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It's not just a blog carnival; it's the law! ~ a fool in the forest

Bloggers in Boston for INTA

The INTA Annual Meeting, held each May, is the largest and most prestigious meeting of the international trademark community, with more than 7,000 participants from more than 130 countries taking advantage of five days of educational programs, committee meetings, exhibits, social events and networking opportunities.

Last year, in Seattle, we met a great group of bloggers, including Jeremy Phillips, the host of this week's Blawg Review #261.

This year, in Boston, many of these same bloggers and more will be getting together at Lucky's Lounge on Monday, May 24th, from 8pm until whenever. Everyone's welcome, so even if you can't make INTA but are in Beantown, please join us.

INTA’s Annual Meeting is the trademark community’s premier event for networking, continuing legal education, and committee and client meetings. Valuable skill-building workshops, industry breakouts, interactive table topics, and trademark law sessions focused on international and U.S. topics, are packed into three days of education, while numerous other events present the ideal opportunity to expand your reach and meet with colleagues.

This year, the 132nd annual meeting of INTA from May 22-26, 2010, presents a great opportunity for Boston blawgers to come out and meet many law bloggers who are in town for this major conference. These guys and girls know how to party!

MEET THE BLOGGERS VI is hosted by Pam Chestek, Marty Schwimmer, Ron Coleman, and John Welch, who made the announcement here. Like everyone else invited, I'm just happy to have this chance to meet the bloggers at INTA's Annual Meeting again this year. Wouldn't miss it for the world.

If you're planning to meetup with us at Lucky's Lounge, on Monday, May 24th, please send me an email or DM on Twitter @blawgreview and we'll make note of it here.
Jeremy Phillips @Ipkat
Aurelia J. Schultz of afro-ip
Barbara Cookson @filemot
John Welch @TTABlog
Cathy Gellis @CathyGellis
Marco Randazza of The Legal Satyricon
Ron Coleman @RonColeman
Marty Schwimmer @mschwimmer
Bob Ambrogi @bobambrogi
Ed. @blawgreview
We expect a lot more, for sure, so if you're coming please confirm so we can let everyone know. It's gonna be huge this year.

IP Kitten on iPad

It's World Intellectual Property Day on Monday, April 26th so we've asked Jeremy Phillips, the blawgosphere's professor emeritus of intellectual property law at @Ipkat, to host Blawg Review #261. You're a smart cat, buddy.


InsideCounsel magazine comes to life in hometown Chicago through more than 20 highly interactive sessions providing the corporate legal community with insights and ideas from some of the sharpest minds in law coming together for the 10th Annual SuperConference, from May 25-26, 2010.

Featuring experts from across the legal industry, including top general counsel, leading law firms, government and regulatory leaders, program highlights include:
The role of the general counsel as counselor

Fighting back against IP theft

Innovative ways to defeat plaintiffs’ damages

Demonstrating your law department’s value

Getting the alternative fee arrangement that’s right

White collar criminal investigations and prosecution
Wait, what was that last one? Who's gonna sugar-coat that? Uh, oh! This is for real. Scott Greenfield will be there with an old briefcase full of stories from the trenches to deliver a "wake-up call" for corporate counsel and to dispel "the myth of white collar crime." Seriously, it doesn't get more real than this.

In conjunction with the 10th Annual SuperConference, InsideCounsel's First Annual Transformative Leadership Awards will be presented at a gala dinner on May 24, 2010 at The Fairmont Chicago. The Awards honor women general counsel and law firm partners who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing the empowerment of women in corporate law.

For the evening of the 25th we'll organize a night out on the town for everyone at the conference who wants to meet the bloggers, including our many friends and Blawg Review hosts there in Chicago. Follow us on Twitter @blawgreview and @InsideCounsel at the SuperConference to see when and where we're getting together that Tuesday night.

Lookin' forward to seeing you again this year in Chicago.

Go Cubs! Go Blackhawks!

Meet the Bloggers in Chicago at Inside Counsel's SuperConference at the Fairmont Chicago Aria Bar on Tuesday May 25th from 6 p.m. for as long as we want to enjoy the amenities.

A good crowd is expected including these visitors to Chicago for the SuperConference:


and many Chicago bloggers who have indicated they will join us there, including:


Please let us know if you're planning to join us for this meetup so we can add you to this list and look for you there. Hopefully, some of the general counsel attending Inside Counsel's SuperConference will stop by and meet the law bloggers gathering in the Aria Bar off the Fairmont Hotel lobby. It's a fun group of legal professionals, and very interesting, too. Everyone attending the conference is encouraged to join in this informal get-together with the bloggers.

Thanks to @InsideCounsel and @FairmontChicago for the hospitality and to conference organizer @sheilabrennan for extending the warm welcome to local law bloggers and those visiting Chicago for the SuperConference.

What is Blawg Review?

Seen the 5th anniversary Blawg Review at Legal Blog Watch? Want more? Keep an eye out for future hosts. We're lookin' at you.

Future Hosts of Blawg Review

Five Years of Blawg Review

Five years; what a surprise!

We got five years, stuck on my eyes
Five years, what a surprise
We got five years, my brain hurts a lot
Five years, that's all we've got.

The Statute of Anne 1710

This week marks the 300th anniversary of the Statute of Anne.

Cathy Gellis celebrates this tricentennial with Blawg Review #258 on her blog, Statements of Interest.
...the Statute of Anne was passed as “An Act for the Encouragement of Learning.” The intent of the copy right it created was always to stimulate the dissemination of knowledge. Now, three hundred years later, we have the ultimate disseminator of knowledge: the Internet, yet in England -- as well as countless other countries -- copyright law is evolving to stop the spread of information -- the exact opposite effect.

But its project has not yet succeeded, and the Internet is so far still able to provide a wealth of information, a small portion of which this Blawg Review will highlight as I explore the premise, promise and problems of the Statute of Anne and its legacy.

Remembering MLK Jr

Today marks the 42nd anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr, on April 4, 1968. Here's how the mainstream media broke the story on television that day.

How different it would be today, with ubiquitous social media.

Blawg Review has commemorated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, annually on MLK Day.

Blawg Review #91 on Public Defender Stuff
Blawg Review #143 on Public Defender Stuff
Blawg Review #195 On Being A Black Lawyer
Blawg Review #247 at A Public Defender

April Fool's Blawg Review

A fool, a fool! I met a fool i' the forest,
A motley fool; a miserable world!
As I do live by food, I met a fool
Who laid him down and bask'd him in the sun,
And rail'd on Lady Fortune in good terms,
In good set terms and yet a motley fool.

As You Like It,
Act II, Scene 7

George Wallace, a partner in the law firm of Wallace & Schwartz, Pasadena, California, who occasionally blogs about insurance law and other legal matters at Declarations & Exclusions, has for years (four years, precisely) hosted a special edition of Blawg Review on April 1st at his personal and cultural web journal, a fool in the forest.

Here's a review of those unbelievable presentations: 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009. Incredibly, each of those was in addition to a corresponding Blawg Review, #51, #102, #153 and #205.

This year, 2010, is really exceptional.

April Fool