LawLawLaw #38

Technology, Law, Baseball, Rock ‘n’ Roll.

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About LawLawLaw

My name is Erik Heels, and this is my LawLawLawTM newsletter. Since 2001, LawLawLaw has documented trends in technology, law (mostly patents and trademarks), baseball (mostly Red Sox), and music (mostly rock).

Today’s disclaimer du jour of the day: This bag is not a toy.

Thanks for reading!

Clocktower Law Stuff

* Clocktower Law Announces It Is Moving To West Acton Villageworks In The Spring Of 2016 (2015-12-11)
But we will still be Clocktower Law!
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10100736908780698&set=a.571206715008.2106849.711783&type=3&theater

* The Boston Globe Names Clocktower Law Client Tamr A Top Place To Work (2015-11-13)
http://www.tamr.com/getting-underneath-tamrs-top-place-to-work-award/

* Clocktower Law Client Tamr Receives $25.2 Million in Financing from Hewlett Packard Ventures, Thomson Reuters, MassMutual Ventures and Others (2015-06-19)
http://www.tamr.com/tamr-receives-25-2-million-in-financing-from-hewlett-packard-ventures-thomson-reuters-massmutual-ventures-and-others/

* Clocktower Law Client SiteSpect Says: Don’t Fall in Love with Your Site Redesign (2015-04-27)
http://www.sitespect.com/blog/ellen-julian/dont-fall-love-your-site-redesign

* Clocktower Law Client FirstFuel Receives $23 Million To Expand Customer Intelligence Platform To Energy Providers Globally (2015-04-08)
http://www.firstfuel.com/news/press-releases/firstfuel-receives-23-million-to-expand-customer-intelligence-platform-to-energy-providers-globally/

Tech Stuff

* Has Apple Doomed Ads On The Web? Will It Crush Google? (2015-09-24)
Probably not and probably not.
https://freedom-to-tinker.com/blog/golden/has-apple-doomed-ads-on-the-web-will-it-crush-google/

* What Ever Happened To Google Books? (2015-09-15)
I’ll tell you what happened: Google lost interest.
http://www.newyorker.com/business/currency/what-ever-happened-to-google-books

* Solar System Exploration Update And Map (2015-08-11)
Our drones have explored many places.
http://kottke.org/15/08/solar-system-exploration-update

* The Mobile Web Sucks (2015-07-21)
I am constantly amazed at how many websites fail to render at least legibly on my iPhone.
http://www.theverge.com/2015/7/20/9002721/the-mobile-web-sucks

* New Horizons Spacecraft Makes Flyby Of Icy, Mystery Pluto (2015-07-14)
Still a planet to me.
http://bigstory.ap.org/article/750ae529c6fa4e188e3c29b6f66f7012/ready-its-close-first-spacecraft-explore-pluto

* Book: Thing Explainer (2015-05-13)
Complicated stuff in simple words.
http://blog.xkcd.com/2015/05/13/new-book-thing-explainer/

Law Stuff

* The CAFC Rules That The Anti-Disparagement Clause Of The Lanham Act (15 U.S.C. § 1051, The Codification Of US Trademark Law) Is Unconstitutional (2015-12-23)
In other words, since the First Amendment to the Constitution provides for free speech, the Lanham Act cannot limit it, and applicants should be allowed to register even disparaging trademarks. So says the CAFC. Bring on the ‘Yankees Suck’ trademarks! Needless to say, I expect the Supreme Court to hear this case – and overrule it. Free speech has never been absolute. For example, one cannot shout ‘fire’ in a crowded theatre.
https://www.facebook.com/ClocktowerLaw/posts/1064645783558159

* Are You Going To File Patents And Trademarks In Europe? (2015-12-17)
17 Seconds #19.
http://www.erikjheels.com/5825.html

* SCOTUS News: John Roberts Delivers Finishing Blow To Stephen Breyer To Defend Title Of Chief Justice (2015-12-08)
You know it’s bad when The Onion gets into it.
http://www.theonion.com/article/john-roberts-delivers-finishing-blow-stephen-breye-52004

* How To File A Patent (2015-12-01)
Two articles from The Onion about law!
http://www.theonion.com/graphic/how-file-patent-51930

* A Historic Copyright Ruling Just Made ‘Happy Birthday’ Free To Sing (2015-09-23)
It’s about time.
http://fusion.net/story/202343/happy-birthday-public-domain/
http://xkcd.com/1581/

* Dear Olympics: Don’t Steal My Logo! (2015-09-18)
Guest blog post by Erik Heels.
http://www.cdgi.com/2015/09/dear-olympics-steal-logo/

Baseball Stuff

* R.I.P. Dave ‘Hendu’ Henderson, 1958-2015 (2015-12-27)
His home run in the 1986 ALCS, Game 5, remains the most exciting home run I have seen live.
https://www.facebook.com/erikjheels/posts/10100751108509328

* Red Sox Should Not Honor Wade Boggs Before Dwight Evans (2015-12-22)
Agreed. Dewey should also be in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
http://www.overthemonster.com/2015/12/22/10636600/wade-boggs-number-retired-dwight-evans-red-sox

