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Copyright’s International Conventions: The Importance of Membership-Part 1 (The United States and the Berne Convention)

Hugh Stephens Blog

Back in the first half of the 19th century, despite reasonably robust national copyright laws (for the era), protecting author’s rights was still a major problem. Works protected in one country were not protected elsewhere, leading to “legalized piracy”.

Artificial Intelligence: Can it be an Inventor or an Author?

JD Supra Law

As the innovation paradigm in automotive industry shifted over time, artificial intelligence (“AI”) has deeply penetrated into operation of automotive industry.


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Bill C-11 Now a Trade Issue: U.S. Warns Canada About Online Streaming Act Concerns

Michael Geist

Bill C-11, the government’s online streaming legislation, has caught the attention of the U.S. government, which raised it as a concern during a recent meeting between U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai and Canadian Minister of International Trade Mary Ng. The issue is cited in the U.S.

Iconic Demonii BitTorrent Tracker Makes Comeback With Millions of Users


Trackers are a crucial part of the BitTorrent infrastructure, making it easier for downloaders and uploaders to connect to each other. Technically speaking trackers are similar to a DNS provider, they function as a ‘phone book’ pointing people to content without knowing what it is. Demonii Tracker.

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.

A License to Steal IP: What Partnering with China Really Means for Businesses

IP Watchdog

“The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the Government, and I’m here to help,” said President Ronald Reagan during a press conference on August 12, 1986. This is one of President Reagan’s most often quoted quips, and for a reason.

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Tris Pharma, Inc. v. Actavis Laboratories FL, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2022)

JD Supra Law

Almost four years ago, in a relatively rare occurrence based on there being an insufficient factual record to permit proper appellate review, the Federal Circuit vacated a District Court decision rendering invalid the claims in five patents asserted by Tris Pharma, Inc.

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Music Companies Don’t Want ISP to Bring Up “Human Rights” and “Spying” in Piracy Trial


Three years ago, several of the world’s largest music companies including Warner Bros and Sony Music sued Internet Provider Bright House Networks. The recording labels accused the provider of not doing enough to stop pirating subscribers.

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The Case for Patenting AI: U.S. Patent Laws Better Get Smart or Get Left Behind

IP Watchdog

The idea of patented inventions brings to mind machines fully realized - flying contraptions and engines with gears and pistons operating in coherent symphony. When it comes to artificial intelligence (AI), there are no contraptions, no gears, no pistons, and in a lot of cases, no machines.

Publishers’ Suit Against Internet Archive is Pro-Author, Not Anti-Library

The Illusion of More

“The raggedy state of my books that some readers and educators hand me to sign is the best compliment of all.” – Sandra Cisneros – The matter of Hachette et al. Internet Archive should be short work for a court in the Second Circuit (or any circuit).

Copyright Concerns When Using Others to Create Content

Erik K Pelton

The following is an edited transcript of my video Copyright Concerns When Using Others to Create Content. Lots of us use others to help create content online.

Google Delists Hundreds of Pirate Bay Domains From UK Search Results


Last year, we noticed that Google had delisted several popular pirate sites from its search results in some countries. In the Netherlands, for example, The Pirate Bay and many of its mirrors and proxies were delisted by Google in response to a notice sent by local anti-piracy group BREIN.

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The PTAB Reform Act Will Make the PTAB’s Problems Worse

IP Watchdog

Recently, we submitted comments for the record to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s IP Subcommittee in response to its June 22 hearing on the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), titled: “The Patent Trial and Appeal Board: Examining Proposals to Address Predictability, Certainty and Fairness.”

Benefits of Using Copyrights to Protect Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Inventions

JD Supra Law

We previously discussed which portions of an artificial intelligence/machine-learning (“AI/ML”) platform could be patented or protected under trade secret, such as related to biotech and synthetic biology.

3 Things I Learned in Law School That I Apply to Trademarks Everyday

Erik K Pelton

In this episode, Erik shares several critical lessons learned in law school that apply to work with trademarks. Find out more by exploring this episode. The post 3 Things I Learned in Law School That I Apply to Trademarks Everyday appeared first on Erik M Pelton & Associates, PLLC.

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Manga Piracy: Operator of MangaBank Sentenced By Chinese Authorities


Japanese manga publishing giants Shueisha, Kadowaka, Kodansha, and Shogakukan are on a mission to disrupt piracy in any way possible.

Inventor Diversity Advocacy Group Launches ‘Patent Academy’ in Latest Effort to Reach Underrepresented Inventors

IP Watchdog

Earlier this month, IP diversity advocacy group Invent Together announced that it had launched an online learning platform known as The Inventor’s Patent Academy (TIPA), an e-learning course designed in collaboration with Qualcomm to educate inventors from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds about the benefits of engaging with the U.S.

Koninklijke Philips N.V. v. Thales DIS AIS Deutschland USA LLC (Fed. Cir. 2022)

JD Supra Law

The Federal Circuit today affirmed a decision by the District Court denying defendant Thales DIS AIS Deutschland USA's motion for preliminary injunction to prevent patentee plaintiff Koninklijke Philips N.V.

