2022

Crypto Group Buys Dune Book, Confuses it for Buying the Rights

Plagiarism Today

On Saturday, the crypto Group Spice DAO took to Twitter to explains their plans for one of their non-crypto acquisitions. Last year, the group spent €2.66 million ($3 million) acquiring a physical copy of the book Jodorowsky’s Dune.

We’re growing (again) ! Seeking trademark associate attorney to join our team at EMP&A

Erik K Pelton

We are growing again at EMP&A. We are excited to to announce that we are hiring an Associate Attorney to join our trademark firm! Details and application information below: 2022 Job Posting – Associat… by Erik Pelton. The post We’re growing (again) !

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Winnie the Pooh, the Public Domain and Winnie’s Canadian Connection

Hugh Stephens Blog

On or around January 1 each year we get a recrudescence of the same old story, a “celebration” of all the works that have just entered the public domain in the United States.

USPTO’s Pilot Program for Deferring Subject Matter Eligibility Response

Intellectual Property Law Blog

Introduction. On January 6, 2022, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced a Deferred Subject Matter Eligibility Response Pilot Program (the “DSMER Program”). We provide a brief overview of this program.

Google Drive Flags Text Files With “1” or “0” As Copyright Infringements

TorrentFreak

The entire digital world is made up of binary code, often 1’s and 0’s. When you piece enough of them together, beautiful things can be created. By themselves, these two numbers are not that impressive. However, Google Drive appears to see them as a threat of sorts.

Artificial Intelligence and IP: UK IPO consults a second time

JD Supra Law

At the end of October 2021, the UK Intellectual Property Office launched its second consultation on artificial intelligence.

Songwriter Needs Help: GoFundMe Fundraiser for Hugh Prestwood and Judy Ahrens–ArtistRightsWatch

The Trichordist

Hugh Prestwood and Judy Ahrens' story highlights the cruelty of the Copyright Royalty Board's frozen mechanicals policy and the failure of leadership by music publishers.

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A Look Back at India’s Top IP Developments of 2021

SpicyIP

Cup of coffee, pen and notepad on wooden background. Top view. Image from here. Here’s wishing all our readers a very happy, safe, and healthy new year!

Top 10 Patent Cases: 1891 to 1951

Patently-O

by Dennis Crouch. Prior to 1891, appeals in patent cases went directly to the Supreme Court, and the Court decided lots of patent cases.

4 AI Trends We’ll See in 2022

IP.com

AI is a rapidly changing technology with the potential to impact both business and everyday life. In 2022, AI will continue to advance. Algorithms will be based on larger data. The post 4 AI Trends We’ll See in 2022 appeared first on IP.com - IP Innovation and Analytics. Artificial Intelligence

What Winnie-the-Pooh Lapsing into the Public Domain Really Means

Plagiarism Today

On January 1, 2022, works that were first published in the year 1926 lapsed into the public domain. Though the list of works that includes is long, some bigger names include Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises and Dorothy Parker’s Enough Rope.

EMP&A Accepting Summer Internship Applications

Erik K Pelton

Summer is around the corner, which means we are seeking law student(s) for a paid IP/Trademark internship from May/June – July/August 2022.

What Lies Ahead for Canada in 2022 from a Copyright and Content Perspective?

Hugh Stephens Blog

As I noted in my year-end wrap up a couple of weeks ago, some of the copyright and content related issues that were under discussion in Canada in 2021 will likely move forward in a more aggressive way this year.

Creator Spotlight with Artist Kasey Lynn Wisnom

Copyright Alliance

This week we’d like to introduce you to artist Kasey Lynn Wisnom. What was the inspiration behind becoming an artist? What do you enjoy most about the creative process? My […]. The post Creator Spotlight with Artist Kasey Lynn Wisnom appeared first on Copyright Alliance.

10 Years Ago the Feds Shut Down Megaupload

TorrentFreak

At the end of 2011, Kim Dotcom dropped the “ Megaupload Song.” ” The track, a blatant promotional piece for the file-sharing site, featured top artists such P Diddy, Will.i.am, Alicia Keys, Snoop Dogg, and Kanye West.

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Update on Artificial Intelligence as a Patent Inventor

JD Supra Law

Our previous blog posts, Artificial Intelligence as the Inventor of Life Sciences Patents? and Update on Artificial Intelligence: Court Rules that AI Cannot Qualify As “Inventor,” discuss recent inventorship issues surrounding AI and its implications for life sciences innovations.

Participation vacancy

Likelihood of Confusion

Probably isn’t good enough pic.twitter.com/9rQwe0JVMm — Ron Coleman (@RonColeman) May 17, 2017 Originally posted 2017-05-18 06:36:08. Republished by Blog Post Promoter. The post Participation vacancy appeared first on LIKELIHOOD OF CONFUSION™.

Court Quashes 512(h) Subpoena Submitted to YouTube–Watch Tower v. Kevin McFree

Technology & Marketing Law Blog

A “lapsed” Jehovah’s Witnesses member, using the alias “ Kevin McFree ,” posted YouTube videos using stop-animation of Lego figurines to criticize the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Bombay HC Clarifies the Contours of Copyright Infringement and Confidentiality Law

SpicyIP

Image of folder tag with text “confidential” Image from here. The Bombay High Court in Tarun Wadhwa v.

