Federal Circuit Vacates TTAB Ruling on SaaS Trademarks

Federal Circuit says "perception" is the key in SaaS trademark case By 百楽兎 – Own work. Cloud icon is from (Public domain), computer icon is from (GPL), CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9955849 The Federal Circuit vacated and remanded a ruling by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) on whether certain trademarks used for software-as-a-service (SaaS) […]

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Paul McCartney Fights to Get Beatles Copyrights Back

Paul McCartney seeks Return of Beatles song rights — long and winding road By Eddie Janssens – Wikiportrait, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=22094600 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 […]

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Important Patent Law Decisions from 2016

2016: what were the most important patent law cases? https://pixabay.com/en/fireworks-2016-new-year-s-eve-1102887/ 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 […]

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Federal Circuit Reverses Patent Rejection for Indefiniteness

Federal Circuit reverses district court on indefiniteness 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 […]

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Patent Law and Artificial Intelligence

Patented robots — but what do we do about patents BY robots? By Alejandro Zorrilal Cruz – http://lifeboat.com/images/artificial.intelligence.jpg, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5594936 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

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, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=49393028 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 […]

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Protecting Your Patents around the Globe

  Protect your patents: a single application may be the best choice source:  http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/view-image.php?image=101725&picture=globe 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, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=44898216 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, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=46396472 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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