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IPBiz

IPBiz

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

http://ipbiz.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 27

    Former Attorney General Ed Meese weighs in AGAINST patent reform

    Former Attorney General Ed Meese weighs in AGAINST patent reform
    From the Washington Times:Ronald Reagan’s former attorney general Edwin Meese has joined a growing number of conservatives urging Congress not to pass proposed legislation changing America’s patent system.link: …
  • Aug 27

    Atsumi's US application 20150240247: TROPHIC CONVERSION OF PHOTOAUTOTROPHIC BACTERIA FOR IMPROVED DIURNAL PROPERTIES

    Atsumi's US application 20150240247: TROPHIC CONVERSION OF PHOTOAUTOTROPHIC BACTERIA FOR IMPROVED DIURNAL PROPERTIES
    The first published claim:An isolated bacterial cell of a photoautotrophic species, comprising a recombinant polynucleotide encoding a galactose transporter protein, wherein expression of the galactose transporter protein results in transport…
  • Aug 27

    Inline wins claim construction appeal at CAFC

    Inline wins claim construction appeal at CAFC
    Judge Newman began the opinion:Inline Plastics Corporation sued EasyPak, LLC for infringementof United States Patent No. 7,118,003 (the’003 patent) and No. 7,073,680 (the ’680 patent), directedto tamper-resistant plastic food…
Rank this Week: 41

Law & Disorder

Law & Disorder

The Art of Technology

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/
Rank this Week: 100

IPKat

IPKat

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

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

    Armors, Glory and... religion in a US trade mark clash

    Armors, Glory and... religion in a US trade mark clash
     This GreeKat learns from the Washington Post that US-based sports apparel company, Under Armour, has initiated trade mark infringement proceedings against Armor&Glory, a small company producing, in its own words, "inspirational…
  • Aug 27

    BGH: not so fast, look-alike fastener

    BGH: not so fast, look-alike fastener
    Whether features of a (usually three dimensional) sign that was formely protected by a patent can be the object of a valid trade mark registration has been the subject of quite a few decisions (see C-48-09 P (LEGO brick), IPKat…
  • Aug 27

    Thursday thingie

    Thursday thingie
    This Kat was delighted to see that the 12th edition of the Butterworths Intellectual Property Law Handbook is now published, though he was a little surprised to read about it online since he hasn't yet received his Consultant Editor's…
Rank this Week: 116

Freedom to Tinker

Freedom to Tinker

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

https://freedom-to-tinker.com/
  • Feb 2

    In Partial Defense of the Seahawks’ Play Calling

    In Partial Defense of the Seahawks’ Play Calling
    The conventional wisdom about last night’s Super Bowl is that the Seahawks made a game-losing mistake by running a passing play from the Patriots’ one yard line in the closing seconds. Some are calling it the worst Super Bowl play…
  • Jan 30

    Nine awesome Bitcoin projects at Princeton

    Nine awesome Bitcoin projects at Princeton
    As promised, here are the final project presentations from the Bitcoin and cryptocurrency technologies class I taught at Princeton. I encouraged students to build something real, rather than toy class projects, and they delivered. I hope…
  • Jan 28

    Android WebView security and the mobile advertising marketplace

    Android WebView security and the mobile advertising marketplace
    Freedom to Tinker readers are probably aware of the current controversy over Google’s handling of ongoing security vulnerabilities in its Android WebView component. What sounds at first like a routine security problem turns out to have…
Rank this Week: 128

Chicago IP Litigation Blog

Chicago IP Litigation Blog

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

http://www.chicagoiplitigation.com/
  • Aug 19

    New Federal Rules Will Impact Patent Litigation

    New Federal Rules Will Impact Patent Litigation
    New Federal Rules of Civil Procedure set to take effect December 1, 2015, will have significant impact on patent litigation across the country. In fact, these changes are substantial enough that they may cause courts to rethink and revise…
  • Aug 18

    NPE Litigation is Back in 2015

    NPE Litigation is Back in 2015
    This recent RPX[1] report tells retailers what you likely already knew anecdotally – NPE cases are back. Patent litigation filings in the first half of 2015 are close to 2013 levels. As you are likely aware, this is in stark contrast to…
  • Jul 21

    2015 PWC Patent Litigation Study: “A Change in Patentee Fortunes”

    2015 PWC Patent Litigation Study: “A Change in Patentee Fortunes”
    PWC has published the latest installment of its yearly patent litigation survey.  This year’s study has a focus on recent changes and how those changes are affecting patentees.  In particular, the PWC study provides eight key…
Rank this Week: 136

Erik J. Heels

Erik J. Heels

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

http://www.erikjheels.com/
  • Aug 17

    17 Seconds #15

    17 Seconds #15
    Useful, quick. One story. A lobsterman based in Portland, Maine, was giving a guest a tour of Casco Bay, which is notoriously tricky to navigate. As the lobsterman navigated the boat to and fro, the guest was clearly getting antsy.…
  • Jul 17

