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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Patent law was conceived to spur innovation and incentivize original ideas. But in the age of technology, several factors have led to congestion of the court system, sometimes suppression of innovation and, in some instances, dubious assertions of patent infringement.  

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Trademark owners beware.  Your trademark may have been hijacked on the internet.  The internet creates many opportunities for trademark abuse.  For instance, third parties can claim registered trademarks as their own username on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook.  However, it is not the duty of the social network to police for unauthorized trademark use.  The trademark owner needs to monitor for any activities that may injure the strength, reputation and goodwill of their mark.  Sounds like an ominous task, so what should you do?


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Tech Transfer is an idea that everyone, regardless of industry, seems to be in love with at the moment.

Theoretically, it’s great.  

Here’s why:

Research (the chicken) that has already been paid for yields discovery and results (eggs) that, if licensed, can bring income (more chickens) back to both the inventor(s) and the institutions where the inventors work.  Brilliant (It’s a veritable hatchery!) 

But, here’s the catch:

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Often one of the first questions we receive from clients is:  How long will it take to get my patent/trademark registration once an application is filed in the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (“PTO”)?

Thursday, September 24, 2015

The cyber-landscape is changing. This month, the International Committee for the Assignment of Numbers and Names (ICANN) will expand the categories of generic top-level domain names (gTLDs). These are the letters after the dot in a web address. At present, there are 22 gTLDs, but the ones we’re most familiar with are .com, .net, and .org. Imagine a cyber-world with thousands of different gTLDs. ICANN tells us that this may describe the topography of the Internet in the near future. There might be, for example, .book, .skateboarding, or .midwest.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Character assassination, reputation manipulation and intellectual property theft happen routinely on the Internet. They don't just happen in the movies. A recent case in a Virginia federal district court involves allegations of intellectual property theft and false information posted online. AvePoint, Inc. v. Power Tools, Inc. is a reminder to all companies that brand monitoring of Internet activities is vital for businesses that want to prosper in today's corporate world.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

It is often said that you will know you have a really good idea when other people take it and use it as their own. Having someone steal your work is a compliment in its most offensive form. This holds true for patents, copyright, trademarks  and other intellectual property. It happens more often than you might think, but people don't always do something about it. Fortunately, the law recognizes that intellectual property theft happens on many levels and has safeguards in place for those who wish to pursue justice for these wrongful acts. 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The America Invents Act (AIA) was passed and signed into law in 2011, but many major provisions just recently took effect. This legislation has brought significant changes to the way the Board at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) hears cases. 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Last week the nation commemorated the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, at which, in 1963, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. The fact that we heard a lot about that speech, heard small quotes from that speech, but did not hear or see the entire speech played on radio or television, or transcribed in the newspaper, demonstrates a point about copyright law. 

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that human genes cannot be patented, but that genetic material created in the lab is eligible for patent protection. In Association for Molecular Pathology, et al v. Myriad Genetics, Inc., the Court handed down a unanimous decision that naturally-occurring genes should remain in the “public storehouse of knowledge.” This decision is sure to have wide-ranging effects on biotechnology patent law in the days and years to come.