April, 2022

The Growth of AI in Plagiarism Detection

Plagiarism Today

Earlier today, the Israeli-based plagiarism detection service Copyleaks announced a new $6 million round of funding to help them further develop their product.

World IP Day: IP and Youth-Innovating for a Better Future (Kidovate as an Example)?

Hugh Stephens Blog

This year the theme of World Intellectual Property (IP) Day, April 26, is “IP and Youth: Innovating for a Better Future”.


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Introducing: the Building a Bold Bold Brand Wheel

Erik K Pelton

The are 8 mail types of word tools for creating bold brand names. See my new visual below to lean about the meaning tricks, sound tricks, and combination tricks to help make bold brands. You can read more details about all of these in the Building a Bold Brand book at Amazon.

DuckDuckGo Removes Pirate Sites and YouTube-DL from Its Search Results


Launched in 2008, search engine DuckDuckGo is a go-to service for Internet users who value their privacy. Unlike many competitors, the site doesn’t keep a record of users’ IP addresses or other sensitive information.

IPO Diversity in Innovation Toolkit

Women and diverse employees have the technical skill and knowledge, yet their contributions are not patented at the same rate as those of their male counterparts.This toolkit can help organizations move the needle on achieving gender parity in innovation.

Just How Extreme is Bill C-18?: It Mandates Payments For Merely Facilitating Access to News

Michael Geist

Bill C-18, the Online News Act , is less than 48 hours old, but the more you examine the bill, the worse it gets. My previous posts unpacked why the general policy is bad for press independence and competition as well as why the bill features a misguided attempt to require payments for links.

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Dreamstime Launches LicenseGuard to Track Copyright Infringements

Plagiarism Today

When it comes to copyright, the photography space has been especially fraught with litigation and legal threats over the past decade plus. Getty Images, along with several other stock photography companies, engaged in a massive copyright campaign that began in the 2000s.

Copyright References in the Budget: Good Intentions Are Welcome but Early Action is Needed

Hugh Stephens Blog

Last week I discussed the copyright needle buried in the 2022 Canadian budget haystack, a reference to impending legislation to amend the Copyright Act to fulfill Canada’s obligation under the USMCA/CUSMA to extend its term of copyright protection from the life of the author plus 50 years to “life plus 70”.

Beware of scammer Patent & Trademark Bureau at 2058 County line Road #113, Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006

Erik K Pelton

This trademark scammer has recently moved addresses to 2058 County Line Road #113, Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006. But the scam is the same — warning about trademark registration renewal deadlines with false information long before renewal can be filed.

1337x.to is Unreachable After Domain Name Expired (Updated)


For many seasoned BitTorrent users, 1337x.to is a familiar name. The site has been around for fifteen years and is a home to many reputable uploaders. Over the years 1337x has steadily climbed through the ranks.

Spiking Op-Eds: How the Government’s Online News Act is Already Leading to Media Self-Censorship

Michael Geist

Last week, Canadian Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez introduced Bill C-18, the Online News Act, a bill that adopts an extreme approach to compensation by requiring payments for merely facilitating access to news in any way and in any amount.

New York Times Editorial Board Lobs Unfounded Criticism at Patent System, Iancu

IP Watchdog

The New York Times Editorial Board over the weekend penned an op-ed charging that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has “devolved into a backwater office that large corporations game, politicians ignore and average citizens are wholly excluded from.”

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How to ACTUALLY Avoid Plagiarism

Plagiarism Today

If you’re a student, budding journalist or just someone taking up writing, you definitely do not want to become known as a plagiarist. In schools, plagiarism carries with it severe penalties, including potential expulsion.

Flagging Copyright Concerns: Vexillologists Take Note?

Hugh Stephens Blog

People who are really into flags are known as vexillologists, a rather specialized field that studies the history, symbolism and usage of flags.

Managing IP Americas Awards 2022: all the winners revealed

Managing IP

We hosted the first instalment of the 17th annual Managing IP Awards to celebrate remarkable IP achievements by law firms and in-house teams in the Americas region

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Sci-Hub Only Option For Academics In Russia After Major Publishers Pull Out


While historical and geopolitical ambitions sit at the heart of the war in Ukraine, cynical disinformation and denial of knowledge allowed it to happen and now fuel its momentum. When used responsibly, the internet should provide mechanisms to counter these evils.

IP Reveries: Class 1 – IPR: A Tantalising Term or Troubling Terminology?


IP Reveries: Class I – “IPR” – A Tantalising Term or Troubling Terminology? Swaraj Barooah & Lokesh Vyas. The introduction to this new series is laid out in a previous blogpost here. If you haven’t already, please read that to help make sense of this new series!

