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this WEEK in LAW

this WEEK in LAW

Denise Howell and guests discuss technology law. From the TWiT netcast network.

http://twit.tv/twil
  • Aug 28

    TWiL 317: Law of the WOPR

    TWiL 317: Law of the WOPR
    Hosts: Denise Howell, Sarah Pearson Apps to help deal with the problems of sexual assault and bullying, the Ninth Circuit overturns verdicts for the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Ashley Madison owners misusing DMCA to take down leaked…
  • Aug 21

    TWiL 316: The First Meal Doctrine

    TWiL 316: The First Meal Doctrine
    Host: Sarah Pearson Privacy expectations and the Ashley Madison hack, design patents and Apple's rounded corners, Instagraming your meal could violate the chef's copyright and more! Download or subscribe to this show at…
  • Aug 14

    TWiL 315: Risa On Demand

    TWiL 315: Risa On Demand
    Host: Denise HowellGuests: Mark Jaffe, Adam Steinbaugh, Colette Vogele The future of cracking down on revenge-porn, Dr. Luke and his Breakbeat to stand trial, trademarking "Cecil the Lion" for profit and more! Photo credit: Denis…
Rank this Week: 296

Wisconsin Probate & Estate…

Wisconsin Probate & Estate Planning Blog

Covers estate planning, trusts and wills. By Krause Donovan Estate Law Partners, LLC

http://www.madisontrustlaw.com/
  • Aug 28

    Where is the Best Place to Store Your Original Estate Planning Documents?

    Where is the Best Place to Store Your Original Estate Planning Documents?
    Where is the Best Place to Store Your Original Estate Planning Documents? After you meet with your attorney to sign your estate planning documents, you need to secure the original documents for safekeeping. In order for your representatives…
  • Aug 17

    The Fight Over Robin Williams’ Estate Continue

    The Fight Over Robin Williams’ Estate Continue
    It has been a bit over a year since the tragic death of actor and comedian Robin Williams; however, the family has yet to settle their battle over his estate. Williams took his life in August of 2014 in his California home. The actor had…
  • Aug 8

    Estate Planning for Baby Boomer

    Estate Planning for Baby Boomer
    Estate Planning for Baby Boomers According to financial planners interviewed for an article in USA Today, Baby Boomers are neglecting or simply ignoring the importance of estate planning. They are more focused on their retirement and focused…
Rank this Week: 3158

Trademarkology

Trademarkology

Provides insight and guidance on selecting a brand name or logo and protecting it with a federally registered trademark. By Stites & Harbison, PLLC.

http://www.trademarkologist.com/
  • Aug 28

    PECHU SANDWICH: Lettuce, Tomato, Cheese, Chicken – Hold the © and ®

    PECHU SANDWICH: Lettuce, Tomato, Cheese, Chicken – Hold the © and ®
    I read an article about a trademark/copyright lawsuit in Puerto Rico over the “Pechu Sandwich” which is a sandwich sold by Church’s Chicken on the island.  There is another interesting article about it in the…
  • Aug 27

    Watch Out!

    Watch Out!
    Are Apple and Swatch on a trademark collision course? Some think so, but some think different(ly). We will see in time. Last month, Swatch filed applications in Switzerland to register the mark TICK DIFFERENT for use in connection with…
  • Aug 25

    Stolichnaya® – A Tale of Two Owner

    Stolichnaya® – A Tale of Two Owner
    A Russian pseudo-governmental entity claims that it is the rightful owner of the Stolichnaya trademark and that as a result, U.S. distributors who sell the product are acting in violation of established trademark rights.  The problem…
Rank this Week: 4198

New York Trademark Attorney Blog

New York Trademark Attorney Blog

Covers intellectual property law. By Nikki Siesel, Esq. of the Law Offices Of Joseph C. Messina.

http://www.newyorktrademarkattorneyblog.com/
  • Aug 28

    TTAB Grants Petition To Cancel Based On Trademark Common Law Right

    TTAB Grants Petition To Cancel Based On Trademark Common Law Right
    Failure to conduct a proper trademark clearance search can cause significant legal issues for a trademark owner at some point in the future. It is our practice to continually reiterate and encourage our clients to take the time to conduct a…
  • Aug 7

    What If A Final Refusal Is Issued In A Trademark Application?

    What If A Final Refusal Is Issued In A Trademark Application?
    This question is one that is frequently asked by our trademark clients. Once a Final Refusal has issued in an Office Action, a trademark applicant can file a request for reconsideration with the Examining Attorney, file an appeal with…
  • Jul 26

    How To Avoid The Supplemental Register If The Mark Consists Of A Surname

    How To Avoid The Supplemental Register If The Mark Consists Of A Surname
    Under Section 2(e)4 of the Trademark Act a mark that is primarily merely a surname can not be registered on the Principal Register absent a showing of acquired distinctiveness under Section 2(f) of the Trademark Act. See Suisman, Shapiro,…
Rank this Week: 4425

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/
  • Aug 28

    A Chicken Sandwich is Not Copyrightable – Really?

    A Chicken Sandwich is Not Copyrightable – Really?
    As reported in Law 360 and other outlets, the First Circuit has ruled that a chicken sandwich, no matter how amazingly delicious it may be, cannot be copyrighted. A Puerto Rican epicure named Norberto Lorenzana argued that he created the…
  • Aug 21

    Hidden Pitfalls of Old Non-Compete Provision

    Hidden Pitfalls of Old Non-Compete Provision
    Companies and employers around the country seek to protect their intellectual property by, among other things, using non-compete provisions in employment agreements. Generally, these provisions are intended to prevent an employee from…
  • Aug 14

    Hey, that’s my beer! I think…

    Hey, that’s my beer! I think…
    In the bustling craft brew economy brewers are faced with new issues every day. One that recently came to my attention arises when the craft brewery’s brewmaster or head brewer decides to either start his own craft brewery, or go to…
Rank this Week: 862

