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Professor Megan LaBelle

Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law

Professor Megan LaBelle earned a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of California, Los Angeles, and earned her J.D. from the University of California, Davis, School of Law. Professor LaBelle served as law clerk for Judge Stephen S. Trott of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and for Judge Margaret M. Morrow of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. She also worked as a commercial litigator in private practice at the Los Angeles firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson. Professor LaBelle joined Catholic University’s faculty in 2009.


Lawrence Meyer

Author of the Novel, The Final Edition

Lawrence Meyer, a writer at the Washington Post for 32 years, talks to Intellirights about his new novel on the newspaper business, The Final Edition. This book involves a wealthy family’s ownership of a newspaper from the Civil War to the end of the 20th century. In our interview, Meyer tells of the prominent role that newspapers have had in the United States, the nation’s rich tradition of family-owned newspapers, and how the digital landscape has led to the decline of newspapers in the print form.


Professor Christopher Cotropia

University of Richmond School of Law

Professor Christopher Cotropia joined the faculty at the University of Richmond School of Law in 2006, practiced law in Washington, D.C., at the firm of Fish & Richardson, and was law clerk for the Honorable Alvin A. Schall, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Professor Cotropia obtained his J.D. with honors from theUniversity of Texas School of Law, and earned a B.S with honors and distinction in both computer engineering and electrical engineering from Northwestern University.

Professor Cotropia has published a bounty of writings, some of which include:


Erika Wennerstrom

Musician, The Heartless Bastards

The Heartless Bastards are Erika Wennerstrom, Jesse Ebaugh, Dave Colvin, and Mark Nathan.

This band forms an eclectic mix of rock, blues, and country, and if you have never heard their music, this is a sound you should definitely experience. The group hit Jimmy Kimmel Live! like a storm in January and has been impressing crowds all around the country on tour.


Pradeep Khosla, Ph. D.

Dean of the College of Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

Intellirights had the distinct pleasure of having a research and innovation discussion with Dr. Pradeep Khosla, Dean of the College of Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University.

Dr, Khosla has a bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India, and both his master’s and Ph.D degrees from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pa. Dr. Khosla’s previous positions include: Founding Director, Carnegie Mellon CyLab; Head, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Director, Information Networking Institute; Founding Director, Institute for Complex Engineered Systems (ICES); and Program Manager, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), where he managed a $50M portfolio of programs in real-time systems, internet enabled software infrastructure, intelligent systems, and distributed systems. Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon, he worked with Tata Consulting Engineers and Siemens in the area of real-time control. Dr. Khosla’s research interests are in embedded software, intelligent systems, and cybersecurity, and his work has resulted in three books and more than 350 journal articles and conference and book contributions.


Paul Michel

Chief Judge



Victoria Hall, Esq.

Attorney for Robert Jacobsen | Jacobsen v. Katzer, 535 F.3d 1373

Intellirights again thanks Victoria Hall for the opportunity to discuss her work on Jacobsen v. Katzer, 535 F.3d 1373 (Fed. Cir. 2008). In this case, her client, Robert Jacobsen, manager of the Java Model Railroad Interface, had sued defendants for infringing the copyright in his model train software by using the software in violation of the express conditions in the open source license governing its use. As Victoria Hall points out, Jacobsen v. Katzer is an important case because it holds that a copyright owner may dedicate for free public use but still enforce an open source license to control future distribution and modification of that work.

In Jacobsen v. Katzer, the Federal Circuit found that the open source license here allowed anyone to download and use the copyrighted software for free, but subject to certain enforceable limitations. In this case, the limitations required a user to agree to license terms and to provide attribution. To the appellate court, a key distinction was that these limitations were conditions, not mere covenants, and that violation of these conditions meant that the user or copier no longer had a license to copy the software and was engaging in copyright infringement. As Victoria Hall notes, a finding of copyright infringement importantly allows a plaintiff to seek injunctive relief, statutory damages, and attorneys’ fees. Conversely, as Hall also points out, if the license terms were only found to be covenants, breach of those covenants would provide Jacobsen with “uncertain damages, no injunction and no attorneys’ fees.”

