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Canada’s New Trademark Law and What it Means for Business

Through sweeping legislation smuggled in by means of an omnibus budget bill, Canada’s trademark registration regime will be changed more dramatically than at any time in the last 50 years. The changes are giving trademark...more

Trademark Owners: Beware Of Phony “Government” Communications

Trademark owners should be on guard for unfamiliar or unsolicited trademark correspondence requesting fees for “registration,” “monitoring,” or other legal services, as these may be attempts by private companies to charge...more

Ultramercial: Software Patent Invalidated After Application of Alice, Patent Eligibility Becoming Threshold Question for...

The Federal Circuit recently applied Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank to invalidate all claims of a patented method for advertising over the Internet in Ultramercial, Inc. v. Hulu, LLC (Fed. Cir. November 14, 2014). Like the Supreme...more

Another Software Patent is Ruled Patent-Ineligible - Are Business Method and Software Patents at Risk?

On November 14, 2014, in a much-anticipated decision following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Alice v. CLS Bank, a unanimous U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held in Ultramercial, L.L.C. v. WildTangent,...more

Monkey Selfie Redux

When we last examined the intellectual property issues raised by a self-portrait taken by a talented female Indonesian crested black macaque—popularly known as the “Monkey Selfie”—we concluded that there was unlikely to be...more

Post-Alice Federal Circuit Finds Internet Advertising Method to Not Be Patent Eligible

Citing the Supreme Court of the United States’ Spring 2014 decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed itself and concluded that a claimed method for distributing online...more

Can broadcast organisations forbid newspapers to publish full data on a weekly basis?

The decision in Football Dataco by the European Court of Justice ended the possibility by broadcasters of appealing to the so called Dutch Geschriftenbescherming (kleine Munze). In the commented case, the Amsterdam Court...more

Defendant Ordered to Provide Access to Licensee Websites

BNB Health Grades, Inc. ("Health Grades") filed a patent infringement action against MDx Medical, Inc., d/b/a Vitals.com ("MDx"). During the litigation, Health Grades identified licensing agreements and associated systems...more

WHITE PAPER: .bank is here!

A white paper from OBER/KALER describing what you need to know about .bank - Sunrise is on the horizon for .bank. A new Internet land rush begins mid-2015 for websites bearing the extension .bank, the financial...more

Frozen - An IP Fairy Tale

On this especially cold day in the Northeast, my thoughts are on the coming winter. And winter reminds me of the cold, and of feeling frozen. And the word frozen reminds me of Disney’s Frozen, the highest-grossing animated...more

Federal Circuit’s Post-Alice Eligibility Analysis of Business Methods

The Federal Circuit in Ultramercial, Inc. v. WildTangent, Inc., held that an “entrepreneurial” multi-step process for distributing copyrighted media products over the Internet to consumers is not patent-eligible under 35...more

Third Time Is the Charm for WildTangent Challenge of Patent Eligibility of Ultramercial Patent

In its third opinion reviewing the same district court decision, the Federal Circuit this time affirmed the district court’s grant of WildTangent’s motion to dismiss Ultramercial’s patent infringement complaint because the...more

Ultramercial Finally Strikes Out at the Federal Circuit

In its most recent decision in Ultramercial, Inc. v. Hulu, the Federal Circuit finally concluded that the claims-at-issue do not cover patent-eligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. § 101. This comes after two prior...more

Ultramercial Inc. v. Hulu LLC (Fed. Cir. 2014)

Ultramercial sued Hulu, YouTube, and WildTangent for infringement of U.S. Patent No. 7,346,545. Hulu and YouTube were eventually dismissed from the case. On a 12(b)(6) motion, and without construing the claims, the District...more

IP Newsflash - November 2014 #2

Federal Circuit: Licensor Has No Standing to Sue Where it Has Transferred “All Substantial Rights” to Its Licensee - The Federal Circuit affirmed a decision by Judge Schneider in the Eastern District of Texas to...more

Federal Government Wins Trademark Battle to Shut Down “Voice of America” Website with “Undeniable Governmental Aesthetic”

Since its first broadcast on February 1, 1942, the Voice of America radio service (VOA) has aired countless hours of programming in dozens of languages to what is currently an estimated global audience of over 100 million...more

Supreme Court Told That TTAB Preclusion Raises Constitutional Concerns

As reported in our September 23 Client Alert, the Supreme Court is set to hear argument on December 2 on the issue of whether likelihood of confusion findings by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) are entitled to...more

USPTO Explores Crowdsourcing Prior Art

In a Federal Register Notice dated November 12, 2014, the USPTO solicited public comments on the “use of crowdsourcing to identify relevant prior art,” and announced a related roundtable to be held on December 2, 2014 at the...more

Oktoberfest Special: Störtebeker, What’s in a Beer Name?

We brand geeks at MarkIt to Market occasionally like to explore the history of interesting trademarks. A recent visit to Germany inspired a look into the history of the Störtebeker beer brand, which derives its name from one...more

Ninth Circuit to Reconsider the Curious Copyright Case Requiring YouTube to Take Down All Copies of Anti-Islamic Film

Earlier this year, Socially Aware noted a peculiar decision out of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals holding that an actress owns a copyright interest in her five-second performance in a film and thus could demand the...more

Managing Your Online Content and Website

A SURVEY OF PRIVACY, COPYRIGHT, AND TRADEMARK ISSUES - Today, even Elvis has a Facebook page, Instagram2 and Google+ accounts, a Twitter handle, a Pinterest board, and a mobile app. The Internet and the mobile...more

Trademark Prosecution 101

Owning a United States trademark registration for a brand confers a number of benefits. This article will help you understand what to consider and what to expect as you select, adopt and apply to register a new trademark....more

Common Myths about Copyrights and the Internet

Myth: If it’s on the Internet, it’s in the public domain. Mostly False. “Public domain” refers to works which are NOT protected by copyright law. There are only three ways in which something can be considered...more

Bestwater – CJEU considers embedded links to copyright content (again)

On 21 October 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union (the CJEU) gave its decision in Bestwater, a case that, like the decision in Svensson earlier this year, concerns the question of whether there is an infringement...more

An Update On The Legal Implications Of User-Generated Content: Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, And Instagram

Traditionally, media companies (as well as non-media companies) almost exclusively utilized their own content. However, because of the exponential growth in the public’s desire and ability to interconnect through social media...more

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