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Director's Forum: David Kappos'…

Director's Forum: David Kappos' Public Blog

From the US Patent and Trademark Office.

http://www.uspto.gov/blog/director/
  • Aug 16

    Dream to Reality – Helping Inventors Patent New Technologie

    Dream to Reality – Helping Inventors Patent New Technologie
    A blog about the USPTO from the Department of Commerce Small businesses and independent inventors both serve a vital role in our nation’s economy. And, helping those with limited resources is an important goal of the United States…
  • Aug 2

    Federal Agencies Tackling Trademark Scam

    Federal Agencies Tackling Trademark Scam
    Guest Blog by Commissioner for Trademarks Mary Boney Denison Some trademark applicants and registrants have paid fees to private companies while mistakenly thinking they were paying fees required by the USPTO. To combat this problem, last…
  • Aug 1

    Inspiring Young Minds to be Innovators and Pursue their Dream

    Inspiring Young Minds to be Innovators and Pursue their Dream
    Blog by Joe Matal, Performing the Functions and Duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO At Camp Invention, almost two million students have explored their own innate creativity,…
Rank this Week: 4631

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 16

    Amin confirmed by Senate as IP enforcement coordinator

    Amin confirmed by Senate as IP enforcement coordinator
    On Thursday, August 3, 2017, the United States Senate, through a deal brokered by leaders McConnell (R-KY) and Schumer (D-NY), voted out dozens of Trump nominees under a unanimous consent agreement. Under this procedure, there is no…
  • Aug 10

    An interview with Congressman Thomas Massie

    An interview with Congressman Thomas Massie
    “I can tell you, every day Congress is in session, there are lobbyists here trying to weaken the patent system,” Congressman Thomas Massie explained to me when I interviewed him on June 28, 2017. In Massie’s words, those…
  • Aug 7

    Infringers may soon pay a heavy price in China

    Infringers may soon pay a heavy price in China
    Chinese President Xi Jinping recently made some unusually strong comments regarding intellectual property. “Wrongdoing should be punished more severely so that IP infringers will pay a heavy price,” Xi said. According to IAM, the…
Rank this Week: 4548

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 16

    Proving and Protecting Rights to Domain Name

    Proving and Protecting Rights to Domain Name
    At their best, UDRP panelists are educators. They inform us about the ways in which parties win or lose on their claims and defenses. What to do and not do. In addressing this issue, I’m referring to less than 10% of cybersquatting…
  • Jul 24

    No Time Bar, No Laches under the UDRP

    No Time Bar, No Laches under the UDRP
    Two UDRP decisions posted this month involved domain names registered 20 and 21 years ago, David Duchovny v. Alberta Hot Rods c/o Jeff Burgar, FA1706001734414 (Forum July 4, 2017) (<davidduchovny.com>, 21 years) and Commonwealth Bank of…
  • Jul 10

    Do Trade Names Qualify as Trade Marks for Purposes of the UDRP?

    Do Trade Names Qualify as Trade Marks for Purposes of the UDRP?
    Naming is the first imperative. It as much precedes the launching of new lives as it does new businesses. Names secure a presence, and for businesses in the marketplace names can grow into trademarks, if they function like one. Are we not…
Rank this Week: 4669

Trade Secrets Watch

Trade Secrets Watch

By Orrick.

http://blogs.orrick.com/trade-secrets-watch/
Rank this Week: 1744

Technology Law Source

Technology Law Source

Brings together concepts that cut across traditional intellectual property lines, addressing both evolving technologies and concerns about privacy and data security. By Porter Wright.

http://www.technologylawsource.com/
Rank this Week: 2071

NorCal IP

NorCal IP

Covers notable new case filings and verdicts within the Northern District of California. By Orrick.

http://blogs.orrick.com/norcal-ip/
  • Aug 16

    Save Me Some Money: Paring Down Costs in Patent Litigation

    Save Me Some Money: Paring Down Costs in Patent Litigation
    Order Re Pilot Motions for Summary Judgment, Comcast Cable Communications, LLC v. OpenTV, Inc. et. al., N.D. Cal. (August 4, 2017) (Judge William Alsup) It’s no secret that patent litigation is expensive—especially when multiple…
  • Aug 15

    “Weight” a Minute – Upon Further Review Those Claims Are Not Indefinite

    “Weight” a Minute – Upon Further Review Those Claims Are Not Indefinite
    Commission Opinion, Certain UV Curable Coatings For Optical Fibers, and Products Containing the Same, Inv. No. 337-TA-1031 (August 11, 2017) (ITC) We previously posted – “Weight” a Minute- Those Claims Are Indefinite –…
  • Aug 14

    From Northern California to the Entire IP Landscape: Orrick’s New Blog

    From Northern California to the Entire IP Landscape: Orrick’s New Blog
    We’re excited to announce the recent transition of Orrick’s former NorCal IP blog into to its new iteration – IP Landscape (Today’s News, Tomorrow’s Strategy)!  Our new blog is more comprehensive in scope…
Rank this Week: 1738

Erik M Pelton & Associates, PLLC…

Erik M Pelton & Associates, PLLC Blog

Trademark, brand and social media news, analysis and tips.

