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Fed. Circ. Mulls Undoing Snap's Alice Win In Marketing IP Row
The Federal Circuit on Thursday seemed unsure whether it should wipe out Snap Inc.'s defeat of an infringement suit from Sanderling Management Ltd. over three [...]
Global Patent Filings Are Declining, But AI Is Holding Strong
Global patent filings and grants were significantly lower in the second quarter of 2022 than in the same period in 2021, but artificial intelligence stands out as [...]
Mitek Tells Gilstrap It Fears Check Patent Suit From USAA
Software company Mitek told Judge Rodney Gilstrap Wednesday it believes it could be the next target of a mobile check deposit patent suit from USAA, [...]
Gravity Bong Maker Says Calif. Shop Sold Knockoff Wares
The manufacturer of a high-end gravity bong has asserted in a trademark infringement suit filed in California federal court that a smoke shop has been [...]
Agriculture Patent Reform Can Look To Pharma Approaches
As the U.S. Department of Agriculture calls for promotion of innovation and competition to combat inflating prices in the fertilizer and seed industries, lessons from [...]
Dolphins Coach Can't Nix Motivational Text Copyright Suit
A Miami Dolphins football coach can't escape a sports psychologist's lawsuit alleging that the coach infringed his copyright by tweeting an image containing a motivational [...]
Combating Implicit Bias In Alternative Dispute Resolution
Alternative dispute resolution requires a high degree of trust and belief that proceedings will be fair, so confronting implicit associations among neutrals through systemic and [...]
Jones Day Adds Former Baker Botts IP Pro In NY
Jones Day has hired an expert in cutting-edge biotechnology as of counsel in its intellectual property practice, the firm announced Thursday. [...]
McKool Smith Continues Shore Chan Hiring, Adds Two Attys
McKool Smith has added two intellectual property attorneys to its Dallas office, the firm's latest additions from Shore Chan DePumpo LLP in recent months, the [...]
CAFC Upholds PTAB’s Finding that Samsung Failed to Prove Magnetic Stripe Emulator Claims Obvious
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) on Tuesday affirmed a Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) ruling that Samsung Electronics had [...]
Jones Day is Seeking a Trademark Assistant
Jones Day is seeking a Trademark Assistant for their New York City office/team. The Trademark Assistant is responsible for preparing and filing trademark applications via [...]
Patent Eligibility Bill May Clarify Law But Spur New Fights
A bill introduced Tuesday by Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., aimed at setting more precise rules on which inventions are eligible for patents would add helpful [...]
Apple Urges Jury To Invalidate Pinn Inc.'s Earbud Patents
Apple Inc.'s counsel urged a California federal jury during opening statements Wednesday to invalidate two Pinn Inc. wireless earbud patents the Silicon Valley giant is [...]
CBD Co. Must Pay Clint Eastwood $2M After TM Suit Loss
A California federal court Wednesday ordered a Los Angeles CBD company to pay film star Clint Eastwood more than $2 million and forbade it from [...]
Wine Trademark Row Will Continue To Age In SDNY
A Southern District of New York judge decided Wednesday that a nearly two-decades-old trademark saga between two rival wineries that sell similarly named wines will [...]
9th Circ. Rejects Publisher's Fair Use Args In Copyright Suit
The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday revived a photographer's copyright lawsuit over a digital publisher's use of his photos of an ephemeral lake in Death Valley, [...]
11th Circ. Sanctions Bang Energy Drink Maker In TM Suit
A Florida company behind the Bang brand of energy drinks can't escape sanctions in its trademark fight with sports drink giant Monster after the Eleventh Circuit [...]
How The Metaverse Will Affect Business And Legal Processes
It is time to start thinking about virtual reality's effects on cybersecurity, business dealings, case strategy and more, as the metaverse takes shape and organizations [...]
UK Music Co. Can't Escape Lil Yachty's TM Suit Over NFTs
A California federal judge on Wednesday declined to toss Lil Yachty's trademark infringement suit against a U.K.-based music company for allegedly using the rapper's name [...]
Ex-US Atty, Cybercrimes Expert Rejoins Munger Tolles In LA
Munger Tolles & Olson LLP announced Wednesday that a former assistant U.S. attorney who is a cybercrimes expert has rejoined the firm as a partner [...]
Alsup Grants Google Partial Win In Sonos Audio Patent Row
A Texas federal judge has cleared Google of infringing one claim in a Sonos wireless audio system patent while also declaring the patent invalid, handing [...]
Steptoe Adds Gov't Contracts Partner From Covington
Steptoe & Johnson LLP boosted its government contracts team in Washington, D.C., with a partner who brings over a decade of expertise in the life [...]
A Cautious Welcome: Patent Community Chimes in on Tillis’ Eligibility Bill
This morning, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced the Patent Eligibility Restoration Act of 2022, S.4734, which would amend the U.S. Patent Act to clarify the [...]
Fed. Circ. Backs $11.5M Patent Win For Water Heater Co.
The Federal Circuit on Wednesday affirmed a decision out of Delaware that Bradford White Corp. owes rival A.O. Smith Corp. nearly $11.5 million for infringing [...]

