George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School

WALA and Arts & Entertainment Advocacy Clinic Hosting Copyright Clinic and Panel

cameraScalia Law’s Arts & Entertainment Advocacy Clinic and Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts (WALA) are hosting a Copyright Clinic and Panel on the evening of Tuesday, November 1st, 2016, at the law school.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will give local artists, authors, and photographers the opportunity to join Arts & Entertainment Advocacy Clinic students and attorneys for a discussion on important copyright issues. Read more

A Brief History of Software Patents (and Why They’re Valid)

a green screen with binary and figuresToday, there is significant public debate over patents on the digital processes and machines that comprise computer software programs. These are often referred to as “software patents,” but this is an odd moniker. Aside from the similarly mislabeled debate over “DNA patents,” nowhere else in the patent system do we refer to patents on machines or processes in a specific technological field in this way; for instance, people do not talk about “automobile brake patents” or “sex toy patents” as their own category of patents deserving of approval or scorn.  Read more