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Two Privacy Bills Move as Congress Returns From Vacation
After all its hard work this year Congress is almost done with its summer recess . Lawmakers are due back Sept. 8 and have much to tackle. Two bills are of paramount importance to EFF: one—the USA FREEDOM Act —must be passed by Congress, while the other—the...
Blocking Consumer Choice: Google's Dangerous Ban of Privacy and Security App
As reported last week in the Wall Street Journal , Google has banned the privacy and security app Disconnect Mobile from the play store. By doing so, Google has shown once again that it cares more about allowing third-parties to monetize the tracking of its users than about allowing...
Ferring B.V. v. Watson Laboratories, Inc. (II) (Fed. Cir. 2014)
By Kevin E. Noonan -- In the second of a pair of decisions issued last Friday, styled Ferring B.V. v. Watson Laboratories, Inc., the Federal Circuit affirmed a finding by the District Court that the generic ANDA challenger had not shown the asserted claims of the patents-in-suit were...
WTO: Antigua Has New Idea For Gambling Case; Cuba Rails Against US Trademark
In a longstanding World Trade Organization dispute about measures affecting the cross-border supply of gambling and betting services, Antigua and Barbuda has made a new proposal to the United States on a way to solve the issue of the US not complying with a WTO ruling it lost...
Never too late! If you missed the IPKat last week ...
Here's the ninth in our series of weekly round-ups of Katposts from the previous week, brought to you so that, if you were off on your holidays last week, you can see at a glance what you've missed without having to burrow through cyberspace or quantities of emails in order to find out...
Industry Applauds Marti Nomination As US IP Enforcement Coordinator
The US IP industry is applauding the nomination of trademark attorney Daniel Marti to be the next US Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator.
Conference & CLE Calendar
September 4, 2014 - "Patents and Export Control Compliance: Managing Risk and Avoiding Unintentional Violations -- Minimizing Export Control Liability in Patent Application Preparation, Development and Analysis of Innovation, and Licensing" (Strafford) - 1:00 to 2:30 pm...
BIO IP & Diagnostics Symposium
The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) will be holding its second annual IP & Diagnostics Symposium from 8:15 am to 2:30 pm on September 26, 2014 at the Hilton Alexandria Old Town Hotel in Alexandria, VA. The Symposium will review the current patent law...
Business of Biosimilars Conference
The Institute for International Research (IIR) will be holding its 15th Annual Business of Biosimilars conference from October 20-22, 2014 in Boston, MA. The conference will offer presentations on the following topics: Pre-Conference Day -- October 20: • Around the World in 1 Day: Emerging...
Lawsuit Against Google Over In-App Purchases By Minors Squeaks Past Motion to Dismiss
This is a lawsuit against Google over in-app purchases made by minor children, reminiscent of a similar lawsuit against Apple. Plaintiff on behalf of a putative class alleged that, among other things, Google allowed someone to make a purchase for thirty minutes (as opposed to Apple’s 15...
Texas Supreme Court Rejects Second-Class Status for Online Speech, Finds Internet Speech...
The Texas Supreme Court today ruled that orders preventing people who have been found liable for defamation from publishing further statements about the plaintiff are “prior restraints,” a remedy that the First Amendment rarely permits. Adopting a position...
Unlockable Content and Microtransactions in Mobile Games - New Case - Inventor Holdings...
Inventor Holdings, LLC v. [Multiple Defendants] United States District Court for the District of Delaware File Nos. 1-14-cv-01067 (Gameloft); 1-14-cv-01068 (Glu Mobile); 1-14-cv-01069 (Kabam); 1-14-cv-01070 (King.com); 1-14-cv-01071 (ngmoco); 1-14-cv-01072 (Rovio)...
We're All In It Together: Cosplay With Us Over Labor Day Weekend
Join the Electronic Frontier Foundation, io9 , and a coalition of fan groups over Labor Day weekend for Project Secret Identity, a cosplay photo campaign to raise awareness of how online anonymity and privacy are key to free expression. Visit ProjectSecretIdentity.org during Dragon...
The secret life of Hello Kitty
"Hello Kitty: not a cat?" is the striking but -- to this Kat quite unsurprising -- title of an article by Hannah Marsh, published in The Telegraph earlier this week. in relevant part, the article reads (with spellings corrected): "... D]id you know that Hello Kitty is not a cat, but a young British girl with a...
