LawLawLaw #38

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

LawLawLaw Newsletter

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!

* The Boston Globe Names Clocktower Law Client Tamr A Top Place To Work (2015-11-13)

* Clocktower Law Client Tamr Receives $25.2 Million in Financing from Hewlett Packard Ventures, Thomson Reuters, MassMutual Ventures and Others (2015-06-19)

* Clocktower Law Client SiteSpect Says: Don’t Fall in Love with Your Site Redesign (2015-04-27)

* Clocktower Law Client FirstFuel Receives $23 Million To Expand Customer Intelligence Platform To Energy Providers Globally (2015-04-08)

Tech Stuff

* Has Apple Doomed Ads On The Web? Will It Crush Google? (2015-09-24)
Probably not and probably not.

* What Ever Happened To Google Books? (2015-09-15)
I’ll tell you what happened: Google lost interest.

* Solar System Exploration Update And Map (2015-08-11)
Our drones have explored many places.

* The Mobile Web Sucks (2015-07-21)
I am constantly amazed at how many websites fail to render at least legibly on my iPhone.

* New Horizons Spacecraft Makes Flyby Of Icy, Mystery Pluto (2015-07-14)
Still a planet to me.

* Book: Thing Explainer (2015-05-13)
Complicated stuff in simple words.

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.

* Are You Going To File Patents And Trademarks In Europe? (2015-12-17)
17 Seconds #19.

* 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.

* How To File A Patent (2015-12-01)
Two articles from The Onion about law!

* A Historic Copyright Ruling Just Made ‘Happy Birthday’ Free To Sing (2015-09-23)
It’s about time.

* Dear Olympics: Don’t Steal My Logo! (2015-09-18)
Guest blog post by Erik Heels.

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.

* Red Sox Should Not Honor Wade Boggs Before Dwight Evans (2015-12-22)
Agreed. Dewey should also be in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

* Red Sox Sign Free-Agent Ace David Price (2015-12-04)
I’ve penciled him in to start on opening day.

* David Ortiz is Retiring and Nothing Will Ever Be the Same (2015-11-26)
Countdown to the David Ortiz statue begins now.

* Red Sox Acquire Closer Craig Kimbrel from the Padres (2015-11-14)
Raise your hand if you had heard of him.

* 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.

* Kansas City Royals Win First World Series In 30 Years (2015-11-02)
I called it on 08/31/15 (

* R.I.P Yogi Berra (2015-09-23)
It ain’t over ’til it’s over.

* Brock Holt Completes First Red Sox Cycle Since 1996 (2015-06-16)
This was the highlight of a disappointing 2015 season.

Music Stuff

* History Of Vaporwave (2015-10-01)
Good stuff from my son, Ben Heels.

* 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.

* 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.

* Foo Fighters Frontman Dave Grohl Breaks His Leg Mid-Performance, Returns To Finish The Show (2015-06-13)
The show must go on!

* R.I.P. BB King (2015-05-15)
The thrill is gone.

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.

* 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.

* 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).

* 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?

P.S. LawLawLaw, available at, is a publication written by Clocktower Law LLC founder Erik J. Heels and published by GiantPeople LLC. The opinions in LawLawLaw do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Clocktower Law, GiantPeople, their employees, or the author. If you don’t share this with friends and family, then who will? Thanks!

P.P.S. Erik claims to publish the #1 blog about technology, law, baseball, and rock ‘n’ roll at Brevity is not his strong suit.

LawLawLaw #37

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

LawLawLaw Newsletter

About LawLawLaw

My name is Erik Heels, and this is my LawLawLawTM newsletter: subscribe at 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: Based on a true story.

Thanks for reading!

Technology Stuff

* Social Networking Expiration Dates (2015-03-20)
Is your favorite social network budding, fresh, ripe, or rotten?

* How To Set Up A Facebook ‘Legacy Contact’ For When You Die (2015-02-12)

Law Stuff

* Watch Out, Brands: The Controversial .Sucks Domain Is Almost Here (2015-03-15)
I’m thinking they should have stopped after dot-com, dot-net, and dot-org.

