In trademark dispute, Ralph Lauren wins round against U.S. Polo Association

Florida consumers are no doubt aware of Ralph Lauren, the designer who for years has sold fashionable, preppy garments, accessories and fragrances emblazoned with his signature polo pony logo.

They might also be familiar with U.S. Polo Association, a less costly brand of clothing that also uses a horseman logo.

But do they ever get the […]

By |February 16th, 2013|General|0 Comments|

Florida doesn’t make list of top five ‘patent clusters,’ but that might be okay

The Brookings Institution released an interesting study the other week looking at which metropolitan areas in the U.S. generated the most patent applications.

No Florida city made the top five list, but for reasons we will discuss momentarily, that may not mean quite as much as you might think.

The study found that 64 percent of […]

By |February 7th, 2013|General|Comments Off on Florida doesn’t make list of top five ‘patent clusters,’ but that might be okay|

Streaming music services pay for licenses, but do they pay for musicians?

Any Naples residents who has discovered Pandora or Spotify probably only has wonderful things to say about these streaming-music services, which allow users to listen to songs over the Internet for free.

Some music industry professionals like them, too, because they pay for the privilege of playing legally licensed music and take care to observe […]

By |January 29th, 2013|General|Comments Off on Streaming music services pay for licenses, but do they pay for musicians?|

Florida restaurant: We own trademark to ‘Yolo,’ not Drake

Naples fans of the rapper Drake no doubt are familiar with his 2011 hit song “The Motto.” It’s the track in which he popularized the term YOLO, an acronym for “You only live once.”

Recently, Drake has made some assertions that he has trademarked “YOLO,” but the facts might soon have him singing a different […]

By |January 18th, 2013|General|Comments Off on Florida restaurant: We own trademark to ‘Yolo,’ not Drake|

Justice Dept., PTO announce patent position at odds with FTC

On Tuesday, the Justice Department and Patent and Trademark Office announce a surprising new position. In a joint news conference, the two agencies said that companies that hold a “key patent” ought to be able to win sales bans as punishment for infringement.

That policy is at odds with that of the Federal Trade Commission, […]

By |January 11th, 2013|General|Comments Off on Justice Dept., PTO announce patent position at odds with FTC|

Judge decides in favor of Palm Beach studio, Bikram yoga can’t be copyrighted

A federal court has ruled in favor of a Palm Beach yoga studio owner in finding that the practice of Bikram yoga, or yoga performed in a very hot studio, cannot be copyrighted.

It will be interesting to see what effect this has on the approach favored by Bikram Choudhury, the litigious and aggressive founder […]

By |December 24th, 2012|General|0 Comments|

Eastman Kodak to sell patent portfolio for $525 million

Earlier this week, Eastman Kodak Co. announced that it will sell its portfolio of digital imaging patents for $525 million. The buyers include many familiar names, including Research in Motion; Samsung Electronics; Amazon, Inc. and Google Inc.

The sale of the patents represents a watershed movement in the storied company’s history.

As Florida readers are probably […]

By |December 21st, 2012|General|0 Comments|

Google pulling 97.5 percent of URLs reported to infringe on copyrights

Between December 2011 and November 2012, Google, the search engine used by most Florida residents, complied with 97.5 percent of requests it received to remove URLs linked to material that allegedly infringes on copyrights, according to a recent blog post by Google’s legal director.

The Internet has a whole has been a battleground for copyright […]

By |December 16th, 2012|General|0 Comments|

Court: Best Buy violated rival electronics retailer’s trade secret with buy-back program

Florida residents have probably heard about Best Buy’s buy-back program. Essentially, it allows customers to purchase a plan that lets them sell their appliance back to Best Buy for a portion of the purchase price. The idea is that the customer will then use the money earned from the buy-back to buy a new […]

By |December 7th, 2012|General|0 Comments|

Report calls for worldwide crackdown on fake medications

A recent report in the British Medical Journal has claimed that counterfeit drugs seriously jeopardize public health in developing nations. Florida readers can see this as a real-life example of how intellectual property can be a very crucial component of society.

The report claims that up to a third of malaria drugs distributed in developing […]

By |November 30th, 2012|General|0 Comments|