Ferring B.V. v. Watson Laboratories, Inc. (I) (Fed. Cir. 2014)
By Kevin E. Noonan -- In the first of a pair of decisions issued last Friday, Ferring B.V. v. Watson Laboratories, Inc., the Federal Circuit affirmed a finding by the District Court that a generic company could moot ANDA litigation by amending its application to exclude practice of an...
All is Fair (Use) in Love (Lace)
I learned about this interesting fair use case from a tweet  posted his week by Eleonora. Thank you @eLAWnora! On August 25, 2014, Judge Thomas P. Griesa from the Southern District of New York (SDNY) dismissed the copyright and trademark infringement...
UN Inspectors Find Need For Transparency, Changes In Governance At WIPO
The United Nations Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) has issued a substantive analysis of management and administration in the UN World Intellectual Property Organization. And while the report highlights significant progress in a number of areas, it offers a list of ways WIPO can do better –...
Planet Bingo, LLC v. VKGS LLC (Fed. Cir. 2014)
By Michael Borella -- Planet Bingo is the assignee of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,398,646 and 6,656,045, both directed to computer-implemented methods and systems for managing bingo games. Planet Bingo filed an infringement action in the United States District Court for the Western District of...
The Blue Jay Trade Mark Battle Commences...
New Billy Bluejay (U.S. Application Serial No. 86067719) A cross-border trade mark dispute arose late last week when Canada’s only Major League Baseball team, the Toronto Blue Jays (Blue Jays), filed a Notice of Opposition ( Proceeding No. 91217791 ) at the U.S. Trademark Trial...
WHO Raises Its Voice To Underline Health Effects Of Climate Change
The World Health Organization this week is holding its first conference on health and climate change. The major objective of the conference is to raise awareness on the impact of climate change on health, according to the WHO, which said it aims to strengthen its voice in the debate.
Cosplayers Fight for Online Anonymity and Privacy During Dragon Con
Wizards, Browncoats, Sherlockians, and Other Creative Communities Join EFF in “Project Secret Identity” Photo Campaign Atlanta - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), sci-fi blog io9 , and a coalition of fan communities are launching "Project Secret Identity," a cosplay photo...
U.S. Patent 6,331,146: Video Game System and Method With Enhanced Three-Dimensional...
U.S. Patent 6,331,146: Video game system and method with enhanced three-dimensional character and background control Issued December 18, 2001, to Nintendo Co. Ltd. Summary: The ‘146 patent concerns a three-dimensional world with multiple courses. In the case of Super Mario...
Not Bingo
Planet Bingo got patents for a computer managing a game of bingo, starting with parent 6,398,646 . It assertion against VKGS lasted only until summary judgment, where all claims were found patent ineligible under § 101. Like Alice and Bilski , there is no bingo no more for patents claiming to...
Guest Post: Myriad-Mayo Guidance -- Consistency With International Harmonization and TRIPS
By Paul Cole* -- Introduction It is strongly arguable that insofar as the USPTO's Myriad-Mayo Guidance[1] dismisses as non-eligible newly isolated substances (including small molecules), nucleotide sequences and microorganisms having new utility (US parlance) or...
Supreme Court Tackles Online Threats
When Sarah Palin placed crosshairs over political districts her political action committee was targeting in the 2010 midterm election, there was an outcry but she wasn’t arrested. Although some claimed the imagery was violent, no one believed Palin was actually intending to shoot...
Television Show Fan Does Not Own Facebook Likes
Jeremy kindly informed me of a very interesting case about the ownership of the “likes” generated by a social media account created by a fan of the television show The Game . Spoiler alert: the fan lost. On August 20th, the Southern District Court of Florida granted Defendant Black...
Sparks fly as sharks fly, but attack on patent validity loses its bite
Sharks in the courtroom are nothing new  according to some critics of the legal system, but they are usually referring to the lawyers who appear there, charging inflated fees and ruining their clients.  In this note, occasional guest blogger Paul England (senior associate, Taylor...
World Drug Regulatory Authorities Meet In Brazil; Biosimilars In Focus
Drug regulatory authorities are meeting this week in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to discuss global regulatory issues such as vaccine regulation, falsified products, and pharmacovigilance. A “pre-conference” focused on biosimilars, with civil society warning on barriers to access...
