In Memoriam: Prof. Dan Burk

I’m devastated to report that UC Irvine Law School professor Dan Burk has died. 💔 His death comes just days before an already-scheduled event to celebrate his life, which will now become an emotionally wrenching memorial. Dan was a brilliant…

I've Finished Work on My Mom and Stepdad's Estates

We’re nearing the 9 year anniversary of my mom’s death. As regular readers know, her death in 2015 threw my life into chaos because she had a complicated estate to resolve: 15 real estate properties, her publishing business, my stepdad…

I’ve been asked if authors should post law review article drafts to SSRN before or after a law journal accepts it. This post offers some brief thoughts about the considerations. * * * Note 1: The pre-/post-placement decision may look…

My schedule as of today: January 18-21: Eugene, Oregon (family trip) February 2-3: WIPIP at SCU February 9: Celebration of Dan Burk, UC Irvine February 23-24: Trademark Roundtable at UNLV March 2: San Diego (family trip) March 19: USC IP…

My daughter is a senior in high school and applying to college. She asked ChatGPT to write a college application essay for a California GenZ female interested in arts and the humanities. I was amused by what ChatGPT came up…

IP/Tech Experts Ed Lee and Zahr Said Are Becoming My Santa Clara Law Colleagues!

I’m thrilled that Profs. Ed Lee (currently at Chicago-Kent School of Law) and Zahr Said (currently at the University of Washington Law School) are joining the Santa Clara University School of Law faculty in Fall. As I said in the…

A Tribute to UC Berkeley Law Professor Pamela Samuelson

[These remarks are inspired by the Pamfest, a/k/a the “Symposium Celebrating Pamela Samuelson,” held at UC Berkeley on November 3. I was honored to attend alongside dozens of the world’s leading experts in copyrights (and other topics). We were all…

Some Personal Good News: I Received a University-Wide Award for Curriculum Innovation

My colleague Dean Laura Norris and I recently received a university-wide award, the 2023 Brutocao Family Foundation Award for Curriculum Innovation. Video of the presentation (click on our names). This appears to be the first time that law faculty have…

Some of my upcoming commitments through year-end: October 3: Hon. David E. Peebles American Inn of Court (videoconference). I’m presenting my SAD Scheme paper. October 5: Santa Clara Law alumni and friends reception at IAPP PSR. Details to come! Let…

Recap of My Second Visit to Amsterdam

I first visited Amsterdam in 2010 and did most of the “big sights” then. This time, I revisited some favorites and discovered some new ones. My photo album. Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder (Our Lord in the Attic Museum). Grade:…