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Canadian Trademark Blog

Canadian Trademark Blog

Commentary on Canadian trademarks & technology law. By Clark Wilson LLP.

http://trademarkblog.ca/
  • Aug 31

    Back to school – Keyword advertising 101

    Back to school – Keyword advertising 101
    In the 21st century, when advertising is frequently conducted via the Internet, the use of keyword advertising has become an increasingly contentious point of trade-mark law. In short, keyword advertising is a form of online advertising in…
  • Jul 1

    Playing Nice: CIPO to accept applications with Nice Classifications this fall

    Playing Nice: CIPO to accept applications with Nice Classifications this fall
    In a milestone step towards harmonization of Canada’s trade-mark regime with most other developed countries, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) announced yesterday that starting this fall, it will accept trade-mark…
  • Jun 25

    C’est vrai: Québec government to continue seeking use of French on store signage

    C’est vrai: Québec government to continue seeking use of French on store signage
    The Canadian media, including the CBC, is reporting that the Québec government intends to continue its fight to require the use of French on signage where trade-marks and business names are otherwise displayed in English. This is the…
Rank this Week: 2210

Volpe and Koenig IP Law Blog

Volpe and Koenig IP Law Blog

Covers intellectual property (IP) law topics, including copyright law, trademark law, patent licensing, patent enforcement, and inter party matters.

http://vklaw.com/category/blog/
Rank this Week: 2391

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/
  • Aug 31

    Boston Dynamics develops walking robotic tech with stunning speed and stability

    Boston Dynamics develops walking robotic tech with stunning speed and stability
    The patent portfolio of Boston Dynamics is small but it does cover some very intriguing innovations in the field. The company holds six patents issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, two of which protect jumping technologies that may…
  • Aug 30

    Federal Circuit Should Reconsider Ariosa v. Sequenom: The Panel Decision Threatens Modern Innovation

    Federal Circuit Should Reconsider Ariosa v. Sequenom: The Panel Decision Threatens Modern Innovation
    As the amici correctly argue, the panel’s decision striking down Sequenom’s noninvasive prenatal test strikes at the very heart of the patent system. Revolutionary diagnostic testing methods that cost tens of millions of dollars…
  • Aug 30

    Autonomous Vehicle Technologies Abroad: Toyota, Honda and Hyundai

    Autonomous Vehicle Technologies Abroad: Toyota, Honda and Hyundai
    We identified a total of 54 patented autonomous vehicle technologies in the holdings of the Toyota Motor Corp. (NYSE:TM), the largest foreign competitor among major auto manufacturers. These patents reflect practical systems helping…
Rank this Week: 4914

Patently-O

Patently-O

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

http://patentlyo.com/patent
  • Aug 31

    Guest Post by Profs. Lefstin & Menell on Sequenom v. Ariosa

    Guest Post by Profs. Lefstin & Menell on Sequenom v. Ariosa
    In a parallel post, Dennis summarized the numerous amicus briefs filed in support of Sequenom’s petition for rehearing en banc.  Below, professors Jeffrey Lefstin (Hastings) and Peter Menell (Berkeley) discuss the core issues…
  • Aug 30

    In Brief: Amici Provide Reasons to Reconsider Ariosa v. Sequenom

    In Brief: Amici Provide Reasons to Reconsider Ariosa v. Sequenom
    [This post includes links to the 12 amicus briefs supporting Sequenom’s petition for en banc rehearing in this Subject Matter Eligibility Case.] by Dennis Crouch Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc v. Sequenom, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2015) (en banc…
  • Aug 28

    Citing References – An Alternative Look

    Citing References – An Alternative Look
    A lot has been said for the increased number of references being submitted to patent examiners.  It is true that the average number of references submitted per application continues to skyrocket and for patents issued in…
Rank this Week: 2088

The TTABlog

The TTABlog

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

http://thettablog.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 31

    TTAB Posts September 2015 Hearing Schedule

    TTAB Posts September 2015 Hearing Schedule
    The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board has scheduled eight (8) oral hearings for the month of September, as listed below. The hearings will be held in the East Wing of the Madison Building, in Alexandria, Virginia. The hearing schedule and…
  • Aug 28

    Yet Another TTAB Test: Must "CLUB" Be Disclaimed for Vehicle Reservation Services?

