The Liberal Plea for Courts Regarding Trademarks

It may be difficult for governments and businesses, in an increasingly globalized society, to completely control the life, perception, and reception of trademarks in the marketplace. Regardless of whether or not the public sphere is becoming increasingly commodified, these commodities can nevertheless be bought and sold, controlled or manipulated through marketing, and hold value for the business they belong to. The stronger the particular commodity or mark in the marketplace, the more power its handler likely has to execute branding strategies that strictly control a trademarks reception. The worst thing that can probably happen (in the financial sense) for a company is to have a trademark that becomes so diluted in the market that it undergoes death through genericide and can no longer be protected as it has entered the public sphere (as in the Aspirin case).

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Dictionaries v Expert Testimony

Chris Hutton, Professor of English at the University of Hong Kong, submits a number of benefits to the use of a dictionary that would be invariant (presumably) across almost all cases in his book Language, Meaning, and the Law:

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Women’s Activism in Contemporary Russia Summary

The Soviet Union claimed to leave behind the bourgeois notions of patriarchy and the subjugation of women, declaring the genders equal in all endeavors.  My interview with Olga Lipovskaya challenges these assertions and portrays her as a symbol for a more radical form of feminism that never came to fruition in contemporary Russia.  Here was a woman, well versed in Western feminist theory, fluent in English, entirely unable to find funding in her own country and finding it harder and harder to get foreigners to help out her small outfit.  The interview underscores just how marginalized women’s issues are in contemporary Russia to the point of their absence in the public forum.  It appears that this topic has been entirely passed over and the only ones interested in it are a small number of activists and Westerners interested in gender issues and women’s movement in Russia.

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Summer Research Conclusions

As my raw data would take up many pages, I have simply included my conclusions based on the interviews I conducted:

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Study in Microtonality and Lutherie – four

This post details the developments in my designs for fretboard installation.

The first plan focused on a rail running the length of the guitar’s neck. So that the fretboard could be slid over the neck but beneath the strings, the base of the fretboard and the length of the rail were to be perforated with matching holes. The female parts of each component could pass through the male parts of the other component. The male and female parts could then interlock by moving the fretboard in a direction perpendicular to that formerly described. It doesn’t matter if these words make sense – it was too complex of a design, I scrapped it.

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