Intellectual property and education are some of the topics covered in today's special report honoring the business of law.

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EXPERT INSIGHTS: Intellectual Property

In an increasingly global and competitive market, intellectual property may be a business' most valuable asset. Today's executives must address the protection and most effective use of technology and intangible assets, patents, trademarks and copyrights. The Daily Transcript asked several attorneys specializing in IP law to answer questions about one of the fastest-growing practice areas.

Court: Doctors, Medicaid providers both have say

MIAMI -- State-run insurance plans for the poor and disabled can't be forced to pay for a treatment if they disagree with a doctor over whether it's necessary, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.

California university plan angers Asian-Americans

SAN FRANCISCO -- A new admissions policy set to take effect at the University of California system in three years is raising fears among Asian-Americans that it will reduce their numbers on campus, where they account for a remarkable 40 percent of all undergraduates.

USD School of Law gathers energy experts to mitigate climate change

On Feb. 20, the University of San Diego's Energy Policy Initiatives Center (EPIC) and Journal for Climate and Energy Law (JCEL) held the first annual Climate and Energy Law Symposium on the USD campus. Academics, government lawyers and private practitioners from around the country gathered to hear speakers discuss state and federal laws aimed at mitigating climate change.

A law school devoted to the big pictures

California Western School of Law is the independent law school in downtown San Diego, at the heart of the region's legal and judicial community. For more than 80 years, California Western has educated lawyers who are dedicated to improving the lives of their clients and the quality of the legal system -- lawyers who frame the practice of law as a helping, collaborative profession.

California ponders opening up constitution

SAN CARLOS, Calif. -- Fed up with the budget crises and partisan battles that have paralyzed California for years, some influential voices believe it's time to tear open the state constitution and start anew.

Hollywood in showdown over DVD 'ripper'

SAN FRANCISCO -- Hollywood calls it "rent, rip and return" and contends it is one of the biggest technological threats to the movie industry's annual $20 billion DVD market -- software that allows you to copy a film without paying for it.

Defeating cyber squatters: Protecting trademark rights on the Internet

Many unsuspecting businesses in America are experiencing a slow and steady decline in their intellectual property rights due to the actions of an unwelcome Internet presence: the cyber squatter. Your trademark or brand can often be the most valuable asset in your intellectual property portfolio, so it is important to learn how your business can successfully defeat cyber squatters.

Maximizing IP value in an economic downturn: A paradigm switch

The country's economic woes have corporate America slashing budgets wherever possible, and legal costs are no exception. According to a recent survey in IP Law360, almost 75 percent of 115 general counsel surveyed said their law department's budget would be cut in 2009.

Compromises move patent reform closer to reality

The latest attempt by lawmakers at patent reform looks a little better for San Diego's startup and biotech communities, but some provisions still weaken patent protection, according to local analysts.

Tafas v. Doll: Federal Circuit weighs in on new patent rules

On March 20, the Federal Circuit issued its much-anticipated decision on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's attempted implementation of four new patent rules in Tafas v. Doll. In a split ruling, the majority decided that the new rules are procedural rules that are within the scope of the USPTO's rulemaking authority, vacated the district court's invalidation of the new rules except Final Rule 78, and remanded the case for further proceedings. Although it remains to be seen how the remaining new rules and other unaddressed issues will be decided on remand or possibly on an en banc hearing by the Federal Circuit, the ruling potentially gives the USPTO the authority to make rules it has been seeking for the purpose of reducing its backlog of unexamined applications.

Local law schools' part-time programs among best in country

The University of San Diego School of Law was ranked among the top 100 law schools in the country by U.S. News & World Report. USD was No. 61 in the 2010 rankings, which were released Thursday.

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Profiles

Local trial attorney building on father's legacy

David S. Casey Jr., the son of a prominent San Diego trial attorney, followed in his father's footsteps. He is now a senior partner with Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt & Penfield and the chairman of Sen. Dianne Feinstein's judicial nomination process.

Law Videos

Top Attorneys 2014: Randy Kay

Aug. 13, 2014 -- Reporter Doug Sherwin speaks with attorney Randy Kay, partner with Jones Day and a 2014 Top Attorney, about why there's a surge in trade secrets litigation. 

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National News

Court: Doctors, Medicaid providers both have say

MIAMI -- State-run insurance plans for the poor and disabled can't be forced to pay for a treatment if they disagree with a doctor over whether it's necessary, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.

California university plan angers Asian-Americans

SAN FRANCISCO -- A new admissions policy set to take effect at the University of California system in three years is raising fears among Asian-Americans that it will reduce their numbers on campus, where they account for a remarkable 40 percent of all undergraduates.

California ponders opening up constitution

SAN CARLOS, Calif. -- Fed up with the budget crises and partisan battles that have paralyzed California for years, some influential voices believe it's time to tear open the state constitution and start anew.

Hollywood in showdown over DVD 'ripper'

SAN FRANCISCO -- Hollywood calls it "rent, rip and return" and contends it is one of the biggest technological threats to the movie industry's annual $20 billion DVD market -- software that allows you to copy a film without paying for it.

Containing Report

Law Week 2009

From April 27 to May 1, The Daily Transcript celebrates Law Week with a weeklong series honoring the business of law. Coverage includes attorney profiles, Q&As with San Diego legal experts on a variety of topics, and coverage of hot issues like patent reform, employment law, and real estate law.

Companion Reports

Law Week - Friday - 2009

This weeklong series honoring the business of law in San Diego culminates with a look at clean tech and environmental law.

Law Week - Thursday - 2009

This Law Week special report features corporate law, bankruptcy and the economy.

Law Week - Wednesday - 2009

Today's special report takes a closer look at business and employment law.

Law Week - Monday - 2009

This weeklong series focusing on the business of law in San Diego kicks off with a look at the construction and real estate legal arenas, including a Q&A with local attorneys.

Archived Reports

Law Week 2009

From April 27 to May 1, The Daily Transcript celebrates Law Week with a weeklong series honoring the business of law. Coverage includes attorney profiles, Q&As with San Diego legal experts on a variety of topics, and coverage of hot issues like patent reform, employment law, and real estate law.

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Soaring Dimensions - San Diego is Building Again. Get Involved!

Soaring Dimensions 2014, now and all year long on San Diego Source. The special August 28 print publication features articles, profiles and videos on some of San Diego's most recognized companies involved in making San Diego soar once more. Construction, architecture, engineering, tenant improvement companies, plus law firms and government, all working to create a vibrant economy and positive local impact.

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