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Illinois Business Law Journal

Illinois Business Law Journal

Covers recent developments affecting business law. From the University of Illinois College of Law.

http://www.law.illinois.edu/bljournal/
  • Apr 13

    National Security Space Launch: No Contest

    National Security Space Launch: No Contest
                 Competition and innovation are key ideals in American society, and they were the main focus on March 5, 2014 when the CEOs of SpaceX and United Launch Alliance (“ULA”) testified…
  • Apr 12

    Lessons from Hartney: How to Reduce Tax Forum Shopping by Illinois Retailer

    Lessons from Hartney: How to Reduce Tax Forum Shopping by Illinois Retailer
                The Illinois’ Local Retailers’ Occupation Tax Acts (ROT Acts) allows “municipal governments and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) to impose a retail occupation tax…
  • Apr 12

    In-App Purchases: the classic game of bait-and-switch, now available on Google Play

    In-App Purchases: the classic game of bait-and-switch, now available on Google Play
    In February, a New York mother of a five-year-old boy did what many busy parents do to keep their kids occupied: she gave him a game. This particular game, Marvel’s “Run Jump Smash”, was on her tablet.2 She purchased the…
Rank this Week: 27

Patently-O

Patently-O

Covers patents, claim drafting tips, patent cases, patent legislation and patent prosecution. By Dennis Crouch.

http://patentlyo.com/patent
  • Apr 15

    Off-the-Record Examination: Is Conventional Wisdom Wrong?

    Off-the-Record Examination: Is Conventional Wisdom Wrong?
    By Dennis Crouch Interview summaries. In a recent post, Professor Chao discussed the common practice of examiner interviews where the patent attorney discusses outstanding issues with the patent examiner. No transcript or recording of the…
  • Apr 15

    Why No Patent Revivals?

    Why No Patent Revivals?
    By Dennis Crouch Once a patent issues, the patentee must pay a regular maintenance fee to keep the patent in force. The PTO offers a six-month grace period following the due date where the maintenance fee can still be paid (plus a surcharge)…
  • Apr 15

    Substantial Unresolved Issues Unravel Preliminary Injunction

    Substantial Unresolved Issues Unravel Preliminary Injunction
    By Dennis Crouch Vasculary Solutions v. Boston Scientific (Fed. Cir. 2014) In a one-paragraph non-precedential decision, the Federal Circuit has vacated the district court’s preliminary injunction. A preliminary injunction is a…
Rank this Week: 31

PlagiarismToday

PlagiarismToday

Covers content theft, plagiarism, and copyright issues on the Web. By Jonathan Bailey.

http://www.plagiarismtoday.com
  • Apr 15

    The Spotify Lover’s Delimma

    The Spotify Lover’s Delimma
    Spotify, and the services like it, bring unprecedented options to music fans. But those options haven't equated to success for musicians, creating a dilemma. The post The Spotify Lover’s Delimma appeared first on Plagiarism Today.
  • Apr 15

    3 Count: Banana Dance

    3 Count: Banana Dance
    MGM loses bid to look at Section 6 script, broadcasters ponder post-Aereo future and banana costume leads to bizarre appeals court ruling. The post 3 Count: Banana Dance appeared first on Plagiarism Today.
  • Apr 14

    Copyright 2.0 Show – Episode 322 – Mega Lawsuit

    Copyright 2.0 Show – Episode 322 – Mega Lawsuit
    Movie studios sue Kim Dotcom/Megaupload, Record labels sue VKontakte and UK streaming site owner arrested by City of London Police. The post Copyright 2.0 Show – Episode 322 – Mega Lawsuit appeared first on Plagiarism Today.
Rank this Week: 33

Trade Secret Litigator Blog

Trade Secret Litigator Blog

Covers trade secret, covenant not to compete and cybersecurity law. . By Hahn Loeser.

http://www.hahnloeser.com/tradesecretlitigator/
Rank this Week: 35

IPWatchdog.com | Patent Copyright…

IPWatchdog.com | Patent Copyright Trademark

Covers patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets and Internet issues. By Gene Quinn.

http://www.ipwatchdog.com
  • Apr 15

    Do Patents Truly Promote Innovation?

    Do Patents Truly Promote Innovation?
    Invention, it has been shown, is driven primarily not by genius or happenstance but rather by markets and the expectation of the profit that can be gained by securing the patent rights to new technologies. Zorina Khan of Bowdoin College and…
  • Apr 14

    Happy Birthday to the Patent System, A Dream of Our Forefather

    Happy Birthday to the Patent System, A Dream of Our Forefather
    As Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, spoke about on 60 Minutes, true innovation does not come from the large corporations. Instead, it is some “graduate student” or “crazy person” that makes change, such as the obscure…
  • Apr 13

    The “Useful Arts” in the Modern Era: For SOCUTS on CLS Bank

    The “Useful Arts” in the Modern Era: For SOCUTS on CLS Bank
    Many, many, many patents have issued to cover the physical elements and intuitive steps to make this familiar sequence possible and increasingly reliable and refined. Mechanical elements, i.e., rotating shafts with a gears on each end, have…
Rank this Week: 58

IPKat

IPKat

Covers copyright, patent, trade mark and privacy/confidentiality issues from a UK and European perspective.

http://ipkitten.blogspot.com/
  • Apr 15

    Tuesday Tiddlywink

    Tuesday Tiddlywink
    Authors Guild files appeal against Google. Do you remember the Google Books copyright litigation saga? As this Kat reported back in December, it is still far from being concluded. Following the late 2013 summary judgment ruling in which…
  • Apr 15

