Question from reader: “Have you ever run across a flow chart for determining whether a copyrighted work has entered the public domain?” My answer: PDF–http://www.copyright.cornell.edu/training/copyrightterm.pdf or HTML–http://www.copyright.cornell.edu/training/Hirtle_Public_Domain.htm
Via Nerdlaw, a link to an on-line article entitled “The Illustrated Story of Copyright.”
Congrats to my partner (Robert L. Shaver) on winning the appeal in the case Stone v. Perpetual Motion (No. 02-36084, unpublished) on Tuesday, January 27, 2004. Ninth Circuit upheld the district court, finding that no reasonable juror could find substantial similarity of ideas and expressions.
It’s nice seeing a CLE being put on for a good cause…”Credits for Conservation” is putting on a CLE next month (October 16-17) at the Four Seasons Resort in Jackson Hole, WY where “all proceeds will directly benefit land and water conservation in the Tetons and the non-profit work of Valley Advocates for Responsible Development […]
The Acrobat for Legal Professionals blog has a post of interest to the readers of this blog: Code Obfuscation for Patent and Court Filings (how to handle .pdfs of documents like source code you are filing with the Patent Office, Copyright Office, etc.
NAPP’s Patent Practice YahooGroup – “A Patent Practice Forum exclusively for Members of the National Association of Patent Practitioners. Learn more about NAPP and join today at http://www.napp.org.” (Note: in my opinion, the value that a new practitioner would get from the NAPP disussion group is worth the membership cost alone.) INTA’s TMtopics – Trademark […]
One blog I stumbled on recently that is a great resource for learning how to answer those “miscellaneous” questions patent practitioners get from prospective clients is Nolo’s “Dear Rich” blog (written by attorney Richard Stim). Example posts/questions: Can I use a legal trial transcript in a play? Can we name our band after a character […]
It looks like the USPTO’s website’s redesign is out of beta: http://uspto.gov. The News page still doesn’t have an RSS feed or “subscribe by email” function (unlike the Copyright Office’s News Page (RSS)). Sad…but true.
Via Gawker, Google has obtained (Sept. 1, 2009) a design patent that covers its user interface. USPN D599,372. What’s amazing to me is how long it took to obtain the patent, the application was filed on March 7, 2006. It is also a good example of a patent containing a copyright or mask notice (see […]
From setting up my list of 150+ IP attorneys, agents and others using Twitter, I’ve come across a number of Twitter users (consider them “micro IP blogs”) that my readers might enjoy. Note, each of these pages have a separate RSS feed you could subscribe to! http://twitter.com/IPmaven – Copyright, trademark and other intellectual property news, […]