http://www.erikpelton.com/resources/
  • Aug 16

    Why a bland brand name is a bad idea: Best Bagel & Coffee, a case study

    Why a bland brand name is a bad idea: Best Bagel &amp; Coffee, a case study
    I love a good cup of coffee in the morning (and sometimes in the afternoon). New York has many good coffee shops. When I visit New York, I can’t resist getting a bagel. The bagels in New York are superior. Maybe its because they have so…
  • Aug 7

    Domain name scams continue

    Domain name scams continue
    I received this today via email, and several clients have contacted me recently regarding similar solicitations. This is almost certainly a phishing scam. I  suggsest ignoring it.   Dear Sir/Madam, We are a domain name registration…
  • Aug 4

    TPAC Meeting Summary – July 28, 2017

    TPAC Meeting Summary – July 28, 2017
    I was unable to attend last week’s meeting of the Trademark Public Advisory Committee. However, our firm attended the public meeting and obtained a copy of the slides from the presentations. See below. Discussion topics included: TMNG /…
Rank this Week: 2709

Steiger Legal

Steiger Legal

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

http://www.steigerlegal.ch/
  • Aug 16

    Alps Forum rund um Cybersecurity: Jetzt anmelden!

    Alps Forum rund um Cybersecurity: Jetzt anmelden!
    Am 21. und 22. September 2017 findet das erste Alps Forum der Law and Economics Foundation St.Gallen statt. Thema des ersten Forums, das in Zukunft jährlich stattfinden soll, ist Cybersecurity: …
  • Aug 12

    Abmahnungen: Inkassobüro EOS verschickt Zahlungsaufforderungen für COPYTRACK

    Abmahnungen: Inkassobüro EOS verschickt Zahlungsaufforderungen für COPYTRACK
    Wer nicht auf urheberrechtliche Abmahnungen reagiert, muss neuerdings damit rechnen, vom Inkassobüro EOS Schweiz AG eine Zahlungsaufforderung zu erhalten. EOS bezieht sich in ihren Zahlungsaufforderungen insbesondere auf Forderungen aus…
  • Aug 11

    Internet-Handelsregister nimmt 10 Tage Urlaub

    Internet-Handelsregister nimmt 10 Tage Urlaub
    Der Zentrale Firmenindex (Zefix) und die Handelsregister im Internet sind immer mal wieder nicht verfügbar. Vielleicht ändert sich das nun im Kanton Zürich, wo das Internet-Handelsregister für 10 Tage auf …
Rank this Week: 2400

Carter Law Firm Blog

Carter Law Firm Blog

Covers intellectual property and social media. By Ruth Carter.

http://carterlawaz.com/blog/
  • Aug 15

    FTC Rules: Easy to Follow, Easy to Forget

    FTC Rules: Easy to Follow, Easy to Forget
    I have the pleasure of speaking at Content Marketing World next month, in part, about the FTC rules that apply to advertising. Disclose, Disclose, Disclose The key to complying with the FTC rules for native advertising it to always disclose…
  • Aug 8

    Model Release and Regret

    Model Release and Regret
    Recently, I received an email from a photographer (not my client) who had a question about the validity of model releases. As I understood the situation, he hired a model (over age 18) to do a photoshoot at his studio. The model was…
  • May 29

    Ultrasabers v. Phoenix Comicon | Contracts Matter

    Ultrasabers v. Phoenix Comicon | Contracts Matter
    Phoenix Comicon nearly started with a bang – literally. On the first day of the con, Mathew Sterling, arrived at the Phoenix Convention Center with a loaded shotgun, three handguns, and knives, allegedly intending to kill actor…
Rank this Week: 3472

Likelihood of Confusion

Likelihood of Confusion

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

http://www.likelihoodofconfusion.com
  • Aug 15

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner at Tiffany’s — on Costco

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner at Tiffany’s — on Costco
    Costco owes Tiffany more than $19 million for selling counterfeit rings https://t.co/bPj2IC2a34 pic.twitter.com/ZUjavk8TRH — Business – DM (@BusinessMarkhor) August 15, 2017 I wrote last fall that it didn’t look like…
  • Aug 14

    “Fully cooked,” like so much Boston scrod–here comes Meet the Bloggers VI!

    “Fully cooked,” like so much Boston scrod–here comes Meet the Bloggers VI!
    Originally posted 2010-04-21 20:44:33. Republished by Blog Post PromoterCribbed entirely from The TTABlog® of Beantown home-boy John “Fully cooked, yes, but still Keeping Tabs on the TTAB®” Welch: Meet the...
  • Aug 14

    Beverly Hills TM Lawyer

    Beverly Hills TM Lawyer
    Originally posted 2010-02-11 00:01:58. Republished by Blog Post PromoterFor my money that can only mean Michael N. Cohen!  And now he has a blog, giving it away for free like...
Rank this Week: 663

Create Protect Blog

Create Protect Blog

Covers intellectual property, media and entertainment law. By Bennett Law Office.

http://www.tbennettlaw.com/createprotect/
  • Aug 14

    Updates on Prince Estate - Heirs Determined; UMG Deal Voided; Possible Dispute Over Prince Stage Show

