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Adobe’s Terms of Service Debacle

Plagiarism Today

Adobe users are in revolt over changes to the company's terms of service. But how bad are they should users be worried? The post Adobe’s Terms of Service Debacle appeared first on Plagiarism Today.

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Ted Lasso Trademark Lessons

Erik K Pelton

The following is an edited transcript of my video 5 Trademark Lessons from Ted Lasso. I loved the showed Ted Lasso, with its great story lines, acting, and cheerful presence. Here are five trademark lessons we can apply from the show: If you’ve seen Ted Lasso, you’ve seen the Believe poster in the locker room. Believe is important for the trademark process because trademarks are both an art and a science, so you have to have some belief when you’re building a brand that youR

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Publishing Companies Say Google is Liable for Promoting Pirated Textbooks

IP Watchdog

Several major educational publishing companies, including Macmillan, Elsevier and McGraw Hill, have sued Google in a New York district court alleging contributory and vicarious copyright infringement, trademark infringement and violations of New York’s General Business Law. The companies claim that Google’s search engine is facilitating infringement by promoting pirate sites that sell heavily discounted versions of educational textbooks.

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Napster Sparked a File-Sharing Revolution 25 Years Ago

TorrentFreak

The invention of the MP3 format in 1993 didn’t make any mainstream news headlines. In hindsight, however, it was a pivotal moment that would revolutionize music consumption, and more. Invented by the German engineer Karlheinz Brandenburg and colleagues at the Fraunhofer Society, the coding format made it possible to reduce the size of music files without any significant loss of audible sound quality.

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Software Composition Analysis: The New Armor for Your Cybersecurity

Speaker: Blackberry, OSS Consultants, & Revenera

Software is complex, which makes threats to the software supply chain more real every day. 64% of organizations have been impacted by a software supply chain attack and 60% of data breaches are due to unpatched software vulnerabilities. In the U.S. alone, cyber losses totaled $10.3 billion in 2022. All of these stats beg the question, “Do you know what’s in your software?

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Stanford University Students Accused of Plagiarizing AI Model

Plagiarism Today

A team including Stanford undergrads have been accused of plagiarizing a Chinese company when creating their new AI system. The post Stanford University Students Accused of Plagiarizing AI Model appeared first on Plagiarism Today.

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25 TTAB Tips

Erik K Pelton

Erik shares 25 key terms to know if you are involved in a Trademark Trial and Appeal Board matter in this episode. The post 25 TTAB Tips appeared first on Erik M Pelton & Associates, PLLC. Erik shares 25 key terms to know if you are involved in a Trademark Trial and Appeal Board matter in this episode.

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I Don’t Get You, Babe - The Curious Copyright Case of Sonny & Cher & Mary

JD Supra Law

The 1970s were the heyday of the now-extinct television genre known as the variety show: a weekly extravaganza headlined by a well-known entertainer, generally accompanied by a supporting cast of singers, dancers and comedians, and featuring a weekly guest star to liven things up. Among the longest lasting of these weekly spectacles was The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, which premiered in 1971 and featured the eponymous 1960s singing duo.

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When the Police Cheat

Plagiarism Today

Some 1,200 officers who took the August 2022 NYPD sergeants exam are accused of cheating on the high-stakes test. The post When the Police Cheat appeared first on Plagiarism Today.

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Tips for searching logos and design trademarks at the USPTO

Erik K Pelton

I recent sat down with Alt Legal to share best practices for searching trademark designs or logos with the new USPTO search system. Watch below: For more, see [link] The post Tips for searching logos and design trademarks at the USPTO appeared first on Erik M Pelton & Associates, PLLC.

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The Biotechnology Revolution: The Impact of the New WIPO Treaty on Genetic Resources

IP Watchdog

After 25 years of negotiations, representatives from various countries gathered at a diplomatic conference in Geneva, Switzerland, from May 13 to 24, 2024, resulting in the approval of this historic treaty. The main change brought by the treaty is the mandatory disclosure of the origin of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge in patent applications.

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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.

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WIPO Treaty on Intellectual Property, Genetic Resources and Associated Traditional Knowledge: Concerns of India and Developing Nations- Part II

SpicyIP

After assessing the requirement to mandatorily disclose the source of genetic resource/ associated traditional knowledge under the recent WIPO treaty, in part II of his post, Dr. Anson CJ takes a look at the implication of this requirement on India. Dr. Anson is an Assistant Professor at the Inter University Centre for IPR Studies, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi and has previously contributed to the blog here.

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Grading Google’s AI on Copyright Questions

Plagiarism Today

Google's AI-powered search has become equal part pariah and laughingstock. Here's how it handles basic copyright questions. The post Grading Google’s AI on Copyright Questions appeared first on Plagiarism Today.

