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Some Copyright Highlights in 2021-Around the World and in Canada?

Hugh Stephens Blog

Benefits and Considerations for Patent Prosecution Under Patent Prosecution Highway in Australia, Canada, South Korea, and Japan

Intellectual Property Law Blog

Introduction. This is the second article of the multi-part series discussing benefits of prosecuting patents under Patent Prosecution Highway or PPH. The first article can be accessed here.


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Sci-Hub Founder: Academic Publishers Are the Real Threat to Science, Not Sci-Hub


By offering free access to millions of ‘paywalled’ research papers, Sci-Hub is often described as “The Pirate Bay of Science”. The site is used by researchers from all over the world, to access papers they otherwise have a hard time accessing. For some, the site is essential to do their work.

Artificial Intelligence as an Inventor on Patents – The Global Divide and the Path Forward

JD Supra Law

DABUS (Device for the Autonomous Bootstrapping of Unified Sentience) is an artificial intelligence (AI) system created by Dr. Stephen Thaler.

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.

Becoming Harder to Justify a One-Size-Fits-All Patent System

IP Watchdog

Meanwhile, all patents— good, bad, revolutionary, and stupid— have eroded to the point where continued use of the U.S. patent system must be questioned.

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Fakku Sends DMCA Takedown Request Targeting TorrentFreak


When Fakku launched 15 years ago, it was an aggregator for unlicensed scanlations of adult manga, also known as hentai.

Expired Patents Can Be Challenged

JD Supra Law

Although it may seem counterintuitive, the PTAB has jurisdiction over expired patents, and patent owners may need to defend their expired patents in inter partes review. The PTAB recently reiterated this in Apple, Inc. Gesture Tech. By: Jones Day

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mRNA IP and Competitive Landscape: 2021 in Review – Part I, Update on Moderna, BioNTech, and CureVac

IP Watchdog

In April of this year, we provided a three-part series relating to the IP and Competitive Landscape for the mRNA market.

Position Marks


Some marks that label a product become distinctive just because of how they are positioned in a product.

Hollywood & Netflix Win High Court Order to Block 15 Major Pirate Sites


One of the key anti-piracy strategies of the movie and TV show industries is site blocking, whereby internet service providers are compelled via court order to deny subscriber access to specified domains.

Anchovy News, November / December 2021

JD Supra Law

This is the November/December edition of Anchovy News. Here you will find articles concerning ICANN, the domain name industry and the recuperation of domain names across the globe. In this issue we cover: DOMAIN NAME INDUSTRY NEWS.EU

New IP Monetization Models Will Rely Less on Litigation in 2022

IP Watchdog

From the perspective of the Intangible Investor, 2022 will be a year of new opportunities and transitional growth. IP business models will evolve, and risk and return calculations will become more reliable.

The Trichordist Poll: 83% say Streaming is Unsustainable for Artists and Songwriters

The Trichordist

Rather surprising unanimity that streaming is not sustainable for artists or songwriters! Artist Rights Music Streaming Polls Spotify streaming meltdown

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Pirate Party Fills Three Ministerial Positions in New Czech Government


When the Swedish Pirate Party was founded in early 2006, the majority of the mainstream press was skeptical, with some simply laughing it away. But they were wrong to dismiss this political movement right off the bat.

MarkIt to Market® - December 2021

JD Supra Law

The December 2021 issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to Market® newsletter discusses new enforcement tools courtesy of the Trademark Modernization Act; Pfizer's acquisition of Arena Pharmaceuticals; the latest developments in Canopy Growth's patent infringement suit against GW Pharmaceuticals; and the open gTLD Sunrise period.

The Most (Potentially) Consequential ITC Decisions of 2021

IP Watchdog

This has been a year full of ups and downs, including at the International Trade Commisison (ITC). The ITC has stayed open for business, instituting a near-record number of investigations and holding hearings, albeit virtually.

The (Still Secret) Online Harms Consultation: What the Government Heard, Part Two

Michael Geist

Last week, I posted on the results of this summer’s online harms consultation , which remains shrouded in secrecy as the Canadian government still refuses to disclose the hundreds of submissions it received.