    Threateners don’t fret, your concerns may just have been met…

    Threateners don’t fret, your concerns may just have been met…
    A peculiarity of intellectual property law is those provisions which make it actionable in itself to threaten bringing infringement proceedings against another party. These provisions, which apply to claims of trade mark, patent and design…
  • Apr 15

    UPDATE - Declaration on Patent Protection by MPI Now Online

    UPDATE - Declaration on Patent Protection by MPI Now Online
    Blogmeister Jeremy reported yesterday that the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition was about to issue a Declaration on Patent Protection.  Hearty Katpat to Kat Emeritus and ongoing Katfriend Matthias…
Rank this Week: 61

Copyfight

Copyfight

Covers the politics of IP.

http://copyfight.corante.com/
  • Apr 8

    Old Tricks, New Ruling

    Old Tricks, New Ruling
    Back in 2012, I noted that the magician and performer Teller was in hot legal pursuit of someone whom he accused of stealing his magic performance. Note that word carefully - performance is at issue here, as a judge who finally ruled for…
  • Apr 5

    Another Reason E-Books Suck

    Another Reason E-Books Suck
    A European reader wrote to tell me that in the EU, there is in inter-library loan possible for e-books. Is that also true in the US? Yet another way e-books are inferior to their physical older brothers I guess.
  • Mar 30

    Creativity and Copyfight

    Creativity and Copyfight
    If you are a nerdfighter (and you probably are, or should be) then you may have seen the Vlog Brothers' short video on "I Gotta Go". In it, the hosts discuss their use of a sign-off phrase, which they've been doing for years. The brothers…
Rank this Week: 90

IPBiz

IPBiz

Intellectual property news affecting business and everyday life. From patent lawyer Lawrence B. Ebert.

http://ipbiz.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 92

Chicago IP Litigation Blog

Chicago IP Litigation Blog

Covers Northern District of Illinois intellectual property cases. By R. David Donoghue.

http://www.chicagoiplitigation.com/
  • Mar 21

    Late Damages Theory Allowed Based Upon Lack of Prejudice

    Late Damages Theory Allowed Based Upon Lack of Prejudice
    NanoChem Sol’ns, Inc. v. Global Green Prods., LLC., No. 10 C 5686, Slip Op. (N.D. Ill. Sep. 10, 2013) (Hart, Sen. J.). Judge Hart denied defendants’ motion in limine to exclude plaintiff NanoChem’s late-disclosed lost profit…
  • Mar 19

    Failing to Offer Construction for Indefinite Term Can Leave a Court “at Sea”

    Failing to Offer Construction for Indefinite Term Can Leave a Court “at Sea”
    Saro Golf, Inc. v. Nike, Inc., No. 08 C 1110, Slip Op. (N.D. Ill. Sep. 9, 2013) (Chang, J.). Judge Chang clarified the claim constructions in this patent case regarding an improved golf club head.  “Radius of curvature” was…
  • Mar 17

    Plaintiff May Not Communicate with Does in BitTorrent Case by Email or Phone

    Plaintiff May Not Communicate with Does in BitTorrent Case by Email or Phone
    The Thompsons Film, LLC v. Does 1-60, Slip Op. 13 C 2368 (N.D. Ill. Sep. 6, 2013) (Gottschall, J.). Judge Gottschall denied two Doe defendants’ motions to quash subpoenas to their respective ISPs seeking, among other things, their…
Rank this Week: 94

Technology & Marketing Law…

Technology & Marketing Law Blog

Covers Internet, technology and online marketing legal issues. Published by Santa Clara University School of Law Professor Eric Goldman.

http://blog.ericgoldman.org/
Rank this Week: 101

Copyright Litigation Blog

Copyright Litigation Blog

Review of copyright law, copyright litigation, art litigation and relevant current events. Discussions of recent case law and federal rules of civil procedure. By Ray Dowd.

http://copyrightlitigation.blogspot.com/
  • Apr 15

    High Profile Securities Law Decisions - Chief Judge Preska and Free CLE at K&L Gates 4/25

    High Profile Securities Law Decisions - Chief Judge Preska and Free CLE at K&L Gates 4/25
    The Securities Law and Federal Litigation Sections, along with the Southern District of New York Chapter of the Federal Bar Association presentRecent High Profile Securities Law DecisionsRegisterSpeakers:Hon. Loretta A. PreskaChief Judge,…
  • Apr 8

    How Powerful Are Women In The Law? Join Us And Find Out!

    How Powerful Are Women In The Law? Join Us And Find Out!
    Women in the Law: Power and Progress July 2014 Conference - Washington DC by Ray Dowd Join us on July 11 and find out! More information at www.fedbar.orgwww.dunnington.com Copyright law, fine art and navigating the courts. All…
  • Feb 19

    German Prosecutors To Be Honored at SDNY For Counterterrorism - Join Us February 25

    German Prosecutors To Be Honored at SDNY For Counterterrorism - Join Us February 25
       U.S FEDERAL BAR TO PRESENT HISTORIC AWARDS TO EUROPEAN COLLEAGUES For the first time in its nearly one hundred year history, the US Federal Bar Association will be presenting an award for professional excellence to two…
Rank this Week: 119

43(B)log

43(B)log

Covers false advertising and intellectual property issues. By Professor Rebecca Tushnet.

