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The John Hughes Plagiarism Scandal

Plagiarism Today

On June 9th, Anna Katharine Verney at the Guardian Australia published a lengthy analysis of the John Hughes book The Dogs. The book was on the longlist for the Miles Franklin prize, widely considered to be the highest literary prize in Australia.

Amicus Brief filed in Vans v. MSCHF

Likelihood of Confusion

This is an important trademarks / free speech case. I got in on an edge of it! The post Amicus Brief filed in Vans v. MSCHF appeared first on LIKELIHOOD OF CONFUSION™. Free Expression Trademarks and trademark law Vans v. MSCHF


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MANGA Plus Invites Users to Confess Piracy & Name Most-Used Pirate Sites


For many years Japanese manga companies had a tendency to ignore the majority of overseas markets, despite the potential for lucrative trade.

Note to Senators: U.S. Patent Office Remains Under a Permanent Injunction

IP Watchdog

On June 8, 2022, Senators Leahy, Blumenthal, Klobuchar, Cornyn, Collins and Braun sent a letter to U.S.

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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.

Using the Copyright Small Claims Board to Fight Essay Mills

Plagiarism Today

In December 2020, the United States government passed the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act (CASE Act). The act, to put it simply, created the Copyright Small Claims Board (CCB), a “small claims court” to hear copyright infringement disputes.

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Paris Hilton is One of the First Defendants at the ‘Small’ Copyright Claims Board


Last Thursday, the US Copyright Claims Board went live. Through this venue, hosted at the Copyright Office, 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.

Patent Poetry: An NFT Showing a Physical Product May Be “Artistic”

JD Supra Law

A New York federal court has ruled that a non-fungible token (“NFT”) for a digital image similar to a Birkin handbag may be an “artistic” work for purposes of determining whether the NFT infringes the Birkin trademark and other IP rights.

3 Count: Small Claims, Open Doors

Plagiarism Today

Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday. 1: Judge in Maryland Strikes Down Library e-Book Law.

Senators Urge Copyright Office to Reject DLC Request for Delayed Payments to Songwriters

IP Watchdog

A bipartisan group of senators on Friday sent a letter to Shira Perlmutter, Register of Copyrights and Director of the U.S.

Digital Trails: How Bungie Identified a Mass Sender of Fake DMCA Notices


Earlier this year, Bungie and its enthusiastic Destiny fan community were plunged into chaos. Using the DMCA’s takedown process as a weapon, persons unknown sent copyright notices to YouTube, claiming that the targeted videos should be taken down for infringing Bungie’s rights.

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The Ohio State University Wins the War

JD Supra Law

By now, news has broken about The Ohio State University and its official registration of a trademark for the word “THE”. This comes after a nearly three-year battle to clinch legal branding access to a word that’s deeply meaningful to the school’s identity. By: Kohrman Jackson & Krantz LLP

3 Count: Shape of Legal Costs

Plagiarism Today

Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday. 1: Ed Sheeran and Co-writers Awarded £900,000 in Costs Over Copyright Case.

CAFC Says District Court Correctly Invalidated Design Patent

IP Watchdog

On June 22, the U.S.

Takedown Notice Wipes Game Boy Advance Emulator From GitHub


Playing games using browser-based emulators is a niche pastime of some of the most dedicated gamers. For Game Boy Advance fans there are a few websites that offer this option, albeit without permission from Nintendo.

Prudential Regulation Authority SS2/21 Compliance Checklist

JD Supra Law

The UK Prudential Regulation Authority SS2/21 sets out outsourcing and third-party risk management expectations for UK firms, here's the 6 steps you need to follow to ensure compliance. What is SS2/21 outsourcing and third-party risk management?

Delhi High Court on ‘Specified Value’ of IP suits under Commercial Courts Act


Justice Pratibha Singh of the Delhi High Court, vide judgment dated 3 June 2022 in Vishal Pipes Limited v. Bhavya Pipe Industry , held that all the IPR disputes, irrespective of their valuations, should be listed before the commercial district court judges.

Unified Patents is Seeking a Senior Patent Counsel

IP Watchdog

Unified Patents is again growing its legal department, and seeks to add an experienced, registered patent attorney. This is a full-time, permanent, remote position in Washington, DC area.

Megaupload Pair Plead Guilty, Kim Dotcom Turns Anger on Former Friends


After 10 years of legal battles following the closure of Megaupload, former executives Mathias Ortmann and Bram van der Kolk want to put their ordeal behind them.