    Updates on Prince Estate - Heirs Determined; UMG Deal Voided; Possible Dispute Over Prince Stage Show
    What Happens Now that Prince's Heirs Are Determined?More than a year after Prince's death, the court certified Prince's heirs as his sister and five, half siblings. Under Minnesota law, half siblings are treated equally with full siblings for…
  • Aug 4

    Entertainment Law Update Episode 87 - Tamera Bennett and Gordon Firemark

    Entertainment Law Update Episode 87 - Tamera Bennett and Gordon Firemark
    Listen to Dallas-area music lawyer Tamera Bennett and Los Angeles film lawyer Gordon Firemark discuss the latest entertainment law issues on the Entertainment Law Update Podcast.Click the arrow below to listen or click the "Apple" below to…
  • Jul 14

    Entertainment Law Update Episode 86 -- Tamera Bennett & Gordon Firemark

    Entertainment Law Update Episode 86 -- Tamera Bennett &amp; Gordon Firemark
    Listen to Dallas-area music lawyer Tamera Bennett and Los Angeles film lawyer Gordon Firemark discuss the latest entertainment law issues on the Entertainment Law Update Podcast.Click the arrow below to listen or click the "Apple" below to…
Rank this Week: 1505

Internet on Trial

Internet on Trial

Discusses current legal topics in the media, sports, and entertainment industries. By Joseph A. Bahgat.

http://www.internetontrial.com/
  • Aug 14

    Is it defamation to … tell someone to eat shit?

    Is it defamation to … tell someone to eat shit?
    This is an easy one. No. By definition, defamation is a false statement of fact, which damages another’s reputation or character. So, telling someone to eat shit, which is nothing but a more colorful way of saying ‘go fly a…
  • Aug 1

    Is there a constitutionally protected right to record police activity?

    Is there a constitutionally protected right to record police activity?
    Spoiler alert: It depends. The short, easy answer is, yes, the First Amendment protects your right to film the actions of on-duty police officers, but the right is not without limits. The most common limitation on filming is when it…
  • Jul 18

    Own a gun? Hope you like jail.

    Own a gun? Hope you like jail.
    For all intents and purposes, it’s a crime just to have or possess a gun in the state of New Jersey—unless you’re in your own home—and with new rules just announced by the New Jersey judiciary, people charged with…
Rank this Week: 2651

Fair Competition Law Blog

Fair Competition Law Blog

Covers trade secrets, noncompetes, privacy and security, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, trademarks, copyrights, and business torts. By Russell Beck.

http://faircompetitionlaw.com
  • Aug 13

    Trade Secrets Laws and the UTSA – A 50 State and Federal Law Survey Chart (updated for Texas)

    Trade Secrets Laws and the UTSA – A 50 State and Federal Law Survey Chart (updated for Texas)
    This is an update to reflect statutory revisions to Texas’ version of its Uniform Trade Secrets Act statute, which will become effective on September 1.  For more on the changes, see Texas Updates Its Uniform Trade Secrets…
  • Jul 8

    50-State Noncompete Chart Updated

    50-State Noncompete Chart Updated
    The BRR 50 State Noncompete Chart has been updated today to reflect a few developments in various states and to make a few tweaks since the last draft. Most significantly, Nevada adopted a brand new noncompete law,…
  • Jul 1

    New Reports on Trade Secret Theft

    New Reports on Trade Secret Theft
    Two important reports on trade secrets protection were recently issued: one by Baker McKenzie and Euromoney Institutional Investor Thought Leadership and the other by the Office of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator…
Rank this Week: 4368

ANTICIPATETHIS.com

ANTICIPATETHIS.com

A patent law blog providing thought-provoking commentary . . . with a dash of irreverent humor. By Jake Ward.

http://anticipatethis.wordpress.com
  • Aug 12

    They Invented What? (No. 20)

    They Invented What? (No. 20)
    Originally posted on Anticipate This!™ | Patent and Trademark Law Blog: U.S. Pat. No. 3,150,641:  Dust cover for dog.   Having described my invention, what I claim and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:…
  • Aug 11

    Marion Area Business Plan Competition hosted by The Forge.

    Marion Area Business Plan Competition hosted by The Forge.
    We had the honor of being a judge for the Marion Area Business Plan Competition hosted by The Forge Business Accelerator yesterday evening.  This was an opportunity for local entrepreneurs to showcase their business ideas to the…
  • Aug 8

    Ashland University – Dauch College of Business Presentation – August 8, 2017.

