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Bourbon Co. Partly Blocks Namesake's Kin From Using Name
The Kentucky spirits giant that currently sells J.W. Dant bourbon can temporarily block a new whiskey distillery launched by the great-great-great-grandson of the brand's 19th-century [...]
The Year in Copyright: From Google v. Oracle to the Takings Clause
One of the greatest attributes of copyright law is the never-ending abundance of exciting new developments, including those in Congress, the courts, and at the [...]
Fed. Circ. Won't Revive Chemical Co.'s Inducement Suit
The Federal Circuit on Thursday cleared a Swiss engineering company of allegations that it caused another company to infringe patents for chemicals used in making [...]
FDA Tosses Par Pharma's Anti-Generic Bid, Vows FTC Referral
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has shot down Par Pharmaceutical's bid to keep a rival generic of its flagship drug off the market, even [...]
IP Forecast: Feds To Spar With Gilead Over CEO's Testimony
Gilead Sciences will ask a Delaware federal judge next week to block the federal government from deposing the pharmaceutical company's CEO in a high-profile patent [...]
2021 Gift Guide For Intellectual Property Lovers
Do you have some last-minute holiday shopping to do, and you're looking to share your love of intellectual property with others? Law360 has pulled together [...]
Judge Questions Feasibility Of Oct. Google Play Trial
A California federal judge sent Google and state attorneys general and private plaintiffs, including Epic Games, back to the bargaining table Thursday on whether the [...]
H&R Block Says Rebranded Rival Stole Name, Logo
Tax preparation industry giant H&R Block accused a fintech startup formerly known as Square of launching its own online tax filing service that capitalizes on [...]
Intel Adds To Supreme Court's Fintiv Petitions
Intel Corp. is the latest to join the chorus of calls for the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Patent Trial and Appeal Board's practice [...]
Law Firms Must Prepare For Contract Tech Co. Consolidation
The legal industry's continued remote work needs during the pandemic have fueled growth of contract lifecycle management providers, but to continue access to the platforms [...]
The Year Of The Patent Meme
In July, an extremely serious debate broke out on Twitter. As a photograph of Timothée Chalamet, Wes Anderson, Tilda Swinton and Bill Murray dressed from [...]
Pot Co. Wants Tobacco Rival Sanctioned Over Phony Photo
A California cannabis company asked an Arizona federal judge Wednesday to issue sanctions against the plaintiff who launched a trademark suit against it, arguing that [...]
Kilpatrick Townsend Fights DQ Bid In $5M Hotel License Row
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP has urged a Georgia federal court to deny a disqualification bid against it in a $5 million hotel licensing dispute, [...]
InterDigital's Injunction Bid Rebuffed In IP War Against Lenovo
A London judge refused Thursday to slap Lenovo with an injunction for infringing InterDigital's standard-essential 4G wireless technology patent, saying caselaw remained unsettled on whether [...]
Trademarks in 2021: Recounting the Most High-Profile Trademark Developments of the Year
The past year has seen the implementation of brand-new trademark legislation, significant analysis of trademark liability for new technologies, renewed focus on the doctrine of [...]
Senate Panel Advances Ohio, Washington District Court Noms
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted to approve four district court nominees from Ohio and Washington state Thursday with various levels of bipartisan support, moving them [...]
Holmes' 'Risky' Decision To Testify Could Save Her, Attys Say
With closing arguments in ex-Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes' monthslong criminal fraud trial slated to begin Thursday, legal experts say the outcome of her trial could [...]
Mylan Can't Decertify EpiPen Antitrust Action Ahead Of Trial
A Kansas federal judge on Wednesday largely denied Mylan's bid ahead of trial next month to decertify antitrust class action claims accusing the pharmaceutical company [...]
Top 2021 FRAND/RAND Licensing Developments in the United States: Part I
As the year draws to a close, it is time to look back at some of the biggest FRAND (fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory) licensing developments [...]
Internet Association, Amicus Filer In Many IP Cases, Disbands
The Internet Association, a lobbying group that filed numerous amicus briefs on behalf of companies operating on the internet in patent and copyright cases, announced [...]
Centene Hits Gilead With HIV Generic Antitrust Suit
Managed care company Centene Corp. has hit Gilead Sciences Inc. with an antitrust suit in California federal court, accusing the pharmaceutical giant of conspiring with [...]
Intellectual Ventures Says HP Infringed Computer Cluster IP
Intellectual Ventures sued Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. in Texas federal court on Wednesday, accusing the software company of producing and selling cluster computing products and [...]
The Biggest Trademark Rulings Of 2021
With the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board finding an attorney's reckless disregard for the truth was enough to prove fraud and the Eighth Circuit wading [...]
Zillow Faces Uncertain PTAB Judge In IBM Patent Fight
A Patent Trial and Appeal Board judge expressed doubt Wednesday about the viability of some of Zillow's arguments that two IBM Corp. patents are invalid, [...]

