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‘The Walking Dead’ production company brings trademark suit against Atlanta-area movie studio

Although the studio construction itself seems to be carrying on apace, Valhalla Studios has gotten itself into legal trouble over its chosen name. On October 19th, the …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 0

Free vs. Fee Patent Research

At the time, some commentators suggested that this explosion in free patent information would come at the expense of the commercial vendors and looked forward to a “…
By Richard Garner
1 month ago 4

Trump on IP and Patent Reform: What Silicon Valley Doesn’t Understand

Of course, the implication being if you are not in favor of a never ending revision of U.S. patent laws then you are somehow an ignorant …
By Peter Harter & Gene Quinn
1 month ago 30

AT&T, Time Warner merger could trigger FCC rulemaking on zero rating practices

Another regulatory issue other than antitrust thatis likely to surface during review of the AT&T-Time Warner merger is zero rating, or the practice of providing …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 0

How the New Trade Secrets Law May Affect You

Earlier this year, President Obama signed into law the new federal “Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016.” It arms with substantial new weaponry those whose trade secrets have …
By David Sar
1 month ago 2

Your Secret Sauce is at Risk from Attack

In July, Kilpatrick Townsend and Ponemon Institute released their findings from The Cybersecurity Risk to Knowledge Assets study, which confirmed most companies’ worst fears --- their intellectual …
By Audra Dial
1 month ago 0

McDonald’s graffiti decor is targeted in copyright suit filed by estate of NYC-based street artist

McDonald’s choice to go with a pre-treated graffiti look in some of its restaurants has posed legal challenges along with consumer concerns. On October 3rd, McDonald’…
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 2

Will Australia’s Listed Firms Save the IP Profession from Stagnation?

My fellow Australian patent attorney Andy Mukherji recently asked the question on this site: Are Australia’s listed IP firms doomed to fail? Doubtless the hyperbole was …
By Mark Summerfield
1 month ago 2

Who’s Winning: Big Law Moving into IP Practice or IP Boutiques Holding Their Own?

As the dearly departed Prince once sang, it could be a sign of the times. Only in this case the reference is about big law firms moving …
By Derek Handova
1 month ago 1

EON Corp. petitions Supreme Court for review of Federal Circuit’s expansive view of Rule 50 power

In EON Corp. IP Holdings LLC v. Silver Spring Networks, Inc., No. 15-1237, 815 F.3d 1314 (Fed. Cir. 2016), the Federal Circuit reversed a jury verdict and ordered judgment …
By Matthew Murrell
1 month ago 6

Faster, Cheaper Designation of Agents to Accept DMCA Take-Down Notices

The DMCA mandated that the Copyright Office establish a registry of designated agents for service of take-down notices. The initial system now appears to have been primitive. ... …
By Mitchell Tuchman
1 month ago 0

Have U.S. Patent Laws Become Unconstitutional?

As more reports come out that patent filings for individuals and small businesses are down and a general recognition that real innovation does not come from large …
By Adam Ullman
1 month ago 51

Evo of Tech: B. The insulated gate bipolar transistor has improved U.S. electrical efficiency by 40 percent

Sunday, November 6th marks the 26th anniversary of the first U.S. patent issued to Baliga for which he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 0

Inventing 101: Protecting Your Invention When You Need Help

Once you get that first provisional patent application filed you are ready to approach others for assistance with your invention. You have a measure of protection, but …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 5

Qualcomm targets Chinese smartphone maker Meizu with complaints at ITC, foreign courts

American semiconductor giant Qualcomm has been taking actions in recent months against a Chinese smartphone developer whose stature has been on the rise. In a press release …
By Steve Brachmann
1 month ago 0