    Ashland University – Dauch College of Business Presentation – August 8, 2017.
    We had the pleasure of speaking at the Ashland University – Dauch College of Business and Economics this morning in Ashland, Ohio.  Lots of great questions from the attendees about intellectual property law.  Thanks again…
Rank this Week: 427

Photo Attorney

Photo Attorney

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

http://www.photoattorney.com/
  • Aug 11

    Don’t be bound by Binded.com

    Don’t be bound by Binded.com
    The copyright world is abuzz about a new copyright registration service at Binded.com. But don’t be fooled — there’s a reason that Binded can claim: What used to take 20 minutes on copyright.gov, takes 9 seconds on…
  • Jun 26

    Copyright Alliance Seeking Pro Bono Copyright Program Applicant

    Copyright Alliance Seeking Pro Bono Copyright Program Applicant
    The Copyright Alliance has announced a new pro bono program “to provide free legal representation to individual creators and small businesses in lawsuits involving cutting edge copyright issues.” The program will use Columbia Law…
  • Jun 19

    Copyright Office Releases Redlines for Draft Compendium

    Copyright Office Releases Redlines for Draft Compendium
    The U.S. Copyright Office today announces the posting of redlines comparing the current version of Compendium of Copyright Office Practices (Third), which was released December 22, 2014, and the public draft of Compendium (Third), which…
Rank this Week: 2743

LoTempio Law Blog

LoTempio Law Blog

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

http://www.lotempiolaw.com/
  • Aug 11

    Personal Audio Loses Podcast Patent

    Personal Audio Loses Podcast Patent
    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled against Personal Audio LLC, a patent troll firm that claimed the rights to the podcast design of broadcasting. The court sided with Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) in…
  • Aug 4

    Patents for Plant

    Patents for Plant
    Are Plants Patentable? Yes, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) awards patents to cultivators and inventors who create unique plant designs. In the mid 20th century the world began a transition from old world agriculture to…
  • Jul 7

    Patent searches and Patentability

    Patent searches and Patentability
        Thinking about protecting your invention? If you are an inventor, you may have thought about obtaining protection for your invention. But what forms of protection are available to ensure that your invention is protected? One…
Rank this Week: 4875

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/
  • Aug 11

    Best of Both Worlds: Can You Have a Trade Secret and Patent it Later Too?

    Best of Both Worlds: Can You Have a Trade Secret and Patent it Later Too?
    By John C. Donch Jr. and Jamie Unger In 1886, Dr. John Pemberton created the formula for Coca-Cola.[1] The formula for Dr. Pemberton’s beverage sensation did not even make it... read more
  • Jul 5

    Timing is Everything: The Fidget Spinner Story

    Timing is Everything: The Fidget Spinner Story
    By John C. Donch Jr and Jamie K. Unger Kids are so indulged these days! They get to play with a new toy known as a “fidget spinner,” in contrast... read more
  • May 31

    Supreme Court Not Too Tired To Rule On Exhaustion

    Supreme Court Not Too Tired To Rule On Exhaustion
    By: Michael F. Snyder On Tuesday, May 30, 2017, the United States Supreme Court issued another unanimous decision in an intellectual property appeal. In Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International,... read more
Rank this Week: 1991

Troll Defense

Troll Defense

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

http://www.troll-defense.com/
Rank this Week: 2358

OC Patent Lawyer

OC Patent Lawyer

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

http://ocpatentlawyer.com
  • Aug 9

    Limits on trade dress protection when also securing a utility patent

    Limits on trade dress protection when also securing a utility patent
    Types of intellectual property rights Four main types of intellectual property rights are used to protect products: patents, trademarks, trade secrets and copyrights. The product may be protected by one or more of these types of intellectual…
  • Jul 31

    When is fee shifting in patent litigation appropriate?

    When is fee shifting in patent litigation appropriate?
    Under the American rule, each party to a lawsuit pays its own attorney’s fees. However, the American rule can be circumvented by statute enacted by the government or by contract through agreement by the parties. In patent litigation,…
  • Jul 22

    Coined term do not transform an abstract idea into patent eligible subject matter

    Coined term do not transform an abstract idea into patent eligible subject matter
    Background of Section 101 or patent eligibility issue Ever since Alice (2014), the USPTO and the courts have to a large extent invalidated software patents.  Also, the USPTO has had a significantly lower than average patent allowance…
Rank this Week: 4690

Seattle Trademark Lawyer

Seattle Trademark Lawyer

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

http://seattletrademarklawyer.com/
  • Aug 9

    Floodgates on "Offensive" Trademarks Not Open Yet

    Floodgates on "Offensive" Trademarks Not Open Yet
    Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act bars registration of trademarks that may “disparage” persons, institutions, beliefs, or national symbols, or bring them into “contempt, or disrepute” (the “disparagement”…
  • May 16

    Best IP Practices for the Small Business Owner

    Best IP Practices for the Small Business Owner
    I often get trademark and copyright questions from startups or small business owners. Though one size doesn’t fit all, there are some common things to think about when getting your IP house in order. 1. Consider registering your…
  • Apr 18

    Mastering Specimens of Use: Tricky, but Essential

    Mastering Specimens of Use: Tricky, but Essential
    Proving up trademark use to the USPTO’s satisfaction can be tricky. It needn’t be, but it’s not always intuitive, which can lead to mistakes. The first thing to remember is that the proof of use — called the…
Rank this Week: 499

Information Law Group

Information Law Group

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

http://www.infolawgroup.com/
  • Aug 9

    Do You Really Need to Store That IoT Data?

