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7 Apr 2010, 4:25 pm by Wendy K. Akbar
Image:  Wendy.JPG “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that an inventor in possession of a good patent must be in want of a litigator.”  So begins Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice . . . though my mind is admittedly a bit addled by eight years of pharmaceutical drugs.  Pharmaceutical drug patents, that is.  Not to mention patents on semiconductor inventions, medical devices, multimedia technology, golf clubs, and so forth. … [read post]
29 Aug 2011, 8:57 am by admin
The rise of open source software (OSS) is one of the most remarkable intellectual property and IT law trends to blossom in the last decade.  “Giving away” intellectual property once seemed counterintuitive, but it is now a cornerstone of business planning and marketing strategy for many start up business entrepreneurs, IT companies, mega-corporations, and is a critical intellectual property development strategy for sales of complimentary IT goods and services for small business and large… [read post]
26 Feb 2014, 11:47 am by Henry Sneath
By: Henry Sneath, Chair of the Intellectual Property practice at Picadio Sneath Miller & Norton, P.C.  hsneath@psmn.com or 412-288-4013 I attended the Pittsburgh Technology Council’s breakfast briefing this morning and heard a great presentation by Jeffrey Hennion, President of Pittsburgh based Branding Brand: http://www.brandingbrand.com/ Founded by 3 CMU students, the company is now an industry leader in Mobile Commerce website and application development.… [read post]
31 Dec 2012, 2:59 pm by Henry Sneath
By Henry M. Sneath, Esq. – Chair of the Picadio Sneath Miller & Norton, P.C. Intellectual Property Group. Contact him at hsneath@psmn.com Last week a Pittsburgh federal court jury found on behalf of local university CMU against hard drive chip maker Marvell (See attached photo) on claims of patent infringement and willfulness. The $1.17 Billion award was huge by any standards and still faces post trial motions which could vacate the verdict or increase it for willfulness, which the… [read post]
13 Jun 2011, 1:09 pm by Robert Wagner
by: Robert Wagner, intellectual property attorney at Picadio Sneath Miller & Norton, P.C. On June 8, 2011, Chief Judge Gary L. Lancaster announced that the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts selected the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania to be one of 14 Districts Courts to participate in a 10-year Patent Pilot Program. As part of this program, the Courts will funnel the majority of patent cases to designated patent judges in each district with the intention of… [read post]
28 Feb 2011, 2:35 am by Ray Dowd
According to Justia's Blawgsearch, these are the top 50 Intellectual Property Law Blogs of all time1.  IP Thinktank2. IPKat3. Patent Docs4. Patently-O5. IPBiz6. The Trademark Blog7. Recording Industry v. The People8.  Technology & Marketing Law Blog9. 43(B)log10. Philip Brooks Patent Infringement Blog11. University of Chicago Law School Faculty Blog12.  Chicago IP Litigation Blog13.  Two Seventy-One Patent Blog14.  Eastern District of Texas Federal Court Practice Blog15.  The… [read post]
2 Aug 2011, 8:30 am by Stefano Debolini
The United Kingdom’s Supreme Court recently rendered its decision in the first Intellectual Property case heard since it opened for business in October 2009.  The case, Lucasfilm v Ainsworth, concerned infringement of copyright subsisting in Stormtrooper helmets, which had in the past been produced by Andrew Ainsworth for the Star Wars films. Under ss.51 and 52 of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988: copyright in a design document is not infringed by making articles to that design provided… [read post]
31 May 2011, 1:25 am by Stefano Debolini
The internet revolutionised the way people could discover and share information, but as technology has developed, the volume of information which can be shared online, and the variety of its application have broadened significantly.  When the bandwidth available to typical internet users was sufficient, there was an explosion in online sharing of music through services like Napster, and later, the same happened for video through BitTorrent.  This poses a significant challenge to… [read post]
30 Mar 2012, 4:30 am by Gene Quinn
An exhibition showing the intellectual property (IP) behind Steve Jobs’ innovations opens to the public at WIPO on March 30, 2012 and will run through to World Intellectual Property Day on April 26, 2012. The exhibition ties in with this year’s World Intellectual Property Day theme – Visionary Innovators. Related posts: United States to Commemorate World Intellectual Property DayU.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke will belatedly commemorate World Intellectual Property Day on Thursday, May 5,… [read post]
18 Apr 2011, 1:29 pm by Robert Wagner
by: Robert Wagner, intellectual property attorney at Picadio Sneath Miller & Norton, P.C. The United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in Microsoft Corp. v. i4i Limited Partnership, Case No. 10-290, a case that calls into question what the proper burden of proof is to invalidate a patent claim. Microsoft challenges the long-standing standard of clear and convincing evidence and argued today that the proper standard of proof is merely by a preponderance of the evidence. Both i4i and the… [read post]
