Article Archive for October 2011
The Council of Europe has come up with an international convention creating criminal sanctions for the manufacturing and trafficking of counterfeited drugs. The Convention, which should come into force in the near future, also creates interesting legal alternatives for trademark and patent holders against infringements of their rights.
Spurred by the trademark application for OCCUPY WALL ST, two applications have recently been filed for OCCUPY WALL STREET. While one of the applications belongs to OWS organizers, the other application seems to trace back to a likely member of the 1%
Compromise is hard to come by in Washington these days, but a bipartisan bill introduced on October 20th aims to protect maple syrup from imitators. Appropriately called the MAPLE Act, anyone trying to pass off fake syrup would face up to five-years in prison.
Last week, the European Court of Justice was asked to determine the patentability of stem-cell products derived from human embryos. While the question submitted to the Advocate General was not as straightforward, both the Advocate …
Two former Groupon employees allegedly take daily deal trade secrets to competitor Google Offers.
Robert Maresca and his wife seek to use the “Occupy Wall Street” slogan on merchandise
With one of the biggest changes in the patent system coming soon there has been a lot of talk regarding first-to-file. How does this compare to Canada’s change to a first-to-file system? What does this change mean to you as an inventor or businessperson and what should you plan to do about it?
A Kansas town still recovering from tornado damage is forced to change the local high school mascot after Notre Dame sends a letter threatening legal action for trademark infringement. This is not the first time the “Fighting Irish” have pursued this course of action.
Viacom argued for the Second Circuit to overturn a district court’s summary judgment in a “billion dollar” copyright infringement case with YouTube. How much does the DMCA require YouTube to police its content for instances of copyright infringement, and does even a minimal duty mean the summary judgment was inappropriate?
In October, Denmark’s first copyright case involving sampling was decided, resulting in a heavy fine. Was such a serious penalty warranted?