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Copyright Lawsuit Filed by The Turtles Could Have Sirius Implications

When Danny and the Juniors sang “Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay,” they had no idea how prophetic their lyrics were. Many AM and FM stations around the country offer Oldies formats, and Sirius XM, the satellite radio provider, has several channels dedicated to Oldies. 

SiriusXM’s cost of doing business may go up as a result of a class action lawsuit claiming that SiriusXM has infringed the copyrights of older recordings from thousands of artists. Damages are alleged to be at least $100 million, but the plaintiff’s attorneys believe that estimate is on the considerably low side.

You Can Speed Up the Patent Application Process

One of David Kappos’ goals as Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office was to reduce patent pendency – reduce the time it takes for a patent application to mature into an issued patent. It was just over 36 months when Kappos became Director, and during his tenure the USPTO knocked a few months off the average pendency. And Kappos put in place procedures that should continue to reduce how long it takes to receive a U.S. Patent. However, there are several things you can do on your own to speed up the process.

Apple and Samsung Go Back to Court Over a Second Set of Patents

Wealth of Ideas Newsletter, July 2014

Back in 2012, the Apple vs. Samsung patent infringement lawsuit made the headlines, not just in the IP sector, but in the business and general press as well. Here was an American icon, Apple, taking on a high-tech Asian giant. 

Supreme Court Issues Rulings on Three Important Patent Cases

Wealth of Ideas Newsletter, June 2014

This month, the Supreme Court ruled on three important, patent-related cases. The first involves the scope of a patent’s claims, the second addresses inducement of infringement, and the third deals with the patentability of abstract ideas.

Nautilus, Inc. v. BioSig Instruments, Inc.

The plaintiff in this case, Nautilus, is the Vancouver, Washington-based manufacturer of the well-known TreadClimber® and Bowflex® home exercise products, and Schwinn® indoor cycling products.

Supreme Court Issues Rulings on Three Important Patent Cases

Wealth of Ideas Newsletter, June 2014

This month, the Supreme Court ruled on three important, patent-related cases. The first involves the scope of a patent’s claims, the second addresses inducement of infringement, and third deals with the patentability of abstract ideas.

Nautilus, Inc. v. BioSig Instruments, Inc.

The plaintiff in this case, Nautilus, is the Vancouver, Washington-based manufacturer of the well known TreadClimber® and Bowflex® home exercise products, and Schwinn® indoor cycling products.

Both U.S. and European Patent Offices Issue Record Numbers of Patents in 2013

Wealth of Ideas Newsletter, May 2014

Based on recently released 2013 data from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the new European Patent Office, the need for innovators to protect their inventions with patents is at an all-time high. Both the U.S. and European patent offices issued record numbers of patents in 2013.

What Would Meaningful Patent Reform Include?

Wealth of Ideas Newsletter, April 2014

Meet the Bad Boys of Trade Secret Theft!

Wealth of Ideas Newsletter, March 2014

Every business that develops a new technology has to consider applying for a patent for its invention, or taking the trade secret route. Most famously, Dr. John Pemberton decided back in 1886 to keep the formula for Coca-Cola a trade secret, a decision that has served Coca-Cola stockholders well for over 100 years.

AIPR Leads the Battle to Defeat Anti-Patent Litigation

Wealth of Ideas Newsletter, February 2014

Last year, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3309, the Innovation Act. Despite its attractive title, the bill has nothing to do with innovation. It is legislation crafted by “Big Tech” – the most blatant infringers of patents – that is designed to make it more expensive and riskier for patentees to assert their intellectual property rights by making the losing party to patent litigation pay the legal costs of the winner.

2013: The Year in IP

Wealth of Ideas Newsletter, January 2014

Although 2013 wasn’t chock-full of huge headlines in the IP world like 2011 was - the year that the America Invents Act passed - there were still some noteworthy events last year:

A Unified Patent Court for the European Union