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Saurabh Vishnubhakat on Patent Office Policymaking

Season 1, Ep. 132

In this episode, Saurabh Vishnubhakat, Associate Professor of Law at the Texas A&M University School of Law and Dwight Look College of Engineering, discusses his article "Disguised Patent Policymaking." Vishnubhakat begins by describing the history and structure of the Patent Office, focusing on its adjudicatory role. Among other things, he discusses the origins and function of ex parte and inter partes review of issued patents. He then explains how the Patent Office has used adjudication to engage in de facto rulemaking. He argues that in the interest of transparency and predictability, the Patent Office should promulgate rules directly, rather than entrench them through panel packing and assertions of unreviewability. Vishnubhakat is on Twitter at @emptydoors.

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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.