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IP Frontiers: The winding path to the land of public domain

What do “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum, “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” by Arthur Conan Doyle, and the song “Happy Birthday” have in common? According to many, the answer is: All three, published before 1923, are ...

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IP Frontiers: Keeping secrets: A primer on trade secret laws

Espionage is popularly known as a clandestine practice whereby a country, organization, or individual obtains secret information from another without permission. The practice of espionage has been the subject of many of our most memorable fictional novels, movies and television ...

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IP Frontiers: Clearing up Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines

This year’s smash hit song, “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke (featuring Pharrell Williams and T.I.), has become the fastest selling single in the digital age, selling more than 5 million copies in just a 22-week period. By one count, the ...

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IP Frontiers: ‘Smart’ innovation or thermonuclear war?

Dominating headlines recently are the global patent wars between dueling smartphone manufacturers. A few of the big names in this crowded field of consumer mobile communications include Apple, Samsung, Google, Research in Motion, Microsoft, Nokia, Motorola and HTC. Recent estimates ...

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IP Frontiers: Internet domain names and the trademark clearinghouse

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers now allows companies to operate new Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs). ICANN’s forthcoming launch of approximately 1,400 new gTLDs will greatly expand current availability of domain names, offering brands and businesses new avenues ...

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IP Frontiers: Your client has a patent; it also has a website

Compliance with the statutory requirements for patent marking, although often overlooked, is critical to every company that holds one or more patents for its products. Why mark products? Under §287 of the patent laws, damages can only be recovered from ...

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IP Frontiers: Throwing patent trolls over the bridge

On June 4, spurred by increased attention that the topic has received in recent weeks, the White House issued a press release providing various legislative and executive recommendations to address the issue of patent trolls. Patent trolls — also referred ...

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IP Frontiers: High Court rules on diagnostic method patent claims

While patent practitioners anxiously await the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Assoc. of Molecular Pathologists v. Myriad, as to whether or not genes are patentable in the U.S, many practitioners are just beginning to grapple with the court’s earlier pronouncement ...

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IP Frontiers: Google Books saga a ‘choose your own adventure’

By the beginning of 2011, there was hope that the Google Books litigation, ongoing since 2005, was drawing to an end. The parties had hashed out an Amended Settlement Agreement, optimistic that they reached at a mutually beneficial compromise, providing ...

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IP Frontiers: How songwriters handle their intellectual property

Songwriters are foundational to the commercial music industry. Sometimes they work in professional songwriting teams like the prolific duo of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who co-wrote a number of Elvis Presley’s biggest hits such as “Hound Dog” and “Jailhouse ...

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