PHOSITA

PHOSITA

Covers biotechnology, copyright, intellectual property, public policy, licensing, patents, software and trademark. By Douglas Sorocco, J. Matthew Buchanan and Laura C. Wood.

http://dunlapcodding.com/phosita
Rank this Week: 893

Written Description

Written Description

Reviews recent scholarship in patent law, intellectual property theory, and innovation. By Christopher Suarez, Sarah Tran, and Tan Mau Wu.

http://writtendescription.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 28

    Dow v. NOVA: Maybe Nautilus Does Matter

    Dow v. NOVA: Maybe Nautilus Does Matter
    In June 2014, the Supreme Court held in Nautilus v. Biosig that the Federal Circuit's "insolubly ambiguous" test for indefiniteness was "more amorphous than the statutory definiteness requirement allows," and that the proper test is whether…
  • Aug 25

    Evaluating Patent Market

    Evaluating Patent Market
    I've been interested in patent markets for some time. In addition to several articles studying NPE litigation, I've written two articles discussing secondary markets explicitly: Patent Portfolios as Securities and Licensing Acquired…
  • Aug 1

    Some Reflections on Localism, Innovation, and Jim Bessen's New Book "Learning by Doing"

    Some Reflections on Localism, Innovation, and Jim Bessen's New Book "Learning by Doing"
    I highly recommend Jim Bessen's new book, Learning by Doing: The Real Connection Between Innovation, Wages and Wealth (2015), published by Yale University Press. I was lucky to present alongside Jim at Yale's…
Rank this Week: 909

Fashion Counsel with Anthony V.…

Fashion Counsel with Anthony V. Lupo

Arent Fox's fashion law blog highlights critical issues for designers, retailers, and manufacturers.

http://www.fashioncounsel.com/
  • Aug 28

    Cheerleader Uniform Designs Eligible for Copyright Protection, Sixth Circuit Rule

    Cheerleader Uniform Designs Eligible for Copyright Protection, Sixth Circuit Rule
    In a closely-watched fashion design case, the Sixth Circuit ruled last week that decorative designs on cheerleading uniforms are eligible for copyright protection. The US Copyright Act does not provide protection for functional aspects of…
  • Aug 18

    The Start of a New Wearable Brand Battle

    The Start of a New Wearable Brand Battle
    Jawbone and Fitbit, both billion-dollar leaders in the “wearable” technology category of fitness bands, are warming up for what may become a test of legal endurance. Jawbone recently filed three lawsuits in three different courts,…
  • Aug 14

    IKEA Repair Program Not Labeled “Recall” By CPSC

    IKEA Repair Program Not Labeled “Recall” By CPSC
    On July 22, 2015, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Swedish consumer products company, IKEA, issued a joint press release to announce a “repair program,” addressing a furniture tip-over safety hazard posed by…
Rank this Week: 4354

Statute of RyAnne

Statute of RyAnne

An entertainment and intellectual property blog.

http://www.statuteofryanne.com
  • Aug 28

    Part 2: Copyright and Trademark Law for the Wedding Industry

    Part 2: Copyright and Trademark Law for the Wedding Industry
    What is a wedding without music? To me, not a wedding at all. Outside of the photography, the other important aspect for us was music. The negotiations that took place over our first dance song would rival those over nuclear weapons. There…
  • Aug 21

    Part 1: Copyright & Trademark Law for the Wedding Industry

    Part 1: Copyright & Trademark Law for the Wedding Industry
    What’s not to love about a wedding? There are flowers, music, good food, it is expected you eat cake and also dance ridiculously. If I could choose any profession besides my own, I would be a wedding planner and have even been known to…
  • Aug 14

    Confessions of an Aspiring Intellectual Property Attorney: What I Learned, Hope to Learn and What I Wish My Creative Friends Knew

    Confessions of an Aspiring Intellectual Property Attorney: What I Learned, Hope to Learn and What I Wish My Creative Friends Knew
    For the first time, this week’s post is written by a guest author.  KeNosha Robinson is a rising 2L law student at Mississippi College School of Law who will enter into her first official intellectual property classes in a few…
Rank this Week: 4727

Copyhype

Copyhype

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

http://www.copyhype.com/
  • Aug 28

    Friday’s Endnotes – 08/28/15

    Friday’s Endnotes – 08/28/15
    The digital environment has created something approaching a monopoly for digital entrepreneurs and technology corporations, at the expense of those who create works. The distribution of intellectual and creative content puts billions into…
  • Aug 21

    Friday’s Endnotes – 08/20/15

    Friday’s Endnotes – 08/20/15
    How Google Could Rig the 2016 Election — Say the authors, “Our new research leaves little doubt about whether Google has the ability to control voters. In laboratory and online experiments conducted in the United States, we were…
  • Aug 14

    Friday’s Endnotes – 08/14/15

    Friday’s Endnotes – 08/14/15
    The Next Great Copyright Office — Josh Simmons (Kirkland & Ellis) looks at the current copyright review process, how it compares to the 1976 revision process, and pays particular attention to the issue of Copyright Office…
Rank this Week: 267

Seattle Copyright Watch

Seattle Copyright Watch

Covers copyright and other intellectual property topics. By Tonya Gisselberg.

http://www.seattlecopyrightwatch.com/
  • Aug 28

    Gimme a "V" for Cheerleader Uniform Design Copyright Validity!

    Gimme a "V" for Cheerleader Uniform Design Copyright Validity!
    Are cheerleading uniforms truly cheerleading uniforms without the stripes, chevrons, zigzags, and color blocks? That is the question that strikes at the heart of this appeal. (Opinion pdf page 2). Varsity Brands and its affiliates registered…
  • Aug 21

    Smack Dab in the Middle of a Termination Rights Dispute!