    Yet Another TTAB Test: Must "CLUB" Be Disclaimed for Vehicle Reservation Services?
    The USPTO refused registration of the mark EMERALD CLUB for "reservation services for the rental and leasing of vehicles" (in class 39) because the applicant failed to comply with the requirement under Section 6(a) that it disclaim the word…
  • Aug 27

    Another TTAB Test: Is PURPLE HAZE for Guitar Pickups Confusable With HAZE for Amplifiers?

    Another TTAB Test: Is PURPLE HAZE for Guitar Pickups Confusable With HAZE for Amplifiers?
    The USPTO refused registration of the mark PURPLE HAZE for "electronic sound pickup for guitars and basses," finding the mark likely to cause confusion with the registered mark HAZE for "sound amplifiers." Applicant argued that consumers may…
Rank this Week: 2184

Afro-IP

Afro-IP

Covers African intellectual property news and views.

http://afro-ip.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 30

    Draft Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill published for comment in RSA

    Draft Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill published for comment in RSA
    The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development invites the public to comment on the draft Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill. A discussion document on the bill is contained here.According to The Department of Justice and…
  • Aug 23

    Draft Copyright Amendment Bill the subject of today's #SandtonDiscussion

    Draft Copyright Amendment Bill the subject of today's #SandtonDiscussion
    This morning's #SandtonDiscussion hosted by Adams & Adams takes a look at the progress of commentary on the Draft Copyright Amendment Bill first alerted to readers by Jeremy Speres (Spoor & Fisher) here at the end of July. There…
  • Aug 20

    10 things you need to know about protecting street art

    10 things you need to know about protecting street art
    Iman RappettiWho owns street art and graffiti or put more clearly who owns the intellectual property rights in street art? The vibrant Iman Rappetti covered a story recently involving a complaint by local street artist and actor…
Rank this Week: 3363

Personalized Medicine Bulletin

Personalized Medicine Bulletin

Covers legal, business and regulatory developments in the personalized medical industry. By Foley & Lardner LLP.

http://www.personalizedmedicinebulletin.com
  • Aug 30

    Nautilus Standard Sinks Dow Patent

    Nautilus Standard Sinks Dow Patent
    Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) lost a ruling that competitor NOVA Chemical Corporation and NOVA Chemicals Inc. (collectively “NOVA”) infringed claims of two Dow patents when the Federal Circuit applied the U.S. Supreme…
  • Aug 25

    AmerisourceBergen Guest Post: SOLUTIONS TO OVERCOME REIMBURSEMENT CHALLENGES IN PERSONALIZED MEDICINE

    AmerisourceBergen Guest Post: SOLUTIONS TO OVERCOME REIMBURSEMENT CHALLENGES IN PERSONALIZED MEDICINE
    The continued development and refinement of personalized medicine (PM) has offered an opportunity to revolutionize medical practice and improve outcomes by providing treatments for patients with the notion that “this drug is for…
  • Aug 24

    Protecting Diagnostic Innovation – Two Actor Infringement Liability

    Protecting Diagnostic Innovation – Two Actor Infringement Liability
    In Akamai Techs. Inc. v. Limelight Networks, Inc., (August 13, 2015 Fed. Cir.) an en banc Federal Circuit unanimously held that direct infringement under Section 271(a) can occur: ”where all steps of a claimed method are performed by or…
Rank this Week: 3819

Le blog du droit europeen des…

Le blog du droit europeen des brevets

Covers European patent law (in French).

http://europeanpatentcaselaw.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 30

    T1273/11 : répartition des frai

    T1273/11 : répartition des frai
    L'Intimée (Opposante) demandait une répartition des frais en sa faveur au motif que la Titulaire avait pour des raisons tactiques décidé de ne pas assister à la procédure orale devant la division…
  • Aug 27