http://tushnet.blogspot.com/
  • Apr 15

    FDA has a standard, so no Lanham Act claim can be made

    FDA has a standard, so no Lanham Act claim can be made
    OraLabs, Inc. v. Kind Group LLC, 2014 WL 1395954, No. 13–cv–00170 (D. Colo. Apr. 10, 2014)The court adopted the magistrate judge's recommendation to deny Kind leave to amend its counterclaims to add a Lanham Act false advertising…
  • Apr 15

    conflict mineral disclosure unconstitutional, DC Circuit rule

    conflict mineral disclosure unconstitutional, DC Circuit rule
    National Association of Manufacturers v. Securities and Exchange Commission, No. 13-5252 (D.C. Cir. Apr. 14, 2014)If we needed an example of how the First Amendment can reinstate Lochner, this would be a good one.  Here we have a…
  • Apr 14

    dig if you will the picture

    dig if you will the picture
    Bold Rock bottle in greenRolling Rock bottleRolling Rock and Bold Rock.  Too bold?
Rank this Week: 129

Case Clothesed For Fashion Law

Case Clothesed For Fashion Law

Covers trade dress, trademark, design patent and counterfeiting issues in the fashion industry. By New York Law School.

http://www.caseclothesed.com/
  • Oct 11

    Artistic Expression: Fashion Friend or Faux Pas?

    Artistic Expression: Fashion Friend or Faux Pas?
    By: Andriana Chryssikos High fashion luxury labels have found themselves to be stuck somewhere in between our youth culture’s fashion craze: streetwear parodies of well-known luxury labels, and a trademark infringement lawsuit. …
  • Oct 9

    Business of Fashion Part 1: Fashion Licensing

    Business of Fashion Part 1: Fashion Licensing
    By: Sandra Stanfield Fashion companies utilize a mechanism called licensing to expand the brand and also increase revenue via royalties. So what exactly is licensing? Licensing is the process of “renting” a fashion company’s…
  • Oct 7

    Ready or Not: 3-D Printing

    Ready or Not: 3-D Printing
    Written By: Tracy Weintstein Technology, technology, technology. It is all we hear and read about, and whether we like it or not, technology is rapidly altering the world around us. Some are completely intrigued by it and some begrudgingly…
Rank this Week: 130

Copyhype

Copyhype

Discusses copyright law for those in the content industries and the general public. By Terry Hart.

http://www.copyhype.com/
  • Apr 11

    Friday’s Endnotes – 04/11/14

    Friday’s Endnotes – 04/11/14
    The World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Music — What makes this list particularly relevant is its recognition that innovative music companies include record labels, both major and independent. Can Private Photos be Used in…
  • Apr 7

    Making Copies! Retiring the Volitional Conduct Test in Favor of Proximate Causation

    Making Copies! Retiring the Volitional Conduct Test in Favor of Proximate Causation
    Imagine an author. She has a spark of inspiration and sets out developing a story. Characters are sketched out. Index cards bearing plot points are written up, arranged, and rearranged. As the story takes shape, she calls in her assistant,…
  • Apr 4

    Friday’s Endnotes – 04/04/14

    Friday’s Endnotes – 04/04/14
    Why a Loss for Aereo Wouldn’t Threaten Cloud Services — Todd Spangler at Variety has a great post responding to the doomsday scenarios Aereo supporters have been employing as The Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments in the…
Rank this Week: 136

Likelihood of Confusion

Likelihood of Confusion

Covers developments in trademark, copyright, new media and free speech. By Ron Coleman.

http://www.likelihoodofconfusion.com
  • Apr 10

    Explicitly your

    Explicitly your
    Tomorrow I will be on a panel called ”Warning, the Following Material May Be Explicit: Addressing the Efficacy of §2(a) of the Lanham Act” as part of American University Law Review’s annual Federal Circuit…
  • Apr 9

    Foul baller

    Foul baller
    Originally posted 2007-03-27 00:42:26. Republished by Blog Post PromoterA former major leaguer goes from giving up runs to running from the law. From pitch counts to multiple counts. From pitching and hitting to counterfeiting. From –…
  • Apr 9

    EFF backs eBay in Tiffany spat

    EFF backs eBay in Tiffany spat
    Originally posted 2008-12-05 00:01:56. Republished by Blog Post PromoterSee, we don’t agree with Public Citizen all the time!  Read on, via the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF): [EFF] along with Public Citizen and Public…
Rank this Week: 152

Photo Attorney

Photo Attorney

Covers legal issues for photographers. By Carolyn E. Wright.

http://www.photoattorney.com
  • Apr 9

    Congrats to our Winners and Additional Offer from Image Witness!

    Congrats to our Winners and Additional Offer from Image Witness!
    Congrats to our winners of the Image Witness Giveaway! George Widman Scott MacQuarrie Patrick Lauzon The great folks at Image Witness have an additional offer. As Photo Attorney readers seem to be really keen on protecting…
  • Apr 8

    Image Witness Giveaway!

