Intellectual Property

 
 
  • Trump Twitter Error Spurs Trademark Scramble

    In the middle of the night on May 31st, President Donald Trump tweeted: “Despite the constant negative press covfefe.” No definition for “covfefe,” or acknowledgment that the word was – most likely –  a typo followed. The...

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  • Journalist Must Admit He Embellished To Sue Over Tupac Biopic

    Journalist Kevin Powell has sued Lionsgate and others associated with the recent Tupac biopic, “All Eyez on Me,” for taking inspiration from his series of articles about the rapper in Vibe Magazine in the 90s. How could...

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  • Child Psychologist Sues Walt Disney

    Several times between 2005 and 2009, child development expert Denise Daniels says she pitched Walt Disney Co. her idea for “The Moodsters,” where a child encounters several characters based on moods or emotions. In 2015, Disney’s Pixar...

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  • Ninth Circuit Won’t Toss “The Purge” Suit

    Universal City Studios can’t dodge a lawsuit filed by screenwriter Douglas Jordan-Benel, which claims the film “The Purge” is derived from his screenplay, called “Settler’s Day.” Blumhouse Productions and Purge writer-director James DeMonaco tried to stop the...

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  • Five Techniques To Stop an IPR Before it Starts

    Inter partes review is a popular and successful tool for invalidating patents. It is increasingly likely that at some point your company will be served with an IPR petition challenging the validity of one or more of...

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  • Major Questions that the DTSA Brings

    Technological developments have made it easier for employees to download confidential work-related information for uses both legitimate and illegitimate. One consequence of that can be the theft of trade secrets. Last year, Congress passed the Defend Trade...

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  • The Defend Trade Secrets Act One Year Later

    Despite the creation of a new federal cause of action in the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), the number of misappropriation cases filed in federal court has not increased. DTSA’s new ex parte seizure process has been...

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  • Supreme Court Upholds Trademarks’ Right To Offend

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office cannot deny trademarks they deem “disparaging,” the Supreme Court ruled this week. The Court sided with rock band The Slants, made up of Asian American members, who sued the USPTO for...

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  • Trump Expands Chinese Trademarks

    President Donald Trump may now assign his name to Chinese veterinary services and construction, after that country’s trademark office granted preliminary approval of the marks on June 6. Under Chinese law, a trademark with preliminary approval is...

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  • Criminal Defendant Rights Getting Trampled By “Trade Secrets”

    The fate of criminal defendants is increasingly being determined by algorithms brought to bear at various stages of the process, including sentencing and parole. When defense attorneys want to challenge these computer-generated decisions in the obvious way,...

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