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  • The United States Copyright Office has announced fee increases for various filings, including registration of claims and recordation of documents.  Beginning May 1st, 2014, the fee for registration of a standard copyright application filed electronically will increase from $35 to $55.  Paper filed applications also increase by $20, from $65 to $85.  In addition to […]

  • The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has ruled that third-party domain registrars such as GoDaddy are not liable for contributory trademark infringement by cybersquatters. In its decision in Petronas v. GoDaddy.com, the Ninth Circuit agreed with a federal district court that the Malaysian oil and gas company Petroliam Nasional Berhard, which owns […]

  • Mitsubishi and General Electric have settled a patent infringement dispute involving wind turbine technology by agreeing to cross-license their patents. GE, the largest US manufacturer of wind turbines, first filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) in 2008, alleging that Mitsubishi’s 2.4 megawatt turbines infringed GE patents. GE then filed a civil […]

  • The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal of a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit that an abstract idea does not become patentable simply because it is connected to a computer system. The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has primary responsibility for interpreting US patent […]

  • Senator Jeff Flake(R-Ariz.) has sponsored a bill which would allow civil suits against any foreign person who “misappropriates, threatens to misappropriate, or conspires to misappropriate” a US trade secret. Senate Bill 1770 is entitled the “Future of American Innovation and Research Act of 2013.” The bill would extend the jurisdiction of US District Courts to […]

  • A bill known as the Innovation Act has passed the House of Representatives and is headed to the Senate. The bill, sponsored by Congressman Bob Goodlatte, is designed to prevent “abusive patent litigation.” Some companies known as “patent assertion entities,” “non-practicing entities,” or (less politely) “patent trolls” have been criticized for actions such as sending […]

  • A US Federal Court judge has ruled that Google’s book scanning project constitutes “fair use” under copyright law. In 2004, Google began digitally copying books from several major libraries — initially Harvard, the University of Michigan, the New York Public Library, Oxford, and Stanford. More than 20 million books have been scanned so far. According […]

  • The Los Angeles Community College District is offering free training for your company’s employees. The workshops cover a wide-range of topics, including:   Microsoft Office (Intermediate & Advanced or Customized) Leadership Training Warehousing Operations & Controls Inventory & Materials Management Distribution Processes Supply Chain Management Teambuilding / Teamwork Business Writing Skills Customer Service Cultural Diversity […]

  • The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has announced that it is extending a popular program that allows patent applicants to submit minor amendments to their patent applications even after final rejection. The “After Final Consideration” Pilot was launched in May and was scheduled to end on September 30, 2013. The Pilot will now be […]

  • China’s new trademark law, which takes effect May 1, 2014, is designed to discourage the trademark hijacking and piracy that have caused headaches for foreign companies attempting to do business in China. In July of 2012, Apple paid a $60 million settlement to the Chinese company Proview Technology to acquire the right to use the […]

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