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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 [...]
Tillis’ Promised Patent Eligibility Bill Would Overrule Myriad, Mayo
Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), the Ranking Member of the Senate IP Subcommittee, released the first draft of the Patent Eligibility Restoration Act of 2022, [...]
NBA Case Shows Sports Trade Secret Claims Rarely Win
NBA star Zion Williamson's recent summary judgment win against his former marketing agency presents a cautionary tale for companies — general concepts publicly discussed or [...]
YouTube Hit With TM Suit Over Video 'Shorts'
A U.K.-based film distributor has told a London court that YouTube's short-form video platform mimics the branding of its own ShortsTV service, ramping up an [...]
Seventh Circuit Throws Out Antitrust Suit Against AbbVie in Welcome Victory for Patent Rights
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit agreed with a district court earlier this week that neither a settlement agreement between AbbVie and [...]
New Senate Bill Calls For Study On Improving Patent Quality
The leaders of the U.S. Senate's intellectual property subcommittee introduced a bill Tuesday calling for the evaluation of patent examinations, with the goal of ensuring [...]
Apple AirPods Infringe Pinn Patents, Jury Told As Trial Opens
An attorney for California company Pinn Inc. told a Golden State federal jury during opening statements Tuesday that Apple Inc. ripped off its patented hands-free, [...]
Tillis, Leahy Introduce Legislation Mandating Reports, USPTO Improvements on Patent Quality
Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) today announced the introduction of the Patent Examination and Quality Improvement Act of 2022, which is aimed at [...]
8th Circ. Backs Zazzle's Win in 'Love Happens' TM Suit
A Missouri retailer called Brothers and Sisters in Christ can't revive its trademark lawsuit against online marketplace Zazzle after the Eighth Circuit on Tuesday affirmed [...]
3rd Circ. Won't Increase Prison Term For GSK Researcher
The federal government lost its bid to lengthen the prison sentence of a former GlaxoSmithKline scientist convicted of trade secrets theft, with the Third Circuit [...]
Canon Gets ITC To Ban Imports On Infringing Toner Cartridges
The U.S. International Trade Commission has issued a general exclusion order blocking the import of any toner cartridges that infringe certain Canon patents. [...]
Fed. Circuit Doubtful On Undoing Peloton Win In IP Fight
A Federal Circuit panel on Tuesday appeared skeptical that a New York federal judge wrongly let Peloton off the hook for infringing a VR Optics [...]
Judge Sends Ramen Vending Machine Feud To Arbitration
A California federal judge on Monday sent a trade secrets dispute between a Hong Kong-based ramen noodle vending machine company and its U.S. agent to [...]
Zillow's 'Post-Hoc' IP Breach Defense Meritless, 9th Circ. Told
A real estate photo company urged the Ninth Circuit to uphold its finding that Zillow infringed thousands of copyrighted pictures, accusing it of trying to [...]
AMC, Sony Sued Over Liberty Tax Portrayal In 'Better Call Saul'
Liberty Tax Service accused AMC Networks and Sony of trademark infringement and defamation in New York federal court, saying they disparaged the chain by depicting [...]
Texas Order Could Increase Patent Litigation In Calif. District
Following a recent order that stops patent litigation in the Western District of Texas from automatic assignment to U.S. District Judge Alan Albright, the U.S. [...]
J&J Should Get $18M For 'Horrific' Counterfeits, Judge Says
Calling the case "an extreme outlier in the anticounterfeiting case law" with a "horrific" human cost, a Florida magistrate judge on Monday recommended awarding a [...]

The Difference Between a Warranty and Indemnity

Warranties and indemnities are both forms of contractual protection that minimize a buyer’s exposure to risks of loss or damage. They are a means of allocating risk between vendors and buyers. In a sale and purchase transaction, the buyer may seek protection through warranties and indemnities while the vendor may try to protect its position […]

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5 Intellectual Property Assets You Should Protect

Trade Marks “A product can be quickly outdated, but a successful brand is timeless.” – Stephen King Your brand name is one of the first and also one of the most important decisions you will make when you start your business. The choice of name is very important as is owning the rights in it. […]

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WIPO – The Division and Merger of International Registrations

Starting 1 February 2019, the Common Regulations under the Madrid Agreement and Protocol relating to the division and merger of international registrations have been amended. Under the new rules, a holder of trade mark registration may now request for a division or even a merger of their international registrations. Division Division happens when an Office […]

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What you need to know about Consignment

Ever heard of the stores Blue Spinach? Poshmark? The RealReal? These stores may be located in different parts of the world, but they have one thing in common. That is, they are all consignment stores that specialise in selling pre-owned items ranging from clothes and handbags to luxury items. What is Consignment? Consignment is a […]

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How to Register a Trade Mark in the Philippines

Trade mark registration in the Philippines is administered by the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL). On 23 November 2013, IPOPHL launched a search engine for trade marks known as the Philippines Trademarks Database (PTD) which can be located here. As at the date of writing, the PTD records that 156, 621 trade marks […]

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Intellectual Property in Websites and Copyright Issues

Your website represents your business on the Internet and it is through your online presence that you deal with the public and generate intellectual property output. It is a valuable asset of your business, represents your brand online and should be protected like any of your other assets. Here are some ways to protect the […]

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CCPA: How to comply with the New California Consumer Privacy Act

The New California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 has been on a roll out since 1 January 2020 with only a few months left to comply until the State of California starts enforcement action on 1 July 2020. 1. Ascertain whether your business is covered by the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA): The CCPA applies […]

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Vodka Wars: KWM, SPI Group Wins Long-Running Stolichnaya Trade Mark Case

King & Wood Mallesons, in a 15-year trade mark case, has successfully defended its client, SPI Group (‘SPI’) in relation to ownership of the Stolichnaya brand name in Australia. The proceedings concerned the ownership of trade marks of the well-known brands of the Russian vodka including the famous Stolichnaya trade mark. The proceedings commenced in […]

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Is “Innocent” Copyright Infringement a Defence to Copyright Infringement?

Copyright is a form of legal protection automatically provided to the authors or creators of original works. Copyright protection is a very inclusive IP right in intangible property and protects the expression of creative matter. It applies to works that are literary, musical, dramatic, choreographic, photographic, architectural and artistic. Copyright protection only applies to tangible […]

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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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