In This Issue of Indiana Lawyer

DEC. 13-26, 2017

With six pardons in one day recently, Gov. Eric Holcomb doubled the unusually low number of reprieves granted in four years by former Gov. Mike Pence. After criticism from a national organization and multiple lawsuits challenging Indiana’s public defender system, Indiana lawmakers and legal stakeholders are looking for ways to improve it. Attorney Becca Polak is at the wheel of TradeRev, a business that enables car dealers to buy and sell vehicles digitally, and she's motivated to drive big plans.

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Revving into high gear, attorney Polak takes wheel at TradeRev

Becca Polak was tapped to lead TradeRev, a business that enables car dealers to buy and sell vehicles digitally. An affiliate of KAR Auction Services, Inc., TradeRev aims to expand its offerings and move it into a largely untapped segment of the auto market. That's Polak's charge, along with fulfilling her other duties as chief legal officer and secretary for KAR.

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Legal tech experts: Virtual reality is coming to courts

Though the prospect of virtual reality as a litigation tool seems improbable now, legal tech experts predict that in coming years, VR will appear regularly in courtrooms. That time is likely still years away, they said, but predecessor technology is already popping up in court now, preparing jurors, judges and attorneys for the day when futuristic technology becomes commonplace.

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Raines’ return to Bingham as COO like homecoming

When Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP announced Oct. 17 that C.W. Raines III had been named the firm’s new chief operating officer, his new role was something of a homecoming. Raines previously worked in the firm’s Indianapolis office as an associate from 2004 to 2006, where his practice focused on corporate services including mergers and acquisitions, startups, and lending transactions.

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SCOTUS to decide whether patent challenges must be heard in court

In the wake of hefty attorney fees and an onslaught of what was viewed as unnecessary litigation filed by “patent trolls,” Congress authorized the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to begin conducting inter partes reviews of patent challenges in 2012 as an efficient and cost-effective alternative to patent litigation. But now, the popular IPR process could be in jeopardy as the United States Supreme Court considers whether federal law requires patent challenges to be adjudicated in court.

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Federal Circuit decision nudges patent examiners to be reasonable

Although it only affirms what has been said before, a September decision from the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals is nevertheless surging in popularity among inventors and their attorneys because it reminds the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that the standard of “broadest reasonable interpretation” for evaluating patent applications does not mean “broadest possible interpretation.”

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Polak and Elrod: Joint ownership and implied license disputes in copyrights

With the increasing complexity between business relationships and joint ventures today, it is difficult for companies to know when they are putting their intellectual property in jeopardy. Copyrighted works of every type — from script and screenplay to software code or even a training manual — may fall victim to legal disputes because of a party’s introduction of their work to another.

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Dean’s Desk: McKinney initiatives broaden access to legal education

When I talk about the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, certain themes recur. We are fortunate to educate students in a vibrant capitol city. We take advantage of operating in a leading hub for the health and life sciences. And we are mindful of our school’s mission to make legal education accessible to a wide range of people. Several recent initiatives highlight these themes.

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Indiana Judges Association: Trials inside, outside the courtroom

All of us lawyers live two lives. One is the world of daily work endeavors — cases, clients, decisions, deadlines and problem-solving. The other life of lawyers and judges is the non-legal real world, away from smartphones and computers, outside our office, and outside the courtroom where experiences of family, friends, and private interests fill our personal time.

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