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Grace McLaughlin on Nonsense Marks

Season 1, Ep. 726

In this episode, Grace McLaughlin, a recent graduate of Harvard Law School, discusses her note "Fanciful Failures: Keeping Nonsense Marks off the Trademark Register," which is published in the Harvard Law Review. McLaughlin begins by explaining what "nonsense marks" are and why some companies register them. She observes that nonsense marks frustrate the expectations of trademark doctrine, primarily because they linguistically fail to function as marks. She explains how trademark examiners should identify nonsense marks, and differentiate them from merely weak marks. And she reflects on what nonsense marks can teach us about the application of trademark doctrine. McLaughlin is on Twitter at @graceyphus.

This episode was hosted by Brian L. Frye, Spears-Gilbert Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky College of Law. Frye is on Twitter at @brianlfrye.

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Thomas J. Tobin on Copyright & Higher Education Quality

Season 1, Ep. 728
In this episode, Thomas J. Tobin, an author, speaker, and scholar of higher education quality discusses his work on copyright education and distance learning. Among other things, he discusses how became interested in distance learning, how it lead to an interest in copyright policy and education, and the different ways in which he has advanced that conversation. He also describes the process of creating his comic book "The Copyright Ninja," and how it is used by copyright educators. Tobin is on Twitter at @ThomasJTobin. He has also shared the following links:UW-Madison Center for Teaching, Learning, & Mentoring:https://ctlm.wisc.edu/The Pre-Raphaelite Critic:https://mathcs.duq.edu/~tobin/PR_Critic/"Copyright for Distance Educators" (2000), Distance Learning Administration conference:http://mathcs.duq.edu/~tobin/cv/essay.dla.02.ppt"Copyright for Distance Education" (2001),Intellectual Property and Digital Information in Higher Education: Problems and Solutions. Temple University:http://mathcs.duq.edu/~tobin/cv/essay.temple.01.rtfCopyrightx:https://cyber.harvard.edu/teaching/copyrightx"Training Your Faculty about Copyright when the Lawyer Isn't Looking" (2014),Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration:https://www.westga.edu/~distance/ojdla/summer172/tobin172.htmlKneece, M. (2015).The Art of Comic Book Writing:https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/220559/the-art-of-comic-book-writing-by-mark-kneece/Michael Watson, comic-book artist:https://www.facebook.com/5KWATTSThe Copyright Ninja(2017):https://squareup.com/store/thomasjtobin(US),http://mathcs.duq.edu/~tobin/cv/copyright.ninja.canada.html(Canada)This episode was hosted byBrian L. Frye, Spears-Gilbert Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky College of Law. Frye is on Twitter at@brianlfrye.