    L'invention de la semaine

    L'invention de la semaine
    L'invention a pour objet un dispositif pour stopper le hoquet. A device for curing hiccups, comprising: - a metallic cup-like vessel being a first electrode for producing electricity adapted to be applied to the lip of the user; and - a…
  • Aug 25

    T1436/12 : numéro de dossier dans une incorporation par référence

    T1436/12 : numéro de dossier dans une incorporation par référence
    Le demandeur souhaitait corriger dans la description une incorporation par référence citant une demande "US n° [Attorney Docket N° 53807-0023USPT] déposée simultanément" par la demande WO03/069463 ou…
Rank this Week: 1350

Patent Law News

Patent Law News

By the Damon R. Hickman Law Firm.

http://www.fwpatentattorney.com/patent-law-news/
  • Aug 30

    Free Mentoring @IDEAWorksFW 9/2

    Free Mentoring @IDEAWorksFW 9/2
    Free Mentoring @ IDEAWORKS FW ON 9/2 Got IP Questions? We Are The Answer! The Damon R. Hickman Law Firm is pleased to announce that we will offer mentoring services @IDEAWORKS FW this week. On September 2nd immediately after the 1 Million…
  • Aug 24

    2015 AIPLA/USPTO Road Show Serie

    2015 AIPLA/USPTO Road Show Serie
    2015 AIPLA/USPTO Road Show Series Enhancing Patent Quality and Conducting AIA Trials Fort Worth patent attorney, Damon R. Hickman, is excited to attend the 2015 AIPLA/USPTO Road Show Series in Dallas, Tx. Hosted at the Belo Mansion on August…
  • Aug 15

    Free Mentoring at IDEAWorksFW 8/19

    Free Mentoring at IDEAWorksFW 8/19
    Come for the Salsa; Stay for the Mentoring The Damon R. Hickman Law Firm is pleased to announce that we will again be offering mentoring services through IDEA Works FW this week. Around 10:00 am on August 19th immediately after the  1…
Rank this Week: 1817

Software Intellectual Property…

Software Intellectual Property Report

Covers the places where software intersects the law of intellectual property. By Charles A. Bieneman.

http://swipreport.com/
  • Aug 30

    Does the New Akamai Decision Breach the Logical Framework of Patent Infringement Law?

    Does the New Akamai Decision Breach the Logical Framework of Patent Infringement Law?
    The Federal Circuit, sitting en banc and in a per curiam opinion, has held a party can be liable as a direct patent infringer under 35 U.S.C. § 271(a) even though it did not make, use, sell, or offer to sell every element of the claimed…
  • Aug 22

    Emergency Call Analysis Patent Claims Invalid Under Alice

    Emergency Call Analysis Patent Claims Invalid Under Alice
    Patent claims directed to an “emergency call analysis system” were held patent ineligible, and a motion to dismiss for failure to claim patent-eligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. § 101 granted, in Boar’s Head Corp.…
  • Aug 18

    Patent Claims to Use of Inertial Sensors Fail the Alice Test

    Patent Claims to Use of Inertial Sensors Fail the Alice Test
    The Court of Federal Claims recently held that patent claims for determining the orientation of a pilot in a fighter jet, although reciting hardware elements, were invalid as directed to a patent-ineligible abstract idea under 35 U.S.C.…
Rank this Week: 3596

CommLawBlog

CommLawBlog

Covers developments in the entire range of issues addressed by the Federal Communications Commission in its regulation of spectrum-related activities, as well as copyright, trademark, First Amendment and Internet issues. By Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth.

http://www.commlawblog.com/
Rank this Week: 3291

Information Technology Law Blog

Information Technology Law Blog

Covers social media, e-discovery, privacy, and intellectual property. By Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC.

http://www.michiganitlaw.com/
  • Aug 30

    Get It In Writing: Contract

    Get It In Writing: Contract
    Let's say you are going to get into business or enter into an agreement with someone you trust. Do you need to get it in writing? It is always a good idea to have a written agreement. Writing provides clarity. Even the process of working…
  • Aug 20

