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​​​​​​​Juice Seller’s Heirs Say Coca-Cola Is Stealing His Story
Coca-Cola and the heirs of juicemaker Hubert Hansen are facing off in a California bench trial this week over who controls the name and image [...]
One Way or Another, Arthrex Promises to Put the PTAB on Trial
For weeks now I have been asking the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to confirm how many Administrative Patent Judges (APJs) are currently [...]
Urine Maker Owes $900K In Atty Fees After Loss In IP Suit
Synthetic urine producer Dr. Greens Inc. must pay nearly $900,000 in attorney fees on top of $3 million in damages and interest already awarded following [...]
Fed. Circ. Affirms PTAB Ax Of Online Gaming Patent Claims
The Federal Circuit on Tuesday upheld a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision that found claims in an online gaming patent are invalid, backing the [...]
Full Fed. Circ. Won’t Review PTAB Time-Bar Ruling
The Federal Circuit declined to reconsider its decision upholding the Patent Trial and Appeal Board's time-bar ruling against Kingston Technology in the company's challenge to [...]
Disney Fights To Keep $62.4M Jury Verdict Against VidAngel
Disney is urging a California federal court to leave in place a $62.4 million jury verdict it won in a copyright lawsuit against VidAngel, saying [...]
Lawmakers Eye Possible Fix To PTAB’s Constitutional Flaw
Members of the House Judiciary Committee expressed concern Tuesday that a Federal Circuit decision aiming to remedy a constitutional flaw in the Patent Trial and [...]
Direct Buyers Seek Cert. In Zetia Generic Delay Suit
Direct drug buyers accusing Merck and Glenmark of conspiring to keep a generic version of the cholesterol drug Zetia off the market have urged a [...]
Full Fed. Circ. Won’t Look At Patents For Withholding Meds
The Federal Circuit on Tuesday said it won’t reconsider its decision to invalidate five Mallinckrodt patents covering a treatment that calls for withholding the respiratory [...]
Fed. Circ. Upholds Mylan’s PTAB Win On Insulin Drug Lantus
The Federal Circuit on Tuesday invalidated two Sanofi patents on the insulin medication Lantus, upholding decisions from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that Mylan [...]
Full Fed. Circ. Won’t Review Genzyme Cancer Patent Ruling
Generic-drug maker Zydus Pharmaceuticals has lost its latest bid to get two patents covering Genzyme Corp.'s cancer medication Mozobil invalidated, with the Federal Circuit refusing [...]
CAFC Finds Columbia Patent Claims Invalid, Reverses Infringement Verdict
On November 13, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) heard an appeal from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of [...]
Drive Shaft Ruling Undermines IP Eligibility, Fed. Circ. Told
The Federal Circuit failed to explain what natural law underlies an American Axle & Manufacturing automobile drive shaft technology patent before invalidating it, dangerously altering [...]
USPTO Keeps Pushing To End Secret Patent Reviews Suit
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is doubling down on its efforts to toss a proposed class action over its secret program for flagging “sensitive” [...]
How To Hire Lateral Partners More Effectively
Although lateral partner hiring is the preferred method of inorganic growth among law firms, the traditional approach to vetting does not employ sufficient due diligence [...]
MVP: Perkins Coie’s Shannon M. Bloodworth
Shannon M. Bloodworth of Perkins Coie LLP has secured several pharmaceutical victories for Mylan, including in patent cases separately brought by Teva and Horizon Pharma [...]
How High Court May Resolve Generic ‘.Com’ TM Issue
In its upcoming U.S. Patent and Trademark Office v. Booking.com decision, the U.S. Supreme Court could uphold the Fourth Circuit’s ruling that generic terms can [...]
Citing Old Navy, USPTO Refuses ‘Old Ivy’ Trademark
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is siding with Old Navy and refusing to let a Pennsylvania man register "Old Ivy" as a trademark for [...]
This Week in Washington IP: House IP Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on Arthrex; Other Committees Consider Flu Vaccine Innovation, FCC Spectrum Auction Oversight
This week in Washington, D.C., the House Intellectual Property Subcommittee will explore the  impact of the Federal Circuit’s recent Arthrex decision on the Patent Trial [...]
What’s Changed A Year After PTAB Claim Construction Swap
One year after the Patent Trial and Appeal Board changed the claim construction standard in America Invents Act reviews, attorneys say it’s too soon to [...]
Survey: In-house lawyers unite to condemn lack of wellbeing awareness
Nearly 90% of in-house lawyers think the legal industry needs to improve wellbeing awareness and many are in the dark about their own company’s efforts [...]
Survey: In-house lawyers unite to condemn lack of wellbeing awareness
Nearly 90% of in-house lawyers think the legal industry needs to improve wellbeing awareness and many are in the dark about their own company’s efforts [...]
Survey: In-house lawyers unite to condemn lack of wellbeing awareness
Nearly 90% of in-house lawyers think the legal industry needs to improve wellbeing awareness and many are in the dark about their own company’s efforts [...]
Survey: In-house lawyers unite to condemn lack of wellbeing awareness
Nearly 90% of in-house lawyers think the legal industry needs to improve wellbeing awareness and many are in the dark about their own company’s efforts [...]

