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Eiffel Tower Copyright?

Sharing a photo of the Eiffel Tower by night on social media, without paying for it, could get you into big trouble. Even if it’s just a holiday memento. Ooh la la… …source…

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Sanofi, Boehringer to Swap Assets

Sanofi agreed to a €22.8 billion ($25.1 billion) asset swap with Germany’s Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH that purports to boost the French drugmaker’s business in selling over-the-counter drugs. Sanofi will trade its animal-health business (Merial), valued at €11.4 billion, for Boehringer’s €6.7 billion … Continue reading

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Congresses Passes the Defend Trade Secrets Act

After being passed unanimously by the U.S. Senate, the House of Representatives voted 410-2 to approve the “Defend Trade Secrets Act” (“DTSA”). The legislation, which is supported by the Obama administration, would open the door for companies to sue in federal … Continue reading

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“Willfulness” Necessary for Disgorgement

On March 31, 2016, the Federal Circuit held that willfulness is a requirement in order to award a trademark plaintiff the infringer’s profits (disgorgement of profits). The district court reduced Romag’s damages award, holding as a matter of law that … Continue reading

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USPTO Proposes Major TTAB Changes

On April 4th, the USPTO published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking entitled “Miscellaneous Changes to Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Rules of Practice,” Federal Register, Volume 81, No. 64, pp. 19296-19324. Some of the many proposed changes are significant. The .pdf … Continue reading

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Boston Man Sentenced for Fake VIAGRA

A Boston man, Ricky Lugo, was sentenced on March 31, 2015 for selling counterfeit versions of VIAGRA, CIALIS and LEVITRA. Lugo was sentenced to one year in prison for selling the counterfeit medications between June 2013 and March 2014 both in person and on … Continue reading

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Supreme Court to Hear PTAB Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court decided Friday to review whether the Patent Trial and Appeal Board uses the correct claim construction standard in America Invents Act reviews, delving into a contentious issue that has sharply divided the judges on the Federal … Continue reading

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Merck to Acquire IOMet Pharma

Merck has agreed to pay up to $400 million to acquire IOmet Pharma, a Scottish company that specializes in the development of small molecule-based cancer treatments. IOmet will operate as a division of Merck. The acquisition will include IOmet’s pre-clinical pipeline … Continue reading

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USPTO Outage: Update (10:00AM)

According to the most recent update from the USPTO (@ 5:55pm yesterday), the USPTO expects service to be out at least through tomorrow, 25 December 2015. From our perspective, realistically, we think this means that the systems will be unavailable through … Continue reading

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Change in Trademark Law!

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has ruled that the name of an Asian-American band  — The Slants — is private speech and therefore protected by the First Amendment. The government, the court writes, has no business trying … Continue reading

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