Intellectual Property

, The Newest Trend – Animal Selfies?

The Newest Trend – Animal Selfies?

In 2011, a monkey in Indonesia made international news by taking a ‘selfie’ with a photographer’s camera. The female crested black macaque picked up the camera and took not just one, but several selfies....

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, Tesla Motors Revolutionizes the Automobile Industry – Again

Tesla Motors Revolutionizes the Automobile Industry – Again

  On June 12, 2014, Tesla Motors, Inc. released its patents to the public, and announced that it wouldn’t sue anyone who infringed on its hundreds of patents. This type of release is essentially...

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, Hit or Miss – Video Games and Computer Code under U.S. Copyright Law

Hit or Miss – Video Games and Computer Code under U.S. Copyright Law

At first glance, video games and computer code may not appear eligible for copyright protection. They seem like intangible subject matter that only consists of zeroes and ones. Further, people generally consider copyright as...

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, Where did that music come from

Where did that music come from

            When someone says anything about the law, many people automatically jump to thoughts of the criminal law process or legislation.  But there is a whole section of intellectual property law devoted to entertainment...

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, Do actors’ have a copyrightable interest in film?

Do actors’ have a copyrightable interest in film?

 In a recent 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision filed on February 26, 2014, the court ordered YouTube to take down an anti-Muslim video. In correspondence to the decision, many lawyers are thinking that...

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, Why should I Register My Creation with the Library of Congress?

Why should I Register My Creation with the Library of Congress?

          17 USC § 504 allows a Plaintiff in a Copyright Infringement case to choose between Actual Damages or Statutory Damages, provided the Plaintiff meets the qualifications.     Actual Damages Proving Actual...

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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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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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