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The Supreme Court could have another opportunity to review an IP case decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Last week Google filed a petition for certiorari seeking to overturn the Federal Circuit’s decision in Oracle America v. Google, which found [...]

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Marvel—Kirby Dispute Ends “Amicably”

On October 10, 2014 By Sarah Robbins

An epic legal battle between the famous comic creator Jack Kirby and Marvel Comic was settled just days before the Supreme Court was scheduled to discuss the case. The parties were involved in an extensive legal dispute regarding the ownership rights to legendary comic characters such as X-men, Iron Man, and Spider-Man. The [...]

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Trouble for Qualcomm in China and the U.S.

On October 1, 2014 By Peiyuan Guo

Qualcomm, a leading wireless communications chip supplier worldwide, has emerged a winner with Apple’s iPhone 6 models. A tear-down analysis by iFixit revealed five Qualcomm chips in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. However, the good news may be offset by Qualcomm’s lingering antitrust probe in its Chinese LTE smartphone market. Last [...]

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Un-”like”-ly Property Interests

On September 26, 2014 By Philip Houten

As social media has become as ubiquitous in Americans’ lives as commuting or sunsets, disputes over these new concepts have challenged the legal system to adapt archaic legal concepts to govern their use.  One such concept is a Facebook “like,” which allows a user to publicly display his or her affection for a photo, [...]

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Copyright Office Decides Monkeys Can’t Be Authors

On September 11, 2014 By Thomas Hayden

Last week, the Copyright Office issued new guidance to clarify that it will only register copyrights for creative work produced by humans. Animals and computers (without human intervention) don’t possess “creative powers of the mind” in the same way that humans do. You’re likewise out of luck if you’re a “divine [...]

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Sometimes, art imitating life yields some strange results. In 1981, (animated) newspaperman J. Jonah Jameson ran the headline, “threat or menace” when discussing the masked Spider-Man in New York City’s (fictitious) Daily Bugle. Today, such a headline would not seem out of place on recent covers of the New York Post.

Between “Spidey’s” [...]

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When it comes to marketing, branding is important. A clever brand name can become ubiquitous and help a company soar to popularity. The drawback is that such brands are at risk of being genericized. When this happens, what was once a brand name is now a generic term used as a [...]

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After a six-year battle, Tyler Perry finally won the rights to the trademark of “What Would Jesus Do” after filing a petition to cancel Kimberly Kearney’s registration of the trademark.  In addition to giving Perry the rights he was seeking, the case has also served as a warning about the importance [...]

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3D Printing. Are we ready?

On June 12, 2014 By Philip Houten

One of the most staggering innovations in the last few years is the creation and proliferation of 3D printing. From printing guns that can shoot to life saving organs, 3D printing has the ability to revolutionize the way business is done and [...]

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This past Monday, the Department of Justice released a formal indictment against five Chinese military hackers for a number of offenses–including computer hacking and economic espionage–directed at some of the largest American companies in the US nuclear power, metals, and solar products industries. The indictment indicates that the [...]

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