    Image Witness Giveaway!
    The great folks at Image Witness have an offer for Photo Attorney blog readers to help them manage where their content is being used online. Image Witness is an image tracking and protection platform that is custom built for…
  • Apr 4

    Copyright Office Extends Period of Public Comment in Notice of Inquiry Regarding Orphan Works and Mass Digitization

    Copyright Office Extends Period of Public Comment in Notice of Inquiry Regarding Orphan Works and Mass Digitization
    The U.S. Copyright Office is extending the deadline for public comments that address topics listed in the Office’s February 10, 2014, Notice of Inquiry and that respond to any issues raised during the public roundtables held in…
Rank this Week: 155

QuestionCopyright.org

QuestionCopyright.org

Covers copyright and freedom-based distribution methods for artists.

http://questioncopyright.org/
  • Feb 11

    Copyright and Surveillance

    Copyright and Surveillance
    Reposting for Tuesday, 11 Feb 2014 — The Day We Fight Back against NSA surveillance. Centralized mass surveillance is incompatible with freedom, as we've written about before, and enforcing copyright restrictions on digital…
  • Feb 5

    In Chicago: "Sita Sings the Blues" Screening @ Columbia College (4:30pm, Thu, Feb 6th)

    In Chicago: "Sita Sings the Blues" Screening @ Columbia College (4:30pm, Thu, Feb 6th)
    The Women+Film student group at Columbia College in Chicago is presenting QCO Artist-in-Residence Nina Paley's film Sita Sings the Blues this Thursday at 4:30pm -- and Nina will be there for Q&A!  Come see a wonderful film, talk to…
  • Feb 2

    Syllabus for Prof. Howard Besser's "Free Culture & Open Access" course at NYU.

    Syllabus for Prof. Howard Besser's "Free Culture & Open Access" course at NYU.
    Professor Howard Besser of New York University is offering a course at the Tisch School of Arts this Spring entitled Free Culture & Open Access, and he's released the syllabus online.  It's such a good list of introductory sources…
Rank this Week: 164

In Between Cases

In Between Cases

Covers copyright, fair use, and sometimes trademark. By Christopher F. Meatto.

http://harvardlaw74.com
  • Mar 26

    Startup Litigation – Morley or Sherlock’s Moriarity – The Strange Case of Morley v Square, Inc.

    Startup Litigation – Morley or Sherlock’s Moriarity – The Strange Case of Morley v Square, Inc.
    Have to love a United States District Court complaint that starts as follows: “The publicized origin story of Square, Inc. is a fabrication. The business now known as Square was not created solely by Jack Dorsey and James McKelvey. It…
  • Mar 17

    Brooklyn Tech Triangle, A New Music Video and A Newer Idea

    Brooklyn Tech Triangle, A New Music Video and A Newer Idea
    We are all keeping our eye on the public and private initiatives surrounding the Brooklyn Tech Triangle. President of Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, Tucker Reed, has in essence, proposed a reverse eminent domain of City owned buildings in…
  • Jan 6

    Startup Litigation Defense Post 101

    Startup Litigation Defense Post 101
    Andrew Greenstein, counsel at Knight Capital, suggests in his Three Quick Steps To Avoid Startup Death By Trade Secret Misappropriation Lawsuit“, the following: CHECKLIST AND CERTIFICATION FOR NEWLY-HIRED EMPLOYEES 1. I hereby confirm…
Rank this Week: 176

Patent Docs

Patent Docs

Covers biotech and pharma patent law and news. By McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP.

http://www.patentdocs.org/
  • Apr 14

    Hoffman-La Roche Inc. v. Apotex Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2014)

    Hoffman-La Roche Inc. v. Apotex Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2014)
    By Michael Greenfield -- Last Friday, the Federal Circuit issued an opinion in Hoffman La-Roche Inc. v. Apotex Inc. that is a cautionary tale of patent lifecycle and the difficulties those seeking to extend patent protection face -- namely…
  • Apr 13

    Court Report

    Court Report
    By Sherri Oslick -- About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. et al. v. Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd. et al. 1:14-cv-00387; filed March 26, 2014 in the…
  • Apr 13

    Conference & CLE Calendar

    Conference & CLE Calendar
    April 16, 2014 - "Patent Subject Matter Eligibility: Navigating the New "Myriad" Guidelines -- Analyzing Subject Matter and Avoiding Rejection Under the USPTO's Detailed Framework" (Strafford) - 1:00 to 2:30 pm (EDT) April 16, 2014 -…
Rank this Week: 195

Docket Report Patent Infringement…

Docket Report Patent Infringement Blog

Detailing substantive events regarding patent cases in the district courts.

http://docketreport.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 199

Recording Industry vs The People

Recording Industry vs The People

Covers the RIAA's lawsuits of against ordinary working people.

http://recordingindustryvspeople.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 217

Law & Disorder

Law & Disorder

The Art of Technology

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/
Rank this Week: 224

TechnoLlama

TechnoLlama

Covers copyrights, creative commons, DRM, open source and more. By Andres Guadamuz.

http://www.technollama.co.uk
  • Apr 13

    Whatever happened to DVDs?

    Whatever happened to DVDs?
    Storage spaces This week I attended the launch of a CREATe report named ‘A review of the causes and impacts of unlawful file sharing’ (not yet available online). The report itself offers a fascinating insight into the research…
  • Apr 9

    Gikii 2014 Call for Paper

    Gikii 2014 Call for Paper
    So Gikii! Call For Papers September 1-2 2014University of Sussex, Brighton Could a computer virus go on a killing rampage? What are the legal issues surrounding 3D-printed drones? Is Bitcoin the beginning of the end of the existing financial…
  • Apr 2

    European court allows website blocking

    European court allows website blocking
    You shall not pass! The European Court of Justice has produced a very interesting ruling with regards to injunctions ordering intermediaries to block websites which make available infringing content. This has been a hot legal topic in recent…
Rank this Week: 223

Freedom to Tinker

Freedom to Tinker

Focuses on issues related to legal regulation of technology, and especially on legal attempts to restrict the right of technologists and citizens to tinker with technological devices. From Princeton's Center for Information Technology Policy.