    Patent Basic

    Patent Basic
    So you just had a Eureka moment and your epiphany is going to make you millions as soon as it hits shelves. Learn more about patent basics in this short video including: Time limits for filing a patent; Different kinds of patents;…
  • Aug 13

    What's in a Name: Selecting a Name for Your Busine

    What's in a Name: Selecting a Name for Your Busine
    Why is a business name so important? A name is everything, it is your business's identity. When you select your business name, from a legal perspective, you need to come up with a unique name, a name that does not infringe on others rights.…
Rank this Week: 2706

BAZPAT

BAZPAT

Cover IP procurement and enforcement in Australia. By Barry Eagar.

http://bazpat.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 30

    Case: Orion Corporation v Actavis Pty…

    Case: Orion Corporation v Actavis Pty Ltd [2015] FCA 909 (21 August 2015)Judge: Rares JA combination of three known active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) called levodopa, carbidopa and entacapone, and methods of producing that…
  • Aug 23

    Unjustifiable Threats - Innovation Patent

    Unjustifiable Threats - Innovation Patent
    Case: BLH Engineering and Construction Pty Ltd v Pro 3 Products Pty Ltd [2015] FCA 833 Notes:Novelty - Firestone - Signpost quote - Meyers Taylor Pty Limited v Vicarr Industries Ltd [1977] HCA 19Threats made before innovation…
  • Aug 16

    Britax v Infa-Secure

    Britax v Infa-Secure
    Case: Britax Childcare Pty Ltd v Infa-Secure Pty Ltd (No 4) [2015] FCA 651 (30 June 2015)  Date: 30 June 2015Middleton J.Notes:Claim ConstructionExpert witnessesExternal fair basis (note that the new Act makes this less relevant…
Rank this Week: 4966

Patentology

Patentology

News and views on patents and innovation, with a focus on Australia and New Zealand.

http://blog.patentology.com.au/
  • Aug 29

    Australian High Court to Rule on Obviousne

    Australian High Court to Rule on Obviousne
    At 10.15am this coming Wednesday (2 September 2015) the Australian High Court will hand down its decision in the appeal by AstraZeneca AB against last year’s ruling, by a a special five-judge panel of the Federal Court of Australia,…
  • Aug 23

    Australia’s Productivity Commission to Examine ‘IP Arrangements’, but Hands Will Be Tied on Patent

    Australia’s Productivity Commission to Examine ‘IP Arrangements’, but Hands Will Be Tied on Patent
    The Australian Government has directed its Productivity Commission to undertake a 12 month public enquiry into the intellectual property system, including its effect ‘on investment, competition, trade, innovation and consumer…
  • Aug 16

    Five Easy Ways to Fix the Innovation Patent System

    Five Easy Ways to Fix the Innovation Patent System
    As I reported last week, IP Australia has opened a consultation on the belated recommendation by the now-defunct Australian Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP) that the government consider abolishing the innovation patent…
Rank this Week: 2770

In Re Bilski Blog

In Re Bilski Blog

Covers the Supreme Court's review of In re Bilski. By Fenwick & West.

http://www.bilskiblog.com/blog/
  • Aug 29

    #AliceStorm: The Summertime Blues Continue

    #AliceStorm: The Summertime Blues Continue
    By: Robert R. Sachs In my July post, I noted that Section 101 court decisions were issuing fast and furious, with twelve decisions in just the first ten days. I predicted that "At this pace, we could see some twenty to thirty decisions…
  • Jul 15

    Versata: What's Technological and The New Rule Against Improvement

    Versata: What's Technological and The New Rule Against Improvement
    By: Robert R. Sachs Part II: See Part I #AliceStorm: July is Hot, Hot, Hot…and Versata is Not, Not, Not What Is a "technological invention"? The other part of the CBM definition at issue in Versata is the exclusion of a…
  • Jul 13

