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- Is the U.S. Copyright Office Changing Its Stance on Jailbreaking?
Every three years, the U.S. Copyright Office reconsiders exclusions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s provisions prohibiting the circumvention of technological measures that control access to copyrighted works.
- Patent FAQ: Can I Protect My Intellectual Property Overseas?
Unfortunately, the rights granted by a U.S. patent or trademark can only be enforced in the United States and generally have no effect in a foreign country. Therefore, a company who wants to safeguard its intellectual property rights in other countries must take additional steps to ensure international protection.
- Copyright Practice Tip: Failing to Follow Up Could Impact Your Rights
If you have correspondence from the U.S. Copyright Office sitting in a pile of paperwork on your desk, we urge you to read this post. Many communications from the Copyright Office set forth specific timelines for replying. If you miss these deadlines, you could be putting your intellectual property rights at risk.
- Copyright Law FAQ: What Is a Compulsory License?
Digital music companies often rely on compulsory licenses to stream copyrighted content. Section 115 of the Copyright Act provides a compulsory license for most copyrighted musical compositions (with the exception of soundtracks) that have been released to the public.
- Do We Need Specialized Intellectual Property Courts?
The International Intellectual Property Institute (IIPI) and United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) examined the use of specialized intellectual property courts around the globe. After reviewing the intellectual property laws and regulations of over 190 countries, the “Study on Specialized Intellectual Property Courts” concludes that although intellectual property rights (IPR) courts may vary worldwide, they all offer the distinct advantage of an informed and capable judiciary.
- Are You Planning to Hire an Invention Promoter?
Unfortunately, there are countless companies that are looking to take advantage of an inventor’s eagerness to bring his or her ideas to market. Therefore, if you or your company is planning to hire an invention promoter, it is important to understand how to discern a legitimate marketing company from a scam.
- USPTO Announces New Rules for Derivation Proceedings
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently published final rules governing derivation proceedings. The new patent proceedings are designed to ensure that a person will not be able to obtain a patent for an invention that he or she did not actually invent once the new first-inventor-to-file system launches.
- Former Employee Sentenced to Four Years in Prison for Motorola Trade Secret Theft
A former Motorola employee has been sentenced to four years in prison for trade secret theft. Hanjuan Jin’s sentence is one of the harshest in the history of criminal trade secret theft prosecutions.
- Oracle v. Google IP Lawsuit: Who Won the First Round?
While the jury delivered a partial verdict in the copyright infringement phase of the Oracle v. Google trial, there is arguably still no clear winner. Because the jury did not decide the issue of fair use, Google is seeking a mistrial.
- USPTO Partners with Chinese Counterpart to Launch New Patent Pilot Program
Company who wants to safeguard its intellectual property rights in other countries must take additional steps to ensure international protection. To help streamline the process, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has entered into partnerships with countries across the world.