    Smack Dab in the Middle of a Termination Rights Dispute!
    This case addresses the standing required to challenge a copyright grant termination.  Standing is the legal ability to sue another person or entity in a particular court.  Ray Charles entered into agreements with his twelve adult…
  • Aug 14

    Netflix Not Responsible for Nosy Friends and Family Viewing History and Queue

    Netflix Not Responsible for Nosy Friends and Family Viewing History and Queue
    This case is interesting and significant because it is both a case of first impression in the Ninth Circuit and involves the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA), which has entertaining historical roots. Meghan Mollett is a Netflix subscriber,…
Rank this Week: 965

Azrights

Azrights

Covers trade marks, copyright, internet marketing, social networking, search engine optimization, protection of reputations and brands on the internet.

http://www.azrights.com/blog/
  • Aug 28

    Online Selling And Your Obligations To The Consumer

    Online Selling And Your Obligations To The Consumer
    Online selling entails certain obligations to the consumer. Online sellers, whether of goods or services, have responsibilities towards the buyer. Being aware of these obligations ensures that you are complying with the law and…
  • Aug 26

    Trademark Search – Minimizing The Dangers Of Having Similar Names To Your Competitor

    Trademark Search – Minimizing The Dangers Of Having Similar Names To Your Competitor
    Trademark search is designed to help minimize the dangers of choosing names for your business, brand, product, or service, which are similar to those of your competitors and which might land you in an expensive intellectual property conflict.…
  • Aug 24

    Copyright Infringement Is Claimed By Hacked Dating Service Ashley Madison

    Copyright Infringement Is Claimed By Hacked Dating Service Ashley Madison
    Copyright infringement is allegedly the basis on which dating service Ashley Madison is trying to prevent the spreading of its stolen member database. Last week, more than 33 million records of Ashley Madison users, containing information…
Rank this Week: 2291

Santucci Priore, P.L. Blog

Santucci Priore, P.L. Blog

Features intellectual property news and updates.

http://500law.com/blog/
  • Aug 27

    Abandoned? No, just modernized.

    Abandoned? No, just modernized.
    Is an original trademark abandoned if a subsequent modified version of the mark creates the same, continuous commercial impression?  In a case of first impression, the Federal Circuit answered in a resounding no.  Jack Wolfskin…
  • Aug 21

    Sixth Circuit finds that designs on Cheerleader Uniforms can be copyrighted

    Sixth Circuit finds that designs on Cheerleader Uniforms can be copyrighted
    The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently ruled that designs on cheerleading uniforms are eligible for copyright protection.[1] Varsity Brands, Inc. involved a dispute between two cheerleading apparel and accessory…
  • Aug 13

    Federal Trade Commission issues official statement on “Unfair Methods of Competition”

    Federal Trade Commission issues official statement on “Unfair Methods of Competition”
    Recently, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued an official statement about the enforcement principles for policing “Unfair Methods of Competition.” 15 U.S.C. §45(a)(1) declares “unfair methods of…
Rank this Week: 2607

The 1709 Blog

The 1709 Blog

Covers all things copyright, warts and all.

http://the1709blog.blogspot.co.uk/
  • Aug 27

    Copyright Literacy: an update on an imaginative initiative

    Copyright Literacy: an update on an imaginative initiative
    Here's a guest post from Chris Morrison (Copyright and Licensing Compliance Officer at the University of Kent, Canterbury), which brings us up to speed on an initiative to which this weblog was able to give some small assistance: Following…
  • Aug 27

    Another consultation from Brussels- anyone for SatCab?

    Another consultation from Brussels- anyone for SatCab?
    In case anyone [other than the author] was under the impression that the European Commission closes entirely for August and goes en masse on holiday, you are mistaken. Just to keep us on our toes, the Commission has this week published the…
  • Aug 27

    PRS for Music begins legal action against SoundCloud

    PRS for Music begins legal action against SoundCloud
    PRS for Music has written to it's members saying it is beginning legal action against online music streaming platform SoundCloud after "five years of unsuccessful negotiations". The PRS says:"SoundCloud actively promotes and shares music.…
Rank this Week: 4097

TeleFrieden

TeleFrieden

Covers legal, regulatory, marketplace and cultural issues affecting the information, communications and entertainment industries. By Rob Frieden.

http://telefrieden.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 27

    Loving Wi-Fi to Death—Wireless Carriers Want to Commercialize Unlicensed Spectrum?

    Loving Wi-Fi to Death—Wireless Carriers Want to Commercialize Unlicensed Spectrum?
                Once upon a time, wireless carriers in the U.S. intentionally disabled handsets they sold/leased to prevent subscribers from using Wi-Fi in lieu of licensed and metered…
  • Aug 19

    Comcast Upselling Cable Modem

    Comcast Upselling Cable Modem
                Despite its commitment to improving its customer service, Comcast keeps writing and robocalling me  with an offer I can refuse.  In a rather alarmist tone, Comcast…
  • Aug 3

    Nokia Mapping and the In-Car Billboard

    Nokia Mapping and the In-Car Billboard
                BMW Audi AG and Daimler will pay about $3.1 billion for Nokia’s mapping assets; see…
Rank this Week: 1528

eMedia Law

eMedia Law

Covers internet marketing and online media. By Travis Crabtree.

http://www.emedialaw.com/
Rank this Week: 1338

eMedia Law insider

eMedia Law insider

Covers internet marketing and online media. By Looper Reeed.

http://www.emedialaw.com/
Rank this Week: 2208

FOSS Patents

FOSS Patents

Covers software patent news and issues with a focus on wireless and mobile devices. By Florian Mueller.

http://www.fosspatents.com
Rank this Week: 314

Law and Disorder: Performing Arts…

Law and Disorder: Performing Arts Division

Answers questions about basic legal and business issues, concepts, trends, problems, and practices important to the arts and entertainment field. By Goldstein & Guilliams PLC.

http://musicalamerica.com/mablogs/?cat=872
  • Aug 26

    When It Comes To Visas: Plan For The Worst And Hope For The Best

    When It Comes To Visas: Plan For The Worst And Hope For The Best
    By Brian Taylor Goldstein, Esq.    Dear Law and Disorder: We got our P visa for a group returned because it included the tour manager. USCIS is saying we need to file a separate petition and get a separate union letter for him. But…
  • Jul 8

    When Is A Plumber Worth More Than A Violinist?

