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Professor Mark McKenna has Recently Published a New Article, Progress and Competition in Design

Professor Mark McKenna (with Katherine Strandburg), has recently published, Progress and Competition in Design, Stanford Technology Law Review, Vol. 17, (2013). This article argues that applying patent-like doctrine to design makes sense only if a design patent system is premised on a patent-like conception of cumulative progress that permits patent examiners and courts to assess whether a novel design reflects a nonobvious step beyond the prior art. If there is a meaningful way to speak of such an inventive step in design, then design patent doctrine should be based on that conception. If nonobviousness has no sensible meaning in design, then a patent system cannot work for design. Read article

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Professor Mark McKenna was quoted in several sources and articles on the trademark of Dumb Starbucks

Professor Mark McKenna was quoted in several sources and articles on the trademark of Dumb Starbucks.

  • “Fair use” can protect parodies of copyright material, but a trademark such as the logo has different protections that Dumb Starbucks may well be violating, said Mark McKenna, a trademark law expert at the University of Notre Dame. Like others, McKenna suspects the store is a publicity stunt — but for what, he could only guess. – AP via Washington Post

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Professor Dan Kelly Presents at Several Conferences and Workshops

Professor Dan Kelly has presented at several conferences and workshops in September and October including:

“Restricting Testamentary Freedom: Ex Ante Versus Ex Post Justifications” at the Georgetown Law and Economics Workshop on October 25, 2013.

“Allocating Property at Death: A Comparative Institutional Analysis of Succession Law” at the Notre Dame Law and Economics Workshop on October 14, 2013.…

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Professor Dan Kelly Presents at Conferences in Taiwan

Professor Dan Kelly was invited to the Taiwan Law and Economic Analysis Conference and presented “Allocating Property at Death: A Comparative Institutional Analysis of Succession Law,” Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, August 7, 2013 and “Dividing Possessory Rights,” Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, August 6, 2013.…

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Professor Cremers Presents Research

Professor Cremers’ presented his research in May at the following:
Institute for Quantitative Research (Q-group) Spring seminar, Palm Beach, Florida; Society for Financial Studies (SFS) Finance Cavalcade, University of Miami, Florida; and Institute for Private Investors’ (IPI

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