IP Report 2020 on Trade Mark Filing Statistics in Australia and Overseas

A trade mark is a way for customers to recognize your unique product or service from your competitors. A trade mark is not just ‘a logo’, it is your brand. It can be in the form of a letter, word, phrase, number, sound, shape, smell, logo, movement, picture, aspect of packaging, or a combination of […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Overturns USPTO Trade Mark Refusal Against Booking.com

Booking.com is an Amsterdam based digital travel company that provides online hotel and travel reservation services. It also maintains the same domain name for its website. About a decade ago, Booking.com filed trademark applications for four marks, each with distinct designs but all containing the term “Booking.com”. Unfortunately, the USPTO Examination Attorney refused the applications […]

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European Union (EU) Individuals and California Residents Privacy Policy

A privacy policy is a form of disclosure as to how companies and establishments collect and use their clients’ personal information. This spans from the basics such as a person’s name, age, and contact details, to more complicated details like financial records, travel and medical histories, and other sensitive information. Each country has a different […]

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Author’s Copyright Protection

The author/s of a work is the first owner of copyright in that work. The rule originated in the Statute of Anne (Copyright Act 1710 passed by the Parliament of Great Britain) and is reflected today in s35 of the Copyright Act 1968(Cth). Exceptions to the rule apply in respect of works produced by employee […]

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ACCC Putting Foot Down, Demanding Transparency and Accountability from APRA

There are many copyright users who wish to make use of copyright works under a statutory licence or a voluntary licence scheme. These types of licence are administered by collecting societies who collect licence fees from copyright users. Collecting societies act as “one stop shops” for the licensing of various types of copyright works and […]

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New Privacy Law Regime – $10 million in Penalties

The Federal Government has announced important changes to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth). These include supplemental powers for the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) and stringent financial penalties for the misuse of personal information. The Privacy Act needed a more current regime in response to the surge of online companies dealing with personal […]

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Google Loses Appeal as French Courts Uphold a Monster Fine of 50 Million Euros!

France’s Highest Administrative Court (“Conseil d’Etat”) seals with finality the fines imposed by the French Data Protection Authority (the “CNIL”). The CNIL sought to fine Google LLC (“Google”) under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”). In May of 2018, the non-profit associations None Of Your Business (NOYB) of Austria and La Quadrature du […]

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Your Legals for Opening a Clothing Store!

Opening a business, and starting your own clothing line, is definitely exciting but it is also hard work. Conceptualising your store, planning your product line and coming up with a business plan is not even half the work. You also need to consider your legals! Choosing a business structure There are various business structures available […]

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5 IP Protection Mantras Every Business Should Follow

Intellectual property (IP) is a very important part of a business’ framework. It’s made up of all the ideas and information that build your business, making it a very valuable asset. Like other valuables, you should be protecting your business’ IP. Here are 5 ways you can do it: 1. Audit your trade marks Branding […]

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2019 Mandatory Wording for Warranties against Defects when supplying Services

Consumer Guarantees under the ACL A business may choose to offer a warranty against defects which is in addition to the automatic consumer guarantee rights under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL). The ACL is a national law which promotes fair trading and the provision of consumer protection. The Productivity Commission recommended that Australian governments should […]

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