Weekly Faculty in the News, 1/16
A roundup of faculty appearances in news sources this week.
1/14 – Professor Carolyn Shapiro was quoted in a Chicago Daily Law Bulletin article on the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in favor of Nike in the Already LLC v. Nike Inc. trademark case (“‘Naked license’ questions develop after justices’ decision on Nike”). Despite Nike’s win, Chief Justice John G. Roberts wrote that Nike’s strategy to enter into a broad covenant not to sue Already after filing for trademark infringement could lead to a “naked license” situation—Nike now faces the risk of potentially invalidating its “Air Force 1” trademark should it attempt to assert that trademark in the future. Whether or not a naked license argument could be argued with success in a potential future lawsuit, Shapiro mentioned a concurring opinion written by Justice Anthony M. Kennedy that would discourage lawyers from copying Nike’s tactic.
1/14 – Professor Ronald Staudt was quoted in a Chicago Daily Law Bulletin article on Lisa Colpoys, executive director of Illinois Legal Aid Online (ILAO) (“Colpoys pushes online legal aid”). Staudt commended Colpoys and spoke of her time at ILAO when it was housed at Chicago-Kent.