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Week’s news headlines – fev. 13th 2015

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Trademark Your Memorable Phrases

Memorable phrases that capture the popular imagination are commercially worth millions of dollars. Consequently, it is no surprise that Taylor Swift has trademarked a variety of phrases from her songs. Individuals, for-profit and non-profit businesses, and even social movements and loosely organized entities may possess valuable intellectual property.

Saiba mais em:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brad-re

 

 

Top things you can do to annoy your trade-marks lawyer

Trade-marks lawyers are for the most part a reasonable lot. We like our work and get satisfaction from a job well done. But there are a few things that make our blood boil and while I am not saying that the result is anything like the Incredible Hulk® transformation, you may not want to witness it. Therefore, I have put together a few tips to help you avoid such a scenario by listing the things that we find the most aggravating.

Saiba mais em: http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.a

 

 

Hedge funder’s first assault on iffy drug patents? Acorda’s MS med Ampyra

Last month, Texas hedge fund manager Kyle Bass said he had pharma and its “questionable” patents in his sights. Now, he’s made his first move–and he’s said 14 more targets will follow.

Saiba mais em: http://www.fiercepharma.com/story/h

 

 

 

Canadian reply to $500M U.S. pharma suit: Your guesses don’t make valid patents

The Canadian government has delivered a scathing response to a $500 million lawsuit from the American pharmaceutical industry, dissecting the intellectual-property practices of the company that launched the case.

The government accuses it of applying for patents based on guesses.

Saiba mais em: http://www.humboldtjournal.ca/news/n

 

 

Patent Trolls Come in All Shapes and Sizes

Mythological trolls — described as old and ugly creatures living under bridges or in caves — are known for one central feature: generally troublesome and injurious to human enterprise. Much of the same can be said for today’s patent troll — the dubious business entity again drawing the ire of Congress that exists solely to acquire patents and make claims of infringement in court.

Saiba mais em: http://blog.heartland.org/2015/02/pa

 

 

QUAND YOUTUBE ASSOCIE LE RONRONNEMENT D’UN CHAT À UNE VIOLATION DE COPYRIGHTS

Sur Youtube, les chats aussi ont des droits… ou pas ! La plateforme de vidéos accuse l’un de ses utilisateurs d’enfreindre les droits d’auteur d’une maison de disque dans l’une de ses créations. Problème : on y entend uniquement un ronronnement félin.

Saiba mais em: http://www.clubic.com/mag/tr

 

 

Frankie Valli Sued Again, Copyright Infringement

Four Seasons member Frankie Valli is once again being sued for copyright infringement. Frankie Valli andRobert Gaudio were sued in 2011 for copyright infringement under the claim that the musical, Jersey Boys, was based partially on an unpublished autobiography about Tommy DeVito, one of the Four Seasons’ band members. Originally, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Valli and Gaudio.

Saiba mais em: http://fdrmx.com/frankie-valli-sued-copyright-infringement/

 

 

Gilead, Baseball, Quantum Sail: Intellectual Property

Gilead Sciences Inc.’s patent for the blockbuster hepatitis C drug Sovaldi is being challenged by a medical-aid charity, which claims the intellectual-property protection allows the company to charge “unsustainable” prices.

Saiba mais em: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/

 

 

Pesquisa mostra que 54% das pessoas preferem consumir produtos de marcas reconhecidas por cuidar do meio ambiente

Estudo feito pelo Opinion Box mostra, ainda, que 85% dos brasileiros adotam medidas para economizar água e luz
Será que as pessoas avaliam como as decisões de compra podem influenciar diretamente no meio ambiente, a qualidade de vida das gerações futuras e do próprio indivíduo? Quantas pessoas se preocupam com a origem e a forma de produção dos produtos que consomem?

Saiba mais em: http://www.portaldapropaganda.com.br/po

 

 

Aprovechamiento indebido de la notoriedad de marcas tridimensionales. Sentencia del Tribunal de Marca Comunitaria de 5 de julio de 2013, Kraft (Galletas Oreo y Chips Ahoy!).

Ante esta situación, Kraft interpuso demanda ante el Juzgado de Marca Comunitaria contra Gullón ejercitando acumuladamente las acciones de infracción de marca y de competencia desleal por actos de imitación, de confusión y aprovechamiento de la reputación ajena. La demanda fue estimada parcialmente declarándose la infracción de las marcas que distinguen el producto CHIPS AHOY! por existir riesgo de confusión y desestimándose las demás pretensiones. La sentencia fue recurrida en apelación por ambas partes.

