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Jeweler Sues Rap Artist Drake For Copyright Infringement; Drake Fights Back Saying Design Is 5,000 Years Old

February 25, 2014By 0 Comments
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Jeweler Sues Rap Artist Drake For Copyright Infringement; Drake Fights Back Saying Design Is 5,000 Years Old (via Techdirt) It’s not too often you find a 5,000-year-old symbol at the center of a copyright infringement lawsuit, but that’s the golden age of copyright for you. [Lifetime + golden years.] Canadian rap artist Drake was sued [...]

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Fair Use! Claims GoldieBlox against Countersuit Filing by Beastie Boys

December 13, 2013By 0 Comments
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The Oakland toy company, GoldieBlox, has claimed fair use in response to a countersuit filed against the company for a parody of the Beastie Boys song , “Girls”  used in a video which went viral on Youtube. GoldieBlox, noted that they have published several videos which using other popular songs in the past, including hits by Daft Punk, Queen, Krewella and several others. [...]

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Benefits of obtaining a patentability search prior to filing…What is it anyway????

September 20, 2013By 0 Comments
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Often, new clients come to my office with a new idea, expecting to immediately file a patent.   After listening to their idea, I began describing the typical process of drafting and filing a patent.  They are usually surprised when I suggest first obtaining a patentability search to determine what prior art is currently in the [...]

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Trade Secrets are Valuable Assets to a Company

July 22, 2013By 0 Comments
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Even though a there isn’t a federal registration system implemented to formally protect trade secrets, they can be a valuable asset to a company. A trade secret is generally defined as information such as a formula, process, device, idea, business method or the like, that provides the owner with a competitive advantage in the marketplace, and is protected [...]

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When Should You Apply for a Trademark for your Products or Services?

July 9, 2013By 0 Comments
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Answer:  The sooner the better. A trademark is any word, phrase, symbol, design, or a combination of such, that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those of another.  Service marks are the same as trademarks, except they identify and distinguish the source of a service rather than a product. Although common [...]

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Tips for protecting IP under the updated patent laws

May 10, 2013By 0 Comments
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The final phases of the America Invents Act went into effect on March 16, 2013.   These changes represented some of the greatest changes to the patent law since the 1950′s.  The AIA switched the U.S. patent system from a “first-to-invent” to a “first-inventor-to-file” system, eliminated interference proceedings and developed post-grant opposition. Some tips for protecting intellectual [...]

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Nike, Inc assigned patent for message-conveying interlocking gloves

May 7, 2013By 0 Comments
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On May 7, 2013, Nike received a patent for message-conveying interlocking gloves (United States Patent 8,434,164) invented by Timothy Clark, and assigned to Nike, Inc.  The patent is for a pair of gloves, which when interlocked together, convey a message. The palm-side portion of the glove is made of a material to enhance gripping. The patent, filed in [...]

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Process for filing a Utility Patent

May 1, 2013By 0 Comments
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The process of filing a utility patent can be a frustrating and daunting task. The USPTO reports the average patent application pendency is 24.6 months. Believe it or not, that is actually a reasonable time period. The 2+ yr processing period, doesn’t take into account possible provisional applications, which are essentially place holders in the [...]

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Kanye West sued for copyright infringement

April 11, 2013By 0 Comments
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Kanye West has been sued by the children of the late David Pryor for samples used in the 2005 hit “Gold Digger.” The civil complaint was filed against West, Roc-A-Fella Records, The Island Def Jam Music Group and others for copyright infringement, and other claims. The complaint filed in California, and signed April 4, 2013, states that West and the other [...]

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Starting a new business? Remember to protect your most valuable assets!

April 5, 2013By 0 Comments
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Planning on starting up a new business? Did you know that the most valuable asset to your business is likely the intellectual property (IP) you have?  Do you have a name, a process, or something else so unique that it’s worth protecting? When starting up your business, be sure to identify potential IP assets that [...]

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