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Beatles’ 1965 Shea Stadium concert is the subject of copyright suit filed on behalf of former promoter

On Monday, September 12th, Sid Bernstein LLC, a company representing Bernstein who passed away in 2013, filed a lawsuit alleging copyright infringement on the use of the Shea …
By Steve Brachmann
5 days ago 0

Federal Circuit Affirms District Court Judgment on All Grounds in LifeNet Health v. LifeCell

Lifenet’s patent is for plasticized soft tissue grafts used for transplantation in humans. The specification discloses that plasticizers can be removed before implantation, although they need …

Federal Circuit Provides Additional Insight on §101 Protections for Software Patents

In a September 13, 2016 decision relating to subject matter eligibility of software patents under 35 U.S.C. § 101, the Federal Circuit vacated the district court’s order granting Defendants’ …

How Can More Lawyers Become Tech Company CEOs?

Most CEOs won’t make a move without first consulting their general counsel or other legal adviser. But the general counsel seldom rises to the CEO spot. …
By Derek Handova
6 days ago 2

The Inspector General’s Report Alleging PTO Examiner Time and Attendance Abuse Has No Merit

On August 31, 2016, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) released a report titled Investigative Report on Analysis of Patent …

Does the Patent Gender Gap Matter?

Why should we care about getting more women inventing? What does it matter? You don’t find more innovation by looking in places where you’re not …
By Gene Quinn
6 days ago 0

Tommy Hilfiger’s Gigi Hadid fashion line targeted by GiGi New York in cease and desist letter

Part of GiGi New York’s trademark infringement allegation is directed at how Tommy Hilfiger has styled the name TOMMYxGIGI, especially in the use of a “unique …
By Steve Brachmann
7 days ago 0

Trader Joe’s and Extraterritorial Application of the Lanham Act

Trader Joe’s sued Hallatt (d/b/a Pirate Joe’s) for trademark infringement in the Western District of Washington, invoking the court’s federal question and …
By Brian Focarino
7 days ago 1

The Patent Gender Gap Goes Beyond Fewer Women in Math and Sciences

"[W]e are finding that when the schools that are starting to measure their invention disclosure and their patent filings, again with at least one woman represented, …
By Gene Quinn
7 days ago 13

Autonomous robots report shows half of use cases are outside of self-driving car sector

To get a better idea of the scope of the autonomous robot market, intellectual property analysis firm Innography recently released a trends report focusing on the autonomous …
By Steve Brachmann
8 days ago 1

State Department, Universities Blast UN Attack on Patents

If the UN Secretary General and the members of his "High Level Panel on Access to Medicines" thought the State Department was bluffing when it warned against …
By Joseph Allen
8 days ago 3

The UN has Better Things to do Than Destroy Innovation

The UN Panel unfortunately squandered its 9-month gestation period. It stuffed into one repository every long-discarded remnant of anti-patent and pro-price-control schemes buried in IP’s historic …
By Chris Gallagher
8 days ago 2

Hearing on Examiner Fraud a Big, Fat Nothing Burger

Prepared statements released in advance of the hearing talked tough, but that was pretty much it. Insofar as getting to the root of the problems identified in …
By Gene Quinn
8 days ago 23

Invention Harvesting: Best Practices for Turning Aspiration into Action

Invention harvesting can be leveraged in the context of active development projects to ensure that valuable project-related intellectual property (IP) is duly protected. Significantly, invention harvesting also …
By Carlo Cotrone
9 days ago 0

Patent Reform: An Analyst’s Perspective of the AIA

Perhaps the most challenging to accept is the notion that a tribunal created with a specific purpose of invalidation can be impartial to both the petitioners and …
By Elena Murphy
9 days ago 2