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Who owns the copyright of stock photos?

Thanks in part to the proliferation of websites over the past couple of decades, the use of stock photography is more widespread than ever. And the posting of photos online—as well as in print—has created a copyright infringement bonanza. But who has the right to enforce copyright claims involving use of stock photographs? The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently tackled this question.

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Train in vain: Patents for mass transit fare systems struck down

The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, the court that hears all appeals of patent-related cases, continues to engage in abstract thinking — thinking about the patent-eligibility of abstract ideas, that is. In the wake of Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l, the Federal Circuit has repeatedly reviewed whether patents are invalid because they covered patent-ineligible inventions. In this case, for example, the plaintiff ended up having four patents wiped out as invalid on this basis.

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Ideas on Intellectual Property Law – April/May 2018

Patterson Thuente IP is pleased to present the April/May 2018 issue of Ideas on Intellectual Property Law. We encourage you to read through it for ideas on how to best protect your intellectual property.

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Why facts matter when using the fair use in trademark cases

The fair use defense can prove to be the bane of a trademark holder’s infringement claim. The good news for trademark holders, though, is that the defense is difficult to establish before trial, giving them the opportunity to prove their cases to juries. That’s what happened in one recent case.

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Beat it! Heart disease diagnostic isn’t patent-eligible

Inventors in the pursuit of “personalized medicine” patents were likely discouraged by the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling in The Cleveland Clinic Foundation v. True Health Diagnostics LLC, which involved a diagnostic method. The court’s ruling highlights the difficulty of obtaining patents for such methods.

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Failure to prove obviousness revives patent application

A patent applicant’s first round of appeals is to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). But if a patent applicant receives a negative ruling from the PTAB, it isn’t necessarily the end of the road. The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals made that clear in a case where it faulted the Board for failing to adequately lay out just whyan invention was obvious and therefore unpatentable.

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Whose home is it? House designs avoid copyright infringement.

If you thought the most competitive designers around are found on reality shows, think again. A recent case decided by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals illustrates that the claws can come out in the world of affordable home design, too. And, as the plaintiff learned, copyright law provides only limited protection.

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Jim Patterson – Client Choice Award Winner

The winners of the 2018 Client Choice Awards were announced today and Jim Patterson was named among the 384 winners across 66 jurisdictions worldwide. Jim was also named a Client Choice Award winner in 2016.

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Christian Girtz Named Partner

Patterson Thuente IP has named patent attorney Christian Girtz as a partner in the firm.  An experienced intellectual property attorney, Christian counsels clients on best practices for developing strong patents and valuable IP assets domestically and internationally.

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Ideas on Intellectual Property Law – February/March 2018

Patterson Thuente IP is pleased to present the February/March 2018 issue of Ideas on Intellectual Property Law. We encourage you to read through it for ideas on how to best protect your intellectual property.

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