New EU Copyright Law Requires Tech Giants to Pay for Content

New EU Copyright Law Requires Tech Giants to Pay for Content New EU legislation known as Article 11 and Article 13 was recently passed, requiring companies such as Facebook, YouTube and Google to take more responsibility and provide compensation for copyrighted material posted on their respective sites.  The law also limits how copyrighted material mayContinue reading “New EU Copyright Law Requires Tech Giants to Pay for Content”

Use Caution When Threatening an IP Action in the U.K.

“Threatening” a potential infringer for acts performed in the UK will now be governed by a new Intellectual Property Unjustified Threats Act. The act took effect on October 1, 2017 and outlines “permitted communications” between potential adversaries in patent, trademark and designs.  It should be noted that the act will not apply to copyright infringements,Continue reading “Use Caution When Threatening an IP Action in the U.K.”

Canadian Company Secures Patent for Space Elevator

Thoth Technology of Ontario, Canada recently secured a patent for a space elevator.  The device would extend 12 miles above the earth’s surface, allowing materials to be transported to and from space.  The company estimates that an elevator of this nature could save more than 30 percent of the fuel of a conventional rocket. CLICKContinue reading “Canadian Company Secures Patent for Space Elevator”

Court Recognizes Orangutan’s Right to Life, Liberty and Freedom

A zoo in Buenos Aires was recently ordered to free a 29 year old female orangutan after an Argentine court recognized the animals right to life, liberty and freedom.  This is the first time that a court has recognized such rights in a non-human animal.  CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE.

Notorious Toronto Mayor in Trouble for Unauthorized use of Trademark

Rob Ford, the Toronto mayor of recent notoriety, is employing Ford’ famous oval shaped logo on t-shirts that support his cause.  The Ford Motor Company claims that Mr. Ford did not seek permission before using their oval logo on “Ford Nation” shirts. In an effort to distance themselves from the recent bad press, the automakerContinue reading “Notorious Toronto Mayor in Trouble for Unauthorized use of Trademark”

First Sale Doctrine May Not Apply to Goods Purchased in Foreign Countries

Generally, an individual who has purchased a copyrighted book has the right to re-sell that book under the “first sale doctrine” of the Copyright Act. The Supreme Court may soon refine the boundaries of the first sale doctrine, limiting it to purchases made within the US.  Thai student resold textbooks originally purchased in Thailand.   AContinue reading “First Sale Doctrine May Not Apply to Goods Purchased in Foreign Countries”

Using the International Trade Commission to Protect your Intellectual Property

The International Trade Commission (ITC) is a valuable resource in preventing the importation of counterfeit goods.  While the ITC cannot award damages, they can issue exclusion orders that will keep infringing products out of the United States.  These orders are generally much easier to obtain than court ordered injunctions.