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On July 15, 2009, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum opened an exhibit commemorating Michael Jackson by displaying his patents and trademarks.  The exhibit is hosted at the USPTO building in Alexandria, Virginia.  The exhibit features drawings from a patent Michael held (see article: [...]

Browne v. McCain

During the 2008 presidential campaign, the Ohio Republican Party created a web advertisement about gas conservation that used a portion of the Jackson Browne song “Running On Empty.” In response, on August 14, 2008, Browne sued John McCain, the Republican Party, and the Ohio Republican Party for copyright infringement. On Tuesday, July 21, 2009, a [...]

iPhone v. Palm Precentral (Pre)

A technological battle erupted between Palm and Apple.  Apple’s iPhone shook the economy when it was released two years ago with its multi-touch screen and unlimited capabilities.  Palm quickly hired ex-Apple employees in an attempt to compete with the iPhone and cash in on high demand for all-in-one mobile devices.  Palm released the Precentral (Pre) [...]

The Global Intellectual Property Center’s State-by-State Fact Sheet

On July 16, 2009, the Global Intellectual Property Center (“the GIPC”) released a comprehensive study on the importance of intellectual property and innovation in America. The GIPC is an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The GIPC’s mission is to “champion intellectual property as vital to creating jobs, saving lives, advancing global economic growth, [...]

A Cocktail Trademark

Gosling’s Export is a two century old company from Bermuda. The company’s signature product is a rum called Black Seal. Gosling’s website, http://www.goslingsrum.com/home.asp, shares a recipe for a drink, invented in Bermuda around WWI, called the “Dark ‘N Stormy.” The “Dark ‘N Stormy” is made by filling a tall glass with ice, adding two ounces [...]

Department of Justice Turns Against “Pay to Delay” Practice

In the pharmaceutical industry, timing is crucial.  Typically, drugs require years of research and development before they are sold.  A patent for a drug grants the patent owner the exclusive right to research, produce, use, sell, and market the drug for the life of the patent.  When the patent expires, generic companies scramble to enter [...]

Patent Prosecution Highway

On July 6, 2009, the U.S. Patent and Trademark office will establish a Patent Prosecution Highway (“PPH”) pilot program with the National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland. A PPH agreement between two countries’ patent offices allows an applicant to request accelerated processing of their patent application at one Patent Office when the second [...]