    Do You Really Need to Store That IoT Data?
    Not only are companies collecting a massive amount of data generated by the Internet of Things (IoT), they are storing it too. According to a survey of 1,000 enterprises conducted by 451 Research, 71 percent of enterprises are gathering IoT…
  • Jul 21

    A Reasonable Security Blanket

    A Reasonable Security Blanket
    Fear the data breach.  Companies large and small worry that a security lapse compromising personal information may hurt their customers or employees and expose the organization to costly liability and a damaged reputation.  But…
  • Jun 21

    Are You Keeping Up with COPPA? The FTC Just Updated It’s Compliance Plan for Businesse

    Are You Keeping Up with COPPA? The FTC Just Updated It’s Compliance Plan for Businesse
    On June 21, 2017, the FTC released its updated its 6 step COPPA Compliance Plan for Businesses (“Compliance Plan”).   The changes to the Compliance Plan are intended to help businesses keep up with changes to technology…
Rank this Week: 3671

SullivanLawNet

SullivanLawNet

Legal news and analysis, with an emphasis on international and domestic intellectual property developments. By Shawn Sullivan.

http://sullivanlaw.net/
  • Aug 8

    Malaysia Passes Access to Biological Resources and Benefit Sharing Bill

    Malaysia Passes Access to Biological Resources and Benefit Sharing Bill
    Last week, the House of Representatives (Dewan Rakyat) in Malaysia’s Parliament passed the Access to Biological Resources and Benefit Sharing Bill 2017. The bill implements the provisions of the Convention on Biological…
  • May 4

    Louisiana Seeks Fed Help to Get Generic Hep C Drug

    Louisiana Seeks Fed Help to Get Generic Hep C Drug
    Louisiana’s Secretary of Health, Dr. Rebekah Gee, is attempting to persuade politicians to support the use of 28 USC § 1498, a federal statute that allows the federal government intentionally to infringe patents, to arrange for…
  • Jun 20

    EU Court: 3-D Toothbrush Shape not Registrable as Trademark

    EU Court: 3-D Toothbrush Shape not Registrable as Trademark
    In Loops, LLC v EUIPO, Case T‑385/15 (14 June 2016), the General Court of the European Union held that held that the three dimensional shape of a toothbrush lacked any distinctive character and could not be registered as an EU ……
Rank this Week: 2117

Patents Post-Grant

Patents Post-Grant

Provides insight and commentary on patent post-grant options. By Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, LLP.

http://www.patentspostgrant.com
  • Aug 8

    Separate Article III Standing Not Necessary for PTAB Appellee

    Separate Article III Standing Not Necessary for PTAB Appellee
    Article III Standing Only Necessary for Party Invoking Authority of Federal Courts Last week, I analyzed the government's arguments supporting Article III standing for intervenors in Knowles Electronics v. Matal. In that case, the…
  • Aug 8

    FALL PTAB CLE

    FALL PTAB CLE
    Upcoming CLE Program
  • Aug 3

    Patent Prosecutor Alert: When is a Rejection a New Rejection?

    Patent Prosecutor Alert: When is a Rejection a New Rejection?
    What Exactly is the "Thrust of the Rejection?" Every so often a decision comes out of the USPTO's Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB) or the Federal Circuit that has immediate value for patent prosecutors. For example, back…
Rank this Week: 4340

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 7

    Judge Shadur is Retiring

    Judge Shadur is Retiring
    Effective September 1, 2017, Senior Judge Milton Shadur will retire from the N.D. Illinois bench. Judge Shadur was appointed by President Carter and has served as a federal judge on the Northern District bench for 37 years. Chief Judge…
  • Jul 31

    Trademark May Protect Non-Functional Elements of an Expired Patent

    Trademark May Protect Non-Functional Elements of an Expired Patent
    Solo Cup Operating Corp. v. Lollicup USA, Inc., No. 16 C 8041, Slip Op. (N.D. Ill. May 17, 2017) (Lefkow, J.). Judge Lefkow granted plaintiff Solo Cup’s Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss several of defendant Lollicup’s…
  • Jul 28

    Summary Judgment of Invalidity Based Upon a Naked License Requires a High Burden

    Summary Judgment of Invalidity Based Upon a Naked License Requires a High Burden
    Bodum USA, Inc. v. A Top New Casting, Inc., No. 16 C 2916, Slip Op. (N.D. Ill. May 10, 2017) (Kennelly, J.). Judge Kennelly denied defendant A Top’s motion for summary judgment based upon plaintiff Bodum’s alleged…
Rank this Week: 569

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 7

    Why Most Businesses Fail at Legally Protecting Themselves!

    Why Most Businesses Fail at Legally Protecting Themselves!
    While SMEs are increasingly aware of the importance of intellectual property only a fraction of business owners are getting the right IP protection That’s because IP is a complex subject, and business owners often don’t have a…
  • Mar 22

    What Is A Patent And How To Patent Your Idea

    What Is A Patent And How To Patent Your Idea
    If you want a legal monopoly over an innovation there is no better way to achieve it than a patent. Patents help you protect your creativity against copycat “me too” offerings. They last for up to 20 years. Patent protection…
  • Mar 20

    Trademark protection in China

    Trademark protection in China
    While the Chinese system of trademark registration shares many common elements with the European regime there are subtle differences that present a trap for the unwary. Even Donald Trump had a long standing battle with a Chinese…
Rank this Week: 2979

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/
Rank this Week: 1001

Susan Crawford Blog

Susan Crawford Blog

By Cardozo Law School professor Susan Crawford.