    17 Seconds #14

    17 Seconds #14
    Useful & quick. Some prospective clients are hesitant to share details with Clocktower before they “hire” us. I put “hire” in quotes because we have to screen every prospective client for conflicts – and make…
  • Jul 16

    A Modest Proposal For The Second Half Of The 2015 Red Sox Season: Start Wade Miley

    A Modest Proposal For The Second Half Of The 2015 Red Sox Season: Start Wade Miley
    And trade Clay. I coached youth baseball (Little League plus Babe Ruth) for ten years. My final year coaching, I took our underdog team to the second round of the playoffs, against the odds. (We were predicted not to make the playoffs.) We…
Rank this Week: 145

Patent Docs

Patent Docs

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

http://www.patentdocs.org/
  • Aug 26

    Views from the Director's Office on Post-Grant Reviews by the PTAB

    Views from the Director's Office on Post-Grant Reviews by the PTAB
    By Kevin E. Noonan -- Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and Under Secretary of Commerce Michelle Lee took the occasion of the release of the revised PTAB Guidances last Thursday to provide the patent community with some…
  • Aug 25

    July 2015 Update on Subject Matter Eligibility

    July 2015 Update on Subject Matter Eligibility
    By Michael Borella -- On July 30, 2015, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office updated its subject matter eligibility guidance ("Eligibility Update"). This update provides recommendations and resources for examiners in addition to those in the…
  • Aug 24

    PTAB Denies Inter Partes Review Petitions Against Two Acorda Patent

    PTAB Denies Inter Partes Review Petitions Against Two Acorda Patent
    By Kevin E. Noonan -- One of the statistics gleaned from Director Michelle Lee's recent blog on the post-issuance review provisions of the America Invents Act is that only 42% of inter partes review petitions have been granted over the past…
Rank this Week: 153

Hollywood, Esq.

Hollywood, Esq.

Focuses on how the entertainment and media industries are impacted and influenced by the law. From The Hollywood Reporter.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/blogs/thr-esq
Rank this Week: 152

Duets Blog

Duets Blog

Collaborative blog on advertising, intellectual property, and marketing.

http://www.duetsblog.com/
  • Aug 27

    No MN State Fair Photos, Pretty Please?

    No MN State Fair Photos, Pretty Please?
    Well, it is opening day at the 2015 Minnesota State Fair, it was a great day, perfect weather, thank you very much! Happy to see that Lulu’s Public House is going strong, she appears to have some new food items this year, and they look…
  • Aug 26

    Tastes Like Chicken, Not a Copyright

    Tastes Like Chicken, Not a Copyright
    A common refrain: “There must be a way to protect this idea, either by trademark or copyright.” Regrettably, in many instances, the answer is “none of the above.” Take, for example, the humble chicken…
  • Aug 25

    Do EU principles of free movement trump trade mark rights or vice versa?

    Do EU principles of free movement trump trade mark rights or vice versa?
    Lauren Millward, Solicitor, Browne Jacobson LLP In recent times trade mark law in the UK has developed to comply with the fundamental principles of the EU including the free movement of goods and services within the EU. The decision of the…
Rank this Week: 159

Likelihood of Confusion

Likelihood of Confusion

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

http://www.likelihoodofconfusion.com
  • Aug 20

    When you say BUD®

    When you say BUD®
    Disputes involving the great BUDWEISER trademark are even older than LIKELIHOOD OF CONFUSION® — the blog, not the secondary meaning thing.  You know that because even in 2006 I wrote — already sounding like a tired…
  • Aug 13

    Emerson InSinkErator trash compactors will mangle your hand if you stick it in one of them.

    Emerson InSinkErator trash compactors will mangle your hand if you stick it in one of them.
    Originally posted 2006-10-19 13:44:39. Republished by Blog Post PromoterSounds like a reasonable assertion, right? The same thing will happen if you stick your hand into an Acme trash compactor. It’s just bad practice. Who could be…
  • Aug 13

    DMCA day

    DMCA day
    Originally posted 2008-07-21 13:30:08. Republished by Blog Post PromoterMike Masnick on a key question:  Whether copyright fair use, no matter how obvious, may be ignored by a would-be copyright owner when sending a DMCA takedown notice…
Rank this Week: 161

The TTABlog

The TTABlog

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

http://thettablog.blogspot.com/
  • 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…
  • Aug 26

    TTAB Test: How Would You Decide These Four Recent Appeals?