Nintendo Wins High Court Injunction to Block Access to Pirated Switch ROMs


Over the past several years Nintendo has been pouring resources into its fight against those who help to bypass security measures in its Switch console.

Federal Circuit Patent Watch - December 2021 #2

JD Supra Law

Precedential Federal Circuit Opinions - TEVA PHARMACEUTICALS USA v. CORCEPT THERAPEUTICS, INC. OPINION] (2021-1360, 12/07/2021) (MOORE, NEWMAN, and REYNA) - Moore, C.J. The Court affirmed the PTAB’s IPR decision that claims directed to a specific dosage of mifepristone were not invalid as obvious.

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$550M Springsteen Catalogue Sale is Biggest Ever; Capital Gains Taxes and Low Interest Rates May Have Played a Role

IP Close Up

With the backing of leading private equity funds and record labels, celebrity singer-song writers such as Bob Dylan, Prince and Neil Young, are cashing in on strong long-term demand Continue reading.

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43(a)? It’s not for me to say

Likelihood of Confusion

I’m kind of tired of In re Tam also. But I have been a bit surprised that there has not been a more discussion, or as far as I can. The post 43(a)? It’s not for me to say appeared first on LIKELIHOOD OF CONFUSION™.

Aussie Federal Court Orders ISPs to Block 101 Pirate Movie & TV Show Domains


In December 2016 and after substantial work to amend the law, an Australian court ordered the blocking of several pirate sites headed up by the infamous The Pirate Bay.

When and Where to File Patent Applications

JD Supra Law

Excerpt: "In general, a patent is only valid in the country (or, in some cases, countries) where the patent office that issued it has responsibility.

4 Intellectual Property Management Best Practices

Intellectual property is, for many companies, an irreplaceable asset. Strategic IP management allows businesses to reap the full benefit of their investments in research and development as well as mergers.

A New Normal Emerges for Publishing

Velocity of Content

In the final weeks of 2021, Velocity of Content is looking back at the past twelve months of programs. A common observation on the COVID-19 pandemic is that the virus has illuminated the fractures and failures in society.

Malaysia Passes Bill to Imprison Illegal Streaming Pirates For Up To 20 Years


Laws that forbid the illegal uploading and downloading of copyrighted content are common around the world but the rise of streaming has sometimes exposed gaps in legislation.

Miramax/Tarantino Suit Highlights NFT Difficulties in Mysterious Suitcase of Copyrights Rights

JD Supra Law

Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) have made another court appearance, with Miramax, LLC filing a complaint in the Central District of California in an attempt to stop Quentin Tarantino from auctioning off seven Pulp Fiction-based NFTs.

Can QR Codes Be Trademarked?


A QR code is a machine-readable matrix barcode (short for “Quick Response”). QR codes were first utilised in the automotive business, but they are now widely used in advertising, payments, product tracing, and counterfeit detection, among other things.

Current Developments Requiring Covid-19 Masking and Vaccinations

GDB Firm Blog

Both New York State and New York City have responded to the recent outbreak of the Omicron Covid-19 variant by requiring masking and vaccinations in certain situations

U.S. Govt Launches Consultation on Upload Filters and Other Anti-Piracy Tools


A year ago, Senator Thom Tillis released a discussion draft of the “ Digital Copyright Act ” (DCA) a potential successor to the current DMCA. The DCA envisions thorough changes to the way online intermediaries approach the piracy problem.

Federal Circuit Jumps to Step Two To Rescue Authentication Patent

JD Supra Law

In Cosmokey Solutions Gmbh & Co. Duo Security LLC, on October 4, 2021, the Federal Circuit jumped straight to Step Two of the Supreme Court’s two-step method for determining patent eligibility and upheld a user authentication patent.

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The Law Bytes Podcast, Episode 113: The Year in Canadian Digital Law and Policy

Michael Geist

The past year has been an incredibly active one for Canadian digital law and policy with legislative battles over Bill C-10, controversial consultations on online harms and copyright, important Supreme Court decisions, new digital taxes, and an emerging trade battle with the United States.

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MLM's essential oils claims were puffery


Macnaughten v. Young Living Essential Oils, LC, 2021 WL 5965195, No. 5:21-cv-00071 (BKS/ML) (N.D.N.Y.