"Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."
-- Proverbs 29:18, King James Bible (KJV)

Saturday, July 15, 2017

From Scrolls to Wax Tablets to the Codex to the Book to the Modern Digital Tablet

Look at the image below. Look familiar?

The paged "codex" was the forerunner of the modern "book",
which developed from the use of "wax tablets" in ancient days,
ultimately replacing the more ancient "scrolls".

Given the contemporary phenomenon of the digital tablet or notebook viz. laptop, many a disciple of modern hardware and "tablet patents" or similar would be surprised to discover that the "wax tablet" with stylus was already popular in Ancient Greece, as shown in the image below, dating the folding wax tablet to at least 500 B.C.

What is new under the Sun?



Staatliche Museen Berlin, Preu├čischer Kulturbesitz, Antikensammlung F 2285

For more, see DelanceyPlace.com
and its excerpt from
Mark Kurlansky Paper: Paging Through History



Friday, July 14, 2017

Stanford Law School Faculty Take On Recent Key U.S. Supreme Court Decisions

"Stanford Law School faculty members offer commentary on key SCOTUS decisions from the 2016 term (most issued in spring 2017), offering critical analysis."

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy and the Age at which Judges Should Step Down From the Bench

Should judges serve for a life tenure or should they step down at e.g. age 80?

Nonagenarian Carl Reiner, age 95, in his New York Times piece titled Justice Kennedy, Don’t Retire, urges U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who turns 81 on July 23, and who is reportedly considering retirement,
to stick with it.

Contrarily, Debra Cassens Weiss at the ABA Journal reports on the opinion of Judge Posner, age 78, who suggests that judges should step down at age 80.
See 'No need for octogenarians' on the bench, including those on the Supreme Court, Posner says.

Hat tip to CaryGEE.


Saturday, July 08, 2017

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts Places Experience Above Success for Students

What a marvelous read about U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts this is!

If you have ever doubted that Chief Justice Roberts lacks wisdom, think again!

Read Debra Cassens Weiss at the ABA Journal in Chief Justice Roberts tells students he hopes they will experience challenges rather than success.

It is an interesting commentary on how we obtain wisdom through experience.

Peter Robert Haje in Memoriam - A Brilliant Mind, A "Born" Lawyer, A Great Guy

Peter Robert Haje in Memoriam
- A Brilliant Mind, A "Born" Lawyer, A Great Guy

Peter (Pete) Robert Haje, age 82, born July 31, 1934, passed away on July 2, 2017 in New York City. See the New York Times obituary.

The photograph below was taken in New York City in the year 1995 at the Helmsley Palace (recently renamed Lotte New York Palace). When built, it was the tallest hotel in New York City.

Peter Haje at the time of the photograph was Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Time Warner Inc.

Peter Haje is in the middle of the photograph below (copyright Andis Kaulins), flanked by Andis Kaulins and Michael Rohrdrommel, who were on their way from Germany to California to meet with Sam Tramiel of Atari to try to negotiate a contract for distribution in Germany of the Atari Jaguar, a home video game console. One must recall, coincidentally, that Jack Tramiel had purchased the Atari consumer division of Atari, Inc. from Warner Communications.


Peter had invited us for a friendly lunchtime chat at the Helmsley Palace after we had visited him in the executive offices at Time Warner headquarters in Rockefeller Center.

Peter had been a mentor to Andis Kaulins, the LawPundit, during the LawPundit's tenure as an associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, and "Pete" remained a dear friend for many years, even after the LawPundit moved to Europe and to other disciplines and projects.

As written in the title of this posting, the LawPundit regarded Peter Haje to be a brilliant mind, a "born" lawyer, and a great guy.
 
Thank you, Peter, for having been an important part of my life.

Rest in peace.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Patent Trolls, Venue Shopping and the U.S. Supreme Court's Landmark Decision in TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods Group Brands

At the ABA Journal Supreme Court Report, Mark Walsh gives us a nice analysis of the very important patent case
TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods Group Brands
in Supreme Court makes venue shopping harder for patent trolls.

We already posted at LawPundit in May about the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) on the case in question in
U.S. Supreme Court Unanimously Reverses Long-Standing Lax Federal Circuit Patent Venue Rule.

Walsh refers to Stanford Law School intellectual property expert Professor Mark A. Lemley, who calls the Heartland decision SCOTUS's "most important patent ruling" since the Supreme's 2014 decision in the patent eligibility case of Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International ("what is patentable subject matter").

Take a look at Supreme Court Reins In Patent Venue by Dennis Crouch at Patently O for an interesting United States map of patent venues prior to
TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC. Change was necessary!


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