Week’s news headlines – may 22nd 2015

Congress seeks to quash patent trolls

Revised legislation would spare universities from being penalized in the same way as unscrupulous companies.

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Hail to the Pandas? This trademark squatter is betting on that possibility, among others

Most mornings, not long after waking up, Martin McCaulay walks past stacks of merchandise for imaginary football teams, sits down at his computer desk and checks on his plan to win a six-figure payout from the Washington Redskins.

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GE Open to Intellectual Property Sales to Get Alstom Deal Nod

GE also expects to sign deals to sell between $20 billion to $30 billion in finance assets by end of June

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Tech startups plan to secure key intellectual property rights

Technology startups mindful of the need to protect key intellectual property in the fiercely competitive Indian startup industry where employees are often poached by rivals will have to ensure they lock the stable doors before the horses bolt.
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Got trademark? Minn. firm tries to seize slogan from Calif. milk processors

One of the most recognized trademarks in the country is under attack by a Minnesota marketing firm that claims the California Milk Processor Board has effectively abandoned the “got milk?” slogan.

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Star’s trademark would ’cause confusion’

DC Entertainment has blocked Rihanna from trademarking her first name.

The company, which owns the rights to the ‘Batman’ series, is trying to stop the ‘Rude Boy’ hitmaker – who was born Robyn Rihanna Fenty – claiming the rights to the moniker as they believe it’s too similar to their legendary comic book Robin, Batman’s sidekick.

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Apple-Samsung, Google, Etsy Marks: Intellectual Property

A partial court win Monday for Apple Inc. gives the U.S. tech company more leverage for an ultimate agreement it may seek with Samsung Electronics Inc. to end a fight over mobile phones that began under Steve Jobs, who said the South Korean company copied his designs.

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Trademarks And Your Brewery—Protecting Your Brand

A clever name can go a long way to making your brewery and beer recognizable to customers. Hopocalypse, Hoptimum, Hoppy Birthday, Hoptical Illusion and Smooth Hoperator are funny, catchy and memorable. But while creating a clever name for your brewery or beer is an important step toward gaining recognition in the marketplace, it is equally, if not more, important to ensure that you properly protect your brand identity.

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Appeals Court Affirms Samsung Infringed on Apple’s iPhone Patents

A federal appeals court handed a partial victory to Apple Inc., upholding court findings smartphone rival Samsung Electronics Co. infringed the iPhone maker’s intellectual property but setting aside part of a $930 million jury award.

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Google Wins Copyright And Speech Case Over ‘Innocence Of Muslims’ Video

In a complicated legal battle that touches on questions of free speech, copyright law and personal safety, a federal appeals court has overturned an order that had forced the Google-owned YouTube to remove an anti-Muslim video from its website last year.

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Judge Wants to Know If ‘Happy Birthday’ Copyright Was Abandoned

An order today might give Warner/Chappell reason to be optimistic in defending the validity of its copyright to the English language’s most popular song.

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U.S. appeals court reverses part of Apple’s $930 mln verdict vs Samsung

A U.S. appeals court on Monday reversed part of a $930 million verdict that Apple Inc won in 2012 against Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, saying the iPhone maker’s trademark-related appearance could not be protected.

In a highly anticipated ruling stemming from the global smartphone wars, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., upheld the patent infringement violations found by a federal jury in a court in San Jose, California, as well as the damages awarded for those violations.
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