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You’ve got mail: new (sort of) automated analysis of goods and services for Nice Classification for upcoming trademark registration renewals in Canada

JD Supra Law

Last week, the Canadian Trademarks Office began issuing “pre-assessment letters” for certain trademark registrations which have never been classified under the Nice Classification system. The Nice Classification system was adopted in Canada on June 17, 2019. Since then, unclassified trademark registrations (which are registrations that issued before June 17, 2019), must be classified prior to their renewal.

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Mishandled Disclosures: A Greek Tragedy in IP Law

Patently-O

by Dennis Crouch Neuropublic S.A., a Greek technology company, has filed a federal lawsuit against the law firm Ladas & Parry LLP, with several claims stemming from the firm’s alleged mishandling of Neuropublic’s confidential invention disclosure — sending it out to a third party (“PatentManiac”) for a preliminary novelty search which then (again allegedly) further leaked the disclosure.

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Pay Up and Shut Up: How The CRTC Has Removed Canadians From Broadcast and Internet Policy

Michael Geist

Last December, I appeared before the CRTC as part of Bill C-11 hearings, where I emphasized the need for the Commission to pay attention to competition, consumer choice, and affordability. My takeaway from that appearance was that “my intervention met with skepticism from some Commissioners who see their role as guardians of the broadcasting system on behalf of longstanding beneficiaries with little regard for the impact on consumers or the risks to competition.

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3 Count: Sony and AI

Plagiarism Today

Sony CEO announces more AI in films, Liverpool man sentenced for piracy and Kendrick Lamar diss tracks getting copyright claimed. The post 3 Count: Sony and AI appeared first on Plagiarism Today.

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Is NO FAKES i the Answer to Avoid Fake Out? ii

JD Supra Law

The impersonation of celebrity voices is nothing new. Almost 40 years ago, Bette Midler successfully sued Ford Motor Company when it used an impersonation of her voice in a car commercial. Singer Tom Waits also won a similar case against Frito-Lay, Inc. and Tracy-Locke, Inc. for impersonating his voice in a commercial. In both of those cases, the companies had found soundalike voice actors to copy the sound of the well-known artists.

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Creator Spotlight with Artist, Author, & Doctor Grisell Vargas

Copyright Alliance

This week we’d like to introduce Artist, Author, & award-winning physician, Grisell Vargas. Grisell is the author of three pain management books and has been published in over 60 medical […] The post Creator Spotlight with Artist, Author, & Doctor Grisell Vargas appeared first on Copyright Alliance.

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Organizations Tell USPTO Proposed 2025 Fees ‘Misuse’ Office’s Fee Setting Authority

IP Watchdog

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC), the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and the Council for Innovation Promotion (C4IP) are among a number of organizations that have recently submitted comments on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO’s) proposed fee schedule for 2025 to express their concern about certain substantial fee increases.

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3 Count: Password Sharing

Plagiarism Today

A Canadian judge okays password sharing, a shuttered IPTV network is still streaming, and a washing machine jingle baffles ContentID. The post 3 Count: Password Sharing appeared first on Plagiarism Today.

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Patent Poetry: Understanding the Dawn Donut Rule for Trademarks

JD Supra Law

In trademark law, the general rule is that, where two parties seek to use the same trademark in the same geographic area, the earlier (“senior”) user has rights superior to those of a subsequent (“junior”) user.

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At last: Habemus Covidiot!

The IPKat

After it was referred back in 2021, a few days ago the Grand Board of the European Union Intellectual Property Office finally issued its long-awaited decision concerning an application to register the figurative sign ‘COVIDIOT’ (below) as an EU trade mark for the following goods: Class 6: Metal clips. Class 9: Computer gaming software; Mobile apps. Class 28: Board games; Toys.

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‘Adam Ruins Everything’ Star Suggests BitTorrent as an Option to Watch the Series

TorrentFreak

In an ideal world, there should be no reason for people to pirate. However, that world doesn’t exist. On the contrary, in recent years, movie and TV-show piracy appears to have become more relevant. The fragmented libraries of video streaming services, paired with their costly monthly subscriptions, play a part in this resurgence. Many people have become accustomed to ‘pirating’ content on the side when the services they pay for don’t offer everything they want.

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3 Count: Alright, Alright, Alright

Plagiarism Today

Travis Scott hits back in sampling lawsuit, Pakistani singer has hit song taken down, and Louis Vuitton pressed over Romanian design. The post 3 Count: Alright, Alright, Alright appeared first on Plagiarism Today.

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Who Really Owns Your Patent?  You or Your Bank?