    When Is A Plumber Worth More Than A Violinist?
    By Brian Taylor Goldstein, Esq.    We spent a lot of money making a CD to promote our orchestra. Now the composer’s publisher wants mechanical royalties. I just don’t understand why I have to pay mechanical royalties for…
  • Jun 25

    The U.S. Consulates Are Back–More or Less!

    The U.S. Consulates Are Back–More or Less!
    By Brian Taylor Goldstein, Esq.    After being unable to issue visas since June 9 due to a major computer system crash, the U.S. Department of State is now reporting that, as of June 25, 2015, 85% of the U.S. Consulates…
Rank this Week: 1398

PharmaPatents

PharmaPatents

Covers intellectual property in the chemical, biotech, and pharmaceutical fields. By Foley & Lardner LLP.

http://www.pharmapatentsblog.com
  • Aug 26

    Amgen And Apotex Do The Biosimilar Patent Dance

    Amgen And Apotex Do The Biosimilar Patent Dance
    Amgen has filed a complaint under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA), asserting that a biosimilar application filed by Apotex, Inc. infringes two of its patents. Although several complaints have invoked the BPCIA, this…
  • Aug 24

    PTAB Denies Institution Of Kyle Bass's Ampyra Patent Challenge

    PTAB Denies Institution Of Kyle Bass's Ampyra Patent Challenge
    The USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has put an end to Kyle Bass’s Ampyra patent challenge, by denying institution of Inter Partes Review (IPR) proceedings. While many were hoping the PTAB would render a decision based on the…
  • Aug 19

    Federal Circuit Expands Direct Divided Infringement

    Federal Circuit Expands Direct Divided Infringement
    In an en banc, per curiam decision in Akamai Technologies, Inc. v. Limelight Networks, Inc., on remand from the Supreme Court, the Federal Circuit broadened the circumstances under which a party can be liable for direct infringement…
Rank this Week: 1798

Fashion Law 101

Fashion Law 101

Covers fashion intellectual property, licensing, and the Design Piracy Prohibition Act (DPPA). By Fox Rothschild LLP.

http://fashionlaw.foxrothschild.com
  • Aug 26

    A Colgate Map to “Circumventing” Retail Price Restraint

    A Colgate Map to “Circumventing” Retail Price Restraint
    The confusion over the Leegin case is legion.  Leegin[1] is a 2007 Supreme Court Case which was supposed to unloose price restraints.  This was and remains of critical concern to the fashion community.   Classically a…
  • Aug 17

    Louis Vuitton and Damier: Inherent versus Acquired Distinctiveness in the European Union

    Louis Vuitton and Damier: Inherent versus Acquired Distinctiveness in the European Union
    When a Louis Vuitton (“LV”) trademark, duly registered in the European Union, is subject to a declaration of invalidity and therefore cancelled, it is a worthwhile exercise to determine what went wrong; a legal post mortem. This…
  • Aug 10

    Co-tenancy Clauses in a Lease for a New Mall Construction

    Co-tenancy Clauses in a Lease for a New Mall Construction
    In the fashion world, we are constantly being approached by landlords and brokers anxious to bring our brands into the mix of their stores in a Mall. A Mall is a unique situation whereby the marketing of your brand is sublimated to the…
Rank this Week: 3142

IP Asset Maximizer Blog

IP Asset Maximizer Blog

Covers IP business strategies. By Jackie Hutter.

http://ipassetmaximizerblog.com/
  • Aug 26

    Companies Create Risk by Leaving IP Strategy Out of Innovation

    Companies Create Risk by Leaving IP Strategy Out of Innovation
    I recently had to give bad news to a new client, the CEO of a successful global electronic hardware company. This CEO hired me earlier this year to help ensure that his company’s upcoming innovations, which were the product of a several…
  • Aug 3

    Lack of Focus on IP Strategy Destroys $100 Millions in Value

    Lack of Focus on IP Strategy Destroys $100 Millions in Value
    As an IP Strategist, I am fascinated by stories from which declining business fortunes can be traced directly to failed patent strategies. Often, the failures can be traced to patent attorney errors that limit the effectiveness of a…
  • Jul 21

    Failure to Generate REAL Patent Protection: Keurig’s Story (Part 2)

    Failure to Generate REAL Patent Protection: Keurig’s Story (Part 2)
    In Part 1 of this “Failure to Create REAL Patent Value: Keurig’s Story,” I asserted that the company’s current business woes can be directly attributable to a flawed patent strategy. To summarize, as a result of the…
Rank this Week: 2318

IP Law Alert

IP Law Alert

By Gibbons, P.C.

http://www.iplawalert.com
Rank this Week: 1436

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/
  • Aug 26

    Patent Rights panel at Texas Global Innovation & Intellectual Property Summit - 2015

    Patent Rights panel at Texas Global Innovation & Intellectual Property Summit - 2015
    I am headed out the door for Austin to participate in the Texas Global Innovation & Intellectual Property Summit tomorrow morning at the Hyatt Regency on lovely Town Lake. The program is hosted by the Texas Patent Assistance Program,…
  • Aug 25

    Tyler Jury Returns Noninfringement Verdict

    Tyler Jury Returns Noninfringement Verdict
    A Tyler jury in Judge Trey Schroeder's court returned a verdict in favor of defendants in a patent trial on Friday. The jury in EVM Systems, LLC v. Rex Medical, L.P. et al, 6:13cv184 found that defendants Rex Medical LP...
  • Aug 20

    Advanced Civil Trials - emerging theme

    Advanced Civil Trials - emerging theme
    It's early on Day 2 of the three day ACT seminar in Dallas but two themes are emerging. First, attorneys need to think about things "early in the case." I say that all the time about the court's charge, but...
Rank this Week: 199

The Trademark Blog

The Trademark Blog

Covers advertising, ambush marketing, appellations of origin, branding, replacement parts, famous marks, grey goods and Madrid Protocol. By Marty Schwimmer.

http://www.schwimmerlegal.com/
  • Aug 26

    I Will Be Speaking on IP Protection of 3D Shapes at AIPLA Oct. 22 in DC

    I Will Be Speaking on IP Protection of 3D Shapes at AIPLA Oct. 22 in DC
    Page 10 of the brochure: “What type of IP Do I Need? How to Figure Out How Best to Protect 3D Creations AIPLA October brochure.
  • Aug 14

    POKEMON copyright suit – collect them all!

