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Not SO(PA) Fast: Backing Away From PIPA and SOPA?

Lawmakers appear to be backing away from the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) and Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the wake of this week’s widespread Internet protest. As previously reported, a number of the Web’s highest profile sites were blacked out or otherwise unavailable on Wednesday in opposition to the legislation. The bills, which were … Continue Reading

The OPEN Act: Another Legislative Option to SOPA and PIPA

Undoubtedly today’s widespread Internet protest, which has darkened web sites ranging from Wikipedia to reddit to Flickr, has raised public awareness of the looming legislative and public relations battles associated with the Stop Internet Piracy Act (“SOPA”) and the Protect IP Act (“PIPA”), which are currently under consideration in the House and Senate, respectively. While … Continue Reading

DOT ANYTHING?: QUICK ACTION NEEDED AS NEW DOMAIN NAME APPLICATION PERIOD OPENS

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND TECHNOLOGY ALERT The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has just begun accepting applications for the new generic top-level domain (gTLD) program.  This program allows organizations to own their own top-level domain extension and is intended to greatly proliferate the number of available domain extensions beyond the “.com,” “.org” and … Continue Reading

Whose followers are they, and how much are they worth?

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND TECHNOLOGY ALERT By Joshua Briones and Patrick S. Park A judge ruled last week that PhoneDog.com, a web-based community of cell phone information, has properly pled a trade secret and conversion claim arising out of Phonedog’s allegations that it is entitled to certain Twitter followers that a former employee had built up during his … Continue Reading

Final Opportunity to Protect Your Brand From Becoming A .XXX Domain

As you may already know, the “dot-xxx” (.XXX) top-level domain is the Internet’s new home for adult content.   Next Tuesday, December 6, the ICM Registry in charge of the .XXX top-level domain will make .XXX domains available for purchase to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis. Anyone can register a domain for around … Continue Reading

Google Plus Profiles Now Open to Brands

It goes without saying that companies are increasingly using social media to reach new customers and to strengthen relationships with loyal customers.  As you may already know, Google opened its social media platform, Google+, to businesses and brand owners today.  A Google+ profile is similar to a Facebook Fan page, and we want to encourage … Continue Reading

The perils of saying it with flowers: Court of Justice rules in Interflora Adwords case

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ALERT By Siân Croxon, John Wilks, and Damian Herrington The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has given its ruling in the long-running Interflora v Marks & Spencer Adwords case. The CJEU has followed the Advocate General’s opinion on this case and its own ruling in Google France by stating that trade mark owners can prohibit … Continue Reading

US PATENT REFORM: THE NEW “FIRST INVENTOR TO FILE” SYSTEM – WITH A TWIST

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND TECHNOLOGY ALERT Robert Benson Today President Barack Obama signed into law the America Invents Act, marking the first time in nearly 60 years that US patent legislation has been reformed. The US does not often update its patent law. The most recent set of federal patent laws was signed by President Harry … Continue Reading

YOURNAME.XXX: THE TIME TO BLOCK YOUR TRADEMARK IS FAST APPROACHING

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND TECHNOLOGY ALERT The “dot-xxx” (.XXX) top-level domain is just days from its launch as the new home for adult content on the Internet. As part of the launch, ICM Registry, the registry selected to maintain the .XXX top-level domain, is providing an opportunity for companies that do not want their brands associated … Continue Reading

Taking franchise disputes to the internet: judicial absolute immunity does not apply

By Scott McIntosh and Joe Englert  Reposted from DLA Piper client alert A Florida appellate court recently held in Ball v. D’Lites Enterprises, Inc., 2011 WL 3109733 (Fla. 4th DCA July 27, 2011), that a franchisor was not entitled to judicial absolute immunity for allegedly defamatory statements made regarding several franchisees on its corporate website, even though the franchisor … Continue Reading

UK: HEADLINES PROTECTED BY COPYRIGHT, AND “MERELY BROWSING” NOT A DEFENCE

UK CLIENT ALERT At the end of a month where the main item of UK news has been the news itself, the English Court of Appeal has confirmed that headlines may be copyright works in their own right, and it is not a defence for an internet user accessing copyright-protected content to say they were … Continue Reading

ICANN TO CHANGE TOP-LEVEL DOMAIN STRUCTURE – APPLICATION WINDOW OPENS JANUARY 12, 2012

At a special meeting in Singapore, the board of directors of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) approved a plan that will bring wide-reaching changes to the Internet’s generic top-level domain structure.  The measure, which allows private companies and other organizations to create new website domain name suffixes (such as dot-movie, dot-insurance, … Continue Reading

A VICTORY FOR ROCHE IN A CASE OVER INVENTORS’ RIGHTS

*Editor’s note: We share this case because of its possible implications with respect to all other employee-made intellectual property.* ———————————————- By Mattias Luukkonen and Lisa A. Haile The United States Supreme Court has decided in Stanford v. Roche Molecular Systems, Inc. No. 09-1159 (2011) that the Bayh-Dole Act of 1980 (35 U.S.C. sections 200-212) does … Continue Reading

Trademarks Opposition to be finally available in July

Reposted from DLA Piper’s IPT ITALY BLOG According to rumors coming from the Italian Patent and Trademark Office (UIBM) it is only a matter of weeks before the much awaited activation of a trademark opposition procedure in Italy. An administrative procedure to oppose to applications for identical or similar trademarks was actually introduced in the Italian … Continue Reading

HARGREAVES’ BRAVE NEW WORLD IS UNVEILED

Posted by Simon Levine, John Wilks and Rebecca Kay There was an audible buzz in the IP community on Wednesday morning, as the findings of the latest UK IP policy review, led by Ian Hargreaves, were published in the report: “Digital Opportunity: A Review of Intellectual Property and Growth.” (Click here) The exam question The review was first announced … Continue Reading

Social Media & Fashion

By Ann K. Ford, Kiran Gore, & Debbie Rosenbaum Reposted from Law A La Mode’s Summer Edition It is clear that social media is changing the communications landscape. Therefore, forward-thinking companies across the globe are embracing social networking websites and blogs to build brands, cultivate customers, research products, and improve global business management.  However, few … Continue Reading

Trademark Co-existence Between National Brands and Private Brands

  Posted by Scott Buchanan, Partner DLA Piper Australia     In the battle for co-existence between national brands and private brands (in Australia, known as home or house brands), several truths emerge: National brand owners have to accept competition represented by emergence of home brands and furthermore, that home brands can often quite lawfully … Continue Reading

Comparative Advertising Issues in Asia

Posted by Scott Buchanan, Partner DLA Piper Australia This morning, I participated in a round table discussion on comparative advertising issues in Asia. I was the only representative from Australia and had a good audience of representatives from India, HK, Japan and also from the US.  I wanted to share some of the most interesting points from the … Continue Reading
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