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How do Estates Monetize Images and Intellectual Property of Dead Celebrities?

With the deaths of Prince and David Bowie earlier in the year, the process by which celebrity estates monetize the images and other intellectual property (IP) of …
By Derek Handova
15 days ago 1

Pokemon Go developer Niantic owns three patents on location-based gaming

Within one week of the Pokemon Go July 6th release date, the digital monster catching game surpassed 10 million downloads, the fastest that this feat has ever been …
By Steve Brachmann
15 days ago 1

USPTO Seeks Two Senior Level Patent Attorneys

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is seeking 2 Senior Level Patent Attorneys for their Alexandria Virginia Headquarters. The Senior Level Patent Attorney will serve as the …

Rest in Peace Friend: Remembering Raymond Niro

Renowned patent litigator and champion of independent inventors, Raymond P. Niro, has passed away while traveling in Italy. Throughout his career he was a champion for the …
By Gene Quinn
16 days ago 23

#Infringement? Olympic Committee Attempts to Knock Out Competitors

The Olympic Games will draw the attention of the world under a banner of honest competition and camaraderie. However, many have accused the International Olympic Committee (IOC) …
By Ryan Fox
16 days ago 0

The first patent on an escalator

On August 9, 1859, the first patent ever issued on a moving stairway, what today we would call an escalator, was granted by the United States Patent and Trademark …
By Gene Quinn
16 days ago 0

Property Rights Key to Bayh-Dole Act’s Success

The focus of the political advocates pushing march-in may be lower drug costs. But the long-term costs of ripping apart IP rights are far higher and more …
By James Edwards
16 days ago 5

The Third Wave: Why Big Data is the Future of Legal Tech

As anyone who’s worked at a law firm can attest, lawyers at a firm use each others’ experience to inform their strategy in a given case. …
By Sarah Garber
16 days ago 0

Federal Circuit rules claims defining information-based result are patent ineligible

The CAFC then approvingly noted that the district court invoked "an important common-sense distinction between ends sought and particular means of achieving them, between desired results (functions) …
By John M. Rogitz
17 days ago 21

Hop on the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) via Australia

IP Australia actually has built into its quota system a driver for completing prosecution of open cases before taking up new cases. Therefore, there is a rule …
By Paula Chavez
17 days ago 3

IP Litigators Wayne Stacy and Sarah Guske Join Baker Botts

Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international law firm, announced that Wayne Stacy and Sarah Guske will be joining the firm’s San Francisco office as …
By Press Releases
17 days ago 0

How Trade Dress Can Help Game Developers Level Up

A developer asserting trade dress protection must, therefore, establish that a game’s design does not yield a utilitarian advantage by demonstrating that “the product feature serves …
By Eric Ball & Alexander Ip
18 days ago 0

Why Removing Section 101 Won’t be Enough

Removing section 101 would remove the language granting patents only to processes, machines, manufactures, compositions of matter, or new and useful improvements thereof. These categories however have only …
By Daniel Cole
18 days ago 50

Automakers own most vehicle infotainment patents despite gains by Android Auto, Apple CarPlay

Autonomous self-driving technologies may be grabbing headlines for vehicle manufacturers but it’s hardly the only direction in which carmakers are innovating. Infotainment systems bring a smartphone-like …
By Steve Brachmann
18 days ago 0

Inventing to Solve Problems

Sometimes inventors get so caught up in the creation aspect of inventing that they fail to stop and ask whether they should be investing the time, money …
By Gene Quinn
19 days ago 1