Intellectual Property in the Workplace: to whom does it belong?

In the Information Age, intellectual property is a very valuable asset of your business. Most successful businesses, large and small, are built on intangible assets or IP. Intellectual property can be in the form of a copyright, for example, a short story or a drawing, a patent for an invention, or a trademark for a […]

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How Much does it Cost to Register a Trade Mark in Australia?

Trade marks play a vital role in your business. A trade mark is a sign that identifies your business as the provider of goods or services in the market. IP is a valuable business asset in the online world. It  is up to you to identify your IP assets and stop others from using your […]

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Websites and Copyright

When you are building a website to advertise and promote the supply of your goods or services, it is important to keep your intellectual property rights and the intellectual property rights of others. Copyright Issues Copyright does not protect ideas, but rather the material form in which the ideas are expressed. The component parts of […]

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The Art of Writing Contracts in Plain English

Why can’t lawyers write in plain English? Why do lawyers like to overcomplicate things? Why do they tend to use hard-to-comprehend outdated terms in contracts? These are the questions often asked by the ordinary person trying to comprehend the pitfalls of excessive ‘business-speak’. Plain English is never muddled or confused. English that is clear and […]

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Trade Mark Symbols and How to Use Them

Using trade mark symbols is important to help identify your mark as being owned by you. It is not a requirement to use trade mark symbols in connection with your brand but it put competitors on notice that you take your intellectual property rights seriously and will enforce those rights. The ®, ™ and SM […]

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Key Considerations Before Applying for a Design Registration

You work in an industry where design innovation is important, for example, clothing furniture or jewellery. Perhaps you also have a new and distinctive design that you do not want others to copy. In order to protect your design, you need to register it with IP Australia in order to obtain design law protection. As […]

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How Long Does It Take To Register A Trade Mark in the United States?

You can register intellectual property rights in the United States for patents, designs, trade marks and copyright. The United States Patent and Trade Marks Office (USPTO) is a federal agency of the United States government responsible for the grant of intellectual property rights. In fulfilling this function, the USPTO fulfills the mandate of Article 1, […]

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IP Law Update: Intellectual Property for T-Shirts

The popularity of the t-shirt skyrocketed after Marlon Brandon wore one in “A Streetcar Named Desire”. The modern t-shirt started out as slip-on undergarment and then leveled up to casual clothing because it was easily fitted, comfortable, and inexpensive. Today, the humble “tee” has remained popular not only as casual wear but also as a […]

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News Flash: Release of the 2019 Edition of the World Intellectual Property Report

The World Intellectual Property Report 2019 entitled “The Geography of Innovation: Local Hotspots, Global Networks” was launched last November 12, 2019, 3:00 PM (GMT+1) at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Through the analysis of millions of patent and scientific publications records, this Report shows findings related to the emergence of […]

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Copyright Infringement in a Computer Program

Computer programs are protected as a literary work under the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth). A “computer program” is defined as a set of statements or instructions to be used directly or indirectly in a computer in order to bring about a certain result. The High Court in Data Access v Powerflex (1999) in examining the […]

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