It’s Not All about Patents

Lisa A. Dunner

©2014. Published in Landslide, Vol. 7, No. 2, November/December 2014, by the American Bar Association. Reproduced with permission. All rights reserved. This information or any portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association or the copyright holder.

It may be because own my practice concentrates on trademark and copyright law and not on patent law, but it seems that a substantial portion of news coverage in our field over the past few years has been dominated by patent reform. Without question, the 2011 Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) merits the attention of all IP practitioners, but it has seen an inordinate monopoly of press for some time—both before its enactment and now with aspects of its practical implementation that will follow for years to come. Equally important to us, however, is the issue of copyright reform, which has been lying just below the radar—that is, until now.

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