http://scrawford.net/blog/
  • Aug 4

    From The New Yorker: Why We Despise Cable Provider

    From The New Yorker: Why We Despise Cable Provider
    August 7, 2017 – The New Yorker’s Sheelah Kolhatkar explores how consolidation has landed Internet access providers among the ranks of the most hated businesses in the country. Susan Crawford explains that when it comes to…
  • May 3

    MIT Tech Conversation with Telecommunications Policy Expert Susan Crawford

    MIT Tech Conversation with Telecommunications Policy Expert Susan Crawford
    May 1, 2017 – Telecommunications policy expert and Harvard Law professor Susan Crawford explains why Americans pay too much money for connectivity that’s too slow and offers potential solutions.
  • May 1

    Governing Magazine Examines P3s to Bridge Digital Divide

    Governing Magazine Examines P3s to Bridge Digital Divide
    May 1, 2017 – Many municipalities are forming public-private partnerships to bring high-speed Internet to long-neglected places. Their approaches, however, vary widely. Susan Crawford weighs in on Google Fiber: “People got all…
Rank this Week: 638

nipc IP/it Update

nipc IP/it Update

News and comment on intellectual property, technology, media, entertainment and competition law from the UK, EC and around the world. By John Lambert.

http://nipclaw.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 1283

OberIPWatch

OberIPWatch

Covers IP issues of importance to clients in science, technology, healthcare, education, media and the arts. By Ober Kaler.

http://oberipwatch.com/
Rank this Week: 3524

New Media & Technology Law Blog

New Media & Technology Law Blog

Covers intellectual property, data security, online marketing and online commerce. By Proskauer.

http://newmedialaw.proskauer.com
  • Aug 2

    Delaware Authorizes Stocks on Blockchain

    Delaware Authorizes Stocks on Blockchain
    On July 21st, Delaware Governor John Carney Jr. signed SB 69 into law. SB 69 amends the Delaware General Corporation Law (“DGCL”) to explicitly authorize the use of distributed ledger technology in the administration of Delaware…
  • Jul 31

    SEC on Initial Coin Offerings: Tokens May Be Securitie

    SEC on Initial Coin Offerings: Tokens May Be Securitie
    No blockchain phenomenon has garnered more attention lately than Initial Coin Offerings (“ICOs”), which have exploded in value and raised more than $1.2 billion thus far this year. In a typical ICO, a blockchain-based product or…
  • Jul 5

    Google Escapes Genericide Claim in Ninth Circuit Decision

    Google Escapes Genericide Claim in Ninth Circuit Decision
    On May 16, 2017, the Ninth Circuit rejected a petition for cancellation of the GOOGLE trademark based on a “genericide” theory that claimed Google should lose its trademark protection because the word “google” has…
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Higher Ed IP Law Report

Higher Ed IP Law Report

Covers intellectual property issues in academia. By Bond Schoeneck & King.

http://www.higheredlawreport.com/
Rank this Week: 3672

Digital Rights Ireland

Digital Rights Ireland

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

http://www.digitalrights.ie/blog/
  • Aug 2

    New ‘egovernment’ strategy is a national identity card by the back door

    New ‘egovernment’ strategy is a national identity card by the back door
    The government has promised that the Public Services Card would not be mandatory. But now the government has put forward an ‘eGovernment strategy’ that will force every citizen, young or old, rich or poor to have this card. You…
  • Jul 6

    Submissions on the Data Protection Bill

    Submissions on the Data Protection Bill
    What will future Irish data protection law look like? Many of the decisions have already been made in Brussels and Strasbourg, but the EU General Data Protection Regulation still leaves quite a bit of discretion to individual Member States.…
  • Nov 25

    Extending Irish interception of communications to the Internet

    Extending Irish interception of communications to the Internet
    Earlier this week the Department of Justice published a long awaited policy document on amending Irish law relating to interception of communications. In a welcome break with tradition the Department has been more willing to engage with…
Rank this Week: 382

Les Actifs creatifs

Les Actifs creatifs

Covers legal and commercial developments affecting all forms of intellectual property, including patent, trademark, copyright law, branding and advertising, trade dress and trade secrets. By Norton Rose Fulbright Canada.

http://www.actifscreatifs.com/
  • Aug 1

    Les gros changements!

    Les gros changements!
    Tel qu’annoncé, voici notre sommaire des points saillants des changements proposés aux Règles sur les brevets, dans la foulée de l’annexion canadienne au PLT (discuté ici).  C’est…
  • Jul 31

    Ces marques qui meurent, victimes de leur succè

    Ces marques qui meurent, victimes de leur succè
    Merci beaucoup à Fortunat Nadima, étudiant de notre bureau de Montréal, qui a écrit cet excellent article! Qu’ont en commun un kleenex, un yo-yo et un thermos ? Ce sont tous des objets dont…
  • Jul 26

    Révolution dans le petit monde des brevets canadien

    Révolution dans le petit monde des brevets canadien
    Il a déjà été question dans ces pages de l’alignement de la Loi sur les brevets du Canada avec le PLT.  Un petit rappel : le PLT, le « Patent Law Treaty », est un traité…
Rank this Week: 1828

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/
  • Jul 31

    The difference between a Revocable trust and an Irrevocable trust.

