May/June 2013

Private Affairs/Public Rights: Can Copyright Be Used to Protect Newsworthy Secrets?

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Private Affairs/Public Rights: Can Copyright Be Used to Protect Newsworthy Secrets?

Do copyrights owned by public figures trump the right to report facts to the public? The hotly-contested issue was addressed in Monge v. Maya Magazines, Inc. The decision could affect not only newspapers and magazines but also scholars and historians.

This discussion is the first of a two-part series about the Section’s filing of Amicus Briefs in the Supreme Court and in the Federal Circuit.

In Gunn v. Minton, the Supreme Court was faced with the issue of whether state tort-law based professional malpractice claims stemming from federal patent infringement litigations should be brought in state or federal courts.

The column provides highlights of recent trademark, copyright, trade secret, and patent cases.

Recent IP developments from around the globe are discussed.

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