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Woody Allen Was Right

Woody Allen has been oft quoted as saying that “80% of success is showing up.” Well, 100% of failure is NOT showing up. 

Push-Up Bra Insert Patent Dispute Raises a Critical Issue

Runberg Inc. (that does business as “Zephyrs”) filed a $5.9 million malpractice lawsuit against law firm McDermott Will & Emery LLP claiming that the attorneys’ patent-drafting errors allowed Amazon.com and Victoria’s Secret to infringe its invention for bra push-up inserts. Zephyrs claims that drafting errors rendered U.S. Patent No.

Do You Really Want to Go There?

Owner of the Washington Redskins, Pro-Football Inc., filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn the USPTO’s cancellation of its “Redskins” trademark on the grounds that the term is disparaging to Native Americans. The Pro-Football lawsuit claims that the Trademark Office’s decision is “replete with errors of fact and law” and is unconstitutional.

Was There Really an Uncle Ben? Or a Real Ronald McDonald?

Who knew that there really was an Aunt Jemima! Her real name was Anna Short Harrington, and she was an employee of Quaker Oats who died in 1955. And now her heirs want a piece of a fortune they believe is rightfully theirs.

Manuel Noriega? You Can’t Be Serious!

What we cannot believe is that he found an attorney to represent him and file this lawsuit!

The dethroned former dictator of Panama – who is in federal lockup for drug dealing, racketeering and money laundering – is suing Activision Entertainment for the “blatant misuse, unlawful exploitation and misappropriation for economic gain” of Noriega’s image in its “Call of Duty: Black Ops II” videogame! 

Add Rockstar to the Patent Troll Club

In a previous diatribe, we pointed out how Microsoft, by enforcing patents it purchased from Rockstar Consortium (patents it did not develop and does not practice), has become one of the patent trolls it so vigorously lambastes. But since Rockstar Consortium has now filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Google and several cellphone manufacturers, that makes Rockstar a patent troll, too!

Lessons from Alice in Patent-Land

Yesterday, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. V. CLS Bank International et. al.. What are the takeaways of this decision?

Here, in a summary form, are five lessons we can learn from Alice:

  1. Financial methods, even if computerized, are not patentable when well-known methods are merely implemented on a generic computer.

Meet the Biggest Patent Troll of All: Microsoft

This is not the first instance of a major, high-tech corporation asserting patents for inventions it did not invent and does not practice. This is simply the most recent instance of a major, high-tech corporation asserting patents for inventions it did not invent and does not practice. 

Tesla Tosses its Patents: Do­-Good or Do­-Well Strategy?

If you want to join the Open Source movement, hop aboard an electric car for a ride. Or so says Tesla. Yesterday they opened their patents to all. Their press release begins with a dramatic statement, “Yesterday, there was a wall of Tesla patents in the lobby of our Palo Alto headquarters. That is no longer the case. They have been removed, in the spirit of the open source movement.”

What Would Atticus Do?

Last year, Harper Lee, author of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against the Monroe County Heritage Museum in Monroeville, Alabama. The suit claimed unauthorized use of Lee’s name on souvenirs sold by the museum.