Call for Proposals for a Book Project Titled ‘Forgotten Intellectual Property Lore’

We are pleased to announce that Prof. Shubha Ghosh, Crandall Melvin Professor of Law and Director of Technology Commercialization Law Center at Syracuse University College of Law is inviting proposals for a book project, tentatively titled ‘Forgotten Intellectual Property Lore’. The deadline for submission of proposals is June 30, 2018. For further details, please read his post below.

Call for Proposals for Book Project Titled ‘Forgotten Intellectual Property Lore’

Prof. Shubha Ghosh

I am happy to announce the recent publication of Volume 68 Issue 1 of the Syracuse Law Review which contains a symposium on ‘Forgotten IP Cases’. The symposium was held at Syracuse University’s DC campus last April and brought together seven scholars writing on one or more IP cases that has been overlooked or underappreciated. The following is a list of contributions to the symposium:

(1) Jessica Kiser (Gonzaga Law School) on Wallpaper Manufacturers, Limited v. Crown Wallcovering     Corporation

(2) Amelia Smith Rinehart (Utah Law School) on E. Bement & Sons v. National Harrow Co. (1902)

(3) Sam Ernst (Chapman Law School) on Boyden Power Brake Co. v. Westinghouse, 170 U.S. 537 (1898)

(4) Zvi Rosen (Hofstra Law School and Copyright Office) on Perris v. Hexamer

(5) Bob Brauneis (George Washington Law School)  on CBS v. Loews

(6) Bruce Boyden (Marquette Law School) on Palmer v. Daly

(7) Brian Frye (Kentucky Law School) on In Re Invention of a Slave – AG Opinion

The details on the Symposium will be available on the Syracuse Law Review website soon.

In conjunction with the publication of the special Syracuse Law Review issue, I am pleased to announce this call for proposals for a book project that builds on the success of ‘Forgotten IP Cases’. The book is tentatively titled “Forgotten Intellectual Property Lore”.  So far several scholars have expressed interest, including Brian Frye, Tejas Narechania, Zvi Rosen, and Brad Sherman. I plan to write two chapters, one on Katzel v. Bourjois and the trajectory of international trademark exhaustion, and one on Fritz Machlup’s work as head of the OAPC on German patents and trademarks after WWII. We are seeking additional contributors. The book will go beyond forgotten cases to include forgotten aspects of IP history, cultural moments, historical episodes, generally lore, that reflect on current doctrinal, theoretical, and policy debates. I view the book as divided into about four parts: Foundations, Private Orderings, Reforms and State Engagement. The final organization will depend upon the contributions we receive.

I invite proposals from practitioners and academics. If interested please send me an e-mail at [email protected]. In your email, please describe your idea and raise any questions you have. Also include as an attachment a 1-2 page precis that lays out your topic in some detail. My plan is to combine the contributions I receive into a book proposal that I will submit to academic presses. Final papers will be due by February, 2019, with a publication date in early 2020. So please send me your ideas by June 30, 2018, although rolling proposals will be considered.

I hope you are able to participate. I think the final project could be quite valuable and engaging.

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