JD Supra Law

Intell. Tech LLC v. Zebra Techs. Corp., No. 2022-2207 (Fed. Cir. May 1, 2024) On May 1, the Federal Circuit reversed a district court’s dismissal of Intellectual Tech’s (“IT’s”) patent infringement claims against Zebra Technologies (“Zebra”) for lack of constitutional standing. The Federal Circuit found that even though IT defaulted on a loan, which gave their bank rights to the patents used as loan security, IT still had standing to sue, and the default did not automatically strip IT of its.

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IP.com Launches IQ Ideas+ 3.0: Revolutionizing Ideation with AI-Powered Innovation to Maximize ROI in R&D

IP.com

Press Release: 6/2/2024 Engineering leadership must embrace AI in the innovation process. Rochester, June 3 – IP.com is excited to unveil IQ Ideas+ 3.0, featuring Compass AI , a revolutionary new solution that transforms enterprise ideation and problem-solving, delivering enhanced ROI. Utilizing cutting-edge generative artificial intelligence (AI), Compass AI offers a structured approach to creativity, intelligently guiding users through a structured approach to explore, refine, and deve

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AI-Generated Soundalikes Pose Right Of Publicity Issues

IP Law 360

Artificial intelligence voice generators have recently proliferated, allowing users to create new voices or manipulate existing vocals with no audio engineering expertise, and although soundalikes may be permissible in certain cases, they likely violate the right of publicity of the person who is being mimicked, says Matthew Savare at Lowenstein Sandler.

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3 Count: Double Dealing

Plagiarism Today

Roberto Clemente's estate sued over alleged double-dealing, DAZN won more site blocking, and Adobe criticized over Ansel Adams-like images. The post 3 Count: Double Dealing appeared first on Plagiarism Today.

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NYS Assembly Led Down the Primrose Path on eBooks Again

The Illusion of More

In December 2021, New York Governor Hochul recognized that she must veto a bill that would have prescribed the manner in which publishers may provide eBooks to public libraries. It isn’t necessary to rehash the details of that legislation—I wrote several posts about eBook bills—but only to restate the reason for the veto: the law […] The post NYS Assembly Led Down the Primrose Path on eBooks Again appeared first on The Illusion of More.

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BREIN Pulled 610 Pirate Sites and Services Offline Last Year

TorrentFreak

Supported by Hollywood and other content industries, Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN has a long and well-established track record. The group’s actions regularly make it into our headlines, but there is also a lot of work carried out behind the scenes. BREIN has just published its latest annual report, providing insights into the priorities of the organization and the progress being made.

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Garage Address Not Enough To Keep IP Suit In Texas, Biz Says

IP Law 360

A Chicago-based business software review platform has argued it can't be forced to face a patent infringement suit in Texas because a patent-holding company claimed it has a location in Austin, saying a "quick Google search" would have revealed the address is a parking garage.

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The Devil Made Me Do It: When are USPTO Filings ‘Involuntary’?

IP Watchdog

In Dragon Intellectual Property LLC v. Dish Network LLC, - (Fed. Cir., May 20, 2024), a divided panel of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that a prevailing defendant in an otherwise “exceptional” patent infringement case could not recover attorney fees expended in a parallel inter partes review (IPR) proceeding because the defendant’s initiation of the IPR was “voluntary.

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The creativity of theft

Likelihood of Confusion

Sarah Burstein, by way of Julie Zerbo, or is it the other way around? An appropriate question: This design squatting (I don't know what else to call it) is astounding in its utter shamelessness. [link] — Sarah Burstein (@design_law) June 27, 2019 Funny thing: In certain contexts (or, perhaps, all contexts?), the more legal regimes […] The post The creativity of theft appeared first on LIKELIHOOD OF CONFUSION™.

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Nintendo Hits 127 Switch Piracy Tutorial Repos After ‘Cracking’ URL Encryption

TorrentFreak

Driven by views, likes, and in some cases, a reasonable level of fame, around 2016 emboldened YouTubers threw caution to the wind with their ‘content acquisition’ tutorials. Where there had once been a nod-and-a-wink, many ventured into the full-blown piracy tutorial arena. For good measure, they also marketed them as such. While some claimed protection based on freedom of speech, many underestimated the implications of exercising that right on YouTube, a platform they did not own.

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'Brussels Effect' Of EU's AI Act Is Uncertain, Legal Pros Say

IP Law 360

BigLaw attorneys advising international clients on the European Union's AI Act tell Law360 there are significant uncertainties over vague terms in the 458-page statute, how its steep eight-figure fines will be enforced, and whether it will set a new standard globally as part of the "Brussels effect.

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