• Is “Patent Troll” Defamation?

    Automated Transactions LLC owns multiple patents related to automatic teller machines and for years it sent letters alleging infringement to banks and credit unions. Many settled, and ATL collected millions. After an appeals court in 2012 ruled...

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  • Michael Jackson Estate Sues Over Documentary Alleging Pedophilia

    A new HBO documentary features extended interviews with two men who say Michael Jackson drew them into long-term sexual relationships when they were pre-adolescent boys, at Jackson’s Neverland estate. The four-hour long documentary, “Leaving Neverland,” premiered at...

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  • Protecting The Corporate Jewels: Digital Forensics In Internal Investigations

    Digital forensics, in particular as applied to internal investigations of potential trade secret theft or improper use of proprietary data, is an area of labyrinthine complexity, but some principles are clear enough. In this article, James Vaughn,...

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  • Trademark Lunacy, Acronym Fever, Over Big Mac Brand

    Hmm Daily notes that the Operations Department of the Cancellation Division of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) issued a ruling that, under the European Union Trade Mark Delegated Regulation (EUTMDR), it was canceling the registration...

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  • Is It A Trade Spat Or The Start Of Another Cold War?

    It could well be the latter, according to Peter Hartcher, journalist and visiting fellow at the Lowy Institute, a Sydney-based foreign policy think tank. Writing in the Sydney Morning Herald, he quotes former U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson,...

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  • Arbitration Gaining Favor In IP Disputes

    Patent litigation activity has slowed a bit according to a PWC report, but median damages are going up. Under recent Supreme Court decisions, district courts have broad and largely un-reviewable discretion to award attorney’s fees and costs...

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  • Four Years After Alice, Software Patents Making a Comeback

    Following the Supreme Court’s 2014 Alice decision, many practitioners assumed it that any attempt to patent software would be so difficult and unpredictable that it was ...

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  • Software Patents Still Valuable After Alice: A Case Study

    The Supreme Court’s Alice decision in 2014 raised the bar for patent eligibility, with a two-part test that led many software patents to be declared ineligible. Some companies overreacted, writes Banner & Witcoff attorney Aseet Patel in...

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  • Protecting Your Company’s Domain Name

    Other companies cannot use your company’s domain name, but they may attempt to use something similar. This Today’s General Counsel article explains the potential problems – specifically cybersquatting and the related practice of “typosquatting” – why it’s...

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  • Protecting Investments In IP And People

    Companies are advised to pay attention to recent DOJ Antitrust Division initiatives to go after anti-poaching pacts between companies, including by way of criminal prosecutions. Non-compete agreements can subject a company to criminal fines of up to...

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