A Break in the Glass Ceiling? Majority of Law Students are Women

For the first time in history, there are more women in U.S. law schools – just over 50 percent of the seats at accredited law schools.

According to The New York Times, a nearly equal amount of men and women have enrolled in juris doctorate programs for several years. However, the American Bar Association recently released data that shows women now make up more than half of those students.

So what does this mean for the profession? Click here to read the entire The New York Times article.

Green Grass and High Tides: The Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Act

On April 17, 2016, Governor Tom Wolf signed Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program into law, making it the 24th state with a comprehensive medical marijuana program. The new law – Act 16 or the “MMA” – will protect registered patients and their physicians from civil and criminal penalties and is in the process of creating a regulated system for growing, prescribing and selling medical marijuana.

The law was effective in April, but the Department of Health is in the process of issuing regulations to implement the Act.

Predictably, Pennsylvania employers now have another issue with which to wrestle in the workplace.

Click here to read the entire article.


By Kevin L. Carr

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Ornamental Features, Apple and Samsung: The Reverse of the $400M Verdict

The Supreme Court has stepped into the Apple and Samsung argument by reversing a $400 million verdict.

According to Bloomberg, “The U.S. Supreme Court gave Samsung Electronics Co. its first good news in a while on Tuesday, reversing a nearly $400 million verdict against it for infringing on Apple Inc.’s iPhone patent. The holding was narrow, and the justices sent the case back to the appeals court to figure out what the correct damages should be. But the thrust of the opinion was that damages could be computed based on the profit Samsung made from specific infringing features of the phone — not based on the overall profit from all sales of infringing smartphones.

The case is the latest in a string of decisions over the past several years in which the Supreme Court has rejected rulings by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which specializes in patent law, among other things.”

According to William P. Smith, Counsel at Spilman Thomas & Battle who practices patent law and intellectual property law, “Design patents protect only the ornamental features of a product, which traditionally has been a very narrow scope of protection.  The lower court decision in Samsung appeared to have broadened the scope of design patent protection.  Now the Supreme Court reversal, while leaving intact the lower courts’ scope of protection, may ultimately limit the damages that may be recovered for infringement of a design patent.”

Click here to read the entire Bloomberg article.

 

 

 

Correction – Let’s Amend This Trademark: Part Five of Our Trademark Series

In our previous four articles (articles 1, 2, 3 and 4) in our trademark series, we discussed mandatory and optional filings for maintaining and protecting your marks, in order to avoid abandonment or cancellation.

The final segment of our trademark maintenance series provides guidance on corrections and amendments to trademark registrations.

Click here to read the entire article at http://www.spilmanlaw.com.


By William P. Smith

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