IFF is Seeking a Patent Searcher/Analyst

IP Watchdog

IFF is seeking an experienced, dynamic person to join the Intellectual Property/Knowledge Management (IPKM) group as a Patent Analyst/Searcher.

How to Defeat an AI-Powered DMCA Scam

Plagiarism Today

On April 13, Ben Dickson at The Next Web received an email from a lawyer with the name Nicole Palmer with the subject “DMCA Copyright Infringement Notice”. The letter was courteous and said that Dickson had used an image without permission.

The Copyright Needle in the Budget Haystack (And Why Requiring Registration for Copyright is a Really Bad Idea)

Hugh Stephens Blog

There it was! The copyright needle in the budget haystack. As plain as day–buried on p. 274 of Canadian Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland’s 280 page 2022 budget under “Other Legislative Measures” along with a grab-bag of about 40 other measures.

How Did News Media Canada Get Bill C-18? The Lobbying Records Tell the Story

Michael Geist

Bill C-18, the Online News Act , represents a massive win for News Media Canada, the lobbying arm for news organizations such as Postmedia and Torstar.

DuckDuckGo ‘Restores’ Pirate Sites and Points to Bing as Culprit


It’s not a secret that Google and Bing are tweaking their search results to accommodate copyright holders. However, it was a surprise to see that pirate and related sites also started to disappear from DuckDuckGo, as we reported last week.

The challenges of artificial intelligence for competition law

JD Supra Law

The question whether artificial intelligence (AI) systems, when acting independently of humans, can be considered inventors is not recent.

IP Stakeholders Cheer as Senate Finally Confirms Vidal to Head USPTO

IP Watchdog

The U.S. Senate confirmed Kathi Vidal as the next U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Director Tuesday night in a voice vote. Vidal’s confirmation comes after more than one year with no Senate-confirmed Director or Acting Director at the agency.

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The Lawsuit that Set Star Wars Against Battlestar Galactica

Plagiarism Today

The late seventies were an amazing time for fans of action science fiction. In 1977, the first Star Wars film was released, kicking off a massive franchise that would last all the way to today. Quite simply, it took the country by storm and became a cultural phenomenon , seemingly out of nowhere.

Even Trademark Lawyers Make Branding Mistakes

Erik K Pelton

The following is an edited transcript of my video Even Trademark Lawyers Make Branding Mistakes. Believe it or not, even trademark lawyers can make branding–or maybe even trademark mistakes–from time to time.

The Rest of the Online Harms Consultation Story: Canadian Heritage Forced to Release Hundreds of Public Submissions Under Access to Information Law

Michael Geist

For months, the results of the government’s online harms consultation was shrouded in secrecy as the Canadian Heritage refused to disclose the hundreds of submissions it received.

Music Industry Flags Discord and Reddit as Primary Piracy Threats


Following the example of the United States, the EU started publishing its very own piracy watchlist a few years ago. This ‘Counterfeit and Piracy Watch List’ is put together by the European Commission.

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The Curious Question of Who Is An “Any Person” Part 1: BHC and Diluting of Pre-Grant Oppositions


image from here. A recent order by the Delhi High Court in the case of Agriboard International Llc vs Deputy Controller Of Patents brought up the very relevant issue of the requirement of the Patent office to issue “speaking orders” while rejecting a patent application.

German Decision Could Provide an Answer to AI Inventorship

IP Watchdog

Germany’s Federal Patent Court has set aside a decision by the country’s Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA) that refused a patent application naming an artificial intelligence (AI) as the inventor.

Etsy Launches New IP Portal

Plagiarism Today

Earlier this month, the ecommerce site Etsy announced that they are launching a new intellectual property portal that they hope will make it easier for brands, creators and other rightsholders to report listings that are infringing on their rights. The portal itself is fairly basic.

The Golden Ratio of Trademark Protection

Erik K Pelton

What does the golden ratio law of nature have to do with trademark protection? In this episode, Erik ruminates on this concept and reveals its correlation to brand protection. The post The Golden Ratio of Trademark Protection appeared first on Erik M Pelton & Associates, PLLC.

Managing IP EMEA Awards 2022: shortlists revealed

Managing IP

Managing IP will host an in-person ceremony in London on June 15 to announce the winners of the EMEA Awards

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Delayed Megaupload Lawsuits Get Assigned to Ninjavideo Judge


More than a decade has passed since the file-storage empire of Kim Dotcom collapsed and Megaupload became the prime target in a high-profile law enforcement operation.