* FCC Passes Net Neutrality Rules (2015-02-26)
But broadband in America still sucks.

* MLB Claims That Finance Company’s ‘W’ Logo Violates 2 MLB Teams’ Trademarks (2015-02-20)
But the real challenge is whether you can tell the Washington Nationals’ logo from the Walgreen’s logo:

* US Joins Hague Agreement, Making It Easier To Get Design Patents In Multiple Countries (2015-02-13)
The treaty will go into effect for the United States on May 13, 2015.

Baseball Stuff

* Rob Manfred Starts Breaking Baseball With New Pace-Of-Game Rules (2015-02-20)
That really got out of hand real fast.

* Rob Manfred Says All The Right Things After Being Elected Baseball’s 10th Commissioner (2015-01-27)
But see above.

* Pedro Martinez Elected To Baseball Hall Of Fame (2015-01-16)
Short in stature, big in heart.

* Bring The Monster Home: The Fenway Collection From Benjamin Moore (2014-08-11)
Thanks to BenMoore, I now need (yes, that’s the correct verb) to turn my basement into Fenway Park.

Music Stuff

* Ben Heels Music Blog (2015-01-08)
Shameless family promotion. My son (a jazz studies major) launched a music blog. Since “jazz” is not a verb, I have to say his blog rocks!

Clocktower Stuff

* Clocktower Client Tamr On How To Retain Talent (2015-03-25)
“Co-founder and CEO of Tamr, Andy Palmer, describes the importance of offering an attractive line of benefits that not only provides for basic family security, but also keeps employees fresh with creative vacation plans, worry-free with emergency home-care for their dependents, and family-oriented with generous time for parental leave.”

* Clocktower Client AppNexus Acquires Yieldex (2015-03-18)
“Every major publisher, including mobile app developers and cross screen content producers, on the Internet has this problem every month: how do you predict how many people in a particular audience will visit your site so you can package this and sell it to advertisers?”

* Clocktower Client Onshape Launches Mother Of All (CAD) Products (2015-03-09)
“A number of veterans of Solidworks, including its original founder Jon Hirschtick, have come together to completely reimagine how product design can happen in the age of the cloud. In the process, they have built an online software product that is nothing short of a technological marvel.”

* Clocktower Client Cape Clogs Receives 2015 Massachusetts Excellence Award (2015-03-02)
“Cape Clogs has been selected for the 2015 Massachusetts Excellence Award amongst all its peers and competitors by the U.S. Commerce & Trade Research Institute (USCTRI).”

* 2015 Clocktower Law Group Fees (2015-01-01)
“Unlike most law firms, Clocktower posts its fees on its website. And as it says on our website, Clocktower does a couple dozen things really well and charges flat-rate fees for most of those things. For the hourly stuff, we can tell you the average costs (based on 10+ years of data) so you can budget accordingly. Clocktower simplifies its fee structure at least annually and welcomes your feedback.”

Other Stuff

* 1995: The Year the Future Began (2015-03-30)
Yes, 1995 was the year of the Internet. And 1995 changed everything.

* A Lakeside Log Cabin In Finland (2015-03-24)
My people (I’m half Finnish and a citizen) sure know how to make stuff. But can I find someone in the States to build a Finnish-style tiny house?

* The 10 Slides You Need To Pitch Your Business Idea (2015-03-12)
Good fodder for startups.

* Patriots Win Super Bowl, MVP Tom Brady Gives Truck To Hero Malcolm Butler (2015-02-11)
Sometimes the good guys finish first.

* USOC Choses Boston For US 2024 Olympic Bid (2015-01-08)
Less than three weeks later, blizzard #1 (of 4) struck, beginning a slow paralysis of The Hub that lasted until the end of March, when MBTA service was “fully restored” (and I admit to not knowing what that means).

* Postscript
If you or someone you love suffers from depression of any sort, then consider sharing these two helpful articles:

1. Hyperbole and a Half: Adventures in Depression (Part One) (2011-10-27)

2. Hyperbole and a Half: Depression Part Two (2013-05-09)


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