Posts Tagged: amazon


Controlling Your Brand in the Age of Social Media

Trademark protection has never been more important than in today’s increasingly global economy. A company's name, trademark or service mark, trade dress and website domain name …

Williams-Sonoma Lawsuit Accuses Amazon of Offering Infringing Products for Sale Online

On Friday, December 14th, San Francisco, CA-based home furnishing retailer Williams-Sonoma filed a lawsuit in the Northern District of California alleging claims of trademark and design patent …
By Steve Brachmann
20 days ago 1

Federal Circuit Issues Another Rule 36 Patent Eligibility Loss to a Patent Owner

This particular Rule 36 patent eligibility loss for the patent owner came in Digital Media Technologies, Inc. v. Netflix, Inc., et al., affirmed the district court’s finding …
By Gene Quinn & Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 13

MIT Prior Art Archive: An Overstated Solution to Patent Examination

According to statistics provided by the USPTO, since the beginning of fiscal year 2012, the Office has received a total of only 1,584 third-party submissions of prior art for …
By Steve Brachmann & Gene Quinn
2 months ago 11

A Decade Of US Patent Reform Must Be Undone

How ironic is it that the infringer lobby – the very people trying to weaken the patent system and who ignore the patent rights of others through a …
By Paul Morinville & Gene Quinn
5 months ago 24

Supreme Court Petition Challenges PTAB’s Constitutionality Under the Takings Clause

Advanced Audio’s petition for writ of certiorari notes, all five patents were filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office prior to the enactment of …
By Steve Brachmann
5 months ago 22

Inviting Danger into the Home: Understanding the Market for Counterfeit Baby Products and How Both Parents and Brands Can Better Protect Children

How should new parents avoid putting their young children in unnecessary harm and avoid counterfeit baby products? Caregivers should purchase directly from the brand, either through its …
By Ryan Fox
6 months ago 1

Oracle America v. Google, Free Java: Fair or Unfair?

The Federal Circuit recently decided the case of Oracle America v. Google Inc. To “attract Java developers to build apps for Android,” Google copied the declaring code, …
By Jie Lian
6 months ago 3

Amazon.com: A Retail Giant With Major Counterfeit, Piracy and Data Privacy Issues

It’s not just counterfeits of gadgets or luxury fashion items available for sale on Amazon, lining the already deep pockets of Bezos. As we’ve noted …
By Steve Brachmann
7 months ago 1

Amazon CEO Bezos is Knowingly Complicit in Online Sales of Counterfeit Goods, According to Report

Although Amazon is typically quick to reference its anti-counterfeit policy as proof of its commitment to weeding out inauthentic products from its retail platform, watchdog groups continue …
By Steve Brachmann
7 months ago 5

How to Effectively Derive Return On Investment (ROI) From US Federal Research Intellectual Capital

A massive amount of intellectual capital gets created every day from $150 billion in annual research funding allocated to federal laboratories and universities in the United States. Unfortunately, …

Are Today’s Social Media Tech Giants the Big Brother that Orwell Warned Us About?

Dystopian novels and science fiction often return to the subject of the loss of personal privacy which is often encouraged by the use of technology enabling constant, …
By Steve Brachmann
9 months ago 4

Largest Ever Copyright Royalty Board Ruling Transforms How Songwriters are Paid

Less than 48 hours before the 60th Annual Grammy Awards in New York City, the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) ruled to increase royalty payments to songwriters and music …
By Amanda G. Ciccatelli
10 months ago 0

Tech Super Giants Maintain Standard Oil Sized Monopolies

Between 1882 and 1906, this market dominance reportedly brought Standard Oil a total of $838,783,800 in net income. On an annual basis, that would mean that Standard Oil earned nearly $35 …
By Steve Brachmann & Gene Quinn
11 months ago 20

Where Does Blockchain Fit in Digital Rights Management?

The lawsuit is the latest example of content creators chasing down a third party that does not directly infringe content but rather facilitates infringement through a combination …