• Posts Tagged ‘security interest’

    A Thing of Beauty

    by  • November 13, 2017 • trademark • 0 Comments

    I don’t think I have ever been so excited about an exhibit in a case before. It’s one that makes the heart of a person who writes about trademark ownership sing. Just look at it: Yes, it is a pawn ticket. I have looked at many documents claiming to be a trademark assignment and...

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    The Security Interest Quiz Answer

    by  • January 20, 2016 • copyright • 0 Comments

    I previously offered a quiz asking you to decide who, between a secured party and a licensee, owned the rights in an improved version of software. And the answer is — Pro Marketing, owner of the security interest. I missed it, but it is a straightforward answer. The key is that the collateral included...

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    A Security Interest Quiz

    by  • January 18, 2016 • copyright • 1 Comment

    Priva Technologies didn’t do well in its business. It financed its business, first, by taking a loan and granting a security interest in assets, including in its software, and second, as part of a reorganization, by assigning the improvements in the software to a licensee. Then it shuttered. Who owns the improvements? The original...

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    Two for One

    by  • March 12, 2015 • copyright • 1 Comment

    I like the cross-over of different legal disciplines. Ownership issues arise as part of an infringement claim, but also come up in trusts and estates, mergers and acquisitions, taxation, and bankruptcy. These cases can end in an unexpected way, sometimes happening because there is a failure to understand exactly how the various trademark, copyright...

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    Why Litigation Is So Expensive

    by  • January 5, 2015 • trademark • 0 Comments

    The USPTO has a number of different databases with information about trademarks—one for basic trademark registration data, searched by using the Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS), assignment records at Assignments on the Web (AOTW), and ex parte appeal, opposition and cancellation proceedings in the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Inquiry System (TTABVUE). Two older...

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    Too Many Transactions

    by  • September 19, 2013 • patent • 0 Comments

    Six inventors, four changes in ownership before the patent issued and four more after. That’s a recipe for a standing problem. In Mayfair Wireless LLC v. Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless, Mayfair Wireless did a lot of due diligence and even some extra clean-up — it had the six original inventors assign any rights...

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