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Disney and Creators Fight…

Disney and Creators Fight over Comic Book Copyrights

Disney is engaged in litigation with the owners and estates of creators of iconic comic book characters. The dispute involves a little-known part of US copyright law called “copyright termination.” As the US Copyright Office explains, The Copyrig… Read More
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Categories: Copyright
Ten Years of the America…

Ten Years of the America Invents Act

The America Invents Act (AIA) was signed into law by President Barack Obama ten years ago, on September 16, 2011. The AIA was the most significant change to US patent law since the Patent Act of 1952. Among other things, the AIA switched the US from… Read More
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Categories: Patents
Can AI Be Listed As An In…

Can AI Be Listed As An Inventor? South Africa and Australia say YES!

Last year, the USPTO confirmed that artificial intelligence (AI) cannot be listed as an inventor on a patent application. Now, an Australian court has ruled that AI systems can be legally recognized as inventors in patent applications. The decision i… Read More
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Categories: Patents
Former Pitcher Claims Tha…

Former Pitcher Claims That Signs Were a Trade Secret

Maintaining that “sign stealing” by Houston Astros cost him a job in the major leagues, former Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Mike Bolsinger has refiled a lawsuit against the team in a Texas court. As the Houston Chronicle notes, Bolsinger, who hasn… Read More
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Categories: Trade Secrets
Bad Punctuation Can Be Fa…

Bad Punctuation Can Be Fatal to Patent Rights

As we recently wrote about in this blog, even something as seemingly trivial as the little word “a” can be important when it comes to interpreting a patent. Punctuation is also more important than you might think when it comes to legal documents… Read More
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Categories: Patents
Countries Fight over Cham…

Countries Fight over Champagne and Rice

People usually think about a trademark as something a company owns. But a similar kind of intellectual property right can also be “owned” (in a sense) by a country or geographical region. A trademark, as the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)… Read More
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Categories: Trademarks
EU Unitary Patent and Uni…

EU Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court Finally Coming in 2022?

After many years of delays, a Unitary EU Patent and EU Patent Court may finally come into existence in 2022. According to the European Patent Office (EPO), the new system will offer users of the patent system a “cost-effective option for patent pro… Read More
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Categories: Patents
Protecting Start-Up IP

IP Guidelines for Startups: How to Protect Your Products and Designs

A startup’s intellectual property (IP) can be greatly valuable in the marketplace. Many startups focus on patenting their inventions. This is important, as a company’s product or innovation is its most valuable asset. However, this causes some ne… Read More
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What does “A” mean in…

What does “A” mean in a patent application?

What does the little word “a” mean in a patent application? It’s surprisingly unclear. In the recent case of Niz-Chavez v. Garland, US Supreme Court decided that “a” meant “one.” That might seem obvious, but the government in that case… Read More
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Categories: Patents
Supreme Court Clarifies P…

Supreme Court Clarifies Process for Challenging Patent Validity

The US Supreme Court has recently issued a decision on the doctrine of assignor estoppel – a rule that prevents patent owners that assign their patents from then challenging the validity of those patents. As the Court noted, In the late 1990s, Csab… Read More
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Categories: Patents