https://freedom-to-tinker.com/
  • Apr 15

    Bitcoin hacks and thefts: The underlying reason

    Bitcoin hacks and thefts: The underlying reason
    Emin Gün Sirer has a fascinating post about how the use of NoSQL caused technical failures that led to the demise of Bitcoin exchanges Flexcoin and Poloniex. But these are only the latest in a long line of hacks of exchanges, other…
  • Apr 11

    Heartbleed and passwords: don’t panic

    Heartbleed and passwords: don’t panic
    The Heartbleed bug has captured public attention this week like few security vulnerabilities before it. This is a good thing, as indeed this is a catastrophic flaw. Many people have focused on its impact on passwords with headlines like…
  • Apr 10

    Heartsick about Heartbleed

    Heartsick about Heartbleed
    Ed Felten provides good advice on this blog about what to do in the wake of Heartbleed, and I’ve read some good technical discussions of the technical problem (see this for a particularly understandable explanation). In this brief…
Rank this Week: 250

ITC 337 Law Blog

ITC 337 Law Blog

Covers International Trade Commission cases and news. By Oblon Spivak.

http://www.itcblog.com
Rank this Week: 273

Los Angeles Intellectual Property…

Los Angeles Intellectual Property Trademark Attorney Blog

Includes topics such as copyright litigation, licensing, patent litigation, TTAB, trademark applications, and trademark litigation. By Los Angeles, California intellectual property lawyer, Milord A. Keshishian.

http://www.iptrademarkattorney.com/
  • Apr 9

    Mickey Mouse May Sue DJ Deadmau5 Over Mouse-Head Trademark Application

    Mickey Mouse May Sue DJ Deadmau5 Over Mouse-Head Trademark Application
    Disney’s trademark attorneys sought an extension of time at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial & Appeal Board while they review their options in legally challenging DJ Deadmau5’s application to register his…
  • Apr 3

    Presenting At Bridgeport's Trade Secret Seminar

    Presenting At Bridgeport's Trade Secret Seminar
    I have the pleasure of speaking tomorrow at Bridgeport Continuing Education's trade secret seminar, "Prosecuting and Defending Corporate Raiding, Customer Trade Secret, & Employee Mobility Cases." For a list of the distinguished…
  • Feb 5

    Facebook Sued For Patent Infringement Over Its “Facebook Ads” Advertising Service

    Facebook Sued For Patent Infringement Over Its “Facebook Ads” Advertising Service
    Steve Morsa filed a patent infringement lawsuit yesterday against social networking giant Facebook regarding its “Facebook Ads” advertising services. Morsa alleges he is the inventor and owner of two U.S. Patents, i.e. 7,904,337 and…
Rank this Week: 264

Music & Copyright's Blog

Music & Copyright's Blog

Covers global copyright and legal issues affecting the music industry.

http://musicandcopyright.wordpress.com
  • Apr 2

    What’s in the latest issue of Music & Copyright?

    What’s in the latest issue of Music & Copyright?
    The newsletter begins with a look at the ruling by the European Court of Justice on website blocking. In a case referred by the Austrian Supreme Court, the ECJ said an ISP can be required to block subscriber access to websites that infringe…
  • Mar 19

    What’s in the latest issue of Music & Copyright?

    What’s in the latest issue of Music & Copyright?
    We begin this issue with a look at the IFPI’s annual report on the state of the digital-music industry. According to the global recorded-music association, total income from recorded music slipped 3.9% in 2013, to US$15 billion, from…
  • Mar 5

    Music & Copyright is 500 today

    Music & Copyright is 500 today
    Today is a big day for all of us at Music & Copyright as we have just published our 500th issue. When the first issue was put together back in September 1992, little did we think that Music & Copyright would still be as popular with…
Rank this Week: 262

Blawg IT

Blawg IT

Covers patent, copyright, trademark and Internet related legal issues. By Patent Attorney Brett Trout.

http://blawgit.com
  • Dec 9

    Brett Trout Designated Des Moines Patent Law “Lawyer of the Year”

    Brett Trout Designated Des Moines Patent Law “Lawyer of the Year”
    Five Years Running For the fifth year in a row, Brett J. Trout has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the annual edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. For 2014, Mr. Trout has been selected for inclusion in the area of Patent…
  • Jun 10

    The Right of Publicity

    The Right of Publicity
    Hey, That’s Me! You spend months working on your cosplay outfit, and it turns out perfect. You are the hit of the con, with everyone taking your picture. Then, all of a sudden, you see you and your outfit on all kinds of merchandise,…
  • Feb 1

    What is the Difference Between ™, ®, and ©?

    What is the Difference Between ™, ®, and ©?
    You see these symbols every day, but what do they mean? Here is a handy guide to help you understand the difference between ™, ®, and ©. ™ ™ stand for “trademark.” When you see a ™ next to a word,…
Rank this Week: 261

Duets Blog

Duets Blog

Collaborative blog on advertising, intellectual property, and marketing.

http://www.duetsblog.com/
  • Apr 15

    Has Brand Jordan Stepped Out of Bounds?

