Posts in Copyright


First Circuit Rules Markham’s Development of ‘The Game of Life’ Was Work Made For Hire Not Subject to Termination Rights

On June 14, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit issued a decision in Markham Concepts, Inc. v. Hasbro, Inc. affirming a lower court’s …
By IPWatchdog
4 days ago 1

Game On: How IP Helps the Video Game Industry Level Up

While countless industries have been forced to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, the video game industry has been on a winning streak. Historic numbers of people have …
By Frank W. Cullen Jr.
5 days ago 1

Scholars, Register of Copyrights Reinforce Opposition to American Law Institute’s Restatement of Copyright Project

The American Law Institute (ALI) is under fire this week for its Restatement of Copyright Law project, which it was set to vote on during its Annual …
By Eileen McDermott
10 days ago 0

Friends Reunion: The One with the Copyright Battle

Friends is one of the most beloved American shows. The characters and the scenes from the series have remained in the heart of fans for almost two …
By Tanya Saraswat
11 days ago 0

Do Your Due Diligence Before Participating in an NFT Transaction

Nonfungible tokens, or “NFTs,” are dominating the news cycle lately. From the $69.3 million sale of digital artist Beeple’s “Everydays — The First 5000 Days,” at Christie’s Auction …

IBM-IPwe Partnership Hopes to Increase Patent Efficiency, Propel Transactions

Investors, both speculative and strategic, are adjusting to the emergence of a bold new category of assets—digital collectibles. NFTs, or Non-Fungible Tokens, are so called because …
By Bruce Berman
13 days ago 6

Supreme Court Grants Cert in Unicolors v. H&M to Consider Whether Section 411 Includes Intent-to-Defraud Requirement

On Tuesday, June 1, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a petition for writ of certiorari filed by fabric designer Unicolors seeking to challenge the U.S. Court …
By Steve Brachmann
18 days ago 1

Other Barks & Bites for Friday, May 28: China’s Drug Patent Linkage System Goes Into Effect Next Week; Tillis Asks Copyright Office to Conduct Examination, State Bill Studies; and New USPTO Code of Conduct Rules

This week in Other Barks & Bites: the USPTO promulgated a final rule aligning the agency’s code of conduct with the ABA’s Model Rules, as well …
By IPWatchdog
23 days ago 2

Why SCOTUS’ Decision to Sidestep Copyrightability in Google v. Oracle is Problematic for Cases Involving Command Codes

On April 5, the U.S. Supreme Court held 6-2 that Google’s copying of 11,500 lines of code from the Java SE Application Programming Interface (API) in creating …
By Yeshesvini Chandar
28 days ago 0

Putting COVID IP Waiver and IP Piracy in Context: Consumers and Producers, Pirates and Police Officers

The Office of the United States Trade Representative’s (USTR’s) 2021 Special 301 Report, published late last month, brought into sharp relief one of the ongoing issues the …
By Alex Montagu
1 month ago 4

‘Holding States Accountable for Copyright Piracy’: White Paper Says Allen v. Cooper Has Put Creators and Copyright in Jeopardy

Last week, the Regulatory Transparency Project of the Federalist Society released a paper titled “Holding States Accountable for Copyright Piracy.” The paper was authored by Alden Abbott, …
By Rebecca Tapscott
1 month ago 1

The Common Thread of Innovation Ecosystems: Securing Ownership to Guarantee Creation

Over the past several weeks, it has been our pleasure at IPWatchdog to be a media sponsor for the excellent programming on intellectual property and the innovation …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 6

Open for Business: How Intellectual Property Supports Our Entrepreneurs

Starting a business is steeped with uncertainty, especially during a global pandemic. Small business owners are constantly running through the scenarios: Can I make payroll? Will I …
By Patrick Kilbride
2 months ago 6

Copyrights Help SMEs Bring Their Ideas to Market – Especially if They’re Registered

Discussion around intellectual property strategies for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) often focus chiefly on patent and trademarks. But the benefits of copyright to a small business …

Non-Fungible Tokens Force a Copyright Reckoning

From the advent of the internet, digital commodities and technologies have ceaselessly presented new hurdles for intellectual property (IP) owners and protectors. The cycle of copyright law …