October 1, 2011, trade representatives of eight countries signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) which the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) calls “the highest-standard plurilateral agreement ever achieved concerning the enforcement of intellectual property rights.” Setting aside the invention of a completely unnecessary new word―plurilateral―to describe the negotiating partners, ACTA may, for the moment at any rate, be mostly just an act.
he America Invents Act, Pub. L. 112-29, was signed Into law by President Obama last month amid minimal fanfare from the politics-obsessed mainstream media who, as they often have, missed a pretty major story. Since this may well be the only piece of jobs legislation of any significance this Congress will enact, its job-creation elements are worthy of note.
This eighth and last blog in my series on Legal Careers in “Catch-Up” Law once again examines how, in a dynamic industry―this time transportation―innovations have accelerated past the law’s ability to manage and regulate, thereby creating attorney and law-related job and career opportunities in the “gap” between transportation advances on the one hand and law and regulation on the other.