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Intellectual Property Colloquium – In re Bilski Podcast.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on November 12, 2008


Professor Rob Merges (Berkeley), Professor John Duffy (George Washington), and Professor Doug Lichtman (UCLA), recently recorded a one-hour audio podcast about the In re Bilski decision.  The participants are prominent patent academics and have interesting perspectives on the case.  Indeed, Professor Duffy was one of the four lawyers invited to present oral argument in Bilski.  The podcast is freely available on the Internet here.

The podcast is available at a new website called the Intellectual Property Colloquium, and is part of an on-going series of intellectual property podcasts that Professor Lichtman will be creating with senior academic and industry guests.  At the website is an archive and a list of future programs.  Of particular interest to our attorney readers, the podcasts appear to be eligible for CLE credit (watch out for those verification words!) in New York and California — and Professor Lichtman expects the podcasts to be able to be eligible for CLE in Ohio, Illinois, Texas, Delaware, and Washington in the near future.

They Invented What? (No. 118)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on November 12, 2008

U.S. Pat. No. 5,508,049: Pizza pie with concentric rings of crust.


What is claimed is:

1. A pizza pie, comprising:

          a substantially flat piece of cooked pizza dough having a predetermined peripheral configuration,
          said piece of cooked pizza dough having a surface which includes a plurality of concentric raised ridges of crust formed at predetermined distances from a linear geometric axis which passes through a center of the pizza dough in a direction which is substantially perpendicular to the substantially flat piece of cooked pizza dough, with one of said concentric raised ridges of crust being adjacent a peripheral outer edge of the pizza pie.