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, 3 Strikes…You’re Out?

3 Strikes…You’re Out?

  Last February, the Copyright Alert System (CAS), or the “six strikes” program, went into effect. The program is an agreement between the major media companies and the major Internet service providers[1] (ISPs) to...

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, To compete or not to compete? That is the question.

To compete or not to compete? That is the question.

            In the recent Illinois Federal Court case of Montel v. Miessen , Chief Judge Ruben Castillo of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois validated a non-compete clause in which...

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, Fair Use Too Much or Too Little

Fair Use Too Much or Too Little

This past Tuesday January 28, 2014, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Court, Intellectual Property and the Interest held a hearing on the “Scope of Fair Use” that focused on whether Section 107 is working...

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Did Gawker Step in it?

On January 23rd, an early draft of Quentin Tarantino’s 146-page script for The Hateful Eight was leaked online. An irate Tarantino has since pulled the plug on his ensemble Western and filed a copyright...

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Independent Claims per Patent

In the past few years, there have been a steady decreasing amount of independent patent claims as well as a declining proportion of patents having higher numbers of independent claims. Since the 2004, there...

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Duty to Read Your Contract?

            I am sure at least once in our lives we have been guilty of skimming through the pages upon pages of terms and agreements before signing or checking the “I agree to the...

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Utility Patents Issued for 2013 Statistics

As 2013 has come to an end, it is always common to reflect on the past year. In 2013, utility patents have broken a new record at 277,861 patents issued which is a ten...

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“Let’s Play” – No Way!

  If you are an avid gamer who scopes out “Let’s Play” videos on Youtube before you purchase, you might need to rethink your research strategy. In the past few weeks of early December,...

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, JOBS Act Update

JOBS Act Update

Last year on April 5th, President Obama signed the JOBS Act into law with a requirement that SEC implement regulations and a web portal process to stimulate crowdfunding by January 1, 2013.  Well, we...

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, Still Here, Will the 2.3%  Medical Device Excise Tax Ever Go Away

Still Here, Will the 2.3% Medical Device Excise Tax Ever Go Away

I had the pleasure of receiving several emails, links, and assorted RSS feeds letting me know that the Senate passed a budget and the Medical Device Excise Tax was voted out. Unfortunately, this tidbit...

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