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Category Archives: Intellectual Property

The Federal Circuit Rules on Trademarks Considered Offensive

CRS Reports & Analysis Legal Sidebar – The Federal Circuit Rules on Trademarks Considered Offensive: May Affect Redskins Trademark Dispute. August 4, 2016. “Two separate cases involving the revocation of the Washington Redskins’ federally registered trademarks (Pro-Football, Inc. v. Blackhorse) and the refusal to grant registration for a rock band’s name (In re Tam) raise… Continue Reading

Inspection of Federal Computer Security at US Department of the Interior

Inspection of Federal Computer Security at the U.S. Department of the Interior, August 9, 2016: “In accordance with Section 406 of the Cybersecurity Act of 2015, we inspected DOI’s policies, procedures, and practices for securing its computer networks and systems for all covered systems related to logical access control policies and practices, use of multifactor… Continue Reading

The Copyright Holdout Problem and New Internet-Based Services

Cross, John T. and Yu, Peter K., The Copyright Holdout Problem and New Internet-Based Services (July 29, 2016). EXPLORING SENSIBLE MECHANISMS OF PAYING FOR COPYRIGHT, Liu Kung-Chung and Reto M. Hilty, eds., Springer, 2016. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2815825 “This chapter examines the holdout problem involving a copyright holder’s refusal to license digital content… Continue Reading

UK Intellectual Property Enterprise Court guide

Via Gov.UK – Intellectual Property Enterprise Court guide – The guide covers all the steps involved in using the court, including how to: start a claim in the court serve the claim form write a statement of case put together a trial bundle It also contains contact details for the court and an example of… Continue Reading

GAO Reports – Patent Office Audits

Intellectual Property: Patent Office Should Define Quality, Reassess Incentives, and Improve Clarity, GAO-16-490: Published: Jun 30, 2016. Publicly Released: Jul 20, 2016: “GAO found that district court filings of new patent infringement lawsuits increased from about 2,000 in 2007 to more than 5,000 in 2015, while the number of defendants named in these lawsuits increased… Continue Reading

Activists Release Archives of TIME Magazine Issues to the Wild

Via Motherboard: “Activists have downloaded nearly 100 years worth of TIME magazine issues from the publication’s paywalled digital archive and dumped them all online for anyone to grab for free. “It was possible and seems worthwhile,” Michael Best, a freedom of information activist who obtained the files, told Motherboard in an online chat. In a… Continue Reading

2016 How Google Fights Piracy Report

Via Google Public Policy Blog: “The internet continues to be a boon for creators, their communities, and the content industry. At Google, we are committed to helping these industries flourish online. Today, Google’s services provide content for people all around the world and generate significant revenue for rightsholders. YouTube alone has now generated over $2… Continue Reading

Can Catastrophic Insurance Improve Financing for Long-Term Services and Supports?

Urban Institute – Brief – Can Catastrophic Insurance Improve Financing for Long-Term Services and Supports? Melissa M. Favreault; Howard Gleckman; Richard W. Johnson. June 9, 2016 – “A catastrophic insurance program could improve the way long-term services and supports are financed. The program would require enrollees who need care to wait a few years before… Continue Reading

The Antitrust and Intellectual Property Intersection in European Union Law

Petit, Nicolas, The Antitrust and Intellectual Property Intersection in European Union Law (June 17, 2016). Handbook of Antitrust, Intellectual Property and High Tech, Roger D. Blair & D. Daniel Sokol editors, Cambridge University. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2796670 “In European legal scholarship, many articles discuss the equilibrium reached in the case-law of the Court… Continue Reading

TTIP and Digital Rights

TTIP and Digital Rights Published: 08.06.2015 – “The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP – pronounced “tee-tip”) is a draft trade agreement being negotiated between the United States (US) and the European Union (EU). This booklet presents the concerns that EDRi and its members have regarding TTIP, such as the lack of transparency in the… Continue Reading

Visual China Group expands control of Corbis and Getty Images

First – Corbis Images and Corbis Motion closed their doors on May 2, 2016. Second, via the press room site at Getty Images today – note there are several moving parts to this news, which was announced in April 2016 – with more information is surfacing June 2016 – Via the Chief Executive Officer of… Continue Reading

GAO – IT Dashboard: Agencies Need to Fully Consider Risks When Rating Their Major Investments

IT Dashboard: Agencies Need to Fully Consider Risks When Rating Their Major Investments, GAO-16-494: Published: Jun 2, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 2, 2016. “Agencies determined investments’ Chief Information Officer (CIO) ratings using a variety of processes, which included the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) six suggested factors (including risk management, requirements management, and historical… Continue Reading