    The difference between a Revocable trust and an Irrevocable trust.
    People often ask us to explain the difference between a revocable and an irrevocable trust. That's a tough one because there are so many kinds of trusts and even irrevocable trusts can, within the terms of the trust, allow certain things to…
  • Jul 14

    Protecting Assets When Parent Already in the Nursing Home

    Protecting Assets When Parent Already in the Nursing Home
    The timing of your legal planning to avoid losing assets to nursing home expenses is so critical, we are not going to be able to save as much for them as we would for those who are more pro-active and engage the right legal help when they are…
  • Jul 3

    Independence Day 2017

    Independence Day 2017
    This July 4th, the U.S. will celebrate its 241st Independence Day!
Rank this Week: 3633

Lenz Blog

Lenz Blog

Covers copyright, patents, and WTO.

http://k.lenz.name/LB
  • Jul 27

    Turtle on a Fence Post

    Turtle on a Fence Post
    “If you see a turtle on a fence post, it didn’t get there by itself. If you see climate skeptics taking over a major political party only in the United States, that didn’t happen by itself either.” That’s the…
  • Jul 26

    MtGox 650,000 bitcoins Theft: They Didn’t Notice Over Years?

    MtGox 650,000 bitcoins Theft: They Didn’t Notice Over Years?
    Kim Nilsson at WizSec just posted about their theory of how the 650,000 bitcoins MtGox theft happened. That’s over $1.6 billion at present prices and probably the biggest theft ever. According to that report, it was just a matter of…
  • Jul 25

    The SEC DAO Report is Great News for Bitcoin

    The SEC DAO Report is Great News for Bitcoin
    The SEC just published a report concluding that the DAO (Decentralized Autonomous Organization) set up on the Ethereum blockchain in 2015 qualified as “securities” under American law. Since neither the DAO itself or anyone else…
Rank this Week: 446

Patent Lawyer Blog

Patent Lawyer Blog

Covers developments in patent law and litigation. By Stan Gibson of Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP.

http://patentlaw.jmbm.com/
Rank this Week: 2676

Center for Art Law Blog

Center for Art Law Blog

Features art and cultural heritage law resources and reviews.

http://itsartlaw.com
Rank this Week: 2864

Privacy and IP Law Blog

Privacy and IP Law Blog

Addresses recent events in trademark, copyright, computer and privacy law. By Christina Frangiosa.

http://privacyandiplawblog.com/
  • Jul 27

    Don’t Assume Post-Registration Invoices for Trademark Fees Are Legitimate

    Don’t Assume Post-Registration Invoices for Trademark Fees Are Legitimate
    Following up on the USPTO's public roundtable on "Fraudulent and Misleading Solicitations to Trademark Owners", this post analyzes how to recognize fraudulent fee solicitations (invoices) and what to do when you receive them. The post…
  • Jun 5

    What do Barber Poles and Lapel Pins Have in Common?

    What do Barber Poles and Lapel Pins Have in Common?
    Both can serve as examples of trademark use in connection with membership in an organization. In May, the Wall Street Journal reported on enforcement actions by the New Hampshire Board of Barbering, Cosmetology & Esthetics to fine the…
  • Apr 18

    New Law Prohibits Non-Disparagement Provisions in Form Consumer Contract

    New Law Prohibits Non-Disparagement Provisions in Form Consumer Contract
    Consumer Review Fairness Act of 2016 prohibits non-disparagement provisions in form contracts with consumers that restrict legitimate commercial speech. The post New Law Prohibits Non-Disparagement Provisions in Form Consumer Contracts…
Rank this Week: 4751

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/
  • Jul 27

    Look Around: The Simplest Ideas Have Made Inventors Millions…

    Look Around: The Simplest Ideas Have Made Inventors Millions…
    Just because your idea seems simple does not mean it does not have the power to disrupt an entire industry. I come across inventors regularly who tell me they were too embarrassed or afraid to see a patent attorney because they felt their…
  • Jun 26

    Miami Patent Attorney’s Latest Inventor Book Tops Amazon Best Seller List

    Miami Patent Attorney’s Latest Inventor Book Tops Amazon Best Seller List
    If you are an American inventor or entrepreneur with a new idea, you cannot help but relate to the long, exhilarating, and yet sometimes painful journey of creating something new. Follow along and discover the secrets behind doggedly pursuing…
  • Mar 21

    Inventor Success Story: Video Interview With Founder of Versifloat

    Inventor Success Story: Video Interview With Founder of Versifloat
    Versifloat founder and inventor, Gerard D’Offay came up with his idea in 2006 before seeking out my help to protect his intellectual property : “I sought out Prof. John Rizvi to help me patent my inflatable docking system. As I…
Rank this Week: 2129

Medical and Dental Device…

Medical and Dental Device Patenting Blog

Practical information, news, and commentary on patenting medical and dental products, processes, and software. By John Rizvi.

http://www.medicaldevicepatentattorneys.com/
  • Jul 27

    Your Simple Medical Idea Could Be Worth Millions!

