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COA to hear arguments in trademark case at Merrillville High School

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The Indiana Court of Appeals will hear oral argument in An-Hung Yao v. State of Indiana and Yu-Ting Lin v. State of Indiana at 12:30 p.m. (CDT) May 25, 2011, at Merrillville High School in the Freshman Center Lecture Hall. A panel of judges consisting of Chief Judge Margret G. Robb, Judge Michael P. Barnes, and Judge Terry A. Crone will hear the case on appeal from Huntington Circuit Court.

In this consolidated interlocutory appeal, An-Hung Yao and Yu-Ting Lin appeal the trial court’s denial of their individual motions to dismiss three counts of theft of a trademark and one count of corrupt business influence, arguing that a trademark cannot be the subject of a theft and that they cannot be prosecuted in Indiana because no conduct that is an element of the offenses occurred in Indiana. The state cross-appeals the trial court’s grant of Yao’s and Lin’s motions to dismiss three counts of counterfeiting a trademark. Arguing for An-Hung Yao will be Indianapolis attorney Tyler Helmond, arguing for Yu-Ting Lin will be Ft. Wayne attorney Jeremy Gayed, and arguing for the state of Indiana will be Indianapolis attorney Andrew Kobe.

Members of the public who would like to attend the oral argument are asked to call Merrillville High School at 219-650-5307 to find out specific details about the school’s visitor sign-in policy.

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  1. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

  3. 700,000 to 800,000 Americans are arrested for marijuana possession each year in the US. Do we need a new justice center if we decriminalize marijuana by having the City Council enact a $100 fine for marijuana possession and have the money go towards road repair?

  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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