Recent Developments in Intellectual Property Law — A 2014 Retrospective

16 Pages Posted: 15 Jul 2015 Last revised: 31 Jul 2019

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W. Keith Robinson

Wake Forest University School of Law

David O. Taylor

Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law

Date Written: February 1, 2015

Abstract

The year 2014 was an eventful one for intellectual property law. Every branch of government affected intellectual property law in one way or another. The Supreme Court ruled on several important intellectual property law cases; federal and state legislatures contemplated and enacted various new statutes that changed the intellectual property law landscape; and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office continued to implement new procedures governing the issuance and reconsideration of intellectual property rights. These events captured the consciousness of the American public and garnered significant media attention, more so than any year in recent memory. As these events proved, technological advancements will continue to test the limits of intellectual property law. Courts will seek to clarify and refine intellectual property laws where complexity and confusion persist. Lawmakers will attempt to create or refine laws that respond to social and market pressure. And agencies will work toward full implementation of all of the changes that courts and lawmakers mandate. In sum, these events show that intellectual property law is and will continue to be an exciting and complex field. This essay provides an overview of these events and considers their importance and immediate impact.

Keywords: Intellectual Property, patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, USPTO, Redskins, Aereo

Suggested Citation

Robinson, Walter Keith and Taylor, David O., Recent Developments in Intellectual Property Law — A 2014 Retrospective (February 1, 2015). 31 Santa Clara Computer and High Technology Law Journal 527, 542 (2015) , SMU Dedman School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 206, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2630856

Walter Keith Robinson (Contact Author)

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