Paul McCartney seeks

Return of Beatles song rights —

long and winding road

By Eddie Janssens – Wikiportrait, CC BY 3.0,

Paul McCartney is seeking to reclaim ownership of the copyrights to Beatles song.

The case is based on a little-known aspect of US Copyright law.

Under 17 U.S. Code § 304, there’s a “Termination of Transfers and Licenses” provision that reads:

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Important Patent Law Decisions from 2016

by AEON Law on January 26, 2017


what were the most important

patent law cases?

CC0 Public Domain

2016 wasn’t especially momentous when it came to patent law decisions.

It pales in comparison to 2014, for example, in which the case of Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International was decided by the US Supreme Court — calling into question the viability of thousands of software-related patents.

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Federal Circuit

reverses district court on



The Federal Circuit has reversed a district court’s ruling that a patent’s claims were indefinite and thus that the patent was invalid.

Sonix Tech. Co., Ltd. v. Publ’ns Int’l, Ltd. is a case involving Sonix’s patent for a system and method for using a “graphical indicator” (e.g., a matrix of small dots) to encode information on the surface of an object.

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Patent Law and Artificial Intelligence

by AEON Law on January 14, 2017

Patented robots —

but what do we do about

patents BY robots?

By Alejandro Zorrilal Cruz –, Public Domain,

The intersection of patent law and artificial intelligence raises all sorts of interesting philosophical and practical questions.

First of all, what do we mean by "artificial intelligence"?

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You May Now Legally Hack Your Car

by AEON Law on January 4, 2017

Hacking your auto

is no longer illegal;

should you do it, though….?

By Alexandre Dulaunoy from Les Bulles, Chiny, Belgium – Everybody needs a hacker, CC BY-SA 2.0,

You’re now free to hack some of the computers on your car — for a limited time only.

Of course, most people don’t have the expertise to do much with their car’s computer systems other than break them.

But those who enjoy tinkering under the hood may be surprised to learn that a car’s computers have been legally off-limits — until now.

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Protecting Your Patents around the Globe

  Protect your patents: a single application may be the best choice source: If you have an invention that will be sold and used around the world, you should strongly consider protecting your patent rights all around the globe. Unfortunately, there’s no such thing as “one-stop shopping” when it comes to patent protection. You’ll […]

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Why Women Should Be Getting More Patents

Patent gender gap — what can we do to close it — and why it matters Inventor and patent-holder Hedy Lamarr. By Employee(s) of MGM – source, Public Domain, We previously blogged about the serious gender gap in patent ownership.  A 2012 working paper prepared for the National Bureau of Economic Research showed that […]

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Supreme Court Rules for Samsung in Apple Design Patent Case

US Supreme Court: Samsung May Not Have to Pay As Much to Apple By Google – Android, CC BY 2.5, The US Supreme Court has ruled that Samsung may not have to pay $399 million to Apple for copying the patented design of Apple phones. Apple had sued because Samsung copied certain design elements […]

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What Can We Expect for IP Law during the Trump Administration?

Will Peter Thiel’s Views Affect US patent law in the next four years? CC0 Public Domain Free for commercial use No attribution required Will intellectual property law change under the Trump administration? If so, how? Of course, no one really knows. Ars Technica pointed out that Of the two major party candidates in 2016, only […]

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"On-Sale" Bar Doesn’t Apply to Sales to Inventor

"On-Sale" bar can stop a patent being issued — but what is a "sale"? source: The "on-sale bar" is a limitation on the patentability of an invention under 35 U.S. Code § 102, which says: A person shall be entitled to a patent unless— (1) the claimed invention was patented, described in a printed […]

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