Evolution of the U.S. Patent System

August 08, 2017

Starting as a collection of colony-specific patent councils, the patent system in the United States has evolved dramatically from its origins as a model of the 1624 English Statute of Monopolies and...

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Architectural Copyright, Infringement and Trolls

July 04, 2017

It wasn’t until 1990 that architectural plans and mock-ups were provided outright copyright protection under the U.S. 1976 Copyright Act. Prior, plans and models were protected only as graphic and sculptural works....

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Trademark Strength: Why Names Matter

June 17, 2017

In William Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet, the character Juliet declares to her lover, Romeo,“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”...

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Brief Status of Patent Reform Acts

May 01, 2017

There are seven proposals for patent reform currently in various stages of legislation.  The Innovation Act currently before the House of Representatives includes some significant changes. Among other things, vague demand letters would be...

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The Very Interesting World of Intellectual Property

April 22, 2017

Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind, such as inventions; literary and artistic works; designs; and symbols, names and images used in commerce. Intellectual property law enables individuals to claim...

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Recent Developments in Patent Law

April 06, 2017

Changes in patent law have made patent infringement cases more favorable to defendants. …First, the America Invents Act (AIA) makes post-grant review proceedings available to challenge the validity of patents at a...

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