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Intellectual Property

December 2, 2011

"Occupy Wall Street" Spurs Trademark Filings

By Wendy Marsh While the "Occupy Wall Street" demonstrations have been dubbed a "revolution" by sympathizers, they have also seemed to spark a revolution of trademark applications filings in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The filers have seen the potential for profit by selling T-shirts, coffee mugs, various...

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October 6, 2011

Inventor Extraordinaire: Steve Jobs 1955-2011

By Wendy Marsh Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Inc., died yesterday of pancreatic cancer at the age of 56. Jobs' technological and marketing expertise is legendary, but he will also be remembered as a remarkable and prolific inventor, who is already being compared to the likes of Thomas Edison and...

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August 17, 2011

It Takes a Village

By Wendy Marsh Victor Willis, the original lead singer of the Village People, has filed paperwork to regain control of his ownership share of songs by the band, including the hits "Y.M.C.A.", "In the Navy", and "Macho Man" by the year 2013. A little-known provision of the 1978 Copyright Act...

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June 14, 2011

Supreme Court upholds "clear and convincing" standard for invalidating patents

By Wendy Marsh In a unanimous decision dated June 9th, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a $290 million jury verdict against Microsoft Corporation for patent infringement in Microsoft Corp. v. i4i Limited Partnership and Infrastructures for Information Inc. In doing so, the Court rejected Microsoft's contention that a patent infringement...

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May 25, 2011

European and U.S. Patent Offices granted more patents in 2010 than in 2009

By Wendy Marsh Showing a reversal of a recent trend, both the European and U.S. Patent Offices (EPO and USPTO respectively) issued a significantly higher number of patents in 2010 than in 2009. In 2010, the EPO received 232,000 patent applications (10% more than in 2009) and issued 11% more...

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May 5, 2011

Copyright dispute may hang up release of "The Hangover 2"

By Wendy Marsh The tattoo artist who created and inked the now-famous tattoo on the face of Mike Tyson has sued Warner Bros. for copyright infringement, based upon its use of a similar tattoo on the face of actor Ed Helm in "The Hangover 2." The artist, S. Victor Whitmill,...

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February 16, 2011

Coca-Cola trade secret no longer secret?

By Wendy Marsh The U.S. radio show "This American Life" has published a photograph from a 32-year old newspaper which it has claimed to be the original recipe for Coca-Cola. The photograph, originally published in 1979 in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, is a hand written recipe that reportedly contains the exact...

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February 2, 2011

Changes on the Horizon for U.S. Patent Law?

By Wendy Marsh Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt) and his House counterpart, Texas Republican Lamar Smith, are proposing substantial changes to the patent laws, including a change from the current U.S. "first to invent" to a "first to file" system. Besides providing U.S. "harmonization" with the majority of the...

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December 29, 2010

Apple granted patent on Drop Down Menu – 11 years later

By Wendy Marsh Last week, Apple Inc. was granted a patent on the design for its transparent drop down menu by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). While many would wonder what could possibly be unique about a drop-down menu, one has to consider the fact that Apple filed...

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December 21, 2010

USPTO satellite office to help with backlog

By Wendy Marsh The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently announced plans to open the first USPTO satellite office in Detroit in 2011. The office is expected to be the first of several USPTO satellite offices to eventually open in various geographically and economically diverse locations across the country....

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