H-W Technology, L.C. v. Overstock.com, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2014)
Proofread your claims before you sue! By Michael Greenfield -- Even obvious clerical errors in patent claims can doom your lawsuit if not corrected before suit is filed. This was evident in H-W Technology, L.C. v. Overstock.com, Inc., issued July 11, 2014, where the Federal Circuit...
Monday miscellany
There are easier ways ... Self-centred, or merely preoccupied?   The 1709 Blog's sidebar poll on the copyright position regarding selfies taken by black-crested macaque monkeys (or at least by one of them) has now notched up more than 250 responses, and there's still a...
Comcast Data Breach Leaks Thousands of Unlisted Phone Numbers, Threatening Customers' Privacy
The longer my information is out there, the worse the issue gets, yet still no action. I have paid for unpublishing my information for years as I testified in a murder trial. Now, my wife, children, and I are [a]ll in danger; and I have nowhere to turn. Four years ago, users of Comcast's phone service...
The Politicization Of The US Patent System
The Washington Post story, How patent reform’s fraught politics have left USPTO still without a boss (July 30), is a vivid account of how patent reform has divided the US economy, preempting a possible replacement for David Kappos who stepped down 18 months ago. The division...
Never too late! If you missed the IPKat last week ...
Another busy week has passed for the IPKat and Merpel, but you can catch up on all the posts from last week that you have not had a chance to read yet. Here's the eighth weekly round-up for your delectation, brought to you by me in Alberto's absence: This week saw a series of posts on...
Court Report
By Sherri Oslick -- About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Aptalis Pharmatech Inc. et al. v. Apotex Inc. et al. 1:14-cv-01038; filed August 11, 2014 in the District Court of Delaware • Plaintiffs: Aptalis Pharmatech Inc.; Ivax...
When a TV programme is transmitted via direct injection, who makes the act of communication to...
Not to worry: a direct injection of copyright cases is already in sight With the summer break close to an end, new copyright   adventures   are just about to happen at the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) for the joy of aficionados everywhere in the EU and...
IPO Webinars on Global Patent Prosecution
The Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) will offer two one-hour webinars on "Global Patent Prosecution: Comparing Europe, China, and U.S. Law & Practice" on August 27 & 28, 2014 beginning at 12:00 pm (ET) each day. The first day will feature Philip L. Cupitt, Ph.D of...
Conference on Paragraph IV Litigation
Momentum will be holding its 2nd Congress on PIV Litigation on October 29-30, 2014 in Philadelphia, PA. The conference will offer presentations on the following topics: • Key Takeaways for Brand and Generic Drug Manufacturers from Recent Case Law • Are Your Ducks in a Row? -...
USPTO and "Telegate"
By now, we've all heard of the controversy regarding the lax oversight at the USPTO of examiners in the Office's Telework Program--what I'll unofficially dub as "Telegate."  Now, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee just announced an...
How Korea is conquering world pop culture--what can we learn?
To what extent can commercially successful creative contents be managed? Whenever this question is raised, one cannot help but recall the iconic observation by the renowned novelist, playwright and screen writer William Goldman, here (think of the book and movie Marathon...
Examination of Myriad-Mayo Guidance Comments -- AUTM, COGR, AAU, and APLU
By Donald Zuhn -- On March 4, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a guidance memorandum, entitled "Guidance For Determining Subject Matter Eligibility Of Claims Reciting Or Involving Laws of Nature, Natural Phenomena, & Natural Products" (or "Myriad-Mayo...
Friday fantasies
Kat business 1 : " Christopher Rennie-Smith talks to a Kat", our next IPKat event, takes place at the London office of Collyer Bristow on Thursday 4 September (doors open at 5 pm). Christopher is a recently-returned European Patent Office survivor and the Kat in question is patent attorney...
MLDI and EFF Petition the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention in the Case of Alaa Abd El...
Alaa Abd El Fattah is currently serving a fifteen-year prison sentence for spurious accusations made in connection with his longstanding and influential activism. The Egyptian blogger and activist, who was sentenced in June , has faced years of harassment and arrests from each...