    POKEMON copyright suit – collect them all!
    Copyright: Unauthorized use of POKEMON characters on apparel.  WD Wash.  A little tarnishment there as well (Jiggly Puff on the pipe). THE POKÉMON COMPANY INTERNATIONAL, INC v. RAGEON, INC..
  • Aug 14

    Ashland, Inc. (VALVOLINE) v. Randolph, SD West Virginia 2015

    Ashland, Inc. (VALVOLINE) v. Randolph, SD West Virginia 2015
    Unauthorized distributor of VALVOLINE products somewhat slow in complying with court-ordered injunctive relief.  Bonus fact: testing labs can distinguish between VALVOLINE and non-VALVOLINE oil. Ashland, Inc. v. Randolph, Dist. Court, SD…
Rank this Week: 169

MBBP's Good Company

MBBP's Good Company

Covers news, events and developments in business, intellectual property, employment law. By Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton.

http://blogmbbp.wordpress.com
  • Aug 26

    DraftKings Kicks off Football Season at Gillette

    DraftKings Kicks off Football Season at Gillette
    MBBP Client DraftKings, the leading provider of daily fantasy sport, will be opening a branded fantasy sports lounge at Gillette Stadium. The startup, which has raised $375 million in venture funding since 2012, also announced…
  • Aug 26

    MBBP Client Sophity To Be Featured At MIN#78

    MBBP Client Sophity To Be Featured At MIN#78
    Our client Sophity, which empowers consulting businesses to increase revenue and margin by automating the collection of critical business data, thereby improving data accuracy for billing and planning purposes, has been chosen as a…
  • Aug 24

    MBBP Client ‘Fuels’ Pan Mass Challenge Rider

    MBBP Client ‘Fuels’ Pan Mass Challenge Rider
    This Summer’s Pan Mass Challenge athletes got a chance to taste what the folks at Fuel For Fire have been cooking up: an innovative nutrition product made entirely of real food. MBBP client Fuel For Fire…
Rank this Week: 526

Docket Alarm Blog

Docket Alarm Blog

Features news and information on PTAB and IP cases worldwide.

https://www.docketalarm.com/blog/
  • Aug 26

    Automate Financial Due Diligence with Docket Alarm

    Automate Financial Due Diligence with Docket Alarm
    Commercial banks, investment banks, brokerages, and other financial institutions spend an inordinate amount of time on due diligence: researching a potential debtor’s financial history and quantifying the amount of risk of a particular…
  • Aug 26

    PTAB Hits a Quarter-Million Filing

    PTAB Hits a Quarter-Million Filing
    Founded almost three years ago, the Patent Trial Appeal Board ("PTAB") has exploded in popularity as the venue of choice for challenging patent validity. This week, the PTAB reached a symbolic, but nevertheless real milestone: exceeding…
  • Aug 24

    War of the Fitness Trackers: Adidas v. Under Armour

    War of the Fitness Trackers: Adidas v. Under Armour
    Back in February of 2014, German sportswear giant Adidas filed a patent infringement suit against competitor Under Armour, Inc. in United States District Court for the District of Delaware.Adidas accused Under Armour and its newly acquired…
Rank this Week: 4878

Patent Law Practice Center

Patent Law Practice Center

Features news, analysis and resources on patent law. From the Practicing Law Institute (PLI).

http://patentlawcenter.pli.edu
  • Aug 25

    USPTO seeks comment on post grant initiation pilot program

    USPTO seeks comment on post grant initiation pilot program
    The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has published a request for comments on a proposed pilot program pertaining to the institution and conduct of post grant administrative trials. The America Invents Act (AIA),…
  • Aug 12

    Honeywell Patents: From Aircraft Systems to Rechargeable Fuel Cells 

    Honeywell Patents: From Aircraft Systems to Rechargeable Fuel Cells 
    A variety of technologies are covered in patents issued in recent weeks to Honeywell. U.S. Patent No. 9086280, titled Aircraft Display Systems and Methods with Flight Plan Deviation Symbology, protects an aircraft system with a…
  • Aug 11

    PTO Hopes New Patent Application Alert Service Will Increase Third-Party Submission

    PTO Hopes New Patent Application Alert Service Will Increase Third-Party Submission
    The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently announced a new service called the Patent Application Alert Service (PAAS). The PAAS is a result of a partnership between the USPTO and Reed Tech, a LexisNexis…
Rank this Week: 703

Patent Arcade

Patent Arcade

Covers video game IP law. By Ross Dannenberg.

http://www.patentarcade.com/
  • Aug 25

    U.S. Patent No. 7,635,300: Damage control game program and game machine

    U.S. Patent No. 7,635,300: Damage control game program and game machine
    U.S. Patent No. 7,635,300: Damage control game program and game machineIssued Dec. 22, 2009, to KonamiSummary:The ‘300 patent provides a new way to treat character damage during a game. In past games, a player could heal his character…
  • Aug 18

    Graffiti Artist Sues Jeremy Scott and Moschino

    Graffiti Artist Sues Jeremy Scott and Moschino
    Tierney v. MoschinoUnited States District Court, Central District of CaliforniaCase No. 2:15-cv-05900Filed August 5, 2015While not exactly a video game case, we thought our readers might find this of interest.On August 5, 2015, Plaintiff…
  • Aug 11

    U.S. Patent No. 7,613,616: Training a user to execute a sequence of commands in a game environment by using voice control

    U.S. Patent No. 7,613,616: Training a user to execute a sequence of commands in a game environment by using voice control
    U.S. Patent No. 7,613,616: Training a user to execute a sequence of commands in a game environment by using voice controlIssued Nov. 3, 2009, to SonySummary:Put away your joysticks! The ‘616 patent describes a new way to control your…
Rank this Week: 449