    TTAB Test: How Would You Decide These Four Recent Appeals?
    Here are four appeals that were decided on Monday, August 24th: two Section 2(d) likelihood of confusion cases, and two Section 2(e)(1) mere descriptiveness cases. How would you decide them? [Correct answers in first comment].In re Red Whale,…
  • Aug 25

    TTABlog Road Trip: 2015 Midwest IP Institute - Minneapolis, September 17-18th

    TTABlog Road Trip: 2015 Midwest IP Institute - Minneapolis, September 17-18th
    Yours truly, the TTABlogger, will be back on the road in September, heading the Blogmobile west and north to Minneapolis for the 2015 Midwest Intellectual Property Institute on September 17 and 18, 2015. Details and registration information…
Rank this Week: 168

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: 194

IP Dragon

IP Dragon

Covers intellectual property in China.

http://ipdragon.blogspot.com/
  • Apr 24

    IP Dragon has found a new den: IPDRAGON.ORG

    IP Dragon has found a new den: IPDRAGON.ORG
    From now on, you can find new articles of IP Dragon on: ipdragon.org.So good bye to ipdragon.blogspot,com and hello ipdragon.org.All ipdragon.blogspot.com links will continue to be active, but will be redirected to ipdragon.orgAlso you…
  • Apr 7

    Constructed Knowledge Works Like a Red Flag To An Internet Intermediary

    Constructed Knowledge Works Like a Red Flag To An Internet Intermediary
     Shades of Red by Skram1 see ColourloversThe real question: "What shade of red will attract liability?"After publishing a draft of the copyright law, the National Copyright Administration comes now with a A Brief Explanation…
  • Mar 12

    Chinese Movie Posters Give You "Double Vision" Without The Alcohol

    Chinese Movie Posters Give You &quot;Double Vision&quot; Without The Alcohol
    Clone and OriginalThe silver screen is known to bring out the imagination of people. However, China's film industry has not given birth to a poster child of creativity, eyeing laboriously to any movie that has some measure of success, Chinese…
Rank this Week: 216

The University of Chicago Law…

The University of Chicago Law School Faculty Podcast

Listen to lectures by and discussions with the faculty of the University of Chicago Law School.

https://soundcloud.com/uchicagolaw
  • Jul 17

    Axel Honneth, “Three, Not Two, Concepts of Liberty”

    Axel Honneth, “Three, Not Two, Concepts of Liberty”
    Even for those among us who are not altogether convinced by Isaiah Berlin's famous essay "Two Concepts of Liberty," it has by now become commonplace to adopt a distinction between "negative" and "positive" liberties that largely coincides…
  • Jun 29

    William H. J. Hubbard, “Newtonian Law and Economics, Quantum Law and Economics, and ...”

    William H. J. Hubbard, “Newtonian Law and Economics, Quantum Law and Economics, and ...”
    “Newtonian Law and Economics, Quantum Law and Economics, and the Search for a Theory of Relativity” At this law school, “law and economics” is a mantra. But what is the “economics” in “law and…
  • Jun 11

    Aziz Huq, “Hobby Lobby and the Psychology of Corporate Rights”

    Aziz Huq, “Hobby Lobby and the Psychology of Corporate Rights”
    After the Hobby Lobby and Citizens United decisions, a robust public debate has emerged over corporate constitutional rights. Prof. Huq discusses ongoing empirical research about how the Hobby Lobby case has influenced public perceptions not…
Rank this Week: 233

Recording Industry vs The People

Recording Industry vs The People

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

http://recordingindustryvspeople.blogspot.com/
  • Jul 8

    Judge Hellerstein denies Malibu Media discovery motion

    Judge Hellerstein denies Malibu Media discovery motion
    In a recent decision in the Southern District of New York in Manhattan, in Malibu Media v. Doe, 15 CV 4369 AKH, Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein has denied Malibu Media's ex parte motion for permission to serve a subpoena on the internet service…
  • May 1

    UMG v Grooveshark settled. No money judgment against individual defendant

    UMG v Grooveshark settled. No money judgment against individual defendant
    UMG v. Escape Media, UMG's case against Grooveshark, has been settled just prior to trial. Under the terms of the settlement a judgment for $50,000,000.00 will be entered against the corporation only, and the corporation will shut down its…
  • Apr 23

    Parameters set for statutory damages trial in UMG v Grooveshark

    Parameters set for statutory damages trial in UMG v Grooveshark
    In UMG v. Escape Media, UMG's case against the Grooveshark founders, the judge has rendered a decision setting some of the parameters for the statutory damages trial scheduled to begin next Monday. The jury will be instructed that the maximum…
Rank this Week: 241

43(B)log

43(B)log

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

http://tushnet.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 26

    Fifth Circuit upholds mandatory self-abnegating disclosure to correct competitor's harassment

    Fifth Circuit upholds mandatory self-abnegating disclosure to correct competitor's harassment
    Test Masters Educational Services, Inc. v. Robin Singh Educational Services, Inc., No. 13-20250 (5th Cir. Aug. 21, 2015)  The parties, test prep companies, have competing claims to TESTMASTERS as a trademark, and have been litigating for…
  • Aug 24

