Patent Reexamination

Paul Allen, former Microsoft co-founder recently brought a patent infringement suit based upon 4 of his patents against many notable companies including Apple, Google, Facebook, NetFlix, AOL and others.  Last week the district court granted a stay while the patents are being reexamined. Two of the reexamination requests (those for patents 6263507 and 6034652) were filed Read more about Patent Reexamination[…]

Tattoo Copyright Lawsuit Settled

As a follow-up to the recent Tattoo article, on Monday, Warner Bros. announced that it had settled the lawsuit brought by Missouri tattoo artist S. Victor Whitmill over the mark on Helms’ face, for which Whitmill claimed infringed a copyrighted tattoo he created for boxer Mike Tyson.  Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

Copyright Termination of Musical Works

Beginning in 2013, musicians and others who create sound recordings (or their heirs in the event of their death) may terminate previously assigned copyrights.  Customarily, many recording artists assign or otherwise transfer their rights for their music under one-sided agreements with record companies for a fraction of the commercial value of the music in exchange Read more about Copyright Termination of Musical Works[…]

Copyright Infringement of Tattoos

In an interesting Hollywood movie side-drama consistent with Hollywood theatrics, the creators of the upcoming Hangover II movie are finding themselves fighting to defend themselves against a tattoo artist seeking an injunction over the unauthorized use of a tattoo. The tattoo artist, Victor Whitmill, created an original tattoo for boxer Mike Tyson, who appears in both “Hangover” Read more about Copyright Infringement of Tattoos[…]

Presumption of Patent Validity Affirmed

Today, the Supreme Court affirmed the high presumption of validity associated with an issued patent in Microsoft v. i4i. In trying to overturn a $250 million patent infringement award against Microsoft, Microsoft attempted to argue that the presumption of validity under 35 U.S.C. §285 associated with an issued patent should be lower than the current Read more about Presumption of Patent Validity Affirmed[…]