* Red Sox Sign Free-Agent Ace David Price (2015-12-04)
I’ve penciled him in to start on opening day.
http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/bos/red-sox-sign-david-price-to-seven-year-deal?ymd=20151204&content_id=158847426&vkey=news_bos

* David Ortiz is Retiring and Nothing Will Ever Be the Same (2015-11-26)
Countdown to the David Ortiz statue begins now.
http://www.survivinggrady.com/2015/11/david-ortiz-is-retiring-and-nothing-will-ever-be-the-same.html

* Red Sox Acquire Closer Craig Kimbrel from the Padres (2015-11-14)
Raise your hand if you had heard of him.
http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/bos/craig-kimbrel-traded-to-red-sox-from-padres?ymd=20151113&content_id=157272300&vkey=news_bos

* 2015 Red Sox Season Brain Dump (2015-11-12)
Before Dave Dombrowski started doing his thing, I did my thing and gave my $0.02 on the 2015 (and 2016) Red Sox season.
http://www.erikjheels.com/5811.html

* Kansas City Royals Win First World Series In 30 Years (2015-11-02)
I called it on 08/31/15 (https://www.facebook.com/erikjheels/posts/10100665729085378).
http://www.buzzfeed.com/claudiakoerner/kansas-city-royals-win-first-world-series-in-30-years

* R.I.P Yogi Berra (2015-09-23)
It ain’t over ’til it’s over.
http://www.buzzfeed.com/jasonwells/baseball-great-yogi-berra-dies-at-age-90

* Brock Holt Completes First Red Sox Cycle Since 1996 (2015-06-16)
This was the highlight of a disappointing 2015 season.
http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/bos/brock-holt-completes-first-red-sox-cycle-since-96?ymd=20150616&content_id=131034830

Music Stuff

* History Of Vaporwave (2015-10-01)
Good stuff from my son, Ben Heels.
https://benheelsmusic.wordpress.com/2015/10/01/history-of-vaporwave/

* Columbia House, Once A Mail-Order Giant, Files For Bankruptcy (2015-08-12)
How I built my DVD collection in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-columbia-house-bankruptcy-20150810-story.html

* Taylor Swift Writes Surprising Letter To Apple About Apple Music, Gets Surprising Reaction (2015-06-22)
Apple not always known to do the right thing.
http://www.nme.com/news/taylor-swift/86351

* Foo Fighters Frontman Dave Grohl Breaks His Leg Mid-Performance, Returns To Finish The Show (2015-06-13)
The show must go on!
http://digg.com/video/dave-grohl-breaks-his-leg-mid-performance-returns-to-finish-the-show

* R.I.P. BB King (2015-05-15)
The thrill is gone.
http://variety.com/2015/music/news/blues-legend-b-b-king-dies-at-89-1201496991/

Random Stuff

* How the Empire State Building was built (2015-11-11)
The whole thing happened incredibly fast: the first architectural contract was signed in September 1929 and after only 410 days (about 14 months) of construction, the building was opened in May 1931. Massachusetts Route 2, in comparison, has been under construction for about 14 years.
http://kottke.org/15/11/how-the-empire-state-building-was-built

* New Cache Of Historical Footage On YouTube (2015-07-23)
The Associated Press and British Movietone uploaded 17,000 hours of archival news footage dating back to the late 19th century.
http://kottke.org/15/07/new-cache-of-historical-footage-on-youtube

* Choosing A Wardrobe Fit For the Tiny House Life (2015-07-23)
I like tiny houses. And simple wardrobes. If you see me in jeans and a black mock turtleneck, then you’ll know why (cough, Steve Jobs, cough).
http://tinyhouseblog.com/how-to-2/choosing-a-wardrobe/

* Beer (2015-06-05)
Do you ever think maybe we should just admit that all beer tastes kind of bad and everyone’s just pretending?
http://xkcd.com/1534/


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17 Seconds #19

Are You Going To File Patents And Trademarks In Europe?

17 Seconds

That’s what Clocktower Law is going to ask from now on when foreign filing deadlines are approaching. Rather than asking generally about filing foreign patents and trademarks, we’re going to ask specifically about filing in Europe.

We believe that it is easier for people to generalize from the specific rather than specify from the general. For example, we have told the story of an invention that allows cans of pet food to be resealed. From this specific example, you can easily think of other uses for this invention. (I read this example in some book but don’t recall which one.)

Similarly, if we ask you about filing in Europe, then you will probably think of other places you might want to file. Here are some stats to help you decide.

For patents:

  • 12% of our patent clients file foreign patents.
  • 96% of those foreign patents are filed in six “countries” (Europe, Japan, India, Canada, Australia, China).

For trademarks:

  • 12% of our trademark clients file foreign trademarks.
  • 74% of those foreign trademarks are filed in six “countries” (Europe, Canada, Australia, China, Japan, India).

Of course, “foreign” depends on your perspective, and we often refer to “US” patents and trademarks vs. “non-US” patents and trademarks. Because everyone is a foreigner to the majority of the world’s residents. Can’t we all just get along?