Lane Powell PC - Intellectual Property Law Blog

Expectations of Privacy: Location Matters

Sometimes law enforcement needs a warrant to access cellphone data, sometimes a court order. Sometimes nothing is required. Roaming while you roam. Depending on where you use your cell phone, law enforcement may obtain…more
| Criminal Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Foundation for the Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan v. Alcon Entertainment (N.D. Georgia, March 23, 2016)

Rarely does one think of copyright issues surrounding how research is conducted for feature films that are based on real life events, but 54 Sudanese refugees are forging that new connection between research and copyright in one…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property

Synopsys Win is a Win for Copyright

Static timing analysis (STA) is a simulation method of computing the expected timing of a digital circuit without requiring a simulation of the full circuit. This complicated area of measuring effective timing and power…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

A Warning to Phishers in the Yahoo! Pond

In a recent February 15 decision by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), approximately 40 domain names were ordered transferred from their registrants to Yahoo! (WIPO Case D2015-2323). The domains included…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Building a Valuable Patent Family Using the Technique of Functional Deconstruction

There are several advantages to pursing protection for a key innovation in the form of a “family” of patents and pending patent applications. These include the possibility of obtaining protection in the form of claims covering…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

Selecting the Appropriate Patent Counsel and Why It Matters

In the interest of full disclosure, “yes,” this particular blog post is a marketing piece. But, it is also intended to be educational and inform prospective clients why it matters who they select to work with to identify…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

Jawbone Successfully Leverages Patent Portfolio as Collateral in Fund Raising Efforts

Fitness device maker Jawbone was recently featured in a Re/code article announcing that the company had raised $165 million in new funding. The article mentioned another aspect of the Jawbone’s fundraising efforts; the company…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology, Securities Law

Jagla Moderates INTA/OHIM Examiner Training Highlighting Business in Regulated Industries and the Regulatory Impact on Trademarks

A diverse panel of International Trademark Association (INTA) members met with Office of Harmonization for the Internal Market (OHIM) officials, OHIM examiners and representatives from the national offices in Alicante, Spain,…more
| Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Fifty-eight Problems and Trademarks Are Just One: Beyoncé, Jay Z, Kanye, Pharrell and Rihanna Sue Fashion Retailer

It’s become a hard-knock life for ElevenParis, a French fashion retailer with stores in the U.S. After selling t-shirts and other merchandise with these not-so-subtle designs..…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Earning Trademarks with Every Coupon? How Johnson & Johnson Secured The Mark: Earning Trust With Every Bottle

A recent ruling from the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“the Board”) found a coupon to be an acceptable specimen for the U.S. Trademark Office (“Office”) showing proper trademark use. Johnson & Johnson submitted the coupon to…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Are Transitory Signals Patent-eligible?

Computer software patents have been receiving significant upset overturn in validity since the well-known U.S. Supreme Court decision providing certain exceptions to patent eligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. § 101, Alice…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

A Clean Sweep for F. Hoffmann-La Roche Domains

Healthcare giant, F. Hoffmann-La Roche (Roche) filed for and was awarded the transfer of 74 domain names that had been registered by multiple individuals. Roche had filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO),…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Living Next Door to Alice

Those who practice patent law in the computer arts before the USPTO are well aware of dealing with 35 U.S.C. § 101 rejections of claims due to alleged lack of patentable subject matter when claiming so-called “abstract ideas.”…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Concerned (or not) that the same three-judge panel makes the IPR institution decision and conducts the trial? The USPTO wants to hear from you.

On Tuesday, August 25, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) opened for public comment a proposed pilot program for inter-partes review proceedings (IPRs), one of the patent post-grant review proceedings made…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

The Dot-com Era Is Over, Welcome to .Anything

For both new and existing businesses, new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) offer increased flexibility and opportunities for an expanded online presence. A gTLD is the part of a web address that comes after the “dot” (“.”)…more
| Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology
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