Gearing up for “time off”

Thanks to Danielle for the very nice introduction and to everyone here at CoOp for the invitation.  This is my first foray into the world of blogging, and it coincides with my pre-tenure leave, in which I hope to get some writing done (I mean, in which I will definitely get a lot of writing done!).  In my previous work I have focused on the interactions between the various regimes and methods for protecting intellectual property, including the horizontal overlaps between trademark, copyright, and patent law, and the vertical overlaps between state and federal law.  My interest extends to the interaction between contract law and the various IP regimes, and my current project examines employee noncompetition agreements as a form of IP protection.  I conclude that such agreements are not particularly good vehicles for the protection of IP and have a slew of unfortunate collateral consequences.  I hope to blog about this (and other topics) this month.  Before I turn to that project in earnest, though, I have to finish grading — argh! — and then I am heading to New Orleans for the AALS conference.  I hope to see some of you there.

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