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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Trade Mark Question: Can the word “Zero” be exclusively owned by one or by none?

The Coca-Cola Company (Coca-Cola) has been a globally known beverage corporation for over a century now. Its success greatly depends on the legal protection of its brand names through global trade mark filing and brand strategies. In the mid-2000s, however, Coca-Cola’s competitor, Royal Crown Cola Co. (RC Cola) initiated a trade mark battle when RC […]

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How long does it take to register a trademark in Australia?

Although you are keen to start your new business, at the outset you should start the process to register a trade mark to protect your brand name. With the expansion of the Internet and global commerce, trade marks have taken on a highly valuable significance. Trade marks are registered in respect of specified goods or […]

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The Difference Between a Business Name and a Trade Mark

A business name and a trade mark have different purposes, although they are both important when it comes to your business! All businesses need to have a business name, but not all are required to obtain a trade mark. A Business Name is used to identify a business while a Trade Mark legally protects your […]

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Design Registration Australia: Replica Furniture

Australia has strict intellectual property laws yet there is a thriving business for replica furniture. How does this affect the law in relation to design rights? The answer is in the intellectual property law itself. Designs registered at IP Australia are only afforded intellectual property protection for a period of five years with the option […]

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How to Register a Trade Mark in Australia

An important step for any business is to assess their intellectual property assets. Intellectual property should be included in your business plan including how you plan to protect and manage it. What is a trade mark? A trade mark is a right granted for a word, slogan, logo, picture, shape, colour, sound, scent or any […]

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The Difference between a Trade Mark Assignment and a Trade Mark Licence

As the owner of a trade mark, you have exclusive privileges in relation to your trade mark and the right to prevent other people from using your mark. However, there are instances when you can “exploit” your trade mark and allow others to use it either through a trade mark assignment or a trade mark […]

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2019 World’s Most Innovative Countries Ranked by Global Innovation Index

Together with INSEAD (Institut Européen d’Administration des Affaires) and Cornell University, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has published the 12th edition of the 2019 Global Innovation Index (GII). The GII ranks 129 economies using 80 indicators that include research and development investments, international patent and trade mark applications, mobile phone app creations, and high-tech […]

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This AI tool is Smart Enough to Spot AI-generated Articles and Tweets

With advances in technology and easy access to paid and free tools to create spin-offs or rewrite content, people can now use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to make fake news, fabricated reviews, and fictitious social media accounts and thereby spreading misinformation. However, an AI can now also detect fake written material! This AI tool named Giant […]

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DATA PRIVACY UPDATE: GDPR-GRADE FINES ISSUED BY UK ICO

The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) armed with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has fined British Airways and its airline holding company International Airlines Group (IAG) £183.39 million ($230 million). This is due to a data breach that took place last year. Through a malware that diverted user traffic to a fictitious site, hackers were […]

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