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Trade secrets go federal  


President Obama signed into law the “Defend Trade Secrets Act” on May 11, 2016.  Why is this important? This new law federalizes trade secret law that previously had been left to the individual states to govern. One of the key ...

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IP Frontiers: Court asked to correct course on patent eligibility


The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the appellate court responsible for interpreting and applying the Patent Act subject to review by only the Supreme Court, is currently considering several cases with profound implications for patenting medical diagnostic, ...

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IP Frontiers: Spider-Man defeats inventor at the Supreme Court


In an interesting case that illustrates potential pitfalls inventors may face when entering into intellectual property contracts and license agreements, the Supreme Court of the United States recently sided with Spider-Man’s parent company Marvel Entertainment over inventor Stephen Kimble, Kimble ...

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IP Frontiers: A new regime for international design protection in the U.S.


In the United States, design patents protect the visual, ornamental appearance of an article of manufacture or product. Historically, this effective exclusionary right has been underutilized. To obtain a patent for a new design, the non-functional ornamental features of a ...

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IP Frontiers: Maybe don’t make a federal case out of it


On March 24, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc., a trademark battle royale of sorts (the Supreme Court called it “labyrinthine”) between two manufacturers of two different types of metal fasteners.  ...

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IP Frontiers: 3D printing could change your IP strategy


Advances in technology have made it possible to print anything from human tissue and prosthetics to toys and figurines and even weapons at home in just a few hours using three dimensional printing. 3D printing is also known as additive ...

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IP Frontiers: Singer Swift’s action on trademark dilution


Much ink has been spilled in the past few months on the aggressive campaign by singer Taylor Swift’s lawyers to pre-emptively protect marks, based on bits of Swift’s song lyrics, that may end up selling lines of perfumes, hair products ...

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