In finding that the disputed license terms in Jacobsen v. Katzer were conditions, the Federal Circuit explained:

The Artistic License states on its face that the document creates conditions: The intent of this document is to state the conditions under which a Package may be copied. … The Artistic License also uses the traditional language of conditions by noting that the rights to copy, modify, and distribute are granted “provided that” the conditions are met. Under California contract law, “provided that” typically denotes a condition.…

The conditions set forth in the Artistic License are vital to enable the copyright holder to retain the ability to benefit from the work of downstream users. By requiring that users who modify or distribute the copyrighted material retain the reference to the original source files, downstream users are directed to Jacobsen’s website.…

Copyright holders who engage in open source licensing have the right to control the modification and distribution of copyrighted material.

In response to the Jacobsen v. Katzer ruling, Creative Commons founder Lawrence Lessig said, “this is huge.”

To learn more about Victoria Hall and her intellectual property law practice, visit

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George Clinton

Musician, Parliament Funkadelic

Music genius George Clinton has for decades been known as the Godfather of Funk—a mix of soul, jazz, R&B, and psychedelic rock. Beginning in music as a teenager singing doo wop, Clinton was influenced early by singer Frankie Lymon and became a songwriter on the Motown label with the hope of being a featured artist. Unable to fit into the Motown mold as an artist, Clinton did what all innovators do: he created—his own unique blend of music that was shaped by an array of masters such as Jimi Hendrix, Smokey Robinson, James Brown, Sly and the Family Stone, and others. Clinton has had hits for more than 40 years and has never lost his groove. He and his band Parliament Funkadelic were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. George Clinton has permanently tilted the music landscape with his uniquely funky sound, lyrics, and rhythm.

His statement, “Funk is the DNA of hip-hop” is indisputably true, for young rap and hip-hop disciples such as Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and the late Tupac Shakur have used his musical sound to formulate their works. The compositions that have proved been most popular with hip-hop and rap acts are "One Nation Under a Groove," "Freak of the Week" and "(Not Just) Knee Deep."

The legislation that Clinton mentions in our interview is H.R. 848, the Performance Rights Act. This bill, introduced in the 111th Congress by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) and co-sponsored by Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX), would require radio stations to pay royalties to performers of sound recordings for radio play. The bill was approved by the House Judiciary Committee on May 13, 2009. The Senate counterpart to H.R. 848 is S. 379, introduced by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT).

The recent judicial success that George Clinton cites in the interview is Bridgeport Music Inc. v.  UMG Recordings Inc., 585 F.3d 267 (6th Cir. 2009). There, the court agreed with a jury verdict that the song “D.O.G. in Me” by UMG and Universal Music Group Inc. infringed Bridgeport’s copyright on Clinton’s “Atomic Dog” by using the well-known phrase “Bow wow wow, yippie yo, yippie yea.” However, Clinton himself has battled Bridgeport to recover song copyrights that he transferred decades ago.

Intellirights would like to thank George Clinton and his management and tour teams, especially Carlon Scott and Alan Cann. We also thank the staff at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.

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Dr. David Stork

Chief Scientist, Ricoh Innovations

To define creative genius, one really needs to look no further than Dr. David G. Stork, chief scientist of Ricoh Innovations, Menlo Park, California. This IP Visionary has 40 patents ranging from machine learning to digital imaging to optics and image processing. With a B.S. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an M.S. and PhD in physics from the University of Maryland, College Park, Dr. Stork has also taught and lectured in a wide array of areas, including: mathematics, physics, electrical engineering, neuroscience, artificial intelligence, computer science, statistics, and art and art history.

