Intellectual Property Law Blog

The Defend Trade Secrets Act: What IP-Driven Companies Need to Know

May 3rd, 2016

By Alan S. Nadel, Esq. When we wrote recently about trade secrets, we noted that enforcement in the United States fell largely to state laws modeled on the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (UTSA), first drafted in 1979. With its signing in February 2016 of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, though, the United States obliged itself to enact…

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Honoring Great American Inventor Lonnie G. Johnson

April 26th, 2016

By Ronald L. Panitch, Esq. From the trademark protecting “Star Wars” merchandise to the patent protecting the repositionable adhesive on the Post-It® note, the legal protection of intellectual property drives innovation and fuels our economy. Today, as we pause to mark World Intellectual Property Day, one man stands as a living example of the creativity…

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How to Respond to a DMCA Takedown Notice

April 15th, 2016

So, you’ve received a Digital Millennium Copyright Act takedown notice. What do you do now? Any company with a website or a blog knows the power of content. Blog posts, photographs, videos, infographics and more are vital components of today’s digital economy – an economy that seems based on the widespread sharing of art, creativity,…

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Saluting ‘The Most Beautiful Woman’ in STEM

January 28th, 2016

Heralded as “the most beautiful woman in the world,” screen legend Hedy Lamarr — who died 16 years ago last week — was much more than a pretty face; she also was a brilliant inventor. One of her inventions, in fact, helped to lay the groundwork for the technology that powers the wireless devices we…

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Top Patent Trends for 2016

January 13th, 2016

By Clark A. Jablon The protection of intellectual property rights through the use of patents remains critically important in today’s global economy. Court decisions in 2015 affected important elements of patent law and laid the foundation for continuing evolution of the law in 2016. Here is a roundup of patent trends to watch out for…

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3 Top IP Moments of 2015

January 7th, 2016

By Fred Tecce, Esq. It’s that time of year when seemingly every blog and online publication posts year-end “listicles,” and, for better or worse, we are no exception. It’s more difficult for us, though, because as engineers and intellectual property attorneys, we prefer objective analysis. “Biggest,” “best,” and other superlatives are invariably laden with subjective…

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CAFC: Gov’t Can’t Censor ‘Disparaging’ Trademarks

December 29th, 2015

When we discussed the provision of U.S. trademark law that prohibits the use of “disparaging” words in a registered trademark, we noted that “change may be on the horizon.” On Dec. 22, 2015, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that at least the prohibition against registration of “disparaging marks” (Section 2(a) of…

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From Thomas Jefferson to Michelle Lee; 225 Years of U.S. Patent Law

December 3rd, 2015

By Fred Tecce, Esq. As anniversaries go, it may lack the cachet of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta or the upcoming 2026 U.S. sestercentennial. But for anyone whose work pushes the boundaries of what mankind once thought possible – from automobiles to antibiotics to Amazon’s Kindle – 2015 brought a big one: the 225th…

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When Is a Provisional Patent Application a Good Strategy?

November 25th, 2015

By Martin G. Belisario, Esq. Invention is not always a linear or straightforward process. It’s often messy and organic, with lots of trial and error. And while the inventor is focused on inventing, protecting any associated intellectual property rights may not be their top priority. The Philadelphia patent lawyers at Panitch Schwarze have seen time…

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Prince vs. the ‘Dancing Baby’: the Evolution of ‘Fair Use’

November 12th, 2015

By Bridget H. Labutta, Esq. Your IP attorneys have discovered a video on YouTube of a baby dancing while your – copyrighted – music plays in the background. The legal team quickly dispatches a takedown notice, claiming infringement. That’s a common practice under the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), as artists, writers, photographers, and…

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