Saiba mais em: http://tecnologia.elderecho.com/tecnologia/propied

 

 

With no trademark, Sriracha name is showing up everywhere

Wander down almost any supermarket aisle and it’s easy to spot one of the food industry’s hottest fads. Sriracha, the fiery red Asian chili sauce, has catapulted from a cult hit to flavor du jour, infusing burgers, potato chips, candy, vodka and even lip balm.

Saiba mais em: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-f

 

 

Who owns the letter “W”? MLB and WalletHub go to bat

When creating a logo for your startup, beware of big bats in Major League Baseball’s legal department if you go to trademark it.

Personal finance startup Wallet Hub and its Washington, D.C.-based parent companyEvolution Finance, have a trademark dispute with Major League Baseball lawyers representing the Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs for two years running. At issue:WalletHub’s attempt to trademark its white-and-green logo featuring a “W,” saying it could confuse people into thinking it somehow represents one of the two teams, the Washington Post reported Monday.

Saiba mais em: http://upstart.bizjournals.com/entrepre

 

 

Red Bull Says a Small Ashburn Brewery Is Infringing on Its Trademark

The energy-drink company claims consumers can’t tell the difference between types of bovines.

Saiba mais em: http://www.washingtonian.com/blog

 

 

IBM Sues Priceline After Failing to Reach Patent Royalty Agreement

IBM is suing Priceline Group Inc. and its subsidiaries, travel website Kayak and restaurant-reservation tool Opentable, after failing to reach a patent-licensing agreement.

Saiba mais em: http://skift.com/2015/02/10/ibm-sues-p

 

 

Qualcomm, Red Bull, Ratner, Fracking: Intellectual Property

Chinese regulators fined Qualcomm Inc. $975 million and set patent licensing rates for its mobile-phone chip technology after finding the U.S. company guilty of antitrust violations.

Saiba mais em: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic

 

 

Taylor Swift Trademark Primer — Dozens Of Trademarks ‘Belong With Me’

This is actually the second time in six months I’ve delved into the world of Swift-marks.  The thing is — she’s not wrong.  One can debate the need or wisdom of seeking trademark protection for a slew of song phrases or titles (“Party Like It’s 1989” or “This Sick Beat”).

Saiba mais em: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jesscollen/201

 

 

Symantec vai pagar 15 milhões de euros por violação de patentes da Intellectual Ventures

A empresa de soluções de segurança Symantec foi condenada por um tribunal dos Estados Unidos ao pagamento de 17 milhões de dólares (cerca de 15 milhões de euros) pela violação de duas patentes da Intellectual Ventures.

Saiba mais em: http://www.pcguia.pt/2015/02/symante

 

 

Administrative Enforcement Of Patents In China

On January 27, 2015 State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) published a new draft of an improved set of rules concerning administrative enforcement of patents for public comments. China has in fact a unique system of IPR enforcement, in that a right holder can chose to have his patent rights enforced by a civil court or by a special administrative body under SIPO’s supervision. The administrative enforcement system is generally faster and less expensive than civil proceedings; however, it cannot issue injunctions and grant damage compensation claims.

Saiba mais em: http://www.mondaq.com/x/373326/Patent/Admin

 

 

Intellectual property is still property

Patent reform could put American innovation at risk

Saiba mais em: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/fe

 

 

Patent Holders Fear Weaker Tech Role

Engineering Group’s Policy Revisions Could Cut License Fees

Saiba mais em: http://www.wsj.com/articles/patent-holders-fe

 

 

Some patents become less troll friendly

A Department of Justice decision will make it harder for holders of some standards essential patents to clog up the courts with patent lawsuits.

Saiba mais em: http://www.zdnet.com/article/some-paten

 

 

Let There Be Discounts! Copyrights Cannot Be Used To Control Importation Or Impair Competition

Who does not like a good discount? Well, manufacturers, like Omega, for one. Fortunately for consumers, in Omega S.A. v. Costco Wholesale Corp., (January 20, 2015, 11-57137) ___ F.3d ___, the Ninth Circuit recently affirmed a decision granting Costco’s motion for summary judgment and award of attorney’s fees, thereby allowing Costco to sell discounted Omega watches. In doing so, the Ninth Circuit upheld the first sale doctrine and copyright misuse defense by ruling that Omega cannot use its copyrighted work to control the importation and distribution of its Seamaster watches.

Saiba mais em: http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/let-the

 

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