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A quarterly magazine like this one has to be selective when deciding what issues of IP law will be covered. Some topics, however, simply demand coverage, either because they are of considerable interest to just about everyone in the IP field or because they lend themselves to analysis or commentary by incredibly engaging experts and writers. The cover stories in this issue reflect both conditions, examining the events and repercussions surrounding the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Eldred v. Ashcroft , which upheld Congress’ 20-year extension of copyright terms. Read Editor’s note FEATURES The Lessig Blogs By Lawrence Lessig How does it feel to argue a seminal case before the U.S. Supreme Court? And what happens when a substantial majority of the justices rejects your arguments? The plaintiffs’ chief advocate in Eldred v. Ashcrofttakes to the Web to ruminate on the current state of copyright law and muse about what might happen next. In Defense of Eldred By Robert M. Schwartz and Matthew M. Shors The Supreme Court’s Eldredruling marked a victory for Congress’ constitutional authority to set copyright terms in the United States. Equally important, the ruling also reinforced the valuable role that copyright owners play in American society and the importance of protecting the intellectual property that they create. Endangered Species By Maya Alexandri Decades after they first fought for their controversial vision of social justice in the United States, members of the original Black Panther Party have been fighting to protect their identity. Here’s a trademark dispute with decidedly political overtones. IN THE NEWS Building an IP Practice — the Wilson Way Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is facing challenges in its bid to build a robust IP litigation practice. Crime and Punishment The verdicts are in: Juries in 2002 showed signs of cracking down on IP crimes. The Cisco Switch Fenwick & West benefits from the dissolution of a competing law firm by capturing Cisco Systems’ corporate legal work. PTO: Fees, Please In the wake of widespread opposition, the Patent and Trademark Office has revised its plans to overhaul the patent application process. But fees are still going up. Printer Error? A lawsuit involving computer chips used in printers has led to an exemption request under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Gray Skies The partners at Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich these days are thinking more about money than they used to. It’s all about the bottom line. That’s Entertainment The former general counsel at The Walt Disney Co. is leaving to help start an entertainment practice at Los Angeles’ Sheppard, Mullin. Disclosure Rules The Federal Circuit issues a ruling affecting companies that play a role in setting technical standards for their industries. Guarding the Grinch Karl ZoBell has a special attachment to tall-hatted cats, greedy Grinches and star-bellied Sneetches. Meet the legal guardian of Dr. Seuss’ literary legacy.

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