Music legend Elton John is filing his legal documents to dismiss a copyright infringement suit filed in Illinois back in April by singer/songwriter Guy Hobbs. Hobbs alleges that the composer lyricist team of Elton Hohn and Bernie Taupin stole lyrics from his 1983 title “Natasha” for their title “Nikita” released two years later.
At the 25th session of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT), intellectual property rights were emphasized with a focus on trade secrets. Trade secrets have been a core concern among foreign companies in China. Lack of enforcement has been attributed to things like China’s limited experience with trade secret cases and reluctance on the part of the local governments to take on complex cases because of the time and resources involved.
Originally posted 2013-03-01 02:43:56. By Kathleen Melhorn Staff Writer AMD Law
Founder’s Day Post by Aurelia Mitchell Durant
With the creation of more ways to bring together law and technology comes a combination of questions regarding both regulations and ethics.
Bravo to all the small business owners that have the bravery, vision and drive to create something incredible and novel in the marketplace. Every business starts out from an idea. No matter where you are in the stage of solidifying your business idea or executing your business plan, intellectual property is a substantial part of the plan and you want to timely and correctly protect this valuable asset, especially as you try to get your endeavor off the ground by marketing and advertising your product or service.
Originally posted 2013-03-14 18:32:46. By Tasha Schmidt | amdlawgroup.com In past blog entries, a case regarding glasses-free 3D technology was discussed on whether or not Nintendo was guilty of patent infringement against former Sony Employee, Seijiro Tomita. The jury ruled in the employee’s favor, and Nintendo is now ordered to pay $30.2 million in damages […]
Originally posted 2012-07-20 12:51:18. A YouTube video put out by Mitt Romney’s campaign team was taken down on Monday due to copyright infringement, exemplifying the free speech obstacle that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act can be. For the last few days, President Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney have been trading blows over Romney’s […]
Part of the International Trade Commission (ITC)’s job is to protect U.S. industry by monitoring foreign imports. The ITC can prevent goods from entering the country—including for infringement of IP. And it can issue only one remedy for infringements—an injunction. No money, just exclusion orders that stop violators in their tracks. And this is exactly why legitimate businesses and questionable businesses alike have raced down the road to the ITC.
What does that have to do with money-grubbing patent trolls?
Copyright exists the moment something is put in a tangible form. It is an exclusive legal right, a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States for “original works of authorship”, including literary, dramatic, musical, architectural, cartographic, choreographic, pantomimic, pictorial, graphic, sculptural, and audiovisual creations. The length of time that a work is protected by copyright for a work first published after January 1, 1978, is the life of the author plus 70 years.
French designer Christian Louboutin is known for his stilettos with the eye-catching red outsoles. The price of a pair of these shoes starts at around $700 dollars. Currently, the red soles are protected under European Union law. However, in 2012 the controversy over the red bottom trademark ensued. In 2012, Louboutin instituted a trademark infringement lawsuit against Dutch shoemaker Van Haren, who was offering a collection of red-soled high-heeled shoes for sale. Van Haren is now defending suit based on the argument that Louboutin’s existing European trademark is invalid.
Originally posted 2012-09-08 14:11:44. The largest office supply retailer, Staples, is suing a much smaller rival, Shoplet.com, for trademark infringement, claiming that Shoplet’s logo and website too closely resembles its own. To understand the market domination Staples has over Shoplet, Staples is the nation’s No.1 office supply retailer and the No.2 internet retailer, while Shoplet […]
Ever since Twitter used hashtags, the phenomenon took off with a storm and is not letting up. Businesses and individuals are now using this as a powerful marketing tool to help brand and promote catchy slogans. As a continuing topic from the blog How to #Registeryourhashtag, once a hashtag is trademarked trademark infringement can occur. This blog looks at the differences in interpreting when hashtag trademark infringement occurs in the US and Internationally.
With cyber crime on the rise, ICANN is looking to help businesses pushback against cybersquatters and avoid deep litigation costs.
Originally posted 2012-11-07 17:55:50. On Monday October 29, 2012, the United States Supreme Court heard arguments of a copyright infringement case dealing with whether or not copyrighted goods made outside the United States can be resold in the U.S. without first attaining permission from the copyright holder. The case has garnered the attention of such […]