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Indigenizing the Intellectual Property System

On August 9, we once again observe the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples. Traditionally, international organizations take advantage of this time to promote the contributions of …

Investor Group Buys Half of Prince’s Tightly Controlled but Intellectual Property-Attractive Estate

With the value of his music catalogue still subject to an ongoing dispute between the trust managing his estate and the IRS, Prince, who died in 2016, has …
By Bruce Berman
3 months ago 0

Federal Circuit Nixes Appeal on Claims of Unfair Treatment by California Court in Pro Se Lawsuit Over Restrictions to Cancer Research

On July 20, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) issued a non-precedential decision in Siegler v. Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc. in which the appellate …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 0

The Biden Executive Order’s Restraint on Freedom of Contract: Regulation by Anecdote May Lead to Unintended Consequences

Capping months of anticipation, President Joe Biden on July 9 unveiled his Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy, which he argues will “lower prices for …
By Kristian Stout
3 months ago 3

Davis v. Pinterest: Pinterest Pins Victory in Contributory Copyright Infringement Claim – But Decision May Open a Door for Future Suits

On March 9, 2021, a federal court in the Northern District of California dismissed the contributory infringement claim first filed by Harold Davis (hereinafter, “Davis”), the Plaintiff, on November 20, 2019 …
By Manasvi Sharma
4 months ago 0

First Circuit Rules Markham’s Development of ‘The Game of Life’ Was Work Made For Hire Not Subject to Termination Rights

On June 14, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit issued a decision in Markham Concepts, Inc. v. Hasbro, Inc. affirming a lower court’s …
By IPWatchdog
4 months ago 1

Game On: How IP Helps the Video Game Industry Level Up

While countless industries have been forced to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, the video game industry has been on a winning streak. Historic numbers of people have …
By Frank W. Cullen Jr.
4 months ago 1

Scholars, Register of Copyrights Reinforce Opposition to American Law Institute’s Restatement of Copyright Project

The American Law Institute (ALI) is under fire this week for its Restatement of Copyright Law project, which it was set to vote on during its Annual …
By Eileen McDermott
5 months ago 0

Friends Reunion: The One with the Copyright Battle

Friends is one of the most beloved American shows. The characters and the scenes from the series have remained in the heart of fans for almost two …
By Tanya Saraswat
5 months ago 0

Do Your Due Diligence Before Participating in an NFT Transaction

Nonfungible tokens, or “NFTs,” are dominating the news cycle lately. From the $69.3 million sale of digital artist Beeple’s “Everydays — The First 5000 Days,” at Christie’s Auction …

IBM-IPwe Partnership Hopes to Increase Patent Efficiency, Propel Transactions

Investors, both speculative and strategic, are adjusting to the emergence of a bold new category of assets—digital collectibles. NFTs, or Non-Fungible Tokens, are so called because …
By Bruce Berman
5 months ago 6

Supreme Court Grants Cert in Unicolors v. H&M to Consider Whether Section 411 Includes Intent-to-Defraud Requirement

On Tuesday, June 1, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a petition for writ of certiorari filed by fabric designer Unicolors seeking to challenge the U.S. Court …
By Steve Brachmann
5 months ago 1

Other Barks & Bites for Friday, May 28: China’s Drug Patent Linkage System Goes Into Effect Next Week; Tillis Asks Copyright Office to Conduct Examination, State Bill Studies; and New USPTO Code of Conduct Rules

This week in Other Barks & Bites: the USPTO promulgated a final rule aligning the agency’s code of conduct with the ABA’s Model Rules, as well …
By IPWatchdog
5 months ago 2

Why SCOTUS’ Decision to Sidestep Copyrightability in Google v. Oracle is Problematic for Cases Involving Command Codes

On April 5, the U.S. Supreme Court held 6-2 that Google’s copying of 11,500 lines of code from the Java SE Application Programming Interface (API) in creating …
By Yeshesvini Chandar
5 months ago 0

Putting COVID IP Waiver and IP Piracy in Context: Consumers and Producers, Pirates and Police Officers

The Office of the United States Trade Representative’s (USTR’s) 2021 Special 301 Report, published late last month, brought into sharp relief one of the ongoing issues the …
By Alex Montagu
5 months ago 5