Monday, July 31, 2006
Trademark Squatters in ChinaMarketplace reports on trademark squatters in China registering the PBS logo.
Sunday, July 30, 2006
4 out of 5 say ICANN still needs oversightNo end in sight for the the DoC's oversight of ICANN. Just another chapter in the ongoing debate over the effectiveness of ICANN, and the role the U.S. should play in regulation and control.
Saturday, July 29, 2006
New Text Mining Technique Could Make E-Discovery More EfficientA new text mining technique has been developed by researchers at the University of California, Irvine. If it lives up to the hype it could make e-discovery much more efficient. (via Slashdot)
Friday, July 28, 2006
The Scorned Screenwriter's New Best FriendThe Times profiles attorney John Marder, who has made a name for himself representing screenwriters, and others, in their claims against the studios whom they believe listened to their pitch and then stole their ideas. Marder is capitalizing on his success in Grosso v. Miramax, in which the 9th Circuit did not throw out the writer's claim that his pitch to the studio created an implied contract between the two parties. With an implied contract theory backing up a more difficult to prove copyright claim, writers appear to have significantly more leverage in these sorts of cases. While this has certainly lead to more claims being brought, it remains to be seen if it will lead to more successful claims.
I like this last from Marder: “There’s a problem with the system when every time the studios release a movie, they get a bunch of claims,” he said. “There can’t be that many crazy people in the country.”
Or can there?
Update: William Patry provided way, way more detail about all this yesterday.
Thursday, July 27, 2006
Who Owns the Copyright in a Contract?When you draft a contract for your client, who owns the copyright in that contract ? You, the attorney? Your firm? The client? Ken Adams explores the question. But wait, you say, is a contract entitled to copyright protection in the first place? Well hey, he's discussed that as well.
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Keyword legislationOn Tuesday the House approved a bill that would make it a federal felony to use innocuous keywords like "Barbie" or "Furby" but actually feature sexual content on websites. The Senate had previously approved the Bill with a voice vote. President Bush is likely to sign the Bill on Thursday.
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
You, Me, Dupree, and Steely DanThis speaks for itself. Hollywood writer's appropriating ideas and names from songs.....never! Funny stuff.
USPTO ROA PDFPTO now accepting PDFs for certain response to office action submissions. This excludes mark image files.
EURid Suspends Domains and Sues RegistrarsEURid suspends 74 000 .eu domain names and sues 400 registrars for breach of contract.
Monday, July 24, 2006
No Ordinary Counterfeit-SupernotesExcellent story in yesterday's Sunday Times about the counterfeiting of US currency by North Korea.
Sunday, July 23, 2006
Sneakers, Recruiters, Blue-Chip Prospects, and of course MoneyBob Hohler's investigative story on the relationship between the athletic shoe industry, recruiters, and young blue-chip basketball prospects. First in a three-part series on the sneaker industry's influence on amateur basketball in New England.
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Is "We're So Sorry Uncle Leo" Next?Offered without comment.
Patent Trolling for Fun and ProfitInteresting, in-depth profile of Raymond Niro, known to many as the first patent troll. The upshot: the ethics of trolling may appear questionable, and the dollar amounts are certainly staggering, but it can be a lifesaver for small-time inventors. And as a practice, it's here to stay.
Oddly, of the many companies discussed in the article, two are named "Schneider" and one is named "Schreiber."