Week’s news headlines – September 22nd, 2017

Patents The man who brought patent monetisation to BlackBerry becomes latest big name corporate IP departure Mark Kokes has left BlackBerry and is no longer its senior vice president of intellectual property, licensing & standards, IAM has learned http://www.iam-media.com/blog/Detail.aspx?g=e68dec5d-cdd5-4d43-a458-063132484337 Raid on Gibraltar: How the U.S. Patent System was Rigged Against Independent Inventors For decades, individual […]

Week’s news headlines – September 8th, 2017

Direito de Imagem Brian Duffy’s estate sues Hard Rock Cafe over David Bowie image The case (pdf) is being filed at the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. The photograph is registered under registration number VA 1-428-937 http://www.worldipreview.com/news/brian-duffy-s-estate-sues-hard-rock-cafe-over-david-bowie-image-14536   Trademarks Hasbro sues Warner Bros over ‘Transformers’ character Toy and game manufacturer […]

Week’s news headlines – September 1st, 2017

Copyrights Showtime files copyright suit against Mayweather-McGregor livestreaming sites A great deal of hype and publicity has been building in the days leading up to the boxing match taking place on Saturday, August 26th between professional boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and UFC champion Conor McGregor http://www.ipwatchdog.com/2017/08/25/showtime-files-copyright-suit-mayweather-mcgregor-livestreaming-sites/id=87337/ Bill Nye files suit against Disney, Buena Vista for […]

Week’s news headlines – August 25th, 2017

Patents Building a Portfolio in a Depressed Patent Market In a recent article that was first published in The Hill, I stated that American innovators have paid a heavy price for shortsighted sweeping changes made to address abusive patent litigation http://www.ipwatchdog.com/2017/08/20/building-portfolio-depressed-patent-market/id=86918/ Crocs loses inter partes reexam, will appeal rejection of design patent for ornamental footwear […]

Week’s news headlines – Jun 2nd 2017

Trademarks Federal Circuit vacates TTAB decision over wine mark The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has vacated and remanded a decision by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) over a wine company’s trademark. http://www.worldipreview.com/news/federal-circuit-vacates-ttab-decision-over-wine-mark-14122 Metatags: the invisible enemy Website owners should monitor metatags carefully to avoid claims of trademark infringement, as […]

Week’s news headlines – May 12th 2017

Patents In a patent market showing signs of significant price depression, Snap reportedly pays $7.7 million for a single geofilter asset As readers of the IAM Market blog won’t have failed to notice, the patent transaction trade is currently at something of a low ebb. Generally speaking, sellers outnumber buyers; and some of the top […]

Week’s news headlines – Apr. 28th 2017

Patents Acacia subsidiary ramps up patent spat with Apple CCE filed its suit against Apple, AT&T, Verizon and others at the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas on Wednesday, April 19. http://www.worldipreview.com/news/acacia-subsidiary-ramps-up-patent-spat-with-apple-13845 ZTE and Microsoft in mixed ruling at Federal Circuit IPR Licensing is the owner of the patent, US number 8,380,244, […]

Week’s news headlines – Apr. 20th 2017

If patent owner intends a special meaning, clear disavowal of ordinary meaning required In an April 4, 2017 decision, the Federal Circuit affirmed the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (the “Board”) findings of anticipation or obviousness in two inter partes review (IPR) proceedings. The Court also affirmed in part and reversed in part the Board’s […]

Week’s news headlines – Mar. 24th 2017

Trademarks Bentley Motors loses trademark invalidity action against Bentley The Bentley clothing brand, established in 1962, had registered the trademark ‘Bentley’ at the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) in 2009. http://www.worldipreview.com/news/bentley-motors-loses-trademark-invalidity-action-against-bentley-13692 Jimi Hendrix estate sues brother for trademark infringement The estate of rock musician Jimi Hendrix has filed a lawsuit against Hendrix’s brother Leon, alleging […]

Week’s news headlines – Mar. 17th 2017

Copyright Photographers appeal against NFL copyright decision Seven sports photographers have appealed against a decision that saw a judge toss copyright claims brought by the group against the National Football League (NFL) and the Associated Press. http://www.worldipreview.com/news/photographers-appeal-against-nfl-copyright-decision-13664 Forbes targeted in Harvard photo copyright Photojournalist Jodi Hilton filed her claim at the US District Court for […]