Windsor Law Takes Home Second Place at the 4thAnnual International Patent Drafting Competition

Nicole MahadeoWindsor Law Student, Dual J.D., 2021 On February 23rd, the 4thAnnual International Patent Drafting Competition took place at the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The competition is hosted annually by the International Intellectual Property Clinic,a collaborative program between the University of Detroit Mercy, School of Law and the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law.  It is organized under the direction of UDM Professor Wissam Aoun, with the help of UDM Clinical Coordinator Rebecca Simkins-Nowak and Windsor Law Program Coordinator Erica Lyons, and hosting support of the USPTO staff.  Fifteen student teams from the United States and Canada submitted entries and travelled to Detroit to compete. This year ...

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A Field Trip to the Exhibit – Feedback 4: Marshall McLuhan and the Arts

Alethea SongWindsor Law, Copyright Law Course StudentJ.D., 2020 Going on field trips is not common in law school; however, on Tuesday March 5, 2019, Professor Pascale Chapdelaine’s Copyright Law class was able to go on a cross-border expedition to experience Feedback 4: Marshall McLuhan and the Arts,” including a guided tour from Professor Michael Darroch (University of Windsor, School of Creative Arts). The exhibition is the fourth installation of this cross-border series. Its first presentation was held at The Hague in 2017. Marshall McLuhan was an academic, an historian, a professor, and a communications theorist.[1] Although his ideas about communication and mass media may have seemed outlandish to some, he was seen as a visionary to many others. While his ideas were popular ...

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New Kids on the Blockchain: A Symposium on the Dawn of the “New Internet” 

Madiha Khan Student Writer, Windsor Law LTEC Lab Dual J.D., 2019   On November 30, 2018 University of Windsor’s EPICentre hosted the second annual New Kids on The Blockchain Symposium. The Symposium introduced guests to the concept of blockchain technology, with speakers presenting on its various applications, current developments, as well as the legal perspective of this technological innovation.   Nassib Kazoun, a University of Windsor graduate and the current Senior Manager of Blockchain at Scotiabank’s Digital Factory, introduced the concept of blockchain technology and its implementation into consumers’ daily lives. A blockchain, Mr. Kazoun explained, is literally just a chain of blocks. Each “block” contains specific digital information; for example, the date, time, and amo ...

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Reframing the Metadata Debate with Privacy Preserving Lawful Access Technologies (PPLATs)

Pani Sarkis Student Writer, Windsor Law LTEC Lab J.D., 2019 On September 19, 2018, Windsor Law LTEC Lab had the pleasure of hosting Professor Lisa Austin (University of Toronto, Faculty of Law), a leading expert in privacy law, property law and public law. Professor Austin is the co-founder of IT3 Lab, a multidisciplinary lab that works to improve technological transparency in a variety of areas. Austin presented a current project with IT3 Lab, which focuses on tackling the issue of lawful access to metadata. Austin and her colleagues [1] are developing computer science and policy-oriented methods of preserving privacy while simultaneously ensuring that law enforcement efforts are not hindered. What is Metadata? To put it simply, where the contents of a communication are the word ...

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Professor Wissam Aoun’s Spy Watch Invention as a Catalyst to Student Learning

Drawing of Spy Watch prototype

Pani Sarkis Student Writer, Windsor Law LTEC Lab J.D., 2019   Professor Wissam Aoun is the Director of the International Intellectual Property Law Clinic and a Law Professor at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. In a recent interview with Windsor Law LTEC Lab, he discussed the patent grant that he recently received for a spy watch, how he used the patent application process of this invention as an important learning tool for students, and his innovations in intellectual property education more generally.                                                                                                                                                                         What is the spy watch invention?   The spy-watch invention is essentially a watch that has a series ...

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Talking Trademarks with Mary Boney Denison: Commissioner for Trademarks at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

Madiha Khan Student Writer, Windsor Law LTEC Lab Dual J.D., 2019   Mary Boney Denison, the Commissioner for Trademarks at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), joined students and faculty at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law for a talk on Friday, September 7, 2018. The talk was organized and presented by the International Intellectual Property Law Clinic. During her talk, Boney Denison discussed her work at the USPTO, her career path to becoming Commissioner, and answered questions by students interested in pursuing a career with the USPTO.   To start off the discussion, Boney Denison shared her own career path and how she transitioned from practicing trademark prosecution/litigation as a lawyer to working as the Commissioner for Trademarks at the USP ...

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Canadian Copyright Reform– Maintaining Copyright’s Legitimacy and Credibility for the 21st Century

Pascale Chapdelaine Chair, Windsor Law LTEC Lab Associate Professor, University of Windsor, Faculty of Law   Professors Pascale Chapdelaine and Myra Tawfik, and nine other Canadian intellectual property scholars [1] recently co-signed a brief submitted to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology in the context of the Statutory Review of the Copyright Act. [2] Animated by guiding principles of the need to maintain a balanced, distinctly Canadian copyright system, and to steer clear of “copyright exceptionalism,” the brief contains several recommendations of amendments to the Act. Here are excerpts from the brief and a summary of its key elements.   Moving away from “copyright exceptionalism” entails that “the Act must comply with the Canadian Charter of Rights an ...

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Two Windsor Law Students invited to present their research at Global Affairs Canada Digital Inclusion Lab

Nimisha Dubey (J.D., 18) and Kiran Kingra (J.D., 19)   On April 18, 2018, Global Affairs Canada’s (“GAC”) Digital Inclusion Lab and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research brought together students from across the country in a student symposium aimed at developing policy options in response to the impacts of Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) on human rights. Two students from Windsor Law, Nimisha Dubey (JD ‘18) and Kiran Kingra (JD ‘19), were selected to participate in this Symposium under the supervision of Professor Kristen Thomasen.   The mix of academic backgrounds, such as law, communication studies, international relations and computer science, facilitated an exchange of ideas on the very cutting-edge of public-policy development to help position Canada as a global leader ...

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Patents as “public franchises”: The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Oil States Energy Services, LLC v Greene’s Energy Group, LLC

Aaraf Dewan, M.Sc. Student Writer, Windsor Law LTEC Lab  Dual J.D., 2019   The patent system is heralded as a system created to encourage and incentivize innovation. While patent systems have existed since the 1400s, [1] the motivations behind them, their objectives, and their forms are constantly evolving in order to strike a balance between the rights of the public and the rights of patentees. In the recent U.S. Supreme Court (USSC) decision of Oil States Energy Services, LLC v Greene’s Energy Group, LLC [2], the USSC upheld the constitutionality of inter partes review(IPR) proceedings and found the proceedings did not violate either the Seventh Amendment right to trial by jury or the judicial power under Article III of the Constitution. In Oil States, the USSC stated that the grant ...

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Interview with Windsor Law Alumnus Arun Krishnamurti, Associate Corporate Counsel with Google Canada.

Madiha Khan Student Writer, Windsor LTEC Lab Dual J.D., 2019   Arun Krishnamurti is Associate Corporate Counsel with Google Canada and was formerly an associate with a Bay Street law firm, where he maintained a corporate/commercial practice with an emphasis on technology, including advising clients with respect to outsourcings.  Outside of the technology area, Mr. Krishnamurti has experience in a variety of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, public-private partnerships, and financings. As well, Mr. Krishnamurti has significant experience working with start-ups, emerging companies, and entrepreneurs in a number of areas, including crowdfunding, app development (both mobile and web-based), on-line sales, gaming, and both the manufacturing and supply of goods and services ...

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