Kidney-Shaped Bra Insert Patent Suit is Pushing Ahead
On August 18, lingerie and accessories company Zephyrs filed a suit in New York Supreme Court (a court of first instance) against its former patent attorney Bernard Codd and his law firm McDermott, Will & Emery, claiming that their “ deficient services “while drafting a bra insert patent...
Taking a selfie inside the National Gallery: a copyright infringement?
From the National Gallery permanent collection: E. Manet, Woman with a Kat , ca 1880-82 A few days ago a number of UK newspapers reported that, following similar moves by a number of other UK institutions, also the   National Gallery   in London has changed its strict...
Domestic Cat Genome Sequenced
By Kevin E. Noonan -- Earlier this month, an international effort* led by Stephen J. O'Brien at the Oceanographic Center, Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida reported the complete genomic sequencing of the domestic cat, Felix catus. The report, entitled "Annotated...
Your IP PhD: things to do, things to avoid
Over the years this Kat has examined a good many PhD theses -- but not many good ones. This blogpost lists and explains some of his admittedly subjective feelings about what PhD candidates should, or should not do, based on his own experiences. Here are some things to avoid: Yes...
U.N. Free Expression Champion, Congressional Internet Defender, and Groundbreaking...
EFF to Honor Former U.N. Special Rapporteur Frank La Rue, U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren, and artist Trevor Paglen at San Francisco Ceremony Featuring the Yes Men San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is pleased to announce the distinguished winners of the...
New Copyright Office Compendium Discussion About Designating Sec. 512 Agents
The Copyright Office has released a pretty nifty document called the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition . The second edition was written 30 years ago, so it’s about time we got a new edition! I thought the document overall was a concise and readable distillation...
Analysis: Monkey In The Middle Of Selfie Copyright Dispute
The recent case of a monkey selfie that went viral on the web raised thorny issues of ownership between a (human) photographer and Wikimedia. Two attorneys from Morrison & Foerster sort out the relevant copyright law.
Apotex Inc. v. UCB, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2014)
By Kevin E. Noonan -- Last week, the Federal Circuit affirmed a finding of inequitable conduct in Apotex v. USB, a relatively rare occurrence in the years after the Federal Circuit's decision in Therasense v. Becton, Dickenson. In the Therasense case, the Federal Circuit sitting en banc...
Top 20 Cosplay Activists from Project Secret Identity at Dragon Con
Over Labor Day weekend, more than 75 cosplayers at Dragon Con became Internet freedom heroes for real, using their fantastic costumes to highlight how anonymity and privacy are crucial to free expression. It was all part of Project Secret Identity, a cross-fandom activism campaign...
She’s Got Bette Davis’…Trademark?
I found about this case reading this tweet from New York copyright and trademark lawyer Marty Schwimmer. A warm Kat Pat to Marty, thank you! It has been only two months that I am guest-blogging for the IP Kat, and this is already my third post about jewelry. Maybe I should be called the...
Monday miscellany
News from Eleonora: a competition -- and a course.  A lot of readers of this weblog were away last week when fellow Kat Eleonora posted this item on the contest she is running, which carries the generous prize of free registration (worth £239 ) for this year's Copyright and Technology...
Fair deal or iMoan? Kate Bush’s request to leave the smartphones at home
Love them or loathe them , mobile communication and recording devices have become an integral part of our lives. They not only accompany us through many of the most intimate and meaningful experiences in our lives but allow us to record them and share them with others. There...
Group Calls For ITU Constitution Amendment To Protect Right To Privacy
A report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the right to privacy in the digital age has been lauded by a group of civil society organisations who also called states to curtail mass surveillance and for the ITU constitution to be amended.
Court Report
By Sherri Oslick -- About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. AstraZeneca AB v. Watson Laboratories Inc. et al. 1:14-cv-01051; filed August 15, 2014 in the District Court of Delaware • Plaintiff: AstraZeneca AB • Defendants:...
A matter of life and death? No, it's more important than that. Life sciences in the limelight
Shakespeare's three witches in  Macbeth:  life sciences, but no available patents ... If you ever want evidence of the enthusiasm of intellectual property practitioners for patents, you need look no further than this weblog. While the IPKat, Merpel and their friends report...
