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  • Intellectual Property

    Professor Sarnoff weighs in on Supreme Court decision to bar patenting human genes

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    Joshua D. Sarnoff

    Professor Joshua Sarnoff, director of DePaul's Center for Intellectual Property Law, called the Supreme Court ruling against isolated DNA patenting momentous. "The decision will free researchers, clinicians, and the public to perform research and diagnosis without restriction to use of patent holders' laboratories," he explained.

    Sarnoff, who filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court case on behalf of law professors, says the decision is also significant as the court categorically reaffirmed that products of nature “are not the kind of thing that Congress intended to be subject to private ownership through patent rights, and that mere isolation from nature is not sufficient to change the nature of those products into human 'inventions.’”

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  • Maggie Livingston

    Professor Livingston’s article on music copyright selected as best in field

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    Maggie Livingston

    Professor Maggie Livingston’s article "Copyright Infringement of Music: Determining Whether What Sounds Alike is Alike," Vand. J. Ent. & Tech. L. (2012), was selected for republication in the 2013 edition of Entertainment, Publishing and the Arts Handbook, as one of the best law review articles published within the last year. She co-authored the article with Dr. Joseph Urbinato, professor emeritus of music history, music theory and bassoon, Roosevelt University.

    "I wanted to write about this topic because music is somewhat different from other art forms, such as literary works and works of visual art, in that there are only a limited number of ways to arrange the traditional scale of notes to produce a work that will be pleasing to the Western ear," said Livingston. "Because the standard for copyright infringement requires the plaintiff to show that the defendant's work is substantially similar to the plaintiff's, one faces the difficulty of determining whether a defendant truly plagiarized the plaintiff's composition or merely drew upon common public domain antecedents and genre conventions to produce a similar (but not plagiarized) piece of music."

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  • Barry Kellman

    Professor Kellman named Fulbright Chair

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    Barry Kellman

    Professor Barry Kellman has been named Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Public International Law to Lund University in Sweden beginning January 2014. With only two such positions awarded worldwide, this is one of the most prestigious Fulbright appointments.

    “I look forward to the opportunity to present my ideas and interact with students and faculty at Lund University,” said Kellman, who received a Fulbright Lecturer Award to Fudan University in Shanghai China in 1986. “International law was founded four centuries ago to reduce the horror of warfare. Threats of mass violence have changed drastically, yet understanding the legal principles and mechanisms that support global peace and security has never been more imperative.”

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