3/23 Newsletter

(1) Elephant & Castle Networking Reception 3/23

TODAY FROM 5-7 PM! SIPLA invites you to join GW IP law faculty, alumni and your fellow law students at our Spring Networking Reception! The networking happy hour will be at Elephant & Castle. It should be a great chance to meet new people.

The reception will be held at Elephant & Castle, 900 19th Street N.W. (at the corner of 19th and I). We hope to see you there!

(2) Dean Whealan Roundtable Lunch: 4/7 12-1

Join Dean Whealan for a roundtable luncheon to learn more about careers in patent law. The small-group setting is designed to foster an open dialogue, and will be a great opportunity to learn more about GW’s IP community. The final luncheon will be on April 7th from 12-1 in E112 and will be focused on any questions you may have about firms before Loyola bidding begins. Interested students should sign up (first-come, first-served) via the link below. Space will be limited, so please RSVP as soon as possible.

4/7: https://docs.google.com/a/law.gwu.edu/forms/d/1TN3lLS8oiQ2h1V6howy4TcyC37dCIK1P2iOIkQeYXaI/viewform?usp=send_form

(3) Opportunity for Article Publication

The Law Students Committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association is currently seeking interested law students to publish an article in the Committee’s forthcoming Newsletter. The Newsletter will be coming out in advance of the AIPLA Spring Meeting beginning April 30.

The Committee is able to accept articles on both “hard” and “soft” IP topics, but as of now, the first priority is a “soft” IP article. One case the Committee has found noteworthy is the recent decision in Omega S.A. v. Costco Wholesale Corp., a case with a Supreme Court provenance that finally reached its conclusion at the Ninth Circuit on remand.

In Omega, a luxury watch company sued an American discount warehouse club for importing their watches into the United States without permission from the plaintiff copyright holder. The Ninth Circuit held that the first sale doctrine barred the watch company’s copyright infringement claim because of an authorized first sale of the watches in a foreign jurisdiction. Specifically, the court found that that the first sale doctrine was triggered when plaintiff Omega sold the watches to authorized foreign distributors who then sold them to unidentified third parties that ultimately sold the watches to the defendant. The concurring opinion discussing copyright misuse is also quite interesting, as the use of the copyrighted image on the underside of the watch face in order to facilitate market segmentation has struck many as the quintessential copyright misuse scenario.

This is a great opportunity for student work to get seen by the intellectual property law community and will also serve as an excellent writing sample for any student, going forward.

Interested students should contact aipla.lsc.sps@gmail.com and cc aipla.lsc@gmail.com, expressing their interest in writing on the Omega case or another IP topic.