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Holy copyright baloney, Batman!

Likelihood of Confusion

It’s not as if I’ve got a problem with DC Comics or something, but, well, here you go. They’re just being like that! And I’m just catching up with the. The post Holy copyright baloney, Batman! appeared first on LIKELIHOOD OF CONFUSION™. Copyright Law Batmobile

Movie Piracy Site Operator Faces Five Years in Prison After Arrest in Japan


In the 2000s, Japan was a relatively safe place for people with a penchant for downloading content without paying for it. Even those running torrent sites were relatively worry-free when compared to their United States counterparts. Inevitably, it wouldn’t stay that way.

Inventor Asks SCOTUS to Consider Patent Eligibility Again, Distinguishing Case from American Axle

IP Watchdog

Despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s rejection of the petition in American Axle v. Neapco just a few days earlier, inventor David Tropp on July 5 again asked the Court to unravel U.S. patent eligibility law.

Who Owns the Metaverse?

JD Supra Law

Over the course of one year, the number of companies working on the metaverse grew from 200 in July 2021 to more than 500 now, according to a report by market researcher, Newzoo. This may be news to some who thought that Meta owned the Metaverse or was creating its own Metaverse.

Responding to the Rogers Outage: Time to Get Serious About Competition, Consumer Rights, and Communications Regulation

Michael Geist

Like many Canadians, I spent most of the massive Rogers outage completely offline. With the benefit of hindsight, my family made a big mistake by relying on a single provider for everything: broadband, home phone, cable, and wireless services on a family plan.

Fake Sky Representative Abuses Copyright Claims Board to Target Pirate Streaming App


Last month, the US Copyright Claims Board went live. Through this Copyright Office-hosted venue, copyright holders can try to recoup alleged damages outside the federal court system. The board aims to make it cheaper for creators to resolve disputes.

Fifth Circuit Panel Questions Appellate Jurisdiction of US Inventor’s APA Claims Over Fintiv’s Lack of Notice and Comment Rulemaking

IP Watchdog

On July 6, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit heard oral arguments in US Inventor v. Hirshfeld, an appeal from a lawsuit first filed in February 2021 to challenge the U.S.

NFTs: Usage Rights and Legal Fights

JD Supra Law

NFTs—or Non-Fungible Tokens—continue to raise new legal questions, particularly involving intellectual property rights and the enforcement of those rights against bad actors. By: Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

PCT Patent Application: Why file foreign when your US application is uncertain, unexamined or not allowed?

Patent Trademark Blog

Leap of Faith: File a PCT patent application while your US application might get rejected? Timing your patent filings can be tricky. P:atent applicants typically find themselves in a moment of indecision when the foreign filing deadline approaches.

RIAA Takes Down ‘Infringing’.ETH Domain Auctions from OpenSea


The music industry has had a difficult relationship with new technologies over the past several decades. Cassette tapes, recordable CDs, MP3s, and streaming services have all been described as a major threat to the revenues of artists and labels. ‘Infringing’ NFTs.

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Other Barks & Bites for Friday, July 15: Ninth Circuit Says Discovery Rule Survived Petrella, CJEU Rules Against Denmark in ‘Feta’ PDO Case, and WIPO Director Tam Calls on IP Specialists to Provide Jobs Catalyst

IP Watchdog

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UK government announces new text and data mining copyright exception in response to AI and IP consultation

JD Supra Law

The UK government is set to introduce new provisions in copyright law to permit data mining and analysis of datasets for commercial use. This will have an effect on all parties who license or permit third parties to access their data. By: Dentons

Fish Ranked #1 “Best Law Firm for Intellectual Property” in Vault’s 2023 Nationwide Survey

Fish & Richardson Trademark & Copyright Thoughts

Vault recently announced that Fish & Richardson has ranked #1 in its 2023 “Best Law Firms for Intellectual Property” survey. The organization provides in-depth intelligence on top law firms in the industry, drawing upon direct surveys and commentary from current employees.

Filmmakers Sue VPN for Promoting Piracy & Advertising on YTS


Over the past year, a group of independent movie companies filed a series of lawsuits against VPN providers. The makers of films such as “I Feel Pretty” and “Dallas Buyers Club” accuse these services of turning a blind eye to piracy or actively promoting it.

How Is Ensuring Ethical AI’s suite of solutions for innovative businesses is backed by our proprietary AI engine. AI allows us to develop tools that help companies understand where and how their competitors are. The post How Is Ensuring Ethical AI appeared first on - IP Innovation and Analytics.

Copyright Office Recommends No New Copyright Protections for News Publishers in the United States

JD Supra Law

Bucking a legal trend in Europe, the United States Copyright Office recently recommended against adopting additional copyright-like protections for news publishers that would require online news aggregators to pay publishers for news content shared on their platforms.