Webinar on Prosecution and Diligence Strategies
The American Bar Association (ABA) Center for Professional Development and Section of Intellectual Property Law will be offering a live webinar entitled "Charting New Territory: Prosecution and Diligence Strategies in the Wake of the AIA" on September 25...
Facebook in the fast lane: Ferrari moves up a gear
Most big companies are present on social media these days, whether it is on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. In fact, when establishing a brand today, an important consideration is to create its social media pages, and especially to do so before anyone else does it. This...
Lindsay Lohan and New York Right of Publicity: An Update ✌ ✌ ✌ ✌
Readers of this blog may remember that last July Lindsay Lohan sued Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. and Rockstar Games,  the makers of the video game Grand Theft Auto V (GTAV). The actress claimed that the character “Lacey Jonas” and the portrayal of young, blond...
Friday fantasies
IP editors and publishers, hold the date! Following a hiatus last year, the IPKat weblog's annual IP editors and publishers meeting and buffet lunch takes place on 25 November 2014, from 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm, at the offices of London law firm Bircham Dyson Bell LLP.  We have...
Biosimilar Medicines Need Strong Regulation, IP Crucial For Innovation, Pharma Says
Biosimilar medicines might prove to be a new reservoir for innovation for the pharmaceutical industry. However, the complexity of their manufacture needs a stringent regulatory framework, according to the industry.
Seriously, did you really assign your IP rights to all members of the group?
How many times have Kat readers encountered, or even been complicit in, the drafting of, an agreement where the licensc or assignment of IP rights purportedly applies to multiple members of the “corporate group” or the like? The impetus for such a provision usually comes from a tax or...
Internet Governance and the NETmundial Initiative: A Flawed Attempt at Turning Words into Action
EFF was amongst a handful of user representatives invited to attend the initial scoping meeting of a new global convening called the NETmundial Initiative , which was held today in Geneva. In introducing the event, Virgílio Almeida of Brazil's Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation...
Magical Drug Wins EFF’s Stupid Patent of the Month
Good news everyone! The Patent Office has granted a patent on a cure for cancer. Last December, the Patent Office issued Patent No. 8,609,158 on a “potent drug” that “rebukes cancer, cancer cells, and kills cancer.” According to the patent, this drug cures a litany of other maladies...
Aaron Swartz's Work, Computer Crime Law, and "The Internet's Own Boy"
It’s been more than a year since Aaron Swartz’s tragic death, and now Aaron’s life is the subject of a new documentary, The Internet’s Own Boy , directed by Brian Knappenberger. The documentary has received much acclaim and deservedly so. It tells the story of a political...
Thursday thingies
Mother knows best Southampton, alma mater ...   This week's   Monday Miscellany excitedly announced that fellow Kat Eleonora was taking up a lectureship in IP Law at the University of Southampton, mentioning a couple of famous IP lawyers who had emanated from this notable...
Bingo! for Video King - Alice decision applied to bingo manager system
Planet Bingo, LLC v. VKGS LLC (dba Video King) United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit - Nonprecedential - Case No. 2013-1663 Decided: August 26, 2014 In what it called "a straight-forward application of the Supreme Court's recent holding in Alice Corp v. CLS...
Patent Law in Greater China: a new title
Patent Law In Greater China , edited by Stefan Luginbuehl and Peter Ganea, has just been published by Edward Elgar Publishing as part of its Intellectual Property Law an Practice series, which itself is co-edited by two Katfriends, practitioner Trevor Cook and academic Jo Gibson. Stefan...
Online Marketplaces Facilitating Gun Sales Don’t Kill People. People Kill People (Forbes Cross-Post)
We’re seeing increasing attempts to hold online marketplaces responsible for illegal user transactions on their site. A recent federal appellate ruling rejected one such lawsuit involving an online gun marketplace transaction that led to a murder. What Happened After his...
Médecins Sans Frontières Warns About IP Inclusion In Asian FTA
The inclusion of intellectual property in the ongoing negotiations of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership between 16 countries, most of them Asian, is raising concerns about "TRIPS-plus" measures that could jeopardise generic drugs production in India, according to...
Market Failure, Not IP, The Issue In Ebola Treatment Shortage, WHO Says
Faced with the worst outbreak of Ebola since its discovery some 40 years ago, the world is scrambling for treatments. A World Health Organization-convened panel of experts has decided it is ethical to use experimental treatments. Why is there no treatment available even after 40 years...
