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Design Patents: Law Without Design by Peter Lee & Madhavi Sunder

Design Patents: Law Without Design by Peter Lee & Madhavi Sunder

Design patents have recently burst onto the intellectual property stage, but they are surprisingly underdeveloped for a body of law that is more than a century and a half old. Design patents are, quite simply, a body of law without design: there is little coherent theoretical underpinning for this long overlooked form of intellectual property. Now, as design patents are poised to assume greater prominence in the legal and economic realms, the time is ripe for examining myriad justifications for exclusive rights in design in order to develop a richer theoretical foundation for this body of law.

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In related news, The Justice Department announced the biggest environmental cash settlement in history, securing a $5.15 billion deal with Anadarko Petroleum to clean up dozens of sites across the country and compensate more than 7,000 people living with the effects of the contamination. Continue reading:


The realities of bullying and how lawyers can help

The realities of bullying and how lawyers can help

-280,000 students are attacked monthly in high school.
-15 to 30 percent of students are bullies or victims.
-9 in 10 gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students have been bullied.
-Victims of bullying are up to nine times more likely to think about suicide.
-Only 36 percent of bullying incidents are reported.
-3.7 million sixth- to 10th-graders will engage in bullying every year.
-Bullying is linked to 75 percent of shootings.

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National Library Week is April 13-19, 2014

National Library Week is April 13-19, 2014

In the mid 1950’s, worried that Americans were spending less on books and more on televisions, the American Library Association (ALA) and its sponsors decided to annually observe National Library Week. The ALA believed “that once people were motivated to read, they would support and use libraries.” Each April since 1958, the ALA and libraries across the country have observed and participated in National Library week.

Next week, celebrate the contributions of your library! Join TJSL Library on the week-long full of fun, including: prizes for the most creative excuses for an overdue library book, cake, and a chance to win an Apple iPod Shuffle! Keep an eye out for an email with more details.


Gambler Sues Casino for $500,000 Loss

Gambler Sues Casino for $500,000 Loss

Legal Research Mini-Classes at the Library

Come and spend a few minutes to refresh your research skills at our Library mini-classes, held in the Learning Center on the 4th Floor. Here is the class schedule for the rest of March:

Primary Material: Locating a Statute – Tuesday March 11, 11:30 am to 11:45 am

Primary Material: Locating a Case and Using a Digest – Tuesday March 11, 11:50 am to 12:15 pm

Secondary Material: American Law Reports – Thursday March 13, 11:30 am to 11:45 am

Digests – Thursday March 13, Noon to 12:15 pm

Databases – HeinOnline and OnLaw, Monday March 24, 11:30 am to 11:45 am

Databases – CALI – Wednesday March 26, 11:30 am to noon

Hope to see you there!


Meet Lisa Foster, our new Reference Librarian


Lisa spent over 23 years as a practicing lawyer before starting a second career as a law librarian. Before joining TJSL she worked as a Deputy City Attorney for the San Diego City Attorney’s Office and as an Associate and Partner for the McDougal, Love, Eckis, Boehmer & Foley law firm, specializing in public agency law. While working for the McDougal firm she served as the City Attorney of Poway, and General Counsel for the Lakeside Fire Protection District, Julian-Cuyamaca Fire District, Borrego Water District and North County Dispatch Joint Powers Authority.  She has also worked as an intern and Librarian for San Diego Law Library.

She received her Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law, and will earn her Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Washington in March 2014. She is an active member of the California Bar.

Please feel free to stop by the Reference Desk, Lisa’s office (Room 455), or email her at and she will be happy to provide you with research assistance.

Library Mini-Classes This Week

Make a very small investment of time for a very large return by attending the Library’s mini-classes this week, which will be held at the learning center on the 4th floor:

 “Primary Material: Locating a Case and Using a Digest.” Monday, March 3, 2014, 11:30 a.m. to noon. Learn about options for finding case law.

Primary Material: Locating a Statute.” Wednedsay, March 5, 2014, 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Learn about finding codes to help you with your research.

Tips on How to Research.” Friday, March 7, 2014, 11:30 a.m. to noon. Learn tips for organizing and analyzing your research.




Staff Recommendation Corner: “Because I said so!”

Because I said so

Title: Because I said so! : the truth behind the myths, tales and warnings every generation passes down to its kids

Author: Ken Jennings

Call Number: AG243 .J47 2012 (Popular Reading Collection, 4th floor)  

Reviewed by: Hadas Livnat

Review: Did you know that drinking 8 glasses of water a day can actually be BAD for you? Ken Jennings looks at common myths and parental “wisdom” to divine the truth behind them in short 0.5-1 page examination for each topic. An amusing, sometimes eye-opening read.

4/5 stars

Study Aids: Outlines, Questions & Answers, Flash Cards, Lectures on CD

Study aidsAs you prepare for your exams, remember that the library carries several different types of study aids including:


Black letter Outlines such as the Emanuel series and Crunchtime series

Question & Answer Series

Understanding… Series

Ntushell Series



Course Lectures

Other Study Aids

Flash Cards

Online Exercises: CALI

Many of these Study Aids are located on the 4th Floor shelves facing the Circulation Desk.

If you want to know if the library carries a specific type of material. eg. Multiple choice questions on property or Outlines for Civil Procedure, ask at the Circulation Desk or the Reference Desk on the 4th floor.

The library also carries books on studying for law school exams.