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Dr. Gerald L. Ford passed away September 6, 2015, at the age of 71. Dr. Ford served as a business professor at California State University, Long Beach for 25 years, during which time he founded the market research and consulting firm Ford Bubala & Associates in Huntington Beach, California. Dr. Ford and his firm conducted consumer surveys for use in a variety of intellectual property cases and he provided expert testimony and analysis in both federal and state trademark litigation, where he earned the respect of many judges. In addition to 17 years of service on the editorial board of The Trademark Reporter, Dr. Ford most recently was the author of Chapter 22 – Survey Evidence in U.S. Dilution Cases in International Trademark Dilution.

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Authors in the News

Howard W. Brill, coauthor of Law of Damages, 6th (Vol. 1, Arkansas Practice Series, was appointed by Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson as Chief Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court for a term beginning September 1, 2015 and continuing to the end of 2016.

William Patry, senior copyright counsel at Google, Inc. and author of Patry on Copyright, who helped draft the Architectural Works Copyright Protection Act of 1990, led a panel discussion of the law’s strengths and weaknesses at the American Institute for Architects New York Chapter, Center for Architecture on September 24. The event was in conjunction with “Un/Fair Use,” an exhibition of research and proposals related to copying and copyright in architecture.

Careen Shannon, author of Fragomen Immigration Handbook Library, has been named partner in the New York office of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP.

In June 2015, Harvard Professor Deborah E. Anker, author of Law of Asylum in the United States, received the 2015 Arthur C. Helton Human Rights Award from the American Immigration Lawyers Association. This award is presented annually in recognition of outstanding service in advancing the cause of human rights.

Ian Ballon, author of E-Commerce & Internet Law: Treatise with Forms 2d was referenced in a recent New York Times article on class-action suits related to data privacy. The book describes “an explosion” of such suits.

Eve Brown, coauthor of IP Strategy: Complete Intellectual Property Planning, Access, and Protection, will serve as the first director of the new Entrepreneurship & Intellectual Property Clinic at Boston University Law School.

John B. Manly of Savannah, coauthor of the Handbook on Georgia Practice, has been elected to the State Bar of Georgia Board of Governors for the Eastern Circuit, Post 4.

In March 2015, Judge John McClellan Marshall, coauthor of West's Texas Rules of Civil Procedure Annotated, was invited to join the Scientific Board of Editors of "Annales UMCS - Sectio Ius", which is the academic journal of Marie Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin, Poland.

Thomas McCarthy, author of McCarthy on Trademarks & Unfair Competition, was cited several times approvingly by the Supreme Court in their very recent holding in B&B Hardware, INC. v. Hargis Industries, INC., 135 S.Ct. 1293 (March 24, 2015).

Justice Scalia cited Thomson Reuters author, Philip Zeidman’s Legal Aspects of Selling and Buying in his dissent in Oneok, Inc. v. Learjet, Inc., 135 S.Ct. 1591 (April 21, 2015). Specifically §10:12 (written by contributing author Jeffrey Shinder and updated by Taline Sahakian) for the proposition that state antitrust laws tend to use the rule of reason to judge the lawfulness of challenged practices.

Rodney A. Smolla, author of Smolla and Nimmer on Freedom of Speech, and other Thomson Reuters titles, has been selected to serve as the first dean of Widener University Delaware Law School, previously Widener Law Delaware. When Dean Smolla takes the helm on July 1, Widener University Delaware Law School will begin operating separately from the university’s Commonwealth Law School in Harrisburg.

Philip Zeidman, author of Legal Aspects of Selling and Buying, received the 2015 award for legal writing from the Burton Awards for Legal Achievement. The ceremony was held June 15, 2015, at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

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