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Category Archives: Intellectual Property

Criminal or Civil Liability for Sharing Streaming Accounts?

We are at the beginning of a new era of media consumption.  Traditional content delivery systems such as satellite and cable television are hemorrhaging customers to a wave of “cord cutting” that has been facilitated by the availability of streaming services such as Hulu Plus, Netflix and HBO Go.[1]  Now that smart televisions are becoming …

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Amazon to Control Delivery by Drone?

Drone preparing to fly over the city

People are talking about and news organizations are covering Amazon’s announced plans to deliver goods by drone in the not-too-distant future.  However, fewer are talking about or covering Amazon’s effort to be the only company that can autonomously deliver goods by drone.  On March 25, 2014, Amazon filed a United States patent application directed to …

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Top Patent Law Stories In 2015


There was a lot of IP action in 2015 – much involving the Fed. Cir. and Supreme Court’s resolution of cases in progress in 2014. In no particular order, I pick: 1.  Ariosa v Sequenom. This Fed. Cir. decision that a method for isolating “cffDNA” from maternal blood is no more than a natural phenomenon was …

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Year End 2015 Update – gTLD Sunrise Periods Now Open

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New generic top-level domains (gTLDs, the group of letters after the “dot” in a domain name) have launched their “Sunrise” registration periods. As of the date of this newsletter, Sunrise periods are open for the following new gTLDs: .OFFICE .feedback .family .auto .cars .car .lasalle .cloud .wine .vin .theatre .SECURITY .PROTECTION .xn--tckwe (.コム – Japanese for …

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Four New Year’s Resolutions to Avoid the Damaging Loss of Trade Secrets

On December 21, 2015, an Illinois jury awarded Miller UK Ltd. $73.6 million against Caterpillar Inc.  Miller supplied couplers for Caterpillar’s equipment, and the jury concluded that Caterpillar used its leverage as Miller’s largest customer to demand access to information that Caterpillar then used to manufacturer its own version of the coupler.  As a result …

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