Recent IP News

US Supreme Court Gives Right to Use and Resell Patented Products

The patent laws give the patent owner the right to exclude others from making, using, and selling the patented invention, for 20 years. The right to exclude, however, is subject to the rule of patent exhaustion - upon the sale of a patented product, the patent owner's patent rights are exhausted and the buyer is free to use or resell the product. Read more...

Amazon is Not Liable for Patent Infringement by its Online Sellers

Amazon's website enables third party sellers to sell their products. Based on information supplied by the seller, Amazon's website automatically generates a "product detail page" that provides product and seller information.
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US Supreme Court Says First Amendment Allows Disparaging Trademark Registration

A rock band named the "Slants" sought federal trademark registration. It is a derogatory term for persons of Asian descent. Federal trademark laws prohibit the registration of a mark that "may disparage . . . persons." Read more...

Clothing Designs Are Copyrightable According to the US Supreme Court

Copyright protection extends to "pictorial, graphic, or sculptural features" of a useful article if those features "can be identified separately from, and are capable of existing independently of, the utilitarian aspects of the article". Read more...

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