• Archive for January, 2013

    Standing is a Lot Easier for Copyrights

    by  • January 16, 2013 • copyright, featured, patent

    I’m curious about the different legal standards that the courts apply in patent versus copyright cases when deciding whether a plaintiff who acquired the rights through transfer has standing. Patent law seems draconian, as exemplified by Abraxis Bioscience, Inc. v. Navinta, LLC.  In Abraxis (blogged here and here), standing for a patent infringement suit...

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    It’s Not Really a “Work Made for Hire”

    by  • January 10, 2013 • copyright

    One of the most misunderstood aspects of copyright law is work-made-for-hire.  The lay understanding is that a work created at the request of another in exchange for payment is a “work for hire.” That’s not true, as explained by the Supreme Court in 1989 in Community for Creative Non-Violence v. Reid, but nevertheless it...

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    Why Can’t More Decisions Be This Short?

    by  • January 7, 2013 • patent

    Short and to the point from the Federal Circuit: a reversion of the assignment of a patent as a remedy for a breach of contract claim does not give the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit jurisdiction to hear the appeal. Appeal transferred to the Fourth Circuit. Patently-O gives you the details here....

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    What Is an “Ongoing and Existing” Business?

    by  • January 2, 2013 • trademark

    Section 10 of the Lanham Act has what’s called an “anti-trafficking” provision, which prohibits the assignment of intent-to-use applications “except for an assignment to a successor to the business of the applicant, or portion thereof, to which the mark pertains, if that business is ongoing and existing.” The provision was added by the Trademark...

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