Spotify Spotted for Alleged Copyright Infringement with a $150M Lawsuit

Spotify is a digital music service that provides users access to millions of songs via its expansive music streaming service. Recently, Spotify was sued by an independent rock musician David Lowery, a lead singer for Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven. The Complaint is lobbed by a $150M putative..

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No Love for Louis in Trademark Parody

Louis Vuitton Malletier SA, commonly referred to as Louis Vuitton or LV is a renowned fashion powerhouse. It is in the business of selling extravagant leather products, including expensive handbags. Louis Vuitton sued Designer Tara Martin for her designer line, “My Other Bag,” which comprise of..

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Monumental Appellate Court Decision on Disparaging Trademarks: Refusing them is Unconstitutional

The Federal Government bans trademarks that contain disparaging or offensive language. However, and astonishingly, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has ruled that the Federal Government’s ban on offensive or disparaging trademark registrations is indeed a violation of the First..

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Supreme Court Justices advocated to give District Court Judges Authority to Increase Patent Awards

In the opening briefs filed last week, Petitioners Halo Electronics Inc. and Striker Corp. plead Supreme Court Justices to authorize District Court judges to have a broader discretion to award enhanced damages in patent cases. The argument behind the pleading is that the Federal Circuit has not..

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PETA PLEADS CALIFORNIA COURT TO STOP MONKEYING AROUND

An entertaining case emerged at the United States Copyright Office back in September in regards to a "selfie" taken by a male crested black macaque named Naruto in Indonesia in 2011. Naruto took “selfies” spontaneously without any human assistance. Consequently, a suit was filed arguing that..

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Trademark Oppositions and How Big Corporations Can Use Opposition Tactics to Flex their Muscle on Smaller Business Owners

Major corporations employ vigorous defense by devoting millions of dollars to trademark policing. As a primarily results-driven group, these corporations flex their monetary muscle via bullying tactics in hopes that the economically unsustainable small business owners simply roll over into..

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The Hidden Power of Design Patents and How Patentees are Enforcing Them to Make it Rain

Design patents can be potent asset in your intellectual property portfolio. They protect virtually everything with an ornamental aspect – from the shape and design of your smart phone to 3D printing. Don’t believe it? Just ask Apple and Samsung. Majority of their patent disputes to date relates to..

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World Trade Organization’s 17-Year Patent Waiver Impact’s Least Developed Countries and Pharmaceuticals

World Trade Organization (“WTO”) extended a waiver that will allow the world’s poorest economies to have a pharmaceutical patent-free regime for the next seventeen (17) years. The extension by the World Trade Organization (WTO) council was in compliance with the Trade-Related Aspects of..

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Appeal Court Affirms No Copyright Protection for Bikram Yoga Poses

The United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit concluded recently that the twenty-six (26) moves of Bikram Yoga cannot be copyrighted. Essentially, the Court ruled that yoga possess and its related breathing routines are not entitled to copyright protection because copyright protection is..

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Patent is the Most Searched Word for the United States

In a world where people use copious amount of time searching for things online via search engines, curiosity begs to know what are people really searching for when it comes to particular nations. Fixr.com took this curiosity by the horns and investigated deeper. Unsurprisingly, their results..

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