"Cultivated capsicums!" Peppers resist insect, breeders resist patent
This Kat has received information concerning the publication in a national Dutch newspaper of a double page item calling for crowd-funding of opposition proceedings against a European patent.  The patent in question, granted last year to Syngenta, relates to EP2140023 relating to...
Too Many Secrets: A Court Ruling Spells Bad News for Anonymous Speech in Brazil
Last week was a bad day for freedom of expression in Brazil. Judge Paulo César de Carvalho, in the state court of Espírito Santo, issued a preliminary injunction ordering the removal of Secret—an anonymous sharing application that lets people share messages with friends, friends of...
Judge Koh Dismisses the Bulk of the Yahoo Email Scanning Class Action
Plaintiffs are non-Yahoo email users who sent messages to Yahoo users. They allege that Yahoo’s email scans violate federal and state wiretapping laws and invade their privacy. ECPA : This claim alleges that Yahoo “intercepts” the emails. ECPA is subject to two exemptions as...
Registered Lobbyists Elbow Their Way Back Into TPP Committees
Hollywood and big publishers already have an alarming stranglehold over the US Trade Representative's objectives in trade agreements, leading to extreme copyright enforcement and privacy-invading policies in trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. But...
New Proposal To Keep Indigenous Peoples On WIPO Traditional Knowledge Committee
A group of countries has submitted a new proposal to the upcoming meeting of the World Intellectual Property Organization budget committee to allow the continued participation of indigenous peoples representatives in WIPO’s committee on traditional knowledge and genetic...
Cold Comfort Farmers Cards: Californians feel New Zealand chill
From Katfriend and long-time respected IP commentator Ken Moon (AJPark) comes news of a 13 August ruling of the New Zealand Court of Appeal (Harrison and Miller JJ) in a software copyright and trade secrets dispute, Karum Group LLC v Fisher & Paykel Finance [2014]...
Makers, Fan Art, Making it Pay
An interesting article went up this week on the Make zine blog: Mike Sense on the expanding partnership between Hasbro and Shapeways . Hasbro is, of course, the giant toy-making conglomerate and Shapeways is advertising itself as "fast and affordable" 3D printing - a marketplace...
Letter from AmeriKat: Judge Koh declares Takeda takes it too far with Mylan Dexilant declaration
The AmeriKitten may be one paw down, but thankfully has nine lives to go. "Yes, yes, it has been a while" says the AmeriKat.  But with the English IP judges and barristers having fled the un-airconditioned climes of London for the predictable meadows of southern France, the...
Copyright, technology and a Katcontest!
Copyright and Technology ... On 1 October 2014 the beautiful London offices of Reed Smith LLP will host the 1-day Copyright and Technology conference, which promises to be very engaging. Incidentally, also this Kat will be there as a moderator in the panel asking whether...
EU Commission Consultation On Protection Of Non-Agricultural GIs
The European Commission recently launched a public consultation on the protection of geographical indications for non-agricultural products.
Court in the act: how many European Courts are there?
Confusingly similar -- but these folk shouldn't be confused. The UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) has emailed the information that a new intellectual property case has been referred to the Court of Justice, but it has got itself into something of a mess as to which Court of Justice it...
Conference & CLE Calendar
August 27-28, 2014 - "Global Patent Prosecution: Comparing Europe, China, and U.S. Law & Practice" (Intellectual Property Owners Association) - 12:00 to 1:00 pm (ET) August 28, 2014 - "Alice Corp. vs. CLS Bank: What’s Eligible, What’s Not, and What’s Still to be...
Not So Happy Trails As NYC Mural Artist Sues For Copyright Infringement
Murals are definitely in the IP spotlight this summer: after the Castillo case, here are two other examples of an urban artist suing a corporation for copyright infringement.   In two separate suits, filed on August 19 in the Southern District of New York, v isual artist Artist Maya Hayuk is...
Webinar on Conflicts in Patent Prosecution
Strafford will be offering a webinar/teleconference entitled "Conflicts in Patent Prosecution: Minimizing Risks of Malpractice Liability and Ethics Sanctions" on October 2, 2014 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm (EDT). The webinar will provide guidance to IP counsel on the conflicts issues that often...
