Tips To Overcome The Awkward Conference Table

“Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.”

- Eleanor Roosevelt

We’ve all been there. You’re at a conference surrounded by hundreds of other professionals for a networking/keynote luncheon. Your partner bailed because their client is requesting an emergency meeting and you’re left to fend for yourself. You see plenty of open seats and are trying to select the best option within view.  “What am I supposed to talk about with people I don’t even know,” is quite often the number one thought running through the head of anyone who’s been put in this situation.  Well, it’s time to overcome the fear of going solo at a conference event!

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Hey! That's My Image!

Do you use Flickr?  They have recently come under fire for selling canvas prints and wall mounts of user-submitted photographs through their website without passing any of the profits on to the creator. Creative Commons (“CC”) licensing is allowing them to do this 100% legally.

There are a lot of different ways people use the service. I use it to store backups of photos. It also has a very robust “Advanced Search” feature, which comes in handy to find free stock photos.

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Don't Be Fooled: Anonymity Is Not A Feature Of Facebook's New 'Rooms' App

On Thursday, Facebook Creative Labs unveiled the new mobile app 'Rooms' for public download in the US & UK. 'Rooms,' with the tagline "Create Something Together," is the company's newest in a growing line of social apps that operate outside of the flagship "Facebook" platform.  In browsing news articles covering the release, I was astonished that it is being branded as a tool for "anonymity." An alarming number of websites are heralding the new iOS-only app as an opportunity to "go anonymous." For a more in-depth overview of how the service works, check out this article over at The Verge.

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Squarespace 7 Upgrade

I have been holding off (for quite some time now) on upgrading to Squarespace 6. But, SquareSpace 7 was recently announce!  I decided to go ahead and skip 6 and upgrade to 7. Hopefully, I will enjoy it as much as the previous version. I liked the familiarity and ease that came with the backend of Squarespace 5.  However, it's time to move on!

Just be aware that most, if not all, of my previous posts may be oddly formatted.

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Kick-off To 4th Annual Entertainment Law Symposium

Today is the first day of the 4th Annual Entertainment Law Symposium in Nashville, TN!  This three-day event is a part of the Americana Music Festival & Conference 2014, which The New York Times has dubbed "The coolest music scene today."  The American Bar Association's Forum on the Entertainment & Sports Industries co-sponsors the symposium with the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville.

I've gathered together a few resources below to help you discover all the best opportunities that are available to attendees.  The symposium takes place at the Hutton Hotel & Palmer Plaza and runs through Friday, September 19th, so check back each day for the highlights and coverage from the ABA's Forum on the Entertainment & Sports Industries!

For a complete schedule of events for the Festival & Conference, click here.  The schedule is very interactive and a great networking tool, powered by Sched.org.  I highly recommend connecting your LinkedIn account once you signup and use this as a networking opportunity!

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"Blame It On Rio" - THIS WEEK in LAW

I once again had the pleasure of joining Denise Howell on the legal podcast This WEEK in LAW on Friday. Evan was out and I did my best to fill in for him while he was away. Take a listen and hopefully you can learn about some of the latest news stories going on in technology and entertainment law!

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How I Graduated From Law School With A Job

The job market is horrible. You can walk around moaning and groaning about it. You can join in with the complainers out there, debating whether law school is worth the time and effort. However, that's not going to help you get a job.

Getting a job is difficult, stressful, time-consuming, and lots of other horrible adjectives. But, I want you to know that it can also be a life-changing experience. You have the choice to make it rough and tough; or, you can follow some simple tips and tricks to put yourself one step closer to landing a job. I'm not guaranteeing it will be your dream job right away, but it's somewhere better than your current position, right?

Earlier this week, I reached out to a few friends from across the country that recently graduated from law school and obtained legal jobs. I have compiled below a number of tips, tricks, and suggestions that you can implement as you embark upon your own job search.

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BMW Faces Patent Lawsuit Over In-car Hotspots

Cross-posted on the ABA-IPL's Law Student Action Group blog.


BMW's removable "Car Hotspot LTE" system is controlled from the center console and can support up to 8 devices.On Wednesday, Antennatech, LLC filed a five-page complaint against BMW of North America LLC for patent infringement.  There are two patents allegedly violated by BMW: U.S. Patent No. 5,493,702 ("Antenna Transmission Coupling Arrangement") and U.S. Patent No. 8,180,279 ("Wireless Hotspot Arrangement").

The complaint accuses BMW of infringing the '702 patent by the implementation of a system that connects a cell phone to an external antenna in order to boost reception. Additionally, Antennatech alleges that BMW infringes upon the '279 patent through use of a car system that connects a cell phone to an internal radio frequency ("RF") system.  The internal RF system uses one RF antenna to transmit and receive signals from the cell phone while another RF system is used to transmit and receive the signals from nearby networks.  The system then utilizes a hotspot-type computer-controlled bridge to connect and control the two antennae.

BMW announced the removable ConnectedDrive at last spring's New York International Auto Show. The newest upgrade to the system introduced LTE support and the implementation of the in-car hotspot.  The device, stored in the center console, uses its own SIM card and grabs a signal boost from the car's antenna.  Based upon the complaint, this setup appears to be what Antennatech argues infringes their patents.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office issued the '702 patent to Antennatech in February 1996 and the '279 patent in May 2012.

Download and read a copy of the complaint here.

Figure 2 from the '702 patent.Figure 3B from the '279 patent.