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A Cheese by Any Other Name: The Legal Challenge over “Gruyere”

On December 15, 2021, the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia upheld an administrative decision finding that, in the United States, “gruyere” is a generic term for a type of cheese, and therefore ineligible for legal protection through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Gruyère is a geographic region of Switzerland […]

Law Library Presenting at 2021 AALL

On July 22, 2021 at 3:45 CDT, two Law Library staff members, and one former Law Library colleague will be participating in a presentation at this year’s annual conference of the American Association of Law Libraries. The conference was scheduled to be in Cleveland originally but has changed to be an all virtual event. I […]

Talking a Blue Streak: Human Trafficking Prevention Month

What links shrimp and chocolate? Both shrimp and chocolate are favorite foods of Americans. Both require a great deal of manual labor in the processing of shrimp (peeling) and chocolate (harvesting). Cheap labor makes both foods cheaper to purchase. Cocoa and foreign-harvested shrimp are frequently sold with slave labor at some point in their supply […]

National Poetry Month and Bad King John

The following post is cross posted on the From the Catbird Seat: Poetry & Literature blog. Magna Carta is coming to the Library of Congress in November 2014!  This document is regarded as being one of the foundations of representative government and at the same time marked a defeat of the king by his barons.  But long before 1215, […]