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Does America’s Patent System Need to Be Saved?

The New York Times recently ran an editorial with the headline “Save America’s Patent System.” But why does the Times think that the patent system needs to be “saved”? The editorial board initially focuses on the use (and arguably the abuse… Read More
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Categories: Patents
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Supreme Court Takes on Warhol Copyright Case

The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal in one of the most important copyright cases in recent years. On March 25, the Court agreed to consider whether Andy Warhol’s “Prince Series” of prints, based on a 1981 photograph of the late mu… Read More
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Categories: Copyright
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Coordinating Patent Filings in the US, Japan, and Korea

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has extended the Expanded Collaborative Search Pilot (CSP) program, originally running from November 2017 through October 2020, for an additional two years. As of March 29, the USPTO, the Japan Patent Office… Read More
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Categories: Patents
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Dua Lipa Sued for Alleged Copyright Infringement

Musical artist Dua Lipa has been sued twice in one week for alleged copyright infringement related to her 2020 single Levitating. The song was a hit, reaching number two on Billboards’ Hot 100. It was also reportedly the longest-running top-10 song… Read More
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Categories: Copyright
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NFT Piracy and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act

As we’ve explained in previous blogs, An NFT is a type of cryptocurrency asset wherein each item, or token, is unique. It is not easily exchangeable for another value or item. An NFT is also a digital certificate of ownership for any designated dig… Read More
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Categories: Patents
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IP Issues in Your Contractor Agreements

Too many businesses make a potentially risky – and expensive – mistake when they fail to secure intellectual property (IP) rights via their contractor agreements. A contractor can be anyone from a high-priced management consultant to someone writ… Read More
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Categories: Patents
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Intellectual Property in Wartime

Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine continues as of this writing, with more than 600 – perhaps more than 2,000 — Ukrainian civilians dead and Ukrainian cities bombarded into rubble. You might wonder what that has to do with intellectual pro… Read More
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Categories: Patents
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IP, Web 3.0, and the Metaverse

What are Web 3.0 and the Metaverse, and what do these things mean for intellectual property (IP)? According to Investopedia, Web 1.0 was ushered in by web browsers such as Netscape Navigator in the mid-1990s. Early website pages were primarily static… Read More
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Categories: Trade Secrets
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Federal Circuit: Dual-Access Lock Patents Invalid

The Federal Circuit has affirmed the Eastern District of New York’s grant of summary judgment that dual-access lock patents were invalid because they claimed ineligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. § 101, which states that Whoever invents or dis… Read More
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Categories: Patents
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Federal Circuit Confirms Secret Process Can Create On-Sale Bar

The Federal Circuit reversed the District Court for the District of Pennsylvania’s summary judgement that a medical device design patent wasn’t invalid under the on-sale bar rule. Junker v. Medical Components, Inc. involved a design patent for … Read More
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Categories: Patents