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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|

Thanks to transferability of trademarks, Twinkies likely not gone forever

Now that Hostess has gone out of business, will Naples readers be forever deprived of their Twinkies?

Not likely.

Even though Hostess, the maker of gloriously empty-calorie fare like Ding-Dongs and Zingers, had its financial troubles, some of its trademarked brands (like Twinkies) sold quite well and achieved a certain level of fame. That means those […]

By |November 20th, 2012|General|0 Comments|

China: Our reputation for piracy is a stereotype

Any Florida resident with a passing knowledge of global politics knows that China has a reputation for ripping off the work of American firms. It’s common knowledge that a great deal of the knockoff handbags, counterfeit electronics and illegally replicated media items that are sold in the U.S. come from China.

China, however, doesn’t appreciate […]

By |November 12th, 2012|General|0 Comments|

Trademark issue raised in connection with Denzel Washington’s ‘Flight’

If a mainstream movie uses a trademarked product as part of its storyline, but portrays that product in a negative light, can that be considered a “fair use?”

That’s the question that is hanging over a request Anheuser-Busch has made to Paramount Pictures to have the┬átrademarked Budweiser logo edited out of digital and DVD copies […]

By |November 8th, 2012|General|0 Comments|

Will Carly Rae Jepsen, Owl City be singing copyright infringement blues?

Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City are two of the most squeaky-clean entertainers in the business. So would any of us in Florida every really believe that they stole the material that eventually became their hit duet “Good Time”?

That’s what an Alabama singer-songwriter is saying happened.

The singer-songwriter has filed a lawsuit against Jepsen, Owl […]

By |November 2nd, 2012|General|0 Comments|