Some of Dr. Stork’s books include HAL's Legacy: 2001's Computer as Dream and Reality (MIT Press, 1996); Computer image Analysis in the Study of Art (SPIE, 2008); Speechreading by Humans and Machines: Models, Systems and Applications (Springer-Verlag, 1996); and The Physics of Sound (Prentice-Hall, Inc. 1982; 2nd edition, 1994; 3rd edition, 2004)

Dr. Stork is a named inventor on the following U.S. patents:

1. 5,157,275 "Circuit employing logical gates for calculating activation function derivatives on stochastically-encoded signals," David G. Stork and Ronald C. Keesing

2. 5,245,696 "Evolution and learning in neural networks: the number and distribution of learning trials affect the rate of evolution," David G. Stork and Ronald C. Keesing

3. 5,268,684 "Apparatus for a neural network one-out-of-N encoder/decoder," James Allen and David G. Stork

4. 5,337,362 "Method and apparatus for placing data onto plain paper," Michael J. Gormish, Mark Peairs and David G. Stork

5. 5,412,670 "N-bit parity neural network encoder," David G. Stork and James Allen

6. 5,471,207 "Compression of palettized images and binarization for bitwise coding of M-ary alphabets," Ahmad Zandi, David G. Stork and James Allen

7. 5,497,236 "Method and apparatus for distortion correction of scanned images," Gregory J. Wolff and David G. Stork

8. 5,586,215 "Neural network acoustic and visual speech recognition system," David G. Stork, Gregory J. Wolff and Earl I. Levine

9. 5,588,090 "Signal processing apparatus," Toshiyuki Furuta, Shuji Motomura, Takahiro Watanabe and David G. Stork

10. 5,621,858 "Neural network acoustic and visual speech recognition system training method and apparatus," David G. Stork and Gregory J. Wolff

11. 5,636,326 "Method for operating an optimal weight pruning apparatus for designing artificial neural networks," David G. Stork and Babak Hassibi

12. 5,642,341 "CD ROM apparatus for improved tracking and signal sensing," David G. Stork

13. 5,671,282 "Method and apparatus for document verification and tracking," Gregory J. Wolff, David G. Stork and K. Venkatesh Prasad

14. 5,680,481 "Facial feature extraction method and apparatus for a neural network acoustic and visual speech recognition system," K. Venkatesh Prasad and David G. Stork

15. 5,692,048 "Method and apparatus for sending secure facsimile transmissions and certified facsimile transmissions," Michael J. Gormish, Gregory J. Wolff, David G. Stork, Peter E. Hart and Yoshio Kawajiri

16. 5,694,228 "Document image processor with defect detection," Mark Peairs, Mark Cullen, James Allen and David G. Stork

17. 5,710,816 "Method and apparatus for ensuring receipt of voicemail messages," David G. Stork and Nancy P. Stork

18. 5,771,306 "Method and apparatus for extracting speech related facial features for use in speech recognition systems," David G. Stork, Gregory J. Wolff and Earl Isaac Levine

19. 5,781,914 "Converting documents, with links to other electronic information, between hardcopy and electronic formats," David G. Stork and K. Venkatesh Prasad

20. 5,806,036 "Speechreading using facial feature parameters from a non-direct frontal view of the speaker," David G. Stork

21. 5,818,966 "Method and apparatus for encoding color information on a monochrome document," K. Venkatesh Prasad and David G. Stork

22. 5,963,930 "Apparatus and method for enhancing transfer function non-linearities in pulse frequency encoded neurons," David G. Stork and Ronald Craig Keesing

23. 6,073,118 "Method for performing secure financial transactions using facsimile transmissions," Michael J. Gormish, Peter E. Hart, David G. Stork and Gregory J. Wolff

24. 6,081,261 "Manual entry interactive paper and electronic document handling and processing system," Gregory J. Wolff and David G. Stork

25. 6,104,380 "Direct pointing apparatus for digital displays," David G. Stork and Gregory J. Wolff

26. 6,181,329 "Method and apparatus for tracking a hand-held writing instrument with multiple sensors that are calibrated by placing the writing instrument in predetermined positions with respect to the writing surface," David G. Stork, Michael Angelo and Gregory J. Wolff

27. 6,201,903 "Method and apparatus for pen-based faxing," Gregory J. Wolff, David G. Stork and Michael Angelo

28. 6,212,296 "Method and apparatus for transforming sensor signals into graphical images," David G. Stork, Michael Angelo and Gregory J. Wolff

29.  6,457,026 "System to facilitate reading a document," Jamey Graham and David G. Stork

