It’s Not Genetic Genealogy, But Here’s What I’ve Been Working On

As many of you know, I am currently a second-year law student preparing for a career in intellectual property. Last semester, I began work as a research assistant for one of my first-year professors. The project we worked on, examining portrayals of the United States patent system in the newspaper media, turned into two papers. Naturally I think the papers are great and it was interesting to see the results, especially considering all the attention the patent system has received lately. Does the patent system and it’s legalities towards intellectual property intrigue you as they do me? Looking into law degree courses can have massive benefits, even if you don’t end up in a law career, you will still keep valuable professional skills applicable to other career paths.

  1. Dolak, Lisa A. and Bettinger, Blaine T., “The United States Patent System in the Media Mirror.” Syracuse Law Review, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN:
  2. Dolak, Lisa A. and Bettinger, Blaine T., “Ebay and the Blackberry ®: A Media Coverage Case Study” (December 11, 2007). Available at SSRN:

4 Responses

  1. Deepak 16 January 2008 / 6:10 pm

    Didn’t know you were at Syracuse. That’s where I did my PhD 🙂

  2. Blaine Bettinger 16 January 2008 / 6:21 pm

    And I didn’t know you did your PhD here! It’s a small world, isn’t it? I actually did my PhD here in Syracuse too, but at a different institution (Upstate). I moved here in 2000, just as you were leaving, apparently.

  3. Deepak 16 January 2008 / 6:40 pm

    Small world indeed. My groups main collaborator, Barry Knox, is at Upstate (I think he’s still there), so I’ve been to Weiskotten Hall a few times.

  4. Blaine Bettinger 16 January 2008 / 10:37 pm

    He’s still there, and I was in the same department (biochem). I didn’t move too far away – I can see my old lab out of windows at the law school!

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