Category Archives: Intellectual Property

IP Justice Comments on ICANN Proposal to Expand Trademarks Rights in Domain Names

IP Justice submitted comments today in opposition to the proposals contained in the “IRT Report” a proposal from ICANNs Intellectual Property Constituency to create new trademark rights to domain names that do not exist in law.
ICANNs Noncommercial Users Constituency (NCUC) also filed comments with ICANN discussing thesubstantive problems with the proposal and also the procedural concerns, which led to the creation of a one-sided report…... To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Lemley: The Modern Lanham Act and the Death of Common Sense

The Modern Lanham Act and the Death of Common Sense Abstract: Trademark law has expanded dramatically in the last fifty years, with a number of trends combining to give trademark owners something they have never had before–protection of marks akin to the protection given real property. Professor Lemley evaluates these changes, and suggests that they are not supported by the economic learning on the functions of trademarks and advertising. He argues that many of these legal developments are unwarranted, particularly the cases which give trademark owners power to prevent political and social commentary, or to own the trademark as a thing in itself... To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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EU: Google illegally used Android to dominate search, must pay $5B fine

Enlarge / The Google search app on an Android portable device on February 5, 2018. (credit: Getty Images | NurPhoto ) The European Commission today fined Google $5.05 billion (€4.34 billion) for violating EU antitrust rules, saying that "Google has imposed illegal restrictions on Android device manufacturers and mobile network operators to cement its dominant position in general Internet search." The commission said that Google is violating antitrust law by requiring phone manufacturers to pre-install the Google search app and Chrome browser "as a condition for licensing Google's app store (the Play Store)." Google also violated EU antitrust rules by "ma[king] payments to certain large manufacturers and mobile network operators on condition that they exclusively pre-installed the Google Search app on their devices," the commission said. Read 10 remaining paragraphs | Comments.. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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* IP Deadlines and Startup Vacations

17 Seconds #50 For better or for worse, the business of patents and trademarks is highly deadline-driven. If your project is on fire, then you go to the head of the line. If it is not, then there may be a wait. We try to manage our time so we don’t have to work more than 40 hours/week, on the weekends, or on vacation. But sometimes we fail because good news on big projects comes in clumps, like last month: * AT&T to Acquire AppNexus (2018-06-25) Congratulations to Brian and the entire AppNexus team on this exit!http://www.clocktowerlaw.com/5357.html * Transcend Air Announces ‘Affordable’ City-To-City VTOL Aircraft (2018-06-28) “Transcend Air Corporation has announced the development of the Vy 400 (Vy), a six-seat, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft, as well as the proposed launch of a new airline service that will deliver business travelers directly to and from major city….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Patently-O Bits and Bytes by Juvan Bonni

Recent Headlines in the IP World: Jan Wolfe: Federal Circuit will not Rehear Apple Challenge to Wireless Data Patent (Source: Reuters) Kirtika Suneja: India Raises Trade Deficit Issue with China at WTO (Source: The Economic Times) Anatol Antonovici: American Express Awarded Blockchain Patent for Payment System (Source: Cryptovest) Jan Wolfe: U.S. Court Denies Jazz Pharma Bid to Revive Narcolepsy Drug Patents (Source: Reuters) Jason Silverstein: Walmart Patents Audio Surveillance Technology to Record Customers and Employees (Source: CBS) Kevin Parrish: Microsoft Patent Paves Way for a Touch- and Smudge-Free Tablet Future (Source: Digital Trends) Source: Digital Trends Commentary and Journal Articles: Atty. Krista Cox: Would Kavanaugh Change The Outcome Of SCOTUS Intellectual Property Cases? (Source: Above the Law) Dr. Zia Qureshi: Intellectual Property, not Intellectual Monopoly: Reforming the System (Source: The Daily Star) Prof. Amy Adler: Why Art Does Not Need Copyright….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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