Domain Name Jurisprudence &…

Domain Name Jurisprudence & Commentaries on UDRP Cases

Review and analysis of cybersquatter cases decided under the Uniform Domain Name Resolution Policy. By Gerald M. Levine.

http://udrpcommentaries.wordpress.com
  • Aug 25

    Failing to Prove Abusive Registration Through Ineptne

    Failing to Prove Abusive Registration Through Ineptne
    Unlike court actions default in responding to complaints is not deemed an admission of liability. Complainant carries the burden to the end. That’s why it’s particularly interesting to read from time to time of disputes in which…
  • Aug 13

    Noteworthy Domain Decisions August 2015

    Noteworthy Domain Decisions August 2015
    Don’t Miss Noteworthy Domain Decisions for April through July 2015 Sony Pictures Television Inc. v. Thomas, Jeff, FA1506001625643 (Forum August 6,2015) (<sharktank.com>) 3-Member Panel rejects the proposition that subsequent…
  • Aug 4

    Noteworthy Domain Decisions April to July 2015

    Noteworthy Domain Decisions April to July 2015
    Hugedomains.com, LLC. v. Wills, 14-cv-00946 (D.Colorado July 21, 2015). Plaintiff, earlier Respondent Austen Pain Associates v. Jeffrey Reberry, FA1312001536356 (Forum March 18, 2014), commenced an ACPA action for declaratory judgment that it…
Rank this Week: 550

Troll Defense

Troll Defense

Tips and commentary for individuals accused of civil liability for Internet activities. By Benjamin Justus.

http://www.troll-defense.com/
  • Aug 24

    “Dallas Buyers Club” Explores Singleton Cases in California’s Southern District

    “Dallas Buyers Club” Explores Singleton Cases in California’s Southern District
    In the past two months, nationwide mass copyright plaintiff Dallas Buyers Club, LLC has filed a modest number of lawsuits against John Doe parties in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of California. As Troll Defense previously…
  • Aug 21

    “The Cobbler” Launches Suit Against Users of Popcorn Time in Oregon

    “The Cobbler” Launches Suit Against Users of Popcorn Time in Oregon
    As reported by Torrent Freak, the producers of The Cobbler have found a new angle on their nationwide copyright infringement litigation campaign, targeting 11 alleged users of the film-streaming site known as Popcorn Time in a…
  • Jul 20

    “The Cobbler” Producer Sues Hundreds of John Does in Houston BitTorrent Case

    “The Cobbler” Producer Sues Hundreds of John Does in Houston BitTorrent Case
    On a single day last week, Cobbler Nevada, LLC filed copyright infringement suits against over 350 John Doe parties in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, Houston Division. As Troll Defense…
Rank this Week: 4139

Scholarly Communications @ Duke

Scholarly Communications @ Duke

Duke's source for advice and information about copyright and publication issues.

http://blogs.library.duke.edu/scholcomm/
  • Aug 24

    Defining derivative

    Defining derivative
    It is frequently interesting, and sometimes appalling, to see how a court that does not usually deal with copyright issues reacts when confronted with one.  Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia…
  • Aug 17

    Conspiracy theories, copyright term, and the TPP

    Conspiracy theories, copyright term, and the TPP
    I try to resist the urge to find conspiracies behind political developments; I tell myself that politicians and bureaucrats are just too unorganized and divided to really conspire about much of anything.  But sometimes that…
  • Aug 10

    What happens when there is no publication agreement?

    What happens when there is no publication agreement?
    Scholarly communication discussions and debates usually focus, quite obviously, on the terms of publication agreements and the licenses those agreements often give back to authors to use their own work in limited and specific ways.…
Rank this Week: 752

Information Law Group

Information Law Group

Covers advertising law, privacy, information security and intellectual property.

http://www.infolawgroup.com/
  • Aug 24

    Know your Privacy Policy and Practices: An Important Reminder Illustrated by Recent FTC Action

    Know your Privacy Policy and Practices: An Important Reminder Illustrated by Recent FTC Action
    The Federal Trade Commission’s (“FTC”) announcement last week of settlements with 13 separate companies for charges of falsely advertising certification with the U.S.-EU and/or U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Frameworks (“Safe…
  • Aug 20

    Blue Apron and Others Face Spate of Suits under CA Auto-Renewal Law

    Blue Apron and Others Face Spate of Suits under CA Auto-Renewal Law
    A purported class action lawsuit was recently filed against meal-delivery service Blue Apron based on its alleged failure to satisfy the requirements of California’s law regulating automatic-renewal provisions in consumer contracts…
  • Jul 24

    McLean B. Sieverding Joins InfoLawGroup As Senior Counsel

    McLean B. Sieverding Joins InfoLawGroup As Senior Counsel
    InfoLawGroup is happy to announce that McLean B. Sieverding has joined the firm as Senior Counsel. Most recently, McLean served as Assistant General Counsel for Int’l Data Protection & Regulatory Compliance at Verizon…
Rank this Week: 1090

LoTempio Law Blog

LoTempio Law Blog

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

http://www.lotempiolaw.com/
  • Aug 24

    Can you patent your own idea for free? A Poor Man’s Patent

    Can you patent your own idea for free? A Poor Man’s Patent
    Since I’ve began working for a registered patent attorney I have been bombarded with family and friends “million dollar” ideas and inventions. Recently I was asked by my uncle if a poor man’s patent is a legit way to…
  • Aug 19

    YouTube patent channel hits 100,000 view

    YouTube patent channel hits 100,000 view
    I started taking and answering patent and trademark related questions on YouTube a couple years ago. At first we started with just a moving PowerPoint type of a presentation “How to patent an invention” and then quickly decided to…
  • May 15

    Patent Home: The New LoTempio Youtube Page

    Patent Home: The New LoTempio Youtube Page
    So you have a question about Patent Law, but you’re not sure where to start. Patent Home, the newly refaced Vincent LoTempio YouTube page allows you to easily access the knowledge of an established patent attorney. Vincent has always…
Rank this Week: 556

