Archive for March, 2013

New patent granted for airbag system worn in apparel

March 28, 2013By 0 Comments
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On March 26, 2013 the USPTO granted a patent to assignee Hovding Sverige AB, for a “System and method for protecting a bodypart.” The patent discloses ways of protecting the head and neck from damage in instances of abnormal movement such as a fall or a collision. Specifically, the invention relates to a protective apparel or garment, [...]

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What is a trade secret and how is it protected?

March 27, 2013By 0 Comments
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Ever wonder why those imitation brands of cola just don’t taste exactly like Coca-Cola? What about that finger licken’ Kentucky Fried Chicken?  The success of some companies is based entirely upon confidential information known as trade secrets. What is a Trade Secret? A trade secret is any process, design, formula, or method, not generally known or ascertainable, used by [...]

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Jelli awarded patent for “Social Broadcasting User Experience”

March 26, 2013By 0 Comments
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Jelli, the social radio platform, has been awarded a patent on it’s concept of user-controlled broadcasting.   The patent, entitled: Social Broadcasting User Experience, describes a variety of methods where the participating audience is able to select and personalize their broadcast music experience. The abstract of the patent describes it as: “A method of providing user participation in [...]

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Court finds Meltwater News Infringed the use of AP Content

March 25, 2013By 0 Comments
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March 21, 2013.  The U.S. District Court for the Southern District, in Manhattan, granted AP’s motion for Summary judgment,  ruling that Meltwater News infringed the use of AP content. In the action, AP contended that Meltwater, an Internet media monitoring service, was infringing AP’s copyrights when Meltwater, sent excerpts of web stories (including those of AP) [...]

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Secondary Meaning

March 25, 2013By 0 Comments
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One of the requirements for trademark registration is that the mark be distinctive.  Marks considered to be “inherently distinctive” are immediately registrable.  Inherently distinctive marks are arbitrary, fanciful, or suggestive.  If a mark is merely descriptive, it must obtain secondary meaning before it can be registrable.  A mark is said to have secondary meaning when [...]

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Trademark basics

March 23, 2013By 0 Comments
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A trademark is any word, symbol, design, phrase, or combination of such, used to identify a manufacturer or service provider’s product or service from those of another.   A service mark is the same as a trademark except it identifies and distinguishes the source of a service rather than a product. The terms “trademark” and “mark” are commonly used to [...]

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Apple patent application describes mechanism for protecting devices from impact!

March 22, 2013By 0 Comments
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Yesterday, the USPTO published an Apple patent application for an electronic device.  If manufactured, the device would allow for protection of the fragile components of a mobile device in the event it falls or is dropped.   The patent application, titled: Protective Mechanism for an Electronic Device, describes several ways of protecting a device that may accidentally fall from a counter-top, users [...]

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Patent basics

March 22, 2013By 0 Comments
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Patents are property rights granted by the US Government for new, useful, and nonobvious inventions.   Once obtained, patent rights provide the inventor the right to exclude others from using, making, selling or offering for sale or importing the invention in the US for a limited period of time.  In exchange for this monopoly, the inventor must [...]

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