    Has Brand Jordan Stepped Out of Bounds?
    - Draeke Weseman, Weseman Law Office, PLLC In 1984, Nike needed an NBA superstar. Magic Johnson and Larry Bird wore Converse brand basketball shoes, as did most of the other major NBA stars. Adding to the pressure, Nike sales were in general…
  • Apr 13

    Calling Non-Traditional Trademarks By Name

    Calling Non-Traditional Trademarks By Name
    Things that are worth talking about need names. Good, distinctive names are best. As you may recall, last year we wrote this about non-verbal logos needing names: “Marketing types, when brand owners operate in the world of…
  • Apr 13

    Why “Hours of Energy Now”?

    Why “Hours of Energy Now”?
    Tim, after shopping at Costco over the weekend, the reason why the 5-Hour Energy folks seem so interested in owning “Hours of Energy Now” became more apparent: Does Costco’s Kirkland brand energy drink packaging…
Rank this Week: 291

LoTempio Law Blog

LoTempio Law Blog

Covers patents, trademarks and copyright news. By Vincent G. LoTempio.

http://www.lotempiolaw.com/
  • Apr 13

    $920 Million Kevlar Trade Secret Verdict Overturned

    $920 Million Kevlar Trade Secret Verdict Overturned
    DuPont has been making Kevlar, the ubiquitous strong polymer for use in bullet-proof armor and countless other consumer  products, for over thirty years. Kolon is a South Korean company that manufactured a similar polymer product known…
  • Mar 21

    LoTempio Patent client makes deal on “Shark Tank”

    LoTempio Patent client makes deal on “Shark Tank”
    Inventor and entrepreneur Frank Scozzafava of Mix Bikini designs, manufactures and markets interchangeable reversible bikinis. Frank is also a client of Kloss, Stenger and LoTempio. Frank was on the CNBC nationally televised show Shark Tank…
  • Mar 20

    No patent infringement by Google or Microsoft

    No patent infringement by Google or Microsoft
    Two of the largest search engine marketing vendors in the United States (Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp.) will not have to pay Paid Search Engine Marketing Tools LLC for their alleged patent infringement. The Patent Trial and Appeal Board…
Rank this Week: 285

Eastern District of Texas Federal…

Eastern District of Texas Federal Court Practice

Devoted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, with special emphasis on patent litigation. By Michael C. Smith.

http://mcsmith.blogs.com/eastern_district_of_texas/
  • Apr 15

    Judge Dyk Grants In Part Motion for Cost

    Judge Dyk Grants In Part Motion for Cost
    Cheetah Omni LLC v. Alcatel-Lucent, 6:11cv390 (4/15/140 Judge: Timothy Dyk (CAFC, sitting by designation) Holding: Motion for Costs Granted in Part The Tellabs defendants sought an order in this case awarding costs against plaintiff in the…
  • Apr 15

    Motion for Summary Judgment Granted in Part in Foreclosure Case

    Motion for Summary Judgment Granted in Part in Foreclosure Case
    Castania v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 4:13cv80 (4/9/14) Judge: Amos Mazzant Holding: Motion for Summary Judgment Granted in Part Plaintiff filed this lawsuit in state court originally, asserting claims for violations of the Texas Debt…
  • Apr 15

    Introducing Jordan McKnight

    Introducing Jordan McKnight
    Siebman, Burg, Phillips & Smith, LLP has added an associate, Jordan McKnight, who I wanted to introduce to readers, since he may be posting on the weblog soon as well. Jordan practices primarily out of our Plano and Sherman offices,...
Rank this Week: 309

The TTABlog

The TTABlog

Covers the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. By John L. Welch.

http://thettablog.blogspot.com/
  • Apr 15

    Machine Stand Configuration Lacked Acquired Distinctiveness, Says TTAB

    Machine Stand Configuration Lacked Acquired Distinctiveness, Says TTAB
    The Board affirmed a refusal to register the product configuration shown below, for stands for industrial stirring machines, finding that applicant had failed to establish acquired distinctiveness under Section 2(f). The lack of "look-for"…
  • Apr 14

    Precedential No. 18: Identity of One Party's Trial Witnesses Cannot Be Kept Secret from Other Party

    Precedential No. 18: Identity of One Party's Trial Witnesses Cannot Be Kept Secret from Other Party
    Finding that Opposer Hunter Industries had established prior common-law rights in the mark PRECISION DISTRIBUTION CONTROL for irrigation sprinklers, the Board sustained its opposition to registration of the mark PRECISION for landscape…
  • Apr 11

    Affirming Refusal, TTAB Says "HOURS OF ENERGY NOW" Not Being Used as a Trademark

    Affirming Refusal, TTAB Says "HOURS OF ENERGY NOW" Not Being Used as a Trademark
    The Board affirmed a refusal to register the applied-for mark HOURS OF ENERGY NOW for dietary supplements and "energy shots," because the phrase as it appears on applicant's specimens of use, fails to function as a trademark. In re Innovation…
Rank this Week: 314

Copyright Chronicle

Copyright Chronicle

Covers copyright law and current copyright issues. By Thomas P. Gulick.

http://copyrightchronicle.blogspot.com/
  • Apr 14

    SCOTUS Ruling on Petrella May Have Long-Lasting Effects on Future Copyright Lawsuit

    SCOTUS Ruling on Petrella May Have Long-Lasting Effects on Future Copyright Lawsuit
    The Supreme Court of the United States has taken on two high-profile intellectual property cases, American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. v. Aereo and Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International, and a lower profile copyright…
  • Sep 18

    BLURRED LINES:  SOMEWHERE BETWEEN…

    BLURRED LINES:  SOMEWHERE BETWEEN FOGERTY V. FANTASY AND HARRISONGS V. BRIGHT TUNES   The recent declaratory judgment lawsuit filed by Robin Thicke, Pharrell, and Clifford Harris, Jr. (collectively “Plaintiffs”)…
  • May 16