North Carolina Journal of Law &…

North Carolina Journal of Law & Technology

Features legal scholarship in law and technology topics, including intellectual property law, cyberspace law, environmental law, criminal law, health law, and privacy law.

http://ncjolt.org/
  • Aug 24

    Google’s Potential Influence: How The 2016 Presidential Election Could Be Decided

    Google’s Potential Influence: How The 2016 Presidential Election Could Be Decided
    Political influence is a funny thing because it comes in a variety of forms and originates from a variety of sources. Fortune 500 companies inherently possess the ability to have an astounding amount of political influence on the…
  • Aug 12

    A Game of I Spy: Neighborhood Drone Usage

    A Game of I Spy: Neighborhood Drone Usage
    In July, a Kentucky man was arrested after he shot down a neighbor’s drone that he says was hovering over his yard where his daughter was sunbathing.William “Willie” Merideth, 47, of Bullitt County was charged with first…
  • Aug 6

    Silicon Valley backing “Siri for legal knowledge”

    Silicon Valley backing “Siri for legal knowledge”
    Picture this: You take your seat in your first-year Contracts course. The topic of the day is the Statute of Frauds. After outlining a hypothetical and quickly scanning the seating chart, your professor puts you on the spot: “Under…
Rank this Week: 1817

IP Iustitia

IP Iustitia

Discusses news, cases, legislation and anything to do with Intellectual Property law.

http://www.ipiustitia.com
  • Aug 24

    Music Lost - The Beatles, US Fair Use and Estoppel in the UK

    Music Lost - The Beatles, US Fair Use and Estoppel in the UK
    The music industry is a hugely cut-throat business, with the 'little guy' often being dominated by the big companies that control the market and access to the more lucrative avenues within that industry. Due to this drastic imbalance…
  • Aug 10

    Tweets Stolen - Further Thoughts on Tweets and Copyright

    Tweets Stolen - Further Thoughts on Tweets and Copyright
    The impact of social media on today's social interaction is undeniable, with people turning to Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for more and more of their entertainment, social and news needs. As this new interaction space has grown, and…
  • Aug 4

    Icons Gone - Photography of Landmarks to be Prevented Through Copyright?

    Icons Gone - Photography of Landmarks to be Prevented Through Copyright?
    Memories are an important part of life, especially when it comes to travels to far-away lands or places, filled with culture, icons and landmarks that dot human history's timeline. As an avid traveler, this writer has taken his share of…
Rank this Week: 4695

Carter Law Firm Blog

Carter Law Firm Blog

Covers intellectual property and social media. By Ruth Carter.

http://carterlawaz.com/blog/
  • Aug 24

    Working with People who Don’t Understand Copyright

    Working with People who Don’t Understand Copyright
    Here’s the scenario: You are a newly hired third party content creator for a company. You learn that your client has a habit of copying pictures from Pinterest or Google Images searches without verifying that they are allowed to use the…
  • Aug 18

    Pictures on your Phone – Who Owns the Copyright?

    Pictures on your Phone – Who Owns the Copyright?
    Here’s the scenario: You’re out to dinner with a group of friends. You ask your server to take a picture of your group with your phone. Your server obliges. The image is on your device; but who owns the copyright – you, the…
  • Aug 17

    Protect Yourself from Cyberflasher

    Protect Yourself from Cyberflasher
    Eww eww eww! If you or your child has an iPhone, adjust the settings for AirDrop now to avoid being targeted by cyberflashers. Apparently this is a thing – the default setting for AirDrop allows people in your vicinity to send you…
Rank this Week: 1920

OC Patent Lawyer

OC Patent Lawyer

Provides basic patent information and case updates. By James Yang.

http://ocpatentlawyer.com
  • Aug 23

    Advantages of an IPR for defendant

    Advantages of an IPR for defendant
    Bottom line: For parties accused of patent infringement an IPR (inter partes review) for the reasons below is an attractive alternative to full blown litigation for attacking the validity of a patent.   Amendments to the claims are…
  • Aug 18

    CBM patents broadly construed as any financial activity

    CBM patents broadly construed as any financial activity
    Bottom line: A covered business method (CBM) proceeding is a post patent grant proceeding at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  Anyone to challenge the validity of certain patents based on any invalidity ground, with minor…
  • Aug 10

    CAFC defines competitive injury for false patent marking

    CAFC defines competitive injury for false patent marking
    In order to unfairly deter competition, companies would falsely mark a product as “patent pending” or even place a patent number on the product when no patent application or patent existed. Sometimes companies would make an…
Rank this Week: 2050

TechLawBlog

TechLawBlog

Covers technology, social media and intellectual property issues. By Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek.

http://www.whdlaw.com/Blog.aspx
  • Aug 23

    PTAB Issues Third Decision to Institute Post Grant Review

    PTAB Issues Third Decision to Institute Post Grant Review
     On Aug. 4, 2015, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued its third decision to institute Post Grant Review (PGR). Netsirv, LLC and Local Motion MN (collectively, Netsirv) filed a petition for…
  • Jul 27

    What is Patent Post Grant Review and Why Use It?

