Week’s news headlines – jul. 03rd 2015

Hashtag Trademarks: #ItsAllAboutTheUse

Brand owners have embraced hashtags (words or phrases preceded by a hash or pound sign – #) as a way to both engage consumers and track social media posts regarding a specific product or topic.   Not surprisingly, the increased utilization of hashtags has led to a rapid increase in applications for hashtag marks in United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) – particularly for services. However, many of these marks fail to register for technical reasons that can easily be dealt with if understood and addressed prior to filing.

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 ‘Intellectual Property will help move economy forward’

“A 14-year-old has invented a device to pick up dust in crowded streets; such innovations from young minds should be encouraged and rewarded,” said Justice KN Basha, Chairman, Intellectual Property Appellate Board, at the Southern India Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) meet on Intellectual property here on Sunday.

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Lawmakers consider lower tax rate for intellectual property housed in the U.S.

The idea — known as a patent box or innovation box — would help companies trying to maintain low tax rates they’ve achieved by booking income in overseas tax havens

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Taylor Swift blasts Apple over intellectual property and wins

I’ve just joined the ranks of Taylor Swift fans.

Not because I’ve suddenly become enamored with her music (which I’ll leave to the “Swifties,” as her fan base is known). But because of the 25-year-old pop star’s principled defense of intellectual property rights.

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Why it’s time to open up our patent system

One year ago, Elon Musk announced that Tesla would dismantle barriers to the use of its technology by “open sourcing” its patents and making them available for all acting in good faith to use. Because patents are usually used to close, not open, doors to competitors, the move created confusion and criticism.

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Patents in Bolivia: Lexology Navigator Q&A

What are the criteria for patentability in your jurisdiction?
Patents must comply with Article 14 of Decision 486 in relation to Article 27 of the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, which provides that patents must be new, involve an inventive step and be capable of industrial application.

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Samsung Ranked As No. 1 Patent Filer For Wearable Devices

Every so often a nugget of tech news reveals some of the weird and fascinating wearable tech that Samsung is tinkering on: from a smartwatch that can recognize barcodes or read gestures, to a flexible phone you can strap onto your wrist.

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Obama trade bill would boost biotech patents, leak suggests

A draft of the TPP trade agreement suggests President Obama is carrying the pharma industry’s wish list, especially for biologic drugs.

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Supreme Court Declines to Hear Appeal in Google-Oracle Copyright Fight

Many in the tech community expressed dismay at a Supreme Court decision on Monday not to hear the appeal of a copyright decision against Google.

But it could be years before lower courts provide clarity around an important component of big software systems, called Application Programming Interfaces.

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Appeals Court Rules Producer, Not Director, Gets Film Copyright

From directors to cinematographers, from designers to camera operators, it takes quite a number of hands to create a motion picture. On Monday, though, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that individual contributions can’t be recognized as works of authorship insofar as becoming independently copyrightable.

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In high-stakes copyright suit, Cox’s “top infringers” beg for privacy

In November, BMG Music and Round Hill Music did what some copyright holders have long threatened: they sued a large ISP, Cox Communications, seeking to hold it responsible for the piracy taking place on its network.

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