    DC Circuit panel doubles down on invalidating conflict minerals disclosure

    DC Circuit panel doubles down on invalidating conflict minerals disclosure
    Nat’l Ass’n of Mfgrs v. SEC, No. 13-5252 (D.C. Cir. Aug. 18, 2105)  After the AMI en banc decision, the panel granted rehearing of National Association of Manufacturers v. SEC, 748 F.3d 359 (D.C. Cir. 2014).  The panel,…
  • Aug 24

    The platonic ideal of fair use: critical remix of municipal video

    The platonic ideal of fair use: critical remix of municipal video
    City of Inglewood v. Teixeira, No. 15-cv-01815 (C.D. Cal. Aug. 20, 2015) Teixeira lives in Inglewood, California, and posts videos on YouTube as “Dehol Trouth.”  The City argued that he infringed the City’s…
Rank this Week: 256

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 &amp; 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: 259

Patently-O

Patently-O

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

http://patentlyo.com/patent
  • Aug 25

    Patentlyo Bits and Bytes by Anthony McCain

    Patentlyo Bits and Bytes by Anthony McCain
    Robert Schaffer & Joseph Robinson: Akamai v. Limelight Matthew Sag: Graphs On IP Litigation In US District Courts  Sarah Green: Ping-Pong Table Puts Singapore’s Intellectual Property Regulation Under Spotlight Kevin E. Noonan:…
  • Aug 25

    PTO Proposed Pilot Program on IPR Initiation

    PTO Proposed Pilot Program on IPR Initiation
    Inter Partes Review (IPR) Trials have become an effective tool for cancelling invalid patent claims that lack novelty or fail the nonobviousness test. The IPR process has two main stages: Institution and Trial. At the institution stage, the…
  • Aug 25

    A few notes on USPTO Progre

    A few notes on USPTO Progre
    Filings Down?: USPTO expects application filings for FY2015 to be down 1.8% from FY2014. Most of this downward trend is in Request-for-Continued-Examination (RCEs) that the office usually counts as application filings. RCEs filings are down…
Rank this Week: 269

ITC 337 Law Blog

ITC 337 Law Blog

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

http://www.itcblog.com
Rank this Week: 268

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: 277

Indiana Intellectual Property…

Indiana Intellectual Property Lawyer Blog

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

http://www.iniplaw.org/
Rank this Week: 289

Video Game Law Blog

Video Game Law Blog

Covers current Issues in video game law. By Davis LLP.

http://www.davis.ca/en/blog/Video-Game-Law
  • Mar 28

    WOW!

    WOW!
    A court in Berlin has ruled that some provisions of the World of Warcraft Terms of Use violate German consumer protection laws and are void. [More…]
  • Feb 26

    Ontario Youth Investment Accelerator Fund Recipients Announced

    Ontario Youth Investment Accelerator Fund Recipients Announced
    Recently, Ontario announced the first recipients of the Youth Investment Accelerator Fund Program (the “Program”). The Program, which mirrors the Investment Accelerator Fund, was launched in 2013 by the Province of Ontario with…
  • Feb 14

    Federal Budget 2014: Canada Invests an Additional $40 Million in Entrepreneurship

    Federal Budget 2014: Canada Invests an Additional $40 Million in Entrepreneurship
    On Tuesday February 11, 2014, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty presented the Canadian federal budget for fiscal year 2014-2015. The budget proposes to provide an additional $40 million over four years to the Canada Accelerator and Incubator…
Rank this Week: 295

Clancco: Art & Law

Clancco: Art & Law

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

http://clancco.com/wp
  • Aug 26

    Now Accepting Applications for the 2016 Art & Law Program

    Now Accepting Applications for the 2016 Art &amp; Law Program
    Applications for the 2016 Art & Law Program are now being accepted.  Deadline for applications:  October 19, 2015 Going on its 7th year, The Program seeks qualified, open-minded and self-motivated individuals with an…
  • Aug 26

    Germany Stops Collector From Selling Artwork

    Germany Stops Collector From Selling Artwork
    German public broadcaster Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR), which controversially put some of its art collection up for sale to pay off debts, has been banned from exporting two paintings by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Max Beckmann. More here.
  • Aug 26

    No, state fairs can’t bar exhibitors from selling or displaying Confederate flag item

    No, state fairs can’t bar exhibitors from selling or displaying Confederate flag item
    The always-lucid and super bright Eugene Volokh rightly points out, “No, state fairs can’t bar exhibitors from selling or displaying Confederate flag items.” Recent news stories report that Indiana and Kentucky state fairs…
Rank this Week: 315

The Invent Blog

The Invent Blog

Covers case law, inventors, patents and the USPTO. By Stephen M. Nipper.

