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Friday Funnies -- Legal Edition

Legal Blog Watch comes to you today direct from Boise, Idaho, where I am attending the Idaho State Bar annual meeting. The visit gave me the chance to meet up with three Boise-based blawgers, Steve Nipper of The Invent Blog, his partner Bob Shaver of Patent Pending Blog and Brad Frazer of the blog Internet Law. The visit also clued me in to a new development in one of Nipper's many side projects. For some time now, Nipper, Matt Buchanan and Doug Sorocco have maintained a patent humor site known as IP Funny. Now, they have relaunched the site as What the Funny ... Patents. As the name suggests, the site has the patent on funny patents. Recent finds include the leash with sound, the pooper stick and the well-intentioned human gas filter.

If funny patents at least warm you up for a lighter weekend, InhouseBlog kicks it up a notch with a pointer to Say What?!, the blog that collects the legal humor of U.S. District Judge Jerry Buchmeyer as it appeared for many years in the Texas Bar Journal. (You can listen to our June 2006 podcast featuring Judge Buchmeyer here.) Over the years, he has collected many funny snippets from transcripts, pleadings and other sources, such as this quick hit sent to him by a lawyer who received it in response to her request for disclosure:

Q. State the legal theories, and in general, the factual bases of the claims or defenses on which you will rely.

A. Respondent does not have any legal theories and, in general, does not have any factual bases of the claims or defenses of Respondent.

At least the lawyer who answered is honest, if not all that bright.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on July 20, 2007 at 05:19 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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