Publication of Copyright Works

Publication was the key to obtaining federal copyright under the Copyright Act of 1909. Publication is still important to copyright owners but it is no longer the key. Publication is defined in the Copyright Act of 1976 as “the distribution of copies or phonorecords of a work to the public by sale or other transfer Read more about Publication of Copyright Works[…]

Federal Trademark Dilution

Federal Law protects trademarks from dilution from others. Recent changes to the federal law broadens the rights granted to famous trademarks under the Trademark Act of 1946 (also known as the Lanham Act). It strengthens the protection that famous trademarks are given by prohibiting dilution of the famous trademarks by third parties. Determining that a Read more about Federal Trademark Dilution[…]

Litigating Patents – Reexamination Requests

After a patent is issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the discovery of prior art or publications not noticed prior to the patent’s issue may raise questions as to the validity of the issued patent. In such a case, a patentee or a third party may file an application for reexamination Read more about Litigating Patents – Reexamination Requests[…]

Patents for Novel Inventions

Article I, § 8 of the United States Constitution authorizes Congress to “promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries.” Congress has created two sets of laws to implement the object of this provision: copyright laws protects Read more about Patents for Novel Inventions[…]