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Bold Decision! A “Selfie” Taken By A Monkey Leads To A Copyright Lawsuit

September 14, 2017 For the past two years, there has been an ongoing battle between primates and humans, and surprisingly this battle took place in the courtroom, not a movie theater. The beginning of this story takes place in 2011, when British nature photographer David Slater traveled to the country of Indonesia to photograph and spread awareness […]

Bold News! The Trump Administration Nominates A New USPTO Director

  September 6th, 2017 On Tuesday, June 6, 2017, Michelle K. Lee submitted her resignation to step down as the Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office after a brief two year stint. After two months of speculation on who would serve as the interim Director, the Trump administration has finally nominated several […]

Bold Innovation! Toyota Files A New Patent To Keep Manual Car Transmissions On Our Roads

August 29, 2017 To car enthusiasts, there may be no better feeling than getting behind the wheel, revving up the RPM’s, and having complete control over a powerful engineering wonder. Driving as a sport has been around for hundreds of years and the technology behind automobiles within the consumer and professional industries has advanced considerably. […]

Bold Considerations! Data-Generating Patents: How Patents and Trade Secrets Work in Tandem

August 17, 2017 Patents and Trade Secrets as Substitutes  Traditionally, patents and trade secrets are viewed as economically interchangeable. This is because as soon as an inventor decides to patent their invention, they make the conscious decision to disclose its details. Prior to patenting, many inventors kept their inventions secret during the R&D phase until […]

Bold Move! Gamevice Sues Nintendo In An Attempt To Halt Switch Sales

August 11, 2017 It is without a doubt that Nintendo’s newest home console is a success. From the United States to Japan, stores are having trouble keeping the Nintendo Switch on their shelves. Just recently, Yodobashi Camera, a massive consumer electronics retailer, in Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan had a considerable stock quantity of the Switch, 250 […]

Bold Move! Preparing for the Future Means Preparing A Foundation of Patents

August 8, 2017 Introduction If at first glance the name “Xiaomi” doesn’t ring a bell, don’t be dismayed. While Xiaomi, pronounced like “show me”, would love to become a household name, this privately held Eastern tech giant has avoided the Western market for good reason. While entering the global market can spark mass brand recognition […]

Bold Move! Lululemon Sues Under Armour for Trade Dress & Patent Design Infringement

August 1, 2017 The Continuing Rise of Athleisure Athleisure is defined as casual, comfortable clothing designed to be suitable both for exercise and everyday wear. It has become so popular that even the dictionary of Merriam-Webster has added the word to their “Words We’re Watching” list. The athleisure trend includes, but is not limited to, […]

Bold News! Cupcakes and Copyright Law: SugarHero Sues The Food Network for Cupcake Infringement

July 25, 2017 Can one successfully sue over a cupcake video? The answer might be a definitive, Yes. The Food Network is being sued [Case 2:17-cv-04077, June 1, 2017] by food blogger Elizabeth LaBau, who runs the website SugarHero. During the 2014 holiday season, Elizabeth LaBau posted a recipe instructing people how to use gelatin […]

Bold News! Hashtags Carry More Value Than You Think! Register your #Hashtag!

July 18, 2017 Can you remember a time when the hashtag symbol “#” did not have the special meaning that it has today? While there was a point in time when using the hashtag symbol in a sentence or phrase in the manner that it is used today would have made no sense to a […]

Bold News! Fidget Spinners Are The Newest Fad, But Are They Really That New?

July 10, 2017 I keep hearing about fidget spinners being the current fad and see children spinning something on their fingers every time I go out. Why are these things so popular and just what are they? I asked the child waiting in line behind me at the bowling alley. The child stated, “It’s a […]

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