Webinar on Patents and Export Control Compliance
Strafford will be offering a webinar/teleconference entitled "Patents and Export Control Compliance: Managing Risk and Avoiding Unintentional Violations -- Minimizing Export Control Liability in Patent Application Preparation, Development and Analysis of Innovation, and Licensing...
It’s Not Possible To Steal Facebook ‘Likes’–Mattocks v. BET
In 2008, Plaintiff Stacey Mattocks developed an (initially unofficial) Facebook page focusing on “The Game,” a television series initially aired on CW and later acquired by BET. In 2010, BET contacted Mattocks and hired her as a part-time worker, paying her $30 per hour. Her duties...
IP Analogy to Physical Property (in Architecture)
An interesting note in a 7th Circuit case, M. Arthur Gensler, Jr. & Assocs., Inc. v. Strabala shows how judges are continuing to apply the standards of physical property to intellectual property. In this case a dispute arose over the authorship (if you will) of a building. The Seventh ruled that...
Top NIH-funded U.S. Universities 2014
By Kevin E. Noonan -- On Monday, Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News (GEN) published a list of the Top 50 NIH-funded U.S. universities in fiscal year October 1st – September 30th. Geographically, California leads the list of most Federal research monies going to schools in the...
Coding with EFF
We at EFF are always excited to unveil new ways for our technically skilled community to help expand and defend our rights online. And time and again our members demonstrate an unbelievable drive and ability to take action in truly game-changing ways. Look at what...
Cost of Defending Against A Troll Is More Than Just A Bridge Toll
We recently wrote about the end of Adam Carolla’s high-profile patent battle with the troll Personal Audio. We had a guess as to why Carolla settled: patent litigation is expensive. Even Carolla, with the backing of numerous fans and supporters, still likely didn’t have enough money to...
Primer on European Union’s Right To Be Forgotten (Excerpt from My Internet Law Casebook) +...
Photo credit: “ An eraser from a pencil is starting to erase the word data ” // ShutterStock I haven’t yet written about the ECJ Right to Be Forgotten ruling directly, though I’ve already referenced it on the blog a few times. The ruling itself came out during a business trip when I was tied up...
IP-Watch, DiploFoundation Offer Shared Internship In Geneva
Intellectual Property Watch is pleased to announce a joint internship opportunity with the DiploFoundation/Geneva Internet Platform in Geneva, covering events and issues related to internet governance.
We Need Sen. Wyden's Help to Fix the Broken, Anti-User Trade Negotiation Process
We have joined more than a hundred organizations and tens of thousands of individuals across the US to oppose secret, undemocratic trade agreements that affect users' rights. Together, we defeated a bill that would have put agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on...
EFF, ACLU Demolish “It’s Just Metadata” Claim in NSA Spying Appeal
Americans Deserve Full Protection of the Fourth Amendment for their Telephone Records, Groups Argue Washington, DC - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) today filed an amicus brief in Klayman v. Obama , a high-profile...
Intellectual Property For Economic Development: a new book
Intellectual Property For Economic Development  is yet another title from the seemingly inexhaustible source of IP-related literature that is Edward Elgar Publishing.  This tome is edited by a three-person team consisting of Sanghoon Ahn (Fellow, Korea Development...
U.S. Patent No. 6,722,989: Virtual Pet Game in which the Virtual Pet Can Converse With the Player and...
U.S. Patent No. 6,722,989: Virtual pet game in which the virtual pet can converse with the player and learn new words and phrases from these conversations Issued Apr. 20, 2004, to Sony Summary: The ‘989 patent provides a portable electronic device which allows a player to...
Colombia y México se Unirán para Editar Artículos sobre Derechos Digitales en Wikipedia
Traducido por Jacobo Najera, ContingenteMX Sabado 23 de agosto, EFF participará junto a Wikimedia Mexico , Rancho Electronico , Contingente MX , F undación Karisma , Panoptykon Foundation , Hackbo , Enjambre Digital , RedPaTodos and May First Mexico se uniran para editar...
EFF to Ethiopia: Illegal Wiretapping Is Illegal, Even for Governments
Earlier this week, EFF told the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that Ethiopia must be held accountable for its illegal wiretapping of an American citizen. Foreign governments simply do not have a get-out-of-court-free card when they commit serious felonies in America against...
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