http://blogs.bnip.com/tib/
  • Jun 23

    Access to Private PAIR/EFS-Web via Chrome ends in September 2015

    Access to Private PAIR/EFS-Web via Chrome ends in September 2015
    According to the USPTO, users will no longer be able to use Google Chrome to access PAIR/EFS-Web after September 2015. ADVISORY (22JUNE2015) In April 2015, Google Chrome removed the default ability to use the Java plug-in for browser version…
  • Sep 23

    USPTO First To File Roadshow

    USPTO First To File Roadshow
    Via this USPTO webpage: The USPTO will be hosting seven half-day roadshows across the country during September-October 2014 to increase the understanding of the First Inventor to File (FITF) provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA). In…
  • Sep 22

    Adobe Acrobat Tips for Patent and Trademark Practitioner

    Adobe Acrobat Tips for Patent and Trademark Practitioner
    Here are some helpful posts for patent and trademark practitioners on the use of Adobe Acrobat: Acrobat for Legal Professionals Blog (ALPB) on Converting Color PDFs to Greyscale or Black and White. ALPB on Converting Color PDF to Greyscale…
Rank this Week: 317

Blawg IT

Blawg IT

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

http://blawgit.com
  • Mar 17

    Brett Trout Named Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers Fellow

    Brett Trout Named Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers Fellow
    Des Moines patent attorney Brett J. Trout has just been named a Fellow of the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers. Membership in the Academy is by invitation only, upon sponsorship and recommendation from peers and judges, and unanimous approval by…
  • Mar 16

    Brett Trout to Speak at The Seventh Annual Creighton Law Review Symposium

    Brett Trout to Speak at The Seventh Annual Creighton Law Review Symposium
    The 2015 Seventh Annual Creighton Law Review Symposium addresses the theme of Ethics and Electronics: Navigating Legal Ethics and New Technology. The symposium will be held March 27, 2014, at Creighton University’s School of Law. Brett…
  • Dec 17

    Inventing to Nowhere

    Inventing to Nowhere
    The Frightening Irony The documentary Inventing to Nowhere boils a series of complex questions down into one: Why are we allowing companies that stifle innovation to dictate our country’s innovation strategy? The History The…
Rank this Week: 310

Seattle Trademark Lawyer

Seattle Trademark Lawyer

Covers trademark law developments from Seattle and beyond. By Michael Atkins.

http://seattletrademarklawyer.com/
  • Aug 10

    Taking the Mystery out of Trademark Use

    Taking the Mystery out of Trademark Use
    Before a trademark can be registered, it has to be used. There’s one exception to that — if a mark is registered in a foreign country, it can be registered in the States without having been used here. But even then, the…
  • Jun 27

    Decision on Redskins Trademark Proper but Mostly Symbollic

    Decision on Redskins Trademark Proper but Mostly Symbollic
    No question, the PTO got it right. The PTO’s administrative law branch, the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, finally decided the REDSKINS trademark is too offensive to continue to justify the expanded rights that stem from…
  • Jun 1

    Washington's Bill to Tax Marijuana Trademarks is a Bad Idea

    Washington's Bill to Tax Marijuana Trademarks is a Bad Idea
    During Washington’s last legislative session, Olympia considered taxing marijuana trademarks. It’s a bad idea. But first, a little background on the bill. If passed, House Bill 1976, would have levied a “tax of three…
Rank this Week: 314

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 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…
  • Aug 7

    TWiL 314: Khan With A EULA

    TWiL 314: Khan With A EULA
    Tech policies discussed at the Republican debates, copyrighting your patent, pre-1972 sound recordings, and more! Photo credit: Kate Mereand-Sinha Download or subscribe to this show at twit.tv/twil. Public list of discussion…
Rank this Week: 322

Lightbulb Blog by Dilanchian

Lightbulb Blog by Dilanchian

Covers intellectual property law and business law from an Australian perspective. Published by Dilanchian Lawyers and Consultants.

http://www.dilanchian.com.au
  • Mar 22

    Hidden costs of trade mark registration

    Hidden costs of trade mark registration
    Few people in business, and few lawyers, appreciate the importance of integrating design and legal thinking in the two related processes of brand design and trade mark registration. Experienced trade mark lawyers know that not all trade…
  • Mar 22

    Transitioning China into a global IP power

    Transitioning China into a global IP power
    “When the wind of change blows, some build walls while others build windmills.” If you had to choose a word or phrase to describe China, what would it be? Populous? Changing fast? What about innovative? That is in fact…
  • Mar 16

    Are bloggers journalists?

