Professor Evans travels to Bangkok to discuss IP implications of Blockchain

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Part of a lawyer’s professional competence includes technological competence. Therefore, every lawyer should have a basic understanding of the business and legal implications of the blockchain and its varied and various use cases.

To that end, I will present an overview of blockchain technology, cryptocurrency, and smart contracts at the law offices of Tilleke & Gibbins (Bangkok, Thailand) on January 31, 2018 and at the Annual Meeting of Licensing Executives Society (LES)-Thailand on February 1, 2018.  This presentation is intended to introduce attorneys of all practice areas to the essential information every lawyer should know about this emerging, global technology.

Ready? Set? Disrupt!

Blockchain technology is poised to disrupt law and business on a global scale in ways neither rivaled nor contemplated since the advent of the Internet. This talk will include definitions of key terminology, an explanation of the two most prominent use cases within this ecosystem (cryptocurrency and smart contracts), as well as intellectual property issues, current events, and likely blockchain trends in 2018.

Is the innovation ecosystem wasted on the young? Why startups aren’t just for those starting out in life.

By Professor Tonya M. Evans

Why startups aren’t just for those starting out in life

Innovation isn’t just for the young (READ: Millennials & Gen Zers of the world). Sometimes youth actually impedes success in the latest wild, wild west that is innovation and tech. Experience, knowledge, and wisdom after a few decades of earning and learning are evergreen and invaluable, in my humble (and mature) opinion. I believe that life-long, intellectually curious learners are also (and especially) poised to contribute and, of course, to profit.

Neha Trhiani Bahri wrote about this topic earlier this year in an article published by Quartz Magazine. She explained that although the startup ecosystem seems to “worship the young,” research actually shows that people are most innovative when they’re older. Bahri cites a 2016 study (pdf) by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation “that looked at the demographics of over 900 individuals who have made high-value meaningful, marketable contributions to technology-heavy industries in the US.” The findings are illuminating and very encouraging for those entering or already in the second or third chapters of life:  Continue reading “Is the innovation ecosystem wasted on the young? Why startups aren’t just for those starting out in life.”

Prof. Evans to moderate NBA IP Law Review CLE webinar Wed 6/8

I invite you to register for Wednesday’s webinar, hosted by the NBA IP Law Section. Registration is free for all IP Section members, and $30 for non-members.

IP Law Review – A Survey of Recent Developments in Patent, Trademark, and Trade Secret Law.

Date: Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Time: 1:00pm to 2:30pm EDT

Follow live tweet at #NBAIPLaw

Presenters:

  • Tonya Evans (Widener University Commonwealth Law School) – Moderator
  • Darrell Mottley (Banner Witcoff)
  • Shontavia Johnson (Drake University Law School)
  • Kevin Jordan (JP Morgan Chase)

Summary – Our panelists will discuss a variety of hot topics and recent developments in patent, trademark, and trade secret law, including:

  • The internet of things as an emerging technology/industry, and related IP and regulatory issues
  • Intersection between the First Amendment and Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act regarding registration of immoral, scandalous, or disparaging trademarks, including the impact of trademark cases
  • Overview of trade secret law and its viability as an alternative means of IP protection

CLE Info: The NBA IP Law Section is looking into obtaining CLE accreditation in the following jurisdictions: CA, GA, IL, NY, TX, and VA. For questions regarding CLE accreditation, please contact Bill Barrow (wbarrow[at]mayerbrown.com).

Cost: This webinar is free for NBA IP Law Section members and costs $30 (plus processing fees) for non-members.

Register at:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nba-ip-law-section-intellectual-property-law-review-registration-25483682380

Recent 2nd Cir. ruling addresses tension between copyright & streaming

Source: Lexology.com by American Intellectual Property Law Ass’n (AIPLA) By: Attorneys James Rosenfeld & Eric Feder of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

As consumers increasingly obtain entertainment content on the Internet, media companies and technology start-ups are vying over models for the distribution of that content. This tension has spilled over into the courts, which must apply established copyright law to new technologies. In WNET v. Aereo, 712 F.3d 676 (2nd Cir. 2013), the 2nd Circuit affirmed the district court’s denial of a preliminary injunction which would have prohibited the defendant’s system from streaming unlicensed broadcast television signals over the Internet. The television broadcasters that brought the suit against Aereo have not been deterred, seeking en banc review of the Aereo decision and bringing suit against copycat services in other jurisdictions.

Read the full article “2nd Circuit Affirms Denial of Preliminary Injunction in Internet Streaming Case” by Rosenfeld & Feder

3D Printing vs. Intellectual Property Law?

Just as inkjet printers deposit drops of ink to create a document, 3-D printers lay down bits of plastic, metal, or other material to build an object. But as 3-D printers enter the consumer market, they may also fashion new challenges for intellectual property law.

Source: JDSupra Law News. Click here to read the full article about 3-D printing and new challenges to IP law.

Why Academic Plagiarism is On The Rise

© 2011 Professor Tonya M. Evans

November 12, 2011

The folks at Plagiarism Today published an insightful article on the impact of 21st century technologies and the rise of academic plagiarism. The easy answer of ‘kids these days’ doesn’t account for the exponential rise in the last 25 years, it seems. Studies show attitudes about cheating haven’t changed all that much over the years. The bottom line is it’s just easier to plagiarise in a “search engine-copy-and-paste-wikipedia” world. Thankfully, it’s also easier to detect with the right tools.

What’s the best way to avoid plagiarism altogether? Instilling integrity. A little goes a long way and serves as one of the essential building blocks of a successful, competent and respected lawyer; one that represents him or herself, the client and the profession exceedingly well. Just because.

Read Plagiarism Today’s Article on Why Plagiarism is on the rise

“Just Fit” review of the top ten plagiarism detection tools [paid and free]

Prof Evans chats about IP, Web 2.0 & more on Smart Talk Radio!

I will be on Smart Talk Radio, Tuesday March 17th at 9:00 AM EST talking about intellectual property and technology in the 21st century, and Web 2.0. Tune in to listen, learn and laugh during this informative and informal chat with host Scott Gilbert. This show is a follow-up to a symposium titled  recently held at Widener University School of Law – Harrisburg, hosted by the Widener Law Journal.

The event, held on Feb. 22nd, titled “Internet Expression in the 21st Century: Where Technology and Law Collide” featured four panels throughout the day, focused on topics of privacy, criminal procedure, intellectual property, and ethics. Nearly 75 people attended. Conversation centered on ways new media, like Facebook and Twitter, have woven themselves into the fabric of our lives, and their potential to force changes in legal protections and individual constitutional freedoms.

Tune in to listen and learn about this hot topic in an informal and engaging format.

And if you missed the live airing, click here to listen to the Smart Talk Radio 3/17/2010 recording.