    What is Patent Post Grant Review and Why Use It?
     Post Grant Review (PGR) is a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) proceeding where a third party can challenge a granted America Invents Act (AIA) patent. To be eligible for PGR, a patent must contain a claim with an effective…
  • Jul 15

    Post Grant Review Trumps Reissue

    Post Grant Review Trumps Reissue
    Patentee Leachman Cattle of Colorado (Leachman) filed a reissue application requesting reissue of USP 8,660,888 on Oct. 16, 2014. Thirty-six days later, American Simmental Association (American Simmental) filed a petition for Post Grant…
Rank this Week: 3048

Photo Attorney

Photo Attorney

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

http://www.photoattorney.com
  • Aug 22

    Copyright Office Posts Responses to Visual Arts Notice of Inquiry

    Copyright Office Posts Responses to Visual Arts Notice of Inquiry
    From the Illustrators Partnership (posted with permission): The Copyright Office has posted the responses to its Visual Arts Notice of Inquiry: http://copyright.gov/policy/visualworks/comments/ They say they “received a large…
  • Aug 18

    Limited Time Offer: 30% off of Lynda.com Membership

    Limited Time Offer: 30% off of Lynda.com Membership
    All lynda.com memberships are 30% off starting today, August 18th, through August 24th. Lynda.com has long been a great resource for photographers. Get access to this great content, including the Photo Attorney…
  • Aug 7

    Copyright Office Announces Open Application Period for Ringer Fellowship

    Copyright Office Announces Open Application Period for Ringer Fellowship
      The Barbara A. Ringer Copyright Honors Program offers 18 to 24-month paid fellowships for recent law school graduates and other attorneys in the early stages of their careers. Candidates must have a strong interest in copyright law and…
Rank this Week: 341

Photo Attorney

Photo Attorney

Covers copyright and intellectual property law. By the Law Office of Carolyn E. Wright, LLC.

http://www.photoattorney.com/
  • Aug 22

    Copyright Office Posts Responses to Visual Arts Notice of Inquiry

    Copyright Office Posts Responses to Visual Arts Notice of Inquiry
    From the Illustrators Partnership (posted with permission): The Copyright Office has posted the responses to its Visual Arts Notice of Inquiry: http://copyright.gov/policy/visualworks/comments/ They say they “received a large…
  • Aug 18

    Limited Time Offer: 30% off of Lynda.com Membership

    Limited Time Offer: 30% off of Lynda.com Membership
    All lynda.com memberships are 30% off starting today, August 18th, through August 24th. Lynda.com has long been a great resource for photographers. Get access to this great content, including the Photo Attorney…
  • Aug 7

    Copyright Office Announces Open Application Period for Ringer Fellowship

    Copyright Office Announces Open Application Period for Ringer Fellowship
      The Barbara A. Ringer Copyright Honors Program offers 18 to 24-month paid fellowships for recent law school graduates and other attorneys in the early stages of their careers. Candidates must have a strong interest in copyright law and…
Rank this Week: 2663

The Brewery Law Blog

The Brewery Law Blog

Covers licensing, permitting, advertising, labeling and distribution issues affecting the brewing industry. By Reiser Legal LLC.

http://brewerylaw.com
  • Aug 21

    TTB Permits Online for Mac Users: Working Solution

    TTB Permits Online for Mac Users: Working Solution
    Having TTB upload errors using Microsoft Silverlight on your Mac? Think I may have a solution for you. If you can, try OSX Yosemite 10.10.4 and Firefox version 39, a combination I am currently successfully using. Later iterations of both may…
  • Aug 15

    Invited Faculty: 2nd Annual Wineries, Breweries, and Distilleries Seminar

    Invited Faculty: 2nd Annual Wineries, Breweries, and Distilleries Seminar
    Reiser Legal PLLC is pleased to join as faculty for the 2nd annual Wineries, Breweries, and Distilleries seminar. This Washington-specific beverage law seminar will be held on October 15, 2015 at the Hilton in Seattle, Washington. Reiser…
  • Aug 8

    Legal Beer Shipping Through US Mail? Maybe Soon.

    Legal Beer Shipping Through US Mail? Maybe Soon.
    Legal alcohol shipping? Congresswoman Jackie Speier of California says she’ll introduce a bill that just might make it so. Announced through her Facebook page on July 14, 2015, Congresswoman Speier would like to “tear…
Rank this Week: 1964

Digital Rights Ireland

Digital Rights Ireland

Covers data retention, defamation, DRI, DRM, ID cards, intellectual property, mass surveillance and more.

http://www.digitalrights.ie/blog/
  • Aug 21

    Ireland’s Public Database of Naturalised Citizen

    Ireland’s Public Database of Naturalised Citizen
    Ireland has been building up searchable lists of the names and addresses of it’s Naturalised citizens- people who swear an oath of allegiance to the state in a moving ceremony held in the National Conference Centre. Then the state has…
  • Jul 30

    Marking the Death of Noírín Plunkett

    Marking the Death of Noírín Plunkett
    We are saddened by the loss of DRI founding member, open source guru and advocate for women in technology Noírín Plunkett. Noirín was one of the eight people who stood as the guarantors for Digital Rights Ireland at its…
  • Jul 13

    Eircode Launches with Privacy and Data Protection Issue

    Eircode Launches with Privacy and Data Protection Issue
    Today is the launch of eircode, Ireland’s new postcode system. From a technology and privacy perspective, there are potentially numerous benefits to adopting such a system in Ireland. A postcode should ensure that private mail gets…
Rank this Week: 1968

TechnoLlama

TechnoLlama

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

http://www.technollama.co.uk
  • Aug 21

    Can Ashley Madison use copyright law to stop leaked data?

    Can Ashley Madison use copyright law to stop leaked data?
    Back in July the infamous website Ashley Madison, which facilitates marital infidelity, was hacked by a group calling itself Impact Team, and the personal details of millions of subscribers around the world were compromised. The hackers…
  • Aug 10

    File sharers could face 10 years in jail in the UK

    File sharers could face 10 years in jail in the UK
    The Open Rights Group (ORG) has sent us a communication regarding a new proposal in the UK to criminalise copyright infringement beyond the current limits to up to 10 years. I reproduce their statement about the proposals. “The IPO has…
  • Aug 8

    No, iTunes is not illegal under UK copyright law

    No, iTunes is not illegal under UK copyright law
    My social media timeline has been inundated with reports that iTunes is now illegal in the UK. The origin of the story is an article in TorrentFreak, where the author contacted the UK IP Office to ask about a recent High Court decision that…
Rank this Week: 333

Grzegorz Jarosław Pacek Blog

Grzegorz Jarosław Pacek Blog

Covers intellectual property law in Poland.

http://ip.pacek.name/
Rank this Week: 1771