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Government Answers Amended Complaint

On April 1, 2004, Defendant John Ashcroft, in his official capacity as Attorney General, responded to the Plaintiffs' First Amended Complaint in Golan v. Ashcroft. As you recall, the Court denied the AG's motion to dismiss as to three counts, granting it as to one. Here is the Answer .

Taxes due and so is Patent Reform

For those of you who haven't heard or somehow forgot, there's an important Patent Reform Conference being held at Berkeley on April 15-16th. As you may recall, last fall the FTC came out with a report that made a slew of interesting suggestions for fixing the problem of patent quality and resulting anti-innovative and anticompetitive activities. (See below at Oct. 29, 2003). The National Academy of Sciences has also made recommendations, which I cannot comment upon because I haven't read them yet.

Brief Encounter

Sorry for my silence during an interesting week. I was busy working on this, Open Source Yoga Unity's opposition to Bikram's motion for judgment on the pleadings.

More bile for Ashcroft- Court rules on Motion to Dismiss in Golan v. Ashcroft

District Judge Lewis T. Babcock granted in part and denied in part the Government's Motion to Dismiss. Here's the opinion. The Court dismissed Count IV, challenging the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act, holding that the Supreme Court's decision in Eldred rejected the theory pleaded in the Amended Complaint, based on Justice Breyer's dissent. (We beg to differ). The Court refused to dismiss any of the Counts challenging Copyright Restoration under the Uruguay Round Agreement Act.

Free (as in beer) Speech about yoga case

I'm speaking about the Open Source Yoga Unity case on Monday, March 15 at 12:30 in the Moot Court Room at Stanford Law School.
As if the excitement of my presentation isn't enough, free sandwiches will be served. (sorry, no actual beer). All are welcome.


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