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  • Prof. McGeveran Discusses Celebrity Trademarks in Vox

    April 23, 2019

    The online news site Vox quoted Professor William McGeveran and linked to his scholarly work on “selfmarks”—trademarks protecting personal identity, especially for celebrities. The article focused on the self-promotion of famous celebrities such as Hailey Baldwin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Jay-Z, and Kim Kardashian, and the intellectual property doctrines that could protect things like their names and catchphrases. “Famous people want to control as many parts of their persona as possible in the marketplace,” McGeveran explained.

  • Prof. Hill Speaks at Canadian Securities Administrators’ Biennial Commissioners Conference

    April 17, 2019

    Professor Hill spoke at the Canadian Securities Administrators’ Biennial Commissioners Conference in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, on April 17, 2019. Hill spoke on a panel that included regulators and judges from the US and Canada; the panel’s topic was deterrence of securities violations. Hill discussed grey areas as to what constitutes a violation, and differences among people as to how and whether they could be deterred. She also discussed difficulties in attempting to deter using specific rules, arguing that such rules can promote a ‘whatever is not prohibited is permitted’ mindset.

  • Prof. Cotter Quoted by Bloomberg Law on Apple-Qualcomm Settlement

    April 17, 2019

    Professor Tom Cotter was quoted in a Bloomberg Law article, “Qualcomm, Apple Deal Leaves FTC Case to Set Antitrust Limits,” as noting the settlement earlier this week of an antitrust lawsuit between Apple and Qualcomm leaves Judge Lucy Koh free to issue her opinion in an FTC antitrust case against Qualcomm without the risk of conflicting opinions. Cotter also noted that the settlement avoids the risk to both parties of having a jury decide a very complicated case.

  • Prof. Shen Featured in Q&A with Science Magazine on Portable Brain Imaging Technology

    April 16, 2019

    Science Magazine featured the collaborative work of Professors Francis Shen, Susan Wolf, and William McGeveran, in their joint project with University of Minnesota neuroscientist Mike Garwood on the ethical, legal, and social implications of highly portable brain imaging technology. The work is supported by a National Institutes of Health Neuroethics grant. Professors Shen, Wolf, and McGeveran research and teach at the intersection of law and science, ethics, and privacy.

  • Prof. Cotter Quoted by Law360 on Apple v. Qualcomm Trial

    April 15, 2019

    A Law360 article titled “4 Things To Know About The Apple-Qualcomm Antitrust Trial” quotes Professor Tom Cotter for his views on the parties’ litigation strategies in a major antitrust trial that is scheduled to start on April 16. Cotter notes, among other things, that “it’s crucial when trying a case before a jury to have a consistent narrative,” and “that while Qualcomm will cast itself as the creator of the core technology for smartphones, Apple will argue that Qualcomm is ‘double dipping’ by selling its own processors and licensing out processor patents.”

  • Prof. Schwarcz’s Research on Proxy Discrimination and Artificial Intelligence Featured in New York Times Opinion Section

    April 11, 2019

    A recent article in the New York Times Opinion section, “A.I. Is Changing Insurance,” featured research from Professor Daniel Schwarcz’s article, Proxy Discrimination in the Age of Artificial Intelligence and Big Data, which is forthcoming in the Iowa Law Review and co-authored with Professor Anya Prince of the University of Iowa College of Law. The law review article explores how Artificial Intelligence will fundamentally undermine the capacity of insurance anti-discrimination law to prevent “rational” but nonetheless problematic forms of discrimination, including discrimination on the basis of genetic information or health status. Linking to Professor Schwarcz’s article, the New York Times article illustrates the risk of such “proxy discrimination” in insurance by explaining that “an algorithm might (correctly) conclude that joining a Facebook group for a BRCA1 mutation is an indicator of high risk for a health insurance company. Even though actual genetic information—which is illegal to use—is never put into the system, the algorithmic black box ends up reproducing genetic discrimination.”

  • Prof. Hill Speaks at International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans 2019 Investments Institute

    April 10, 2019

    Professor Hill spoke at a session on “Behavioral Biases in Decision-Making” at the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans 2019 Investments Institute. Hill explained and gave examples of biases that affect decision-making generally and financial decision-making in particular. 

  • Prof. Murray Quoted in MPR About Trial of Former Minneapolis Police Officer Mohamed Noor

    April 3, 2019

    Professor Murray was quoted by Minnesota Public Radio about the actions that are required for prosecutors to prove the three charges—second- and third-degree murder, as well as second-degree manslaughter—against former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, who is facing trial in the shooting death of Australia native Justine Ruszczyk. “If Noor is convicted of intentional murder, the jury won’t even consider the other two charges against him,” said Murray. Murray was also asked about the strategic considerations involved in Noor’s decision whether to exercise his right to remain silent at his trial or to testify. “Assuming he’s able to testify in a compelling way and give a compelling narrative, he can evoke sympathy,” Murray said. “He can also convince the jury that the actions and deeds were justified in those moments leading up to her death.”

  • Prof. Kitrosser Quoted by MPR on Public and Press Access Restrictions in Upcoming Murder Trial

    April 1, 2019

    Minnesota Public Radio recently cited Professor Kitrosser’s views on the first amendment implications of public and press access restrictions in the upcoming murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor. As MPR reported, “Kitrosser said the judge’s restrictions raise First Amendment problems. Legal precedent assumes the press and general public may attend criminal trials like Noor’s, Kitrosser said, except under very narrow circumstances.” MPR also quoted Professor Kitrosser directly, to the effect that “‘the restrictions sound extreme enough that [affected news organizations] would have a good case that this raises First Amendment problems.’”

  • Prof. Turoski Invited as Distinguished Speaker and Lecturer at Several National Events on Intellectual Property Law

    March 25, 2019

    Professor Christoper Turoski, Director of Patent Law Programs & Lecturer in Law, has spoken, lectured, and presented at various national events on intellectual property law, including as Distinguished Guest Lecturer at Macalaster College and at the University’s College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Sciences, and as a guest speaker at the Florida Undergraduate Research Conference.

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