    Are bloggers journalists?
    Are bloggers and those who post in social media journalists are Australian law? The question has important legal implications. The answer varies greatly depending on the area of law or legal context. A great deal has been written on the…
Rank this Week: 332

Illinois Business Law Journal

Illinois Business Law Journal

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

http://www.law.illinois.edu/bljournal/
  • Nov 27

    Two Sides of the Same [Bit]coin: Why Regulating Bitcoin Works in Its Favor

    Two Sides of the Same [Bit]coin: Why Regulating Bitcoin Works in Its Favor
               The reality of the most notorious virtual currency is that it is only a matter of time before it comes under the purview of a regulatory body.  Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency that exists entirely…
  • Nov 27

    The Ride-Sharing Economy: Keeping Liability in the Rearview

    The Ride-Sharing Economy: Keeping Liability in the Rearview
                      In large cities the world over, passengers have stopped reaching into the air to hail a cab and have begun reaching into their pockets for their smartphones.  Companies such…
  • Nov 27

    Two Sides of the Same [Bit]coin: Why Regulating Bitcoin Works in Its Favor

    Two Sides of the Same [Bit]coin: Why Regulating Bitcoin Works in Its Favor
               The reality of the most notorious virtual currency is that it is only a matter of time before it comes under the purview of a regulatory body.  Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency that exists entirely…
Rank this Week: 326

Technology & Marketing Law…

Technology & Marketing Law Blog

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

http://blog.ericgoldman.org/
  • Aug 27

    Jawbone Plaintiff Can Invoke California Choice of Law Provision in Service Agreement

    Jawbone Plaintiff Can Invoke California Choice of Law Provision in Service Agreement
    This is a lawsuit against Jawbone, a fitness tracker app, alleging that Jawbone’s battery life was significantly shorter than promised, and that it failed to accurately track and measure movement, calorie expenditure, and sleep:…
  • Aug 26

    Hashtags Are Not Trademarks—Eksouzian v. Albanese (Guest Blog Post)

    Hashtags Are Not Trademarks&mdash;Eksouzian v. Albanese (Guest Blog Post)
    By Guest Blogger Alexandra Roberts [Eric’s note: Prof. Roberts is a trademark expert at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. She’s writing a paper on hashtags as trademarks, a new topic of growing importance. When I saw…
  • Aug 25

    Two Tough Section 230 Rulings From Last Week–General Steel v. Chumley & Xcentric v. Smith

    Two Tough Section 230 Rulings From Last Week&ndash;General Steel v. Chumley &amp; Xcentric v. Smith
    Last week, we saw two Section 230 losses. Initially I was troubled by this confluence, but after digesting these opinions, I’m pretty certain they both involve unusual facts that limit any real damage to Section 230’s immunity.…
Rank this Week: 365

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 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…
  • Aug 7

    Federal Circuit Continues to Nix Financial Patent

    Federal Circuit Continues to Nix Financial Patent
    Patents covering software for use in the financial industry are increasingly being invalidated by the courts. Because of the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International, 134 S. Ct. 2347 (2014), district courts are…
Rank this Week: 391

The University of Chicago Law…

The University of Chicago Law School Faculty Blog

Covers constitutional law, copyright/technology, corporate law, criminal law, free speech, genetic testing, international law, national security and more.

http://uchicagolaw.typepad.com/faculty/
Rank this Week: 423

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: 440

All Things Pros

All Things Pros

A patent prosecution blog, with in-depth discussion of decisions by the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (BPAI), prosecution strategies, and PTO procedures. By Karen Hazzah.

http://allthingspros.blogspot.com/
  • Jul 21

    PTAB reverses when Examiner provides no explanation for why claimed "blender" reads on "charging nozzle"

    PTAB reverses when Examiner provides no explanation for why claimed "blender" reads on "charging nozzle"
    Takeaway: The Applicant appealed an obviousness rejection of claims to a process of manufacturing a multi-phase liquid composition. The method claim recited a transferring and a blending step involving a "blender," and the Examiner mapped the…
  • Jul 10

    Examples of abandonment after failure to handle drawing requirement

    Examples of abandonment after failure to handle drawing requirement
    In this post, I'll discuss some applications that went abandoned because the Applicant didn't properly handle drawing objections or requirement that occurred at the last stage of prosecution. Application 11/776,390 (history available on…
  • Jun 18

    Tips for arguing Unexpected Results Arguments to overcome obviousne

    Tips for arguing Unexpected Results Arguments to overcome obviousne
    MPEP Sections 716 and 2145 provide a good primer on arguing unexpected results in order to overcome obviousness. To dig into the topic in a little more detail, this post will discuss a number of PTAB appeal decisions where the Applicant made…
Rank this Week: 469

IPWatchdog.com | Patent Copyright…

IPWatchdog.com | Patent Copyright Trademark

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

http://www.ipwatchdog.com
  • May 13

    If patent reform goes wrong

    If patent reform goes wrong
    A truism in politics is that issues are driven by stories. One of the most successful is the saga of the patent troll. That’s driving the current debate creating a sense of a malfunctioning patent system which is a danger to the public.…
  • May 13

