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Professor Tom Folsom was interviewed on March 27 by a British journalist at Managing Intellectual Property magazine. The reporter is writing an in-depth feature article about legal privilege in the area of trademark law that will appear in the International Trademark Association daily newspaper during the organization's annual conference in May.

Folsom was also recently interviewed by IP Law & Business Magazine regarding the current and near-term state of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The interview dealt with the impact that factors such as recent court decisions, potentially falling revenue, a hiring freeze, and new leadership are having on the operations of the USPTO, individual investors and the patent bar.


Law Professor Bruce Cameron was a guest on Norfolk radio station WHRV’s Hearsay with Cathy Lewis on March 24, discussing the Employee Free Choice Act – also known as the card check bill – now under consideration by Congress.


Law Professor James Duane’s recommendation to change the language of Virginia’s doctor-patient privilege unanimously passed the General Assembly and was approved March 30 by Virginia Governor Tim Kaine. The change, effective on July 1, makes it harder for doctors to disclose patient confidences without the consent of the patient.


Law student Dr. Kim Shaftner’s article  on health-care personnel’s “conscience clause” appeared in Catholic Online.

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