    Builder Beware: Copyright Infringement for Architectural Design

    Builder Beware: Copyright Infringement for Architectural Design
    An often overlooked function of the Copyright Act is the protection it provides for architectural works.  Recently, however, the Eastern District of New York was called upon to decide a copyright infringement claim involving…
Rank this Week: 341

Title 17: The S(c)ite For…

Title 17: The S(c)ite For Copyright Law

Provides analysis, learn­ing and discussion relating to copyright law. By Paul Fakler.

http://title17.net/
  • Mar 19

    ASCAP Rate Court Pandora Decision Reveals Publishers’ Abuse of Market Power

    ASCAP Rate Court Pandora Decision Reveals Publishers’ Abuse of Market Power
    As I noted in my earlier post, the public version of Judge Cote’s decision in the ASCAP / Pandora rate court proceeding was released today.  It is a remarkable and comprehensive 136-page opinion, thoroughly rejecting all of…
  • Mar 19

    Full ASCAP Rate Court Pandora Decision Released

    Full ASCAP Rate Court Pandora Decision Released
    The public version of Judge Cote’s ASCAP Pandora rate decision has been released.  Commentary to follow, once I have had the chance to read, but here is the decision for those interested:
  • Mar 17

    Big Loss for ASCAP in Pandora Rate Case

    Big Loss for ASCAP in Pandora Rate Case
    ASCAP has suffered a significant defeat in its rate court litigation against Pandora.  In that proceeding, Pandora sought to have its current ASCAP musical composition public performance license rate (1.85% of revenue) cut to the same…
Rank this Week: 350

Revista Mi Patente

Revista Mi Patente

Una revista especializada en temas de propiedad intelectual, de contenido ágil y propositivo que gira en torno a las ideas que se convierten en negocios, desde su transformación, administración, protección y cuidado; así como las noticias más importantes que se desarrollan en el entorno.

http://www.mipatente.com/
Rank this Week: 324

Filewrapper.com

Filewrapper.com

Features news and commentary on intellectual property law. By McKee, Voorhees & Sease.

http://www.filewrapper.com/
  • Dec 2

    MVS Filewrapper® Blog: USPTO Proposes Rule Changes for International Design Application

    MVS Filewrapper® Blog: USPTO Proposes Rule Changes for International Design Application
    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is seeking comments on it proposed rules for implementing the provisions of Title I of the Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act of 2012.  The law is the implementing legislation for the 1999 Geneva…
  • Nov 27

    MVS Filewrapper® Blog: Flawed Evidence Undercuts "Charbucks" Trademark Suit

    MVS Filewrapper® Blog: Flawed Evidence Undercuts "Charbucks" Trademark Suit
    In Starbucks Corp. v. Wolfe’s Borough Coffee, Inc., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed a district court’s decision denying injunctive relief in Starbucks’ trademark case against Black Bear Micro…
  • Nov 22

    MVS Filewrapper® Blog: Exhausting Patent Rights Without a "Sale"

    MVS Filewrapper® Blog: Exhausting Patent Rights Without a "Sale"
    In LifeScan Scotland, LTD v. Shasta Technologies, LLC, the Federal Circuit clarified the ability of a patnet holder to enforce patent rights in a product it has given away, but not "sold."  Defendant Shasta Technologies appealed…
Rank this Week: 326

US Law Watch

US Law Watch

Provides US legal and regulatory information. By BNA International.

http://www.uslawwatch.com
Rank this Week: 342

Indiana Intellectual Property…

Indiana Intellectual Property Lawyer Blog

Covers trademark, patent and copyright infringement. By Overhauser Law Offices, LLC.

http://www.iniplaw.org/
Rank this Week: 364

3D Internet Law Blog

3D Internet Law Blog

Covers intellectual property and contracts in virtual worlds and multiuser online games. By Stephen Wu.

http://www.3dinternetlaw.com/index.html
  • Feb 2

    Augmented Reality Opportunitie

    Augmented Reality Opportunitie
    While the virtual reality market seems to be quiet, the augmented reality is starting to grow. With Google Glass and new competitors on the horizon, people are turning to wearable computers. Wearable computers in the form factor of glasses…
  • Sep 29

    New California Law Will Change Video Game and Virtual Worlds Privacy Practice

    New California Law Will Change Video Game and Virtual Worlds Privacy Practice
    This past week, on September 23, 2013, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 568, legislation enacted to protect minors online. The law is most famous for providing a so-called “Internet eraser” mechanism. The idea of…
  • Sep 29

    New California Law Will Change Video Game and Virtual Worlds Privacy Practice

    New California Law Will Change Video Game and Virtual Worlds Privacy Practice
    This past week, on September 23, 2013, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 568, legislation enacted to protect minors online. The law is most famous for providing a so-called “Internet eraser” mechanism. The idea…
Rank this Week: 359

Erik J. Heels

Erik J. Heels

Covers technology, law, baseball, and rock 'n' roll. By Erik J. Heels.

http://www.erikjheels.com/
  • Dec 18

    HTML/CSS Test Page For Web Designer

    HTML/CSS Test Page For Web Designer
    Erik’s Clueful HTML Brain Dump. Below is just about everything you’ll need to style a WordPress theme (or any other CSS-based web design).  Check the source code (i.e. view source) to see the many embedded elements within…
  • Oct 3

