into thinking that this type of unlawful activity is somehow ‘legal’ or constitutes ‘fair use’ because the Penn Intellectual Property Group is sponsoring a seminar on fashion law and ‘must be experts,'” the letter said.

However, according to many in the IP legal community, Louis Vuitton got it wrong. In his written response, Penn associate general counsel Robert Firestone outlines why PIRG’s poster did not infringe on any of Louis Vuitton’s trademarks.

Firestone first argues that the poster’s artwork is a parody and isn’t being used to identify goods and services. He also raises doubt that Vuitton’s trademark is registered “to cover educational symposia in intellectual property law issues.” In addition, he argues that there is no likelihood of confusion, given that attendees—law students, fashion executives, and lawyers—are unlikely to believe that the French design house is organizing the event.

Finally, Firestone addresses the issue of trademark dilution, noting that “[Penn] has not commenced use of the artwork as a mark or trade name, which is a prerequisite for any liability.” He further argues that “even if [Penn] has used the artwork as a mark, there is an explicit exception to any liability for dilution … for ‘any noncommercial use of a mark.'”

Given the reaction to their cease and desist letter, we wonder if Louis Vuitton will reconsider its heavy handed approach in the future.