    USPTO Hopes for More Submissions of Prior Art with New Patent Application Alert Service

    USPTO Hopes for More Submissions of Prior Art with New Patent Application Alert Service
    The Patent Application Alert Service (PAAS), born of a partnership between the USPTO and Reed Tech, a LexisNexis company, is a system that provides customized email alerts to the public for free when a patent application is published. Users…
  • May 12

    Judge Michel says Congress stuck in a time warp on patent reform

    Judge Michel says Congress stuck in a time warp on patent reform
    The problem facing the country as embodied in Congressional proposals to change the patent system is that it’s stuck in a time warp. Congress acts as if the landscape today was exactly the way it looked in 2010 or 2011, but in fact it…
Rank this Week: 507

Patent Baristas

Patent Baristas

Offers bio/pharma patent news. By Stephen Jenei.

http://www.patentbaristas.com
  • Jun 22

    Indie Comedy Film ‘Trolls’ Takes on Patent Troll

    Indie Comedy Film ‘Trolls’ Takes on Patent Troll
    A new film, tentatively entitled ‘TROLLS‘, is currently in pre-production and into fundraising on Indiegogo.  Apparently, the film is a feature length comedy (comedy? really?) about start-ups, crowdfunding, and patent…
  • Jun 15

    USPTO Releases Enhancements to Private PAIR

    USPTO Releases Enhancements to Private PAIR
    ADVISORY (13Jun2015) USPTO Announces Enhancements to Private PAIR Beginning on June 13, 2015, users will notice several new Private PAIR features that will allow users to self-administer a number of routine administrative tasks that…
  • May 27

    Q&A with Matt Cutler on the Protecting American Talent and Entrepreneurship Act

    Q&amp;A with Matt Cutler on the Protecting American Talent and Entrepreneurship Act
    Today we talk IP insurance with Matt Cutler, a principal at Harness Dickey Patent Baristas: You are currently with Harness Dickey specializing in intellectual property litigation and Inter Partes Review and Post-Grant Review proceedings…
Rank this Week: 551

Social Media & Games Law Blog

Social Media & Games Law Blog

Covers virtual worlds and social media issues. By Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

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

    Game of Drones: UAV Entertainment and the FAA

    Game of Drones: UAV Entertainment and the FAA
    With unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) (also called drones) anticipated to become a multi-billion dollar industry in a few years, many are betting that drone gaming will explode as the next big thing in competitive entertainment. It is not hard…
  • Aug 19

    Twitter, the DMCA and Copyright in the Age of Sharing

    Twitter, the DMCA and Copyright in the Age of Sharing
    As social media platforms continue to find new ways to allow users to share, post, and forward nonoriginal content and users become more engaged in the practice, the platforms hosting the content and disgruntled original content owners are…
  • Aug 17

    The Growing Scrutiny of Social Media by U.S. Courts and Agencie

    The Growing Scrutiny of Social Media by U.S. Courts and Agencie
    The evolution of social media in business from “occasional accessory” to “integral component” has in turn forced the law itself to evolve in an attempt to address social media’s increasing relevance. Recent…
Rank this Week: 565

Dear Rich: Nolo's Patent,…

Dear Rich: Nolo's Patent, Copyright & Trademark Blog

Provides answers to questions about copyright, trademarks and patents.

http://dearrichblog.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 24

    Wants to Copy Website's Terms of Service

    Wants to Copy Website's Terms of Service
    Dear Rich: I run a a health and fitness blog. It has come to my attention that a medical disclaimer should be included on my website. These disclaimer appear lengthy and go into a great degree of legal jargon. I would not like to craft my…
  • Aug 17

    How Long to File Sampling Infringement Lawsuit?

    How Long to File Sampling Infringement Lawsuit?
    Dear Rich: I manage a band that made several songs, one in particular that has been sampled 153 times by various artists from 1888 to 2013. Except for half a dozen artists who made deals and paid (and this was negotiated and hidden from the…
  • Aug 12

    Wants to Oppose Mark for Genericne

    Wants to Oppose Mark for Genericne
    Lockheed-Martin Paveway II Dual Mode Laser Guided Bomb Dear Rich: I have a question about opposing a trademark registration. The trademark was recently published for opposition at the USPTO and I have a few reasons to oppose the…
Rank this Week: 560

Copyright Litigation Blog

Copyright Litigation Blog

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

http://copyrightlitigation.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 4

    U.S. Copyright Lawsuit Filings Increase By Over 10% In One Year, Double Since 2010

    U.S. Copyright Lawsuit Filings Increase By Over 10% In One Year, Double Since 2010
    Source - U.S. Courts - Federal Judicial Caseload StatisticsAccording to the latest annual report on Judicial Business found at www.uscourts.gov, for the period 2013-2014, filing of copyright cases increase 10.2 percent for the year…
  • Jul 31

