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&pizza Loses Copyright Claims Against UK Replica @pizza
July 23, 2020The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on July 17, 2020, dismissed American fast casual pizza restaurant &pizza’s copyright suit against the operator of the “@pizza” restaurant in Edinburgh, Scotland, because it failed to show that @pizza violated their copyright and that the restaurant would harm their US commerce.
USPTO Releases Updated Study on Participation of Women in The US Innovation Economy
July 22, 2020The new report updates the previous findings based on a review of an additional nearly one million issued patents and three years of new data, and it provides further insights into the participation of women in America’s intellectual property systems.
USPTO Patent Center Beta Webinars
July 21, 2020Patent Center is a new tool for electronic filing and management of patent applications in a single, unified interface.
Metropolitan Museum of Art Escapes Copyright Claims Over Van Halen Photo
July 20, 2020A photograph of legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen displayed without permission on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s (Met) “Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll” online exhibition did not violate copyright law because its use was for historical purposes and was therefore protected by the fair use exception, said the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on July 14, 2020.
Researchers Remain Co-Inventors on Nobel Winner’s Cancer Patents
July 17, 2020A Nobel Prize winner’s fellow researchers must be named on his cancer immunotherapy patents, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held on July 14, 2020.
PTAB Releases Update to Motion to Amend Study
July 16, 2020The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has published the sixth installment of its Motion to Amend Study.
Copyright Office Further Extends Certain Timing Provisions Due to COVID-19
July 14, 2020The Copyright Office is further extending the temporary adjustments to certain timing provisions under the Copyright Act for persons affected by the COVID-19 national emergency.
Toyota Fails to Revive Patent on Fingerprint-Reducing Coating
July 13, 2020The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on July 10, 2020, affirmed the invalidation of Toyota Motor Corp.’s patent on a coating for reducing the appearance of fingerprints on touchscreen displays. Toyota Motor Corp. v. Reactive Surfaces Ltd., Fed. Cir., No. 18-1906, unpublished 7/10/20.
YouTube Can’t Be Forced to Fully Identify Piracy Culprits in EU
July 10, 2020Google’s Youtube cannot be required to hand over the IP addresses, telephone numbers, or email addresses of its users who have uploaded copyright-infringing films to its platform, the Court of Justice of the European Union held on July 9, 2020. C‑264/19, Constantin Film Verleih GmbH v YouTube LLC and Google Inc., 2020 E.C.R.
Patent Owner History of Abusive Suits Mandates New Fees Look
July 9, 2020The Federal Circuit on July 1, 2020, said that a Florida federal court failed to properly consider a patent owner’s history of frivolous litigation when it denied a request for attorneys’ fees from the owner’s latest target. Elec. Commc’n Techs LLC v. ShoppersChoice.com LLC, Fed. Cir., No. 19-2087, 7/1/20.
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