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Pickleball: A Boom in Trademark Filings

Erik K Pelton

The game of pickleball has become the fastest growing sport in the US and trademark filings at the USPTO are a proof of that. Businesses recognize that the trademark records of the USPTO really are a microcosm of the overall economy and a great source of research and knowledge.

3 Count: Texas Chainsaw Lawsuit

Plagiarism Today

Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday. 1: The Texas Chainsaw Copyright Infringement? Bastrop County Business Sued by Film Copyright owner.


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Silicon Valley’s Unsuccessful Attempts to Export Section 230 through International Trade Agreements

Hugh Stephens Blog

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the Omegle case, a potentially ground-breaking suit in the US in which an internet platform, Omegle, was denied the use of the Section 230 liability immunity defence by a judge in Oregon.

Google Removes YouTube Rippers from UK Search Results


Last year, the UK music industry claimed a major victory in its fight against online piracy. Following a two-year process initiated by the British Recorded Music Industry Ltd (BPI) and Phonographic Performance Ltd (PPL), the High Court ordered major ISPs to block access to several YouTube rippers.

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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.

mRNA Patent Litigation: The ‘Sport of Kings’


Image from here. Battle lines are being drawn in the fight over the lucrative mRNA vaccine technology used in certain Covid 19 vaccines. Moderna recently sued Pfizer alleging patent infringement of three out of eight patents that cover its Covid 19 vaccine (Spikevax).

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How Trademarks Registrations Have Migrated To The Cloud

Erik K Pelton

The following is an edited transcript of my video Trademarks in the Cloud. The USPTO recently phased out issuing trademark registration certificates on paper to all registrants automatically, and are instead issuing them electronically.

EU Initiative Uses Blockchain and NFTs to Fight IP Infringement


To the public at large, blockchains and NFTs are often associated with volatile coins and expensive JPG files. However, beyond the major headlines, many projects in development put this technology to use in novel ways. The European Union recognized this potential several years ago.

OM Weekly Digest 09/08/22

Olartemoure Blog

09/08/22 – Corporate. The Center of Arbitration of the Bogota Chamber of Commerce launched a new arbitration service for corporate and business disputes.

My Concerns with the ‘Can’t Be Evil’ NFT Licenses

Plagiarism Today

Last month, a study published by The Galaxy examined the top 25 most valuable NFT projects and found that, despite many understanding that NFTs transferred either the copyright or the license in the original work, only 1 in 25 of those projects even attempted to do as such.

AD-ttorneys@law - September 2022

JD Supra Law

CSPI to FDA: Move to the Front! Watchdog barks at industry efforts to highlight nutrition facts - Gesundheit FOPNL. It’s sweeping the globe. What is it, you ask? A new government agency? An awful skin condition? A variant of the common cold? By: BakerHostetler

Indian Court Orders US Domain Registrars to Preemptively Block Pirate Sites


Website blocking and cour-ordered domain suspensions are common anti-piracy measures in several parts of the world. India has been at the forefront of this movement, with rightsholders requesting blockades of thousands of websites over the years.

This Week in Washington IP: Oversight of the U.S. Copyright Office, Public/Private Collaboration for Quantum Computing Innovation, and Technology for Reducing Food Waste

IP Watchdog

This week in Washington IP news, the Senate IP Subcommittee hosts a hearing Wednesday afternoon to provide oversight of the U.S. Copyright Office, focusing on modernization efforts and technology updates.

3 Count: Teaming Up

Plagiarism Today

Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday. 1: Filmmakers Sue AT&T to Block Pirate Sites & Disconnect Repeat Infringers.

Oh, Fudge. TTAB Finds Curse Word Fails to Function as Trademark

JD Supra Law

The US Patent & Trademark Office (PTO) denied registration of several US trademark applications for the mark F**K, even though the applicant had overcome a prohibition on the registration of “immoral or scandalous” trademarks as a violation of the First Amendment in the Supreme Court’s 2019 decision in Iancu v. Brunetti.

Five Men Indicted For Uploading Movies & Then Extorting ‘Pirate’ Downloaders


So-called copyright trolls come in all shapes and sizes and while most have a cynical approach to copyright law, some are prepared to go to extremes. The most notable case in the United States involved Prenda Law.

Petitioner Pushes Back on Texas AG’s Arguments in Plea to High Court to Review Copyright Takings Case Against Texas A&M

IP Watchdog

The petitioner in a case challenging the U.S.

