Recent IP News

US Supreme Court Changes the Landscape (Venue) for Patent Lawsuits

The patent statute says that an infringement lawsuit may be brought where the defendant resides, or where the defendant has committed acts of infringement and has a regular place of business. Read more...

Encoding and Decoding a Digital Image is Not Patentable

After reexamination of its patent, Recogni sued Nintendo. The Federal Circuit described the patent as a method of a user displaying images, assigning codes to the images using a mathematical formula, and then reproducing the images. Read more...

"Google" is Not a Generic Trademark

How often do you say or hear "Google it"? Plaintiff acquired over 700 domain names that included the word "google". Google filed a cybersquatting action and the domains were transferred to Google. Plaintiff then filed a district court lawsuit to cancel the Google trademark as being generic. Read more...

Urban Outfitters Willfully Infringed Copyrighted Fabric Design

Unicolors sued Urban for infringement of the former's copyrighted fabric design. The Ninth Circuit recited the basic elements for copyright infringement: 1) ownership of the work and 2) copying of the protected elements of the work. The latter may be proved by a) defendant's access to the work and b) substantial similarity between the ideas and expression. Read more...

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