Substantially Similar--A Blog on IP Issues, Writing and Film
I have written before on this blog on tribal sovereign immunity and patents in regard to a Patent and Trademark Office ruling confirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit http://www.johntaquino.com/Blog-- Substantially-Similar.html?entry=tribal-sovereign-immunity-and-patents . Given my background as a former executive director of a tribal association, I commented on the importance of this immunity for tribes, lamented that the PTO's Patent Tribal and Appeal Board had been somewhat glib in ruling that the immunity was inapplicable for its proceedings, and hoped that higher courts would provide a more detailed discussion.
Brexit (British exit from the European Union) is, to me, reflective of anger by those who feel ignored and abandoned by governments and those around them, of suspicions by those who, while they feel neglected, others, not always like them, are prospering; of a yearning for a national pride some people feel has waned; and, most especially, of a loss of faith. My thoughts have been assisted by those of (probably) William Shakespeare, T.S. Eliot, and Matthew Arnold.
I have written reactions in this blog to the scandal in the Catholic Church about accusations that priests over the years had sexually abuse young men and children and that their supervisors had covered it up. On Sunday, March 31, there was either a coda or a new chapter.
My family on both sides is Italian, but we didn't speak Italian in the house because of the American melting pot" concept that ran through much of the 20th century and lingering prejudice against Italian-Americans. And yet, I did spend some of my youth listening to old Italian songs--on records, performed at parties, and sung at weddings. Those who have seen the movie The Godfather have heard the Neapolitan song "C'e la luna mezzo mare" sung by the mother of the bride in the opening wedding scene, and the song has been a frequent part of Italian-American wedding receptions. But translating or explaining or even singing these songs to certain audiences can be difficult because they tend to be, for want of a better word, earthy.
Many of us who are Catholics are struggling, A March 19, 2019 Gallup Poll showed an increasing percentage of Catholic who say they are considering leaving the church. Even some, who are not Catholics but have respect for those who are, are struggling. The struggle is an attempt to balance the history of the Roman Catholic Church, its contributions to the inner well being of human beings, its tireless efforts to feed the hungry and clothe the homeless, and its spreading the word of the Gospel throughout the world, with the recent priest pedophile scandal and cover-up.