    Top 10 Countries Reading Copyright Litigation Blog: Welcome France To #2

    Top 10 Countries Reading Copyright Litigation Blog: Welcome France To #2
    France has recently moved to #2 in readership of Copyright Litigation Blog.  Vive le droit d'auteur! Pageviews by Countries EntryPageviewsUnited States551129France61270Russia51440Ukraine40000Germany32359United…
  • Jul 6

    Congratulations To Top 40 Most Popular New York Law Blogs Of All Time

    Congratulations To Top 40 Most Popular New York Law Blogs Of All Time
    According to Justia BlawgSearch, there are 302 blogs focusing on New York law.  Justia ranks the most popular of "all time".   Here are the top 40: 1. Real Estate Law Blog2. New York Supreme Court Criminal Term Library3. New…
Rank this Week: 568

Florida Intellectual Property Law…

Florida Intellectual Property Law Blog

Covers patents, trademarks, copyright law, franchise law, trade secret law and unfair competition law. By John Rizvi.

http://www.floridaipblog.com/
  • Nov 23

    Reader Question: Will my trademark application be denied if...

    Reader Question: Will my trademark application be denied if...
    "Suzy" asks: If I look on uspto.gov and see that there is a company already trademarked under a name similiar to my company's name will my trademarked registration be denied?   My response:  
  • Nov 21

    Patent Writing Secrets: What's the Hook?

    Patent Writing Secrets: What's the Hook?
    Before beginning to draft the patent application there is one step you must take to make sure you get MAXIMUM protection for your idea (and to make sure no one gets around it). And that step is establishing the hook. Allow me to explain what…
  • Nov 18

    Reader Question: Should I take my idea to an investor before getting a patent?

    Reader Question: Should I take my idea to an investor before getting a patent?
    L.C. asks: Quick question. Would there be any issues going to angel investors, or venture capitalists before starting the entire patent process? Would that spark any legal trouble down the line? My answer. It's not that it would spark legal…
Rank this Week: 571

Trading Secrets

Trading Secrets

Covers trade secrets, non-competes and computer fraud. By Seyfarth & Shaw LLP.

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

    Latest Update on Federal Trade Secrets Legislation

    Latest Update on Federal Trade Secrets Legislation
    With increased activity regarding proposed federal trade secrets legislation expected next month and for the remainder of the fall Congressional session, Seyfarth Shaw’s dedicated Trade Secrets/Non-Compete group has created a resource…
  • Aug 25

    Inside Views: The Intersection Of Trade Secret Law And Social Media Privacy Legislation

    Inside Views: The Intersection Of Trade Secret Law And Social Media Privacy Legislation
    Eric Barton authored the following article on August 20, 2015 in Intellectual Property Watch summarizing several recent cases addressing trade secret claims involving social media issues, as well as providing some suggested takeaways for…
  • Aug 20

    Webinar Recap! State Specific Non-Compete Oddities Employers Should Be Aware Of

    Webinar Recap! State Specific Non-Compete Oddities Employers Should Be Aware Of
    We are pleased to announce the webinar “State Specific Non-Compete Oddities Employers Should Be Aware Of ” is now available as a podcast and webinar recording. In Seyfarth’s sixth installment, attorneys Michael Baniak and…
Rank this Week: 603

Orange Book Blog

Orange Book Blog

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

http://www.orangebookblog.com/
Rank this Week: 602

TinyTechIP

TinyTechIP

Covers emerging patent developments in the areas of microelectromechanical systems and nanotechnology. By Blaise Mouttet.

http://tinytechip.blogspot.com/
  • Apr 1

    ReRAM Patent Landscape

    ReRAM Patent Landscape
    ReRAM (Resistance RAM) is a type of memory which may one day replace Flash as the common form of non-volatile storage for electronic devices. I recently updated a file I keep on US patents related to ReRAM and some related non-volatile…
  • Dec 30

    Top Ten Nanotechnology Patents of 2012

    Top Ten Nanotechnology Patents of 2012
    The following is a list of the most interesting nanotechnology patents this past year (in my opinion):#10 - US 8093786 - Nanoscale piezoelectrics (Stevens Institute of Technology)This patent teaches manufacturing piezoelectric nanofibers…
  • Nov 5

    Memristor debate: "If it works who cares?"

    Memristor debate: "If it works who cares?"
    I have made various public arguments over the past year about why Leon Chua and HP's "memristor" models are all hype rather than a legitimate scientific model for resistance switching (e.g.
Rank this Week: 631

Center for Art Law Blog

Center for Art Law Blog

Features art and cultural heritage law resources and reviews.

http://itsartlaw.com/blog-2/
Rank this Week: 620

I/P Updates

I/P Updates

Offers news and information for intellectual property practitioners. By William F. Heinze.

http://ip-updates.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 660