Supreme Court Patent Decisions

Patently-O

by Dennis Crouch. The chart below shows the number of Supreme Court patent decisions broken-up by decade. The ramp-up in the late 1800s is tied to the “second industrial revolution” in the US. The drop in cases after 1890 is largely procedural.

All Economic Indicators Are Flashing Red at the Copyright Royalty Board on Frozen Mechanicals–MusicTech.Solutions

The Trichordist

by Chris Castle All of the economic indicators are telling us that inflation is going to be around for a while–so songwriters should expect some cost of… Read more "All Economic Indicators Are Flashing Red at the Copyright Royalty Board on Frozen Mechanicals–MusicTech.Solutions".

5 Copyright Stories to Watch in 2022

Plagiarism Today

A new year is upon us and, while 2021 proved that a new year doesn’t mean a fresh start, it is still an opportunity to both reflect on the past and look ahead. To that end, 2022 is looking to be a major year for copyright in a myriad of ways.

EMP&A comments on USPTO’s transition to issue electronic trademark registration certificates

Erik K Pelton

The USPTO recently announced, via notice in the Federal Register , that it intends to issue electronic trademark registration certificates, and only will print physical certificates upon request and with a small fee ($25 per copy).

Will the Content Tail Wag the Wireless Dog? The Rogers/Shaw Merger in Canada?

Hugh Stephens Blog

Nowadays it is not uncommon for major telecommunications companies (telcos) to provide infrastructure in the form of wireless, wireline and fibre optic, cable and satellite connectivity while also directly controlling some of the content distributed via this infrastructure.

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Amicus in Green v. DOJ challenge to 1201

43(B)log

The EFF is litigating a First Amendment challenge to 1201's access control provisions. Pam Samuelson and I filed a brief in support of that challenge.

Adblocking Does Not Constitute Copyright Infringement, Court Rules

TorrentFreak

In order to finance their operations, millions of websites rely on advertising to generate revenue. For some readers, however, excessive or obtrusive advertising is something to be combatted, often through the use of adblocking tools.

Federal Circuit Review December 2021

JD Supra Law

Ranges for Interdependent and Interactive Components Can Be Tricky to Derive - In Modernatx, Inc. Arbutus Biopharma Corporation, Appeal No.

Art 101

Oh, yeah, Blue Ivy baby thing

Likelihood of Confusion

As Lara Pearson puts it: For the past 3 days my in-box has been lighting up at a blistering pace with news alerts about every trademark attorney’s favorite celebrity infant. The post Oh, yeah, Blue Ivy baby thing appeared first on LIKELIHOOD OF CONFUSION™.

Catching Up on Recent FOSTA Developments (None of Them Good)

Technology & Marketing Law Blog

The number #1 question I get whenever I discuss FOSTA with folks who aren’t familiar with it: did Congress know what it was doing? Well, the answer is complicated.

Open Access Book on Negotiating History of the WCT and WPPT by Dr. R.V.V. Ayyar

SpicyIP

Dr VRR Ayyar’s book, “Present at Creation: The Making of Internet Treaties (1996)”, published in 2021.

2021 Patent Grants

Patently-O

Total utility patent grants are down about 7% for calendar year 2021. Still the total ranks as the third highest of all time. The Office has almost eliminated unwanted delay in examination. Right now the delay is about 17 months from filing to first office-action.

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5 Ways to Build Career Agility in Library and Information Sciences [Interview with Kim Dority]

Velocity of Content

I recently had the opportunity to talk with Kim Dority, president of Dority & Associates , about the essential career skills information professionals need in order to succeed in today’s uncertain environment.

The Best Starting Place for People New to Copyright

Plagiarism Today

If you are new to copyright, there are many great guides on the internet, including this one here. However, for someone coming in with almost no understanding of how copyright works, it may not be the best place to begin. The reason is fairly simple.

What does it say if you file a trademark application without an attorney?

Erik K Pelton

It says a lot if you file a trademark application without counsel. And it is in the public record for everyone to see.

If China Joined the CPTPP, what would this mean for Copyright Industries?

Hugh Stephens Blog

China surprised many in the trade policy world last September by formally applying for membership in the 11 country “Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership” (CPTPP), the trade agreement that rose like a phoenix from the ashes of the 12 country Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

IP Look-Ahead for 2022: Fewer Big Patent Wins, More Efficient Monetization

IP Close Up

In the decade since the adoption of the America Invents Act (AIA) patent licensing has become more arduous for many technology companies and independent inventors. Continue reading.

The EU Wants Its Own DNS Resolver that Can Block ‘Unlawful’ Traffic

TorrentFreak

The Domain Name System has been an essential component of the Internet since the mid-eighties. DNS resolvers make it possible to map a human-readable domain name to an IP-address, so a website or service can be easily located. Older people also call it the Internet’s phone book.