    Your Simple Medical Idea Could Be Worth Millions!
    Tomorrow’s millionaires (and billionaires!) are not the ones with the most real estate, physical equipment or assets but the ones with the innovative ideas or what we eloquently call “Intellectual Property”. Think about…
  • Jun 26

    New Amazon Best Seller: Escaping The Gray – When Launching Your Idea Full Throttle Is the Only Option

    New Amazon Best Seller: Escaping The Gray – When Launching Your Idea Full Throttle Is the Only Option
    John Rizvi’s new book “Escaping The Gray – When Launching Your Idea Full Throttle Is the Only Option” has risen to the top of the best seller list on Amazon resonating with medical & dental inventors who have…
  • Mar 21

    Stem Cell Patent Awarded for Medical Device Recently Featured On National Geographic

    Stem Cell Patent Awarded for Medical Device Recently Featured On National Geographic
    Both innovation and intellectual property protection are reflected in a recent stem cell patent awarded to RenovaCare for its SkinGun device which sprays an isolated concentration of stem cells from the patient’s own skin onto wounded…
Rank this Week: 838

Case Clothesed For Fashion Law

Case Clothesed For Fashion Law

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

http://www.caseclothesed.com/
Rank this Week: 4476

Lawyers on Tap

Lawyers on Tap

By Verrill Dana LLP. Provides a resource to craft beverage producers interested in keeping abreast of legal developments and navigating the challenges unique to the industry.

http://beveragelawupdate.com
  • Jul 21

    B as in “Benefit”: The “New Kid on the Block” of Corporate Governance

    B as in “Benefit”: The “New Kid on the Block” of Corporate Governance
    With an alphabet soup of corporate structures available to U.S. businesses (think C-corp, S-corp, LLC, LLP, etc.) you might guess that creating another would be the last thing on the minds of new business owners.  However, the success of…
  • Jul 19

    Tips on Tap for Breweries on the Journey from Passion to Profit

    Tips on Tap for Breweries on the Journey from Passion to Profit
    As the number of craft breweries across the country continues to grow, Verrill Dana’s Breweries, Distilleries & Wineries Group presents Tap Tips Podcast Miniseries to help brewers on the journey from passion to profit. The…
  • Jul 7

    No New COLA Required to Add Brewers Association’s Independent Craft Brewer Seal to Label

    No New COLA Required to Add Brewers Association’s Independent Craft Brewer Seal to Label
    The Brewers Association continues to streamline the process for eligible brewers to adopt the new independent craft brewers seal. Obtaining a license to use the new seal is relatively straightforward and only requires (1) a valid Tax and…
Rank this Week: 1939

ef yeah copyright law

ef yeah copyright law

Focuses on sharing news, information and resources about copyright and trademark law, privacy and security issues, contracts, including Terms of Use and license agreements, as well as caselaw, law suits and new legislation that could impact IP laws in the US and elsewhere.

http://www.isfanficlegal.com/
Rank this Week: 1374

Music & Copyright's Blog

Music & Copyright's Blog

Covers global copyright and legal issues affecting the music industry.

http://musicandcopyright.wordpress.com
  • Jul 19

    New issue of Music & Copyright with Germany country report

    New issue of Music &amp; Copyright with Germany country report
    The latest issue of Music & Copyright is now available for subscribers to download. Here are some of the highlights. EU committees’ views on upload filters highlight differing attitudes to modern copyright protection The European…
  • Jun 21

    New issue of Music & Copyright with UK country report

    New issue of Music &amp; Copyright with UK country report
    The latest issue of Music & Copyright is now available for subscribers to download. Here are some of the highlights. Plotting the rise of paid audio subscriptions and the end of smooth lines and growth curves Earlier this year, global…
  • Jun 7

    New issue of Music & Copyright with Indonesia country report

    New issue of Music &amp; Copyright with Indonesia country report
    The latest issue of Music & Copyright is now available for subscribers to download. Here are some of the highlights. Spotify agrees to settle US copyright-infringement claims Spotify is settling a legal claim made by a group of authors…
Rank this Week: 4572

Control Protect & Leverage

Control Protect & Leverage

Covers patents, trademark, copyright, and business law. By Leyendecker & Lemire.

http://www.coloradoiplaw.com/resources/blog/
  • Jul 18

    I Love You, says Gene Simmon

    I Love You, says Gene Simmon
    What, aside from words and logos, can be trademarked? By Kurt Leyendecker Gene Simmons (of the rock band, “Kiss,” fame) recently filed a trademark application for the registration of a variation of the “devil horns”…
  • Jun 19

    Do your shopping: Not all patents are equal

    Do your shopping: Not all patents are equal
    Employ smart shopping tactics to the patent acquisition process By Kurt Leyendecker Every three to 10 years, the average consumer embarks on the process of buying a shiny new (or new-used) car. There are many decisions to be made as to the…
  • Apr 18

    The Tale of the Cheerleader and the Protectable 2-D Artwork

    The Tale of the Cheerleader and the Protectable 2-D Artwork
    Why a cheerleader’s uniform had the power to change the law of the land By Peter Lemire Anyone who works in the fashion or the arts is likely aware of the difficulty of protecting your designs, with the constant battle with knock-offs…
Rank this Week: 679