A smartphone technology war was waged between Oracle and Google throwing into question the copyrightability of APIs. The court's lengthy opinion is analyzed.
Judge James Smith discusses the training of new BPAI judges, the consistency of Board decisions, efforts to reduce backlog, and his thoughts on the AIA.
Lawyers have struggled to apply conventional right of publicity claims to social networking activity. Companies using social media to advertise and channel the interests of customers need to be mindful of a variety of issues before launching a social media page.
Recent cases provide guidance for building and defeating on sale invalidity arguments for software patents.
The amount and extent of supporting evidence that the TTAB requires to prove fame for dilution is high. Recent decisions by the TTAB sustaining oppositions based on dilution by blurring are examined.
Guidance is provided to foreign nationals who protect their inventions in the United States as part of a global patent strategy.
The article provides a comparative analysis of the recognition of nontraditional trademarks in Canada and the United States.
The success and viability of any legal system is dependent upon its ability to provide stability and certainty along with sufficient flexibility to adjust and adapt to changing conditions and needs.
The law on willful infringement has seen important changes in the past five years, but there are still unresolved questions regarding what types of proof are adequate for providng willfulness.
The column provides highlights of recent trademark, copyright, and patent cases.