Recent IP News

More Guidance on What Software is Patentable

Finjan owned patents for computer security. A jury awarded Finjan $40M for Blue Coat's infringement.
On review, the Federal Circuit noted that they concluded in another decision that virus scanning is well-known, an abstract idea, and not patentable. Read more...

US and Alibaba Clash on List of "Notorious Markets"

The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) released its annual list of Notorious Markets for 2017. It identifies online and physical marketplaces throughout the world where there is significant copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting.
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More Guidance on What Software is NOT Patentable

Litigation between the parties has been ongoing since 2007. Real Estate Alliance ("REA") owned patents for a method of searching for real estate on a computer. It sued realtor associations, brokers, listing services and others. Read more...

Soul Band "The Commodores" Successful in Keeping its Name

Thomas McClary was an original member of the band "The Commodores" that was formed in 1968. The band released over 40 albums and had several "top-ten hits."
In 1984, McClary "split from the band" to make it on his own. McClary formed bands called "The 2014 Commodores" and "The Commodores featuring Thomas McClary". Read more...

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