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Stop Online Piracy Act: Powers Granted to the Attorney General

insights January 5, 2012

As noted in the first piece of this two-part series, the Stop Online Piracy Act’s (“SOPA”) procedures vary depending on whether the Attorney General or a copyright holder initiates the process. This article looks at the possible course of action when initiated by the Attorney General. SOPA permits the U.S. Attorney General to take action against “foreign…

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Stop Online Piracy Act: fair play or a stacked deck?

insights December 22, 2011

Currently under debate in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Stop Online Piracy Act (“SOPA”) would provide the Attorney General and copyright holders with tools to combat copyright infringement and trafficking of counterfeit goods. Whether the bill goes too far, though, is under heavy scrutiny. Opponents to SOPA, including Internet giants such as Google and…

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Hey, Chick-fil-A: Eat (More) Crow! This is not Trademark Infringement.

insights November 29, 2011

Do you imagine crow tastes good with chicken?  Maybe we should ask the legal eagles representing Chick-fil-A, whom I suspect now have first-hand knowledge of the answer to that question. A week ago today, I posted a link on Brand Geek’s Facebook page (Like it, please!) to a blog post on Blurtabout Chick-fil-A’s apparent bullying of Robert (“Bo”) Muller-Moore…

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Availability of Software Patents in the US, Europe, Japan, China and India

insights October 19, 2011

The ongoing  “patent war” between Google, Apple and Microsoft has brought public attention to the value that these companies perceive in their patent holdings. These companies are aggressively buying patents, hoping to integrate those discoveries with their own, but also to preclude their use by competitors through the threat of patent-infringement litigation. Software patents, are…

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Geekview IP week(s) Review

insights October 9, 2011

CA Water District’s new domain names unfairly drown out Central Basin Municipal Water District.            It’s no mystery that California is experiencing a water crisis.  Apparently the crisis has grown so bad that one public agency resorted to diverting internet traffic away from another.  The Central Basin Municipal Water District (CBMWD) issued a press release on September 29, 2011 stating that…

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Apple Tribute Infringement?

insights October 7, 2011

On October 5, 2011 Steve Jobs died and the world lost a great man. In honor, one of my tech friends, Eric Greenspan of Make It Work, posted the above image to his Facebook page yesterday afternoon, which I immediately “Liked.”  (Eric also took part in a moving HuffPost Tribute to Steve Jobs, which can be seen here).  Let me correct myself; I immediately loved this image. …

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Apple Denied! TTAB Upholds Refusal to Register MULTI-TOUCH

insights September 28, 2011

          Apple is known for innovation.  Above on the left is Apple’s revolutionary touch-screen device.  Above on the right is a portion of the patent for this device.  Apple’s introduced the iPhone on January 9, 2007 (has it only been five years?).  On the very same day, it filed a federal trademark registration application for MULTI-TOUCH. …

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Have an Idea? What about a Patent?

insights August 17, 2011

I’m a patent attorney. As a result, I get a lot of questions from people about patents. Questions like: “Do you think this idea is patentable?”; “Do I need to hire an attorney?”; or “How much will it cost to file a patent?” I’ve always enjoyed interacting with inventors. They are often very excited about…

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Google and Motorola: Concentrating Attention on Concentrated Power

insights August 16, 2011

Google is one of the worlds most intriguing companies.  From its humble beginnings as a search engine company, Google has leveraged its mastery of the elusive formula for monetizing web traffic into a force capable of tangling with China—making it considerably stronger than our own State Department by some measures.  Its recent announcement that it plans to acquire Motorola Mobile makes…

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Media Industry Strikes Back at Online Infringement

insights July 18, 2011

This blog originally appeared on the Wiliam Galkin’s Law Blog. It’s no secret that piracy of music and movies over the Internet is rampant and costs industry billions of dollars annually. Most people involved in this activity are not hardened criminals, and if asked, will probably admit that it is a technical violation of the law,…

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