27 Aug 2012, 7:51 am by admin
Trademark assignment is an area of U.S. intellectual property law where small business owners, startups, and investors can easily make big mistakes. Most people know that they need a trademark assignment agreement, and that trademark assignments must be registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Fewer people are aware that U.S. copyright law and case law adds specific requirements for the content of trademark assignment contracts, in addition to other technical requirements for… [read post]
19 May 2011, 6:54 am by admin
The Hargreaves report was published on Wednesday. The report responds to the government’s instruction last autumn to look at whether current copyright laws are hindering innovation in this country. The short answer is, as Hargreaves succinctly puts it, ‘yes’; reform is needed (p1). The reaction to this report has been varied (for a list of opinions ranging from Publishers to Music Executives see Guardian article). Hargreaves emphasised the drive for reform should be based on… [read post]
23 Jun 2011, 10:39 am by Robert Wagner
by: Robert Wagner, intellectual property attorney at Picadio Sneath Miller & Norton, P.C. In an interesting nonprecedential opinion issued this week in Stamps.com Inc. v. Endicia, Inc. (No. 10-1328), the Federal Circuit affirmed (among other things) the District Court’s decision to limit the number of claims a patentee could bring against an accused infringer. The Court held that the District Court did not abuse its discretion in arbitrarily limiting Stamps.com to asserting 15 claims against… [read post]
9 Jun 2011, 12:56 am by admin
To maximize IT company or technology business valuation for investment, business growth, business financing, selling a company, and other exit strategies, an IT company or technology business must focus on building two types of value: intrinsic value and strategic value. Intrinsic value is a “sum of the parts” business valuation of an IT company or technology business’ assets, including equipment, intellectual property rights, revenue streams for products, services (ie, software as a service… [read post]
4 Oct 2011, 4:32 am by Stefano Debolini
Key to Apple’s surging popularity have been the ease of use of its products and software, and seamless integration between its devices and services. Arguably unique in the personal computer industry, Apple exercises strict controls over every element of its product line.  This control over both the hardware and software used in its computers, peripherals and devices has enabled the company to ensure a consistent user experience worldwide, and to avoid compatibility issues which have in the past… [read post]
14 Feb 2011, 9:35 pm by Steve Baird
You may be interested to know that the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) did file a timely response on January 7, 2011, to the USPTO's original request for comments regarding whether "trademark bullying" is a significant problem deserving attention, see here. Hat tip to Jackie. Let's just say, it is starting to become clear why the USPTO dropped the phrase "trademark bullying" in favor of "aggressive litigation tactics" -- as both IPO and AIPLA view the phrase as unfair… [read post]
18 Apr 2011, 8:28 am by Robert Wagner
by: Robert Wagner, intellectual property attorney at Picadio Sneath Miller & Norton, P.C. A recent decision from the Federal Circuit provides a boon for patent owners who are interested in filing suit against infringers but are concerned that their claims may be too broad to survive an invalidity attack. The decision in In re Takana (Case No. 2010-1262, April 15, 2011), allows a patent owner to file a reissue application before the US Patent and Trademark Office and add narrower claims to patent… [read post]
9 Sep 2011, 1:10 pm by Pete
The Colorado Supreme Court recently made implementation of certain intellectual property policies and protections a bit easier for companies with staff, who, in the past might have taken their employers’ intellectual property and used it to compete with them. Over the years Leyendecker & Lemire has worked with a number of established businesses to implement policies and procedures to protect these companies’ intellectual property and protect against potential employee competition.  Generally,… [read post]
4 Aug 2011, 3:14 am by admin
Image by Si McMahon, click for Flickr Further progress was made in the Newzbin saga last week when the High Court ordered BT to prevent its subscribers from accessing the website.  You may recall that the site had hopped abroad to the Seychelles, escaping the reach of the UK courts (or so it thought).  However, despite its emigration, the Motion Picture Association has succeeded in finding another way to attack its user base. The blocking order, the first of its kind in the UK, requires BT to… [read post]
19 Sep 2011, 3:33 am by Stefano Debolini
Websites, iPad apps, accounting systems, and the software running on your home wireless router are all the result of an often considerable investment of time, money, skill and effort.  In return, their creators are typically rewarded with a bundle of intellectual property rights.  One of the most important of these is copyright, which protects the software itself, and the graphics and text used in the interface.  However, more powerful protection is potentially available through registration of a… [read post]