    #AliceStorm: July is Hot, Hot, Hot…and Versata is Not, Not, Not

    #AliceStorm: July is Hot, Hot, Hot…and Versata is Not, Not, Not
    By: Robert R. Sachs Part I: #AliceStorm and Versata July invokes images of hot days, cool nights, and fireworks. When it comes to #Alicestorm, the fireworks are happening in the courts, with the Federal Circuit lighting up the sky. In just…
Rank this Week: 3904

Delaware Intellectual Property…

Delaware Intellectual Property Litigation

Covers intellectual property and antitrust litigation. By Fox Rothschild LLP.

http://delawareintellectualproperty.foxrothschild.com/
Rank this Week: 2032

Steiger Legal

Steiger Legal

Swiss Blawg – mostly in German – on current legal topics, in particular related to IP/IT.

http://www.steigerlegal.ch/
  • Aug 28

    Lesenswerte juristische Weblinks #126

    Lesenswerte juristische Weblinks #126
    Ausgewählte Weblinks zu lesenswerten juristischen Inhalten – heute unter anderem zu nutzlosen Datenschutzerklärungen, zu einem Markenstreit zwischen Biermarken und zu beispielsloser Überwachung durch…
  • Aug 23

    ONE MORE THING: Markenrechtlicher Trollversuch von Swatch

    ONE MORE THING: Markenrechtlicher Trollversuch von Swatch
    Apple-Mitgründer Steve Jobs beendete seine Präsentationen – seine so genannten Stevenotes – meist im Stil von Peter Falk mit «One more thing …». In der Folge wurde «One more thing» zu einem…
  • Aug 18

    Vorsicht, Urheberrecht: Pinterest ≠ Public Domain

    Vorsicht, Urheberrecht: Pinterest ≠ Public Domain
    Unwissenheit schützt vor Strafe nicht – auch nicht bei etwaigen Missverständnissen im Urheberrecht. Ein solches Missverständnis begegnete mir kürzlich bei rechtlichen Schritten gegen ein ausländisches…
Rank this Week: 1740

Los Angeles Intellectual Property…

Los Angeles Intellectual Property Lawyer Blog

Covers intellectual property law. By Erik Syverson, Partner at Raines Feldman.

http://www.losangelesintellectualpropertylawyer-blog.com/
  • Aug 28

    Data Breach Can Destroy Your Company and the Lives of Your Customer

    Data Breach Can Destroy Your Company and the Lives of Your Customer
    While Ashley Madison is hardly a pillar of the Fortune 500, or a traditional small market company for that matter, it should serve as a wake-up call to companies of all shapes and sizes.  The fact of the matter is, we are witnessing the…
  • Aug 24

    3rd Circuit Affirms FTC’s Authority to Regulate Data Security and Privacy

    3rd Circuit Affirms FTC’s Authority to Regulate Data Security and Privacy
    Data Security and privacy lawyers around the country have been closely monitoring the matter of FTC v. Wyndham Worldwide Corp pending in the 3rd Circuit.  The case arose over multiple data breaches suffered by Wyndham and its customers…
  • Aug 20

    Data Breach Negligence Cases Here to Stay or so Says the 7th Circuit

    Data Breach Negligence Cases Here to Stay or so Says the 7th Circuit
    Data breach incidents are on the rise and here to stay.  It seems like every week there is a new, high profile breach regarding a government agency, movie studio, retailer or health care provider.  Let’s face it, data breaches…
Rank this Week: 1868

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: 2268

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: 3726

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: 1470

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: 1452

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: 769

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: 2134

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: 1674

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: 1906

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: 4486

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: 2900

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: 4760

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: 4959

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: 1655

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: 1438

eMedia Law insider

eMedia Law insider

Covers internet marketing and online media. By Looper Reeed.

http://www.emedialaw.com/
Rank this Week: 3595

eMedia Law

eMedia Law

Covers internet marketing and online media. By Travis Crabtree.

http://www.emedialaw.com/
Rank this Week: 3951

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: 3547

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: 3548

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: 3863

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: 3797

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: 1300

IP Law Alert

IP Law Alert

By Gibbons, P.C.

http://www.iplawalert.com
Rank this Week: 3828

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: 954

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: 2535

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: 4057

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: 1995

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: 4617