    Time For A Patent Bar Oath

    Time For A Patent Bar Oath
    Proposed Patent Attorney's Oath.
  • Oct 2

    Drawing That Explains This Blog

    Drawing That Explains This Blog
    Technology, Law, Baseball, Rock 'n' Roll. Why do I write about more than one thing?  Because I think single-subject blogs are, for the most part, boring. Do you like musicians who play only one note?  Artists who use only one color?  OK…
Rank this Week: 356

Grzegorz Jarosław Pacek Blog

Grzegorz Jarosław Pacek Blog

Covers intellectual property law in Poland.

http://ip.pacek.name/
  • Sep 22

    Na pomoc Michałowi Rusinkowi, czyli o publikacji zdjęć drobnych złodziejaszków

    Na pomoc Michałowi Rusinkowi, czyli o publikacji zdjęć drobnych złodziejaszków
    Kilka dni temu głośnym echem odbiła się „akcja” Pana Michała Rusinka, który w jednym z portali społecznościowych opublikował wizerunki (domniemanych?) złodziei,…
  • Apr 29

    Podobieństwo opakowań produktów spożywczych

    Podobieństwo opakowań produktów spożywczych
    Jakiś czas temu zastanawiałem się na blogu, czy wyrok sądu I instancji, wydany po trzech latach, może cieszyć. Zasadniczo, okazywało się, że może. Choć radość tym większa,…
  • Feb 23

    Skarga i skarga kasacyjna – do biblioteczki

    Skarga i skarga kasacyjna – do biblioteczki
    Dlaczego na blogu o prawie własności intelektualnej poświęcam wpis na krótkie omówienie pozycji dotyczącej skargi i skargi kasacyjnej w postępowaniu sądowoadministracyjnym? Ano dlatego, że…
Rank this Week: 388

IPWatchdog

IPWatchdog

Offers insights on current developments in the intellectual property space, and discusses patent, trademark, trade secret and copyright information and news.

http://www.ipwatchdog.com/
  • Apr 15

    Do Patents Truly Promote Innovation?

    Do Patents Truly Promote Innovation?
    Invention, it has been shown, is driven primarily not by genius or happenstance but rather by markets and the expectation of the profit that can be gained by securing the patent rights to new technologies. Zorina Khan of Bowdoin College and…
  • Apr 14

    Happy Birthday to the Patent System, A Dream of Our Forefather

    Happy Birthday to the Patent System, A Dream of Our Forefather
    As Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, spoke about on 60 Minutes, true innovation does not come from the large corporations. Instead, it is some “graduate student” or “crazy person” that makes change, such as the obscure…
  • Apr 13

    The “Useful Arts” in the Modern Era: For SOCUTS on CLS Bank

    The “Useful Arts” in the Modern Era: For SOCUTS on CLS Bank
    Many, many, many patents have issued to cover the physical elements and intuitive steps to make this familiar sequence possible and increasingly reliable and refined. Mechanical elements, i.e., rotating shafts with a gears on each end, have…
Rank this Week: 417

IP Law Blog

IP Law Blog

Covers copyrights, cyberspace law, music, patents, privacy, trade secrets and trademarks. By Weintraub Genshlea Chediak.

http://www.theiplawblog.com/
  • Apr 14

    Patent Myths Corrected – Part Two

    Patent Myths Corrected – Part Two
    Last week’s column was the first of two columns discussing some of the most common misconceptions or myths about patents.  Here is the second part, starting with number five on my list.…
  • Apr 14

    Patent Myths Corrected – Part One

    Patent Myths Corrected – Part One
    Patent law is a complicated area of law governed by a confusing set of statutes and regulations that are interpreted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) and the federal courts.  Patents themselves are sometimes almost…
  • Apr 11

    Patent Myths Corrected – Part Two

    Patent Myths Corrected – Part Two
    Last week’s column was the first of two columns discussing some of the most common misconceptions or myths about patents.  Here is the second part, starting with number five on my list.  …
Rank this Week: 433

Orange Book Blog

Orange Book Blog

Covers patent and FDA law, including authorized generics, biogenerics, Hatch-Waxman litigation and Orange Book patent listing/delisting. By Aaron F. Barkoff.

http://www.orangebookblog.com/
Rank this Week: 420

Clancco: Art & Law

Clancco: Art & Law

Covers the relationship between art and law with a focus on intellectual property, nonprofit tax-exempt organizations, free speech, and contemporary art. By Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento.

http://clancco.com/wp
  • Apr 10

    Guggenheim Bilbao Censors “Offensive” Paul McCarthy and Mike Bouchet Public Artwork

    Guggenheim Bilbao Censors “Offensive” Paul McCarthy and Mike Bouchet Public Artwork
    According to Artnet, the Guggenheim Bilbao is forcing the removal of a provocative and controversial Paul McCarthy and Mike Bouchet 2,000 square foot mural installation on the side of a building in Bilbao. The billboard is an…
  • Apr 10

    Increase to Most Copyright Office Fee

    Increase to Most Copyright Office Fee
    There will be an increase to most US Copyright registration fees, effective May 1, 2014.  
  • Apr 10

    Contemporary Art & Law: Recent Controversies and Legal Development

    Contemporary Art & Law: Recent Controversies and Legal Development
    I’m very happy to announce that I will be giving a lecture presentation tomorrow for the Arts Counsel Texas, in Dallas. This event was organized by my good friend, Meg Friess, and is generously hosted by the firm of Thompson &…
Rank this Week: 407