Copyright

  • Big Week For IP In The Supreme Court

    … dissented. Finally, on Monday, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods Group Brands, a case with the potential to shut the doors on patent forum–shopping. In its write–up of the case today, “High–Court Case to Challenge Jurisdiction ‘Shopping’ in Patent Suits, the Wall Street Journal quoted IP Wise’s Peter Brann on the potentially “dramatic effect” on patent troll litigation of a TC Heartland victory. The post Big Week For IP In The Supreme Court appeared first on Brann & Isaacson. …

    David Swetnam Burland/ Brann & Isaacson- 11 readers -
  • Common Questions – Can I Copyright My Formula?

    … Probably not. No matter how new a formula (a.k.a. recipe) may be, if it simply comprises a combination of ingredients mixed together to form a new and unique dish, it is not likely to be copyrightable. And, once published, even if the recipe contains additional descriptions or commentary or similar copyrightable expressive content, nothing would actually prevent someone from making the dish. The post Common Questions – Can I Copyright My Formula? appeared first on Privacy and IP Law Blog. …

    Christina Frangiosa/ Privacy and IP Law Blog- 6 readers -
  • When the Government Shuts Down: Third Party Data Providers Step Up

    …. For example, Docket Alarm, a legal research engine and analytics platform, allows users the access the entire PACER database and view every published federal court docket. Instead of relying on an outdated government-run website to deliver the latest data from federal courts, you can rely on Docket Alarm and its suite of innovative legal research tools…

    Tara Sue Klamrowski/ DocketAlarm- 10 readers -
  • “Dope!”, IP Rights, and the Beastie Boys

    … manufacturer in the first place? According to a federal district court in New York, the Red Bull competitor ran a promotional video on its website that illegally used the Beastie Boys’ music without their permission, thereby infringing on its copyrights. In early 2011, the Beastie Boys entered into an agreement with DJ Zach Sciacca, also known as “Z…

    Stephen Hoffman/ Hoffman Law Office, P.C.- 8 readers -
  • How to Develop an IP Portfolio for Small Businesses

    … how do you do it? Intellectual property is generally broken down into four major categories: patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets. Patent law protects novel inventions, systems, and processes for a term of years. Copyright law protects original works of authorship such as books, music, software, mobile apps, and websites, among…

    Stephen Hoffman/ Hoffman Law Office, P.C.- 13 readers -
  • The Legal Side of Developing a New Product

    … often, though, that “great business idea” is never realized for some reason. Maybe it’s not cost-effective, or it’d enter into an already-saturated market full of similar products, or the innovator just doesn’t have the capital or know-how to turn it into a marketable product. These issues all occupy the business side of the development process…

    Stephen Hoffman/ Hoffman Law Office, P.C.- 37 readers -
  • Unboxing Videos are Fun and Lucrative, But Are they Legal?

    … adults) sneak peaks at the latest and greatest. However, FunToyzCollector and other unboxing channels may be drifting into a legal grey area. Copyright Infringement & Trademark Infringement FunToyzCollector does not seem to be affiliated with The Walt Disney Company in any way. Thus, her videos featuring products that are registered…

    Tara Sue Klamrowski/ DocketAlarm- 114 readers -
  • The Benefits of Copyright Registration for Small Businesses

    …No matter what line of work you’re in, you’ve probably heard a few things about copyright protection and infringement. From the (in)famous Napster case to the DMCA takedown notices cropping up on YouTube, copyright law shows up more and more in our daily lives. As a small business owner, you should be especially concerned with protecting your…

    Stephen Hoffman/ Hoffman Law Office, P.C.- 32 readers -
  • Internet Assets and Garnishment in Minnesota

    …, it’s definitely a good lesson for business owners to learn. If your business is even somewhat internet-based, the Court’s decision (although not unusual) should provide more incentive for paying creditors and settling claims. As it makes clear, business assets—even those based in cyberspace—can be attached and garnished by creditors. Furthermore…

    Stephen Hoffman/ Hoffman Law Office, P.C.- 31 readers -
  • One of YouTube's Biggest Stars Fights Back in Copyright Lawsuit

    … Self-made mogul Michelle Phan is embroiled in a legal battle over her use of music in her popular YouTube videos. Phan’s legal troubles began in July when music label, Ultra Records, filed a suit against her for copyright infringement. Ultra alleged Phan used songs and compilations owned by the label as background music for her YouTube…

    Tara Sue Klamrowski/ DocketAlarm- 4 readers -
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