Friday, July 22, 2016

IP Professors' Amicus in Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands

Filed today: Mark McKenna, Chris Sprigman, Mark Lemley, Tyler Ochoa, Betsy Rosenblatt, Pam Samuelson, Kathy Strandburg, and I submitted a brief in this copyright separability case, arguing that conceptual separability is simply a coda to physical separability, dealing with situations in which physical separation couldn't be accomplished without destroying the useful article--regardless, there must be something other than the design of the article itself that can be identified as a protectable work.  The existence of design patent also sheds important light on the limited role Congress intended copyright to play for useful articles.

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