An Immersive Conversation with Dion Bregman on the Metaverse

JD Supra Law

Bill C-11 Enters a Danger Zone: Government Shifts from Ignoring Witnesses on User Content Regulation to Dismissing Criticisms as “Misinformation”

Michael Geist

The Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage heard from a total of 48 witnesses as individuals or representing organizations during its study of Bill C-11 (excluding the CRTC and government officials).

‘In Good Hands’: As Hirshfeld Reflects on His Long Career, Vidal Preps for USPTO’s Future

IP Watchdog

Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Director Kathi Vidal and outgoing Acting Deputy Director Drew Hirshfeld joined IPWatchdog’s CEO and Founder Gene Quinn today to discuss Hirshfeld’s nearly 30-year career with the Office, as well as Vidal’s philosophy as she embarks on her journey as the new Director.

DMCA Subpoena to Unmask Twitter User Hits Fair Use & Constitutional Roadblock


Around October 2020 a Twitter user called ‘ MrMoneyBags ‘ began posting critical messages targeting billionaires. Brian Sheth, the former President of Vista Equity Partners, a private equity fund based in Austin, Texas, received special attention.

Who Wins, Who Loses – Still Worse To Be The Patent Owner On Appeal

JD Supra Law

We’ve been updating our stats pretty frequently but haven’t had a recent post about what—if anything—has changed in affirmance rates as more data has been compiled.

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How to Look Good at the Cost of Your Successor (Please Don’t!)–Part 2

Christopher Roser

This is the second post in this short three-post series on how to look good while driving the plant into the ground. Again, the following is intended more of a warning on how NOT to do it, even though I fear some may use it as a checklist. My hope is that even more see. Read more.


This Week in Washington IP: IPWatchdog Hosts Conversation with Director Vidal; Congress to Discuss Improving Predictability at the PTAB; and Mitigating Risks in New Technologies

IP Watchdog

This week in Washington IP news and events, both the Senate and the House of Representatives hold hearings looking at various aspects of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), including its impact on small businesses as well as ways that predictability and fairness in PTAB proceedings can be restored by Congress.

Torrent Site Blockades Don’t Change Old Piracy Habits Right Away


In March, a Dutch court ordered local ISP Delta to block access to the torrent sites 1337x, LimeTorrents, YTS, RARBG, Kickasstorrents and EZTV. In addition to the main domains, a long list of proxies and mirrors are included as well. And if new domains pop up, these can be swiftly blocked too.

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Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. v. Accord Healthcare, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2022)

JD Supra Law

The Federal Circuit recently granted a panel rehearing and vacated a panel decision between these parties decided earlier this year (see Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. Accord Healthcare), and rendered a decision that reversed the District Court finding in that earlier opinion.

The metaverse, NFTs and IP rights: to regulate or not to regulate?

WIPO Magazine

Over the last year, the metaverse and NFTs have fueled debates about their anticipated global impact and the question of whether there is an urgent need for new regulations to adapt to these new innovations

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IP Reveries: Class 4.1 Ruminating on the “R – Rights” of IPR!


The IP Reveries series is an experimental ‘fun’ series set in an imaginary classroom where we are using a dialogue format to raise questions and discussions around IP that traditionally don’t find a place to get voiced either due to long standing assumptions, or due to being seen as ‘too trivial’ to discuss in more formal settings.

Brazil’s Targets ‘Metaverse’ Piracy in Latest “Operation 404” Crackdown


In the fall of 2019, Brazilian law enforcement agencies conducted a large anti-piracy campaign codenamed ‘Operation 404,’ referring to the well-known HTTP error code.

Sports & Entertainment Spotlight: Hailey Bieber’s Skincare Company 'Rhode' Is Being Haled Into Court to Answer Trademark Infringement Claims by a Fashion Brand of the Same Name

JD Supra Law

Welcome back to the "Spotlight" – this being the very first and certainly not the last of Summer 2022. That’s right, folks.

CRTC Chair Ian Scott Confirms Bill C-11 Can Be Used To Pressure Internet Platforms to Manipulate Algorithms

Michael Geist

The Senate Standing Committee on Transport and Communications held an exceptionally important hearing as part of its Bill C-11 pre-study (which is about to change into a Bill C-11 study) last night featuring Canadian Heritage officials and CRTC Chair Ian Scott.

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Building Networked Innovation

Velocity of Content

For those competing in the rapid-paced food and beverage industry, whether delivering consumer packaged goods (CPGs), agricultural solutions, or ingredients, you may find that it is time to embark on expanding your innovation ecosystem.