Intellectual Property

 
 
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    Landmark Victory For Western Company In Chinese IP Court

    A six-year long IP dispute that had reached the Supreme People’s Court in China resulted in a victory for a Danish biotech company against two Chinese competitors. This is a case “of a foreign company prevailing in...

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    Man Claiming He Invented Email Is No Troll

    He holds four degrees from MIT, runs a startup in the high-tech hotbed of Cambridge, Mass., and says he invented e-mail when he was 14 years old, then copyrighted the code a few years later. “Dispute him...

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    African Americans, Denied Patents, Have Always Innovated

    Though the U.S. patent system has consistently excluded them, black Americans have been prolific innovators. The first American patent was granted in 1641, and many colonies granted patents in the years before the Constitution was created. When...

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    Chinese Firms Battle For ‘Ivanka’ Trademarks

    At least 65 Chinese companies and individuals have submitted applications to use the name “Ivanka” as a trademark, according to the South China Morning Post. The companies range from alcohol retailers to feminine product manufacturers. Ivanka’s popularity...

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  • Supplier Agreements Should Include Patent Litigation Protection

    Anyone who uses patented technology can in theory be an infringer, and a considerable number of patent infringement cases are now being brought against non-tech companies. Use of a patented technology can result in liability even when...

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    MIT Big Winner In Billion-Dollar Patent Dispute

    The U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board handed the team of scientists based at the Broad Institute and MIT a major victory this week, awarding them the patent for using a system called Crispr-Cas9 in any living...

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    A Rush To Trademark “Fake News”

    The day after Donald Trump called CNN “fake news,” three U.S. companies applied to trademark the term. One of those companies, Film Roman, is said to have sketched The Simpsons for more than 20 years, until early...

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    Trademark Can’t Stop Pot Shirt On Campus

    When members of the Iowa State University chapter pf the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws planned to sport T-shirts bearing the school’s mascot alongside a pot leaf, the school sued. The school claimed that the...

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    Beyoncé Sued For Voice Sample

    The family of the late Anthony Barré, also known as comedian and rapper Messy Mya, is suing pop megastar Beyoncé, saying she did not have permission to sample his voice in her album, “Lemonade.” Barré’s voice can...

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    Patent Or Trade Secret?

    Both patent and trademark law have gone through some drastic changes in recent years, including new kinds of post-issuance proceedings and last year’s passage of the Defend Trade Secrets Act. The result has been that the calculus...

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