3 Count: Somewhat Less Lit

Plagiarism Today

Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday. 1: 11th Circuit Overturns $1.4 Million Award for Rapper in Copyright Battle.

Federal Circuit Upholds Lower Court Decision in Par Pharmaceutical, Inc. v. Eagle Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

JD Supra Law

(August 18, 2022) The Federal Circuit has affirmed that Eagle Pharmaceuticals, Inc. did not infringe Par Pharmaceutical, Inc. patents, easing Eagle’s path to market a generic competitor to Par’s Vasostrict®. By: Knobbe Martens

Filmmakers Sue AT&T to Block Pirate Sites & Disconnect Repeat Infringers


Over the past several years there has been a drive to hold US-based ISPs liable for copyright infringements carried out by their customers.

Exploring the Challenges in the Shift to Open Access: Part 1 – Data

Velocity of Content

The world of scholarly publishing is rapidly changing in response to pressure from research funders and policymakers, such as the 2018 Plan S mandates and the recent memorandum from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, to accelerate the move to open access (OA).?

Does the NSA Think You Are a Terrorist?

Likelihood of Confusion

It’s nothing personal if they do, but — does the NSA think, maybe, you’re a terrorist? Don’t be surprised if it does. Source: Originally posted 2013-10-08 18:16:48. Republished by. The post Does the NSA Think You Are a Terrorist?

NAI & IPO Release List of Top 100 Universities Receiving Patents in 2021

JD Supra Law

Earlier today, the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) published their annual list of the top 100 worldwide universities that received the most U.S. utility patents during the 2021 calendar year. The NAI is a member organization comprising U.S.

Tarantino and Miramax Settle Copyright Lawsuit Over “Pulp Fiction” NFTs


Last fall, movie director Quentin Tarantino announced that he would auction ‘Pulp Fiction’ NFTs to the public. These NFTs would unlock handwritten scripts and exclusive custom commentary from Tarantino, assets that many fans would like to get their hands on.

Reducing food loss: What grocery retailers and manufacturers can do

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

An estimated $600 billion worth of food is lost during or just after harvest. Can manufacturers and grocers do anything about it? Definitely—and it will be good for business, people, and the planet. Insights on Consumer Packaged Goods Consumer packaged goods Retail environments

Name that geek

Likelihood of Confusion

Dennis Crouch of the Patently-O blog did a cool little experiment. A professor of law at Boston University and a practicing patent lawyer, he’d be the first to admit this. The post Name that geek appeared first on LIKELIHOOD OF CONFUSION™.

USPTO News Briefs - September 2022

JD Supra Law

USPTO Launches Webpage on PTE Applications and Patent Terms Extended under 35 U.S.C. § 156 - In a Patent Alert email distributed to stakeholders last week, the U.S.

Japan Launches Free Legal Service to Help Fight Overseas Pirate Sites


From a single piece of handcrafted manga to an entire musical album, copyright law offers protection to all creators. At least that’s the basic theory behind creators’ rights. The reality can be a somewhat less comforting and at times entirely more confusing experience.

Refusal of domestic authorities to enforce copyright breaches human rights, says ECtHR

The IPKat

Is a country’s failure to ensure the protection of IP rights a breach of human rights, more precisely the right to the peaceful enjoyment of one’s own possessions under Article 1 of Protocol No. 1 to the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) ?

New Book by Controversial Author Claims Software Ownership is “Killing” Innovation and Competition

IP Close Up

The author of a new book who was previously accused of employing junk economic science says that software ownership is damaging innovation and impeding U.S. competition. Continue reading.

Virtual goods and NFTs – IP protection of digital assets in gaming, social media and the metaverse

JD Supra Law

Google Received DMCA Takedown Notices For 4 Million Unique Domains


For many people, Google is the go-to starting point when they need to find something on the web. With just a few keystrokes, the search engine can find virtually anything. This makes life easier but for copyright holders, there’s a drawback too, as the web is littered with pirate sites.

Jack Daniel's Seeks Supreme Court Review of Ninth Circuit's "Bad Spaniels" Ruling.

The TTABlog

The Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by Jack Daniel's in the "Bad Spaniels" case is worth a read. pdf here ]. The Appendix may be found here. A response is due on or before September 16, 2022.

The future of payments in Africa

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Innovations, entrepreneurs, and capital are reshaping Africa’s fast-growing electronic-payments landscape with solutions for consumers and businesses alike. Insights on Financial Services Payments Africa