30. 6,492,981 "Calibration of a system for tracking a writing instrument with multiple sensors," David G. Stork, Michael Angelo and Gregory J. Wolff

31. 6,574,375 "Method for detecting inverted text images on a digital scanning device," John F. Cullen, David G. Stork, Peter Hart and Koichi Ejiri

32. 6,804,659 "Content based web advertising," Jamey Graham and David G. Stork

33. 6,879,967 "Method and apparatus for open data collection," David G. Stork

34. 7,124,093 "Method, system and computer code for content based web advertising," Jamey Graham, David G. Stork and Chuck Lam

35. 7,120,699 "Document controlled workflow systems and methods," David G. Stork and Rob van Glabbeek

36. 7,292,728 "A block quantization method for color halftoning," Maya Rani Gupta, Michael J. Gormish, Kathrin Berkner and David G. Stork

37. 7,356,611 "Method and apparatus for permissions based active document workflow," David G. Stork, Rob Jan van Glabbeek and Stephen R. Savitzky

38. 7,395,501 "Techniques for annotating portions of a document relevant to concepts of interest," David G. Stork and Jamey Graham

39. 7,616,841 "End-to-end design of electro-optic imaging systems," M. Dirk Robinson and David G. Stork

40. 7,692,709 "End-to-end design of electro-optic imaging systems with adjustable optical cutoff frequency," M. Dirk Robinson and David G. Stork

Intellirights sincerely thanks Dr. Stork and Ricoh Innovations for this opportunity to discuss his vast works and share his insight.

For more information on Dr. David Stork and Rich Innovations, please go to


Mark Heesen

President, National Venture Capital Association

Mark Heesen invited Intellirights in to discuss the venture capital landscape during these tough economic times. Companies that received their start with venture capital dollars include: Genentech, Amgen, Intel, Cisco, Google, Medtronic, Microsoft, and eBay. NVCA represents member companies that cover an array of technological areas—life sciences, biotechnology, information technology, medical devices, and others. Heesen talked about providing the economic stability to allow the next Genentech, Google, or Intel to grow. He was clear in pointing out that venture capitalists are still ready to invest in new technologies and new industries, but that President Obama and the Congress need to focus on jobs to keep these emerging companies moving forward and America growing.

NVCA’s Kelly Slone shared her insights on patent reform. She stressed that venture capitalists are willing to bear the risk of investing in small start-ups, but that they want to have confidence in the patents upon which many of these companies are based. Slone said that the main point of contention that the NVCA has with the current legislation is that it would allow virtually endless challenges to issued patents, thus placing patents in limbo and undermining investor confidence.  Any reform that is enacted by the 111th Congress should instill certainty and predictability in issued patents, Slone insisted.

For more information on the National Venture Capital Association, please go to:


Anne Pellicciotto


Intellirights spoke with Anne Pellicciotto about her series of photographs from her travels to Brazil. Anne’s works celebrate the raw, natural beauty of Brazil and its people, and her most poignant statement of that beauty is her photograph “Canoa Kids.” This photograph won the Washington Post Travel Photo Contest for 2006 and was on display during our filming at the Grill From Ipanema restaurant in the Adams-Morgan area of Washington. We thank Anne for inviting us to see the world through her lens and look forward to hearing more from her in the near future.

To see Anne Pellicciotto’s fine photographic works, please go to


Corey Smith

Singer & Songwriter

Intellirights had the honor and privilege of meeting with singer and songwriter Corey Smith at Ram’s Head Live in Baltimore, Maryland.  Corey performed there on November 20 and gave us some time to talk about songwriting, his fan base, his love of the guitar, and the message of his music. Corey is indeed a rare performer, writing his own music and speaking to fans from his soul. He is honest and straight-talking, serious about his music. He keeps a grueling tour schedule and has hit the charts with a hot new album, “Keeping Up With the Joneses,” which debuted November 17 at #1 on the ITunes singer/songwriter list.  We appreciate the opportunity and wish Corey and his team all the best. We send special thanks to Ram’s Head Live and Martin Winsch at Mountain Management.

To learn more about Corey Smith, please go to

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