Welcome to Skilled in the Art. I’m Law.com IP reporter Scott Graham. I hope you all enjoyed the Memorial Day holiday and the chance to recharge for a day. Across the country students got a break from school and teachers got a day to infringe copyrighted study guides. Wait, what? I’ll explain below. Plus, we lost a couple of valued members of the IP bar. Senators Thom Tillis and Chris Coons announced the first witnesses who’ll testify on the state of patent eligibility. And Apple wins a big patent case despite losing at the PTAB. As always, you can email me your own thoughts and follow me on Twitter.


Cole Schotz partner Gary Sorden (left) and associate Timothy Craddock.

Houston’s Teachable Moment on Copyrights

When I saw that jurors had awarded $9.2 million in a copyright dispute involving Houston’s public schools and the makers of study guides, I just assumed that the school district was the winner. Schools are about truth and fair play, right? I always associate study guides with sneaky shortcuts like CliffsNotes.

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