Movie spat sets new precedent for copyright in works of art

Second Circuit Court of Appeals holds that individual contributions in joint works cannot be considered works of authorship

Copyright, Licensing, US & Canada

Major victory for Oracle after SCOTUS denies to hear Google case

Google’s petition for a writ of certiorari in API case is rejected; suit goes back to District Court for fair use defence trial

Copyright, Licensing, US & Canada

Lyrica off-patent drug trial begins

Closely-watched ‘skinny label’ case between Warner-Lambert and Actavis kicks off at High Court

Patent, Licensing, UK

Sirius forks out $210m in pre-1972 recordings settlement

Record label plaintiffs agree to dismiss copyright infringement action against online broadcaster after licensing agreement reached

Copyright, Licensing, US & Canada

Nike relieved after court blocks Jordan ‘Jumpman’ suit

Photographer loses action against sports clothing company due to work resulting in only ‘thin protection’

Copyright, Licensing, US & Canada

Japan’s copyright agencies play musical fares

An anti-competitive ruling hanging over Japan’s largest copyright collecting organisation is prompting a major reshuffle in the music fees scene, explain Kensaku Takase and Ayako Suga

Copyright, Middle East & Asia

EU trademark reform on the horizon

The EU Commission has announced a provisional agreement on the European trademark reform package, following two years of intensive negotiations.

Trademark, Europe

INTA’s 137th annual meeting in San Diego

The International Trademark Association’s (INTA) annual meeting returned to the US, with this year’s conference held in the sunny Californian city of San Diego.

Trademark, US & Canada

More haste, less speed

In light of Teva v Sandoz, Kyle Vos Strache and Ed Weisz offer speedy but efficient ‘first to file’ techniques for medical device patents

Patent, US & Canada

Tips for drafting software-related patent applications

For US software patents, Alice was the moment everything changed. Travis W Thomas and Hogene L Choi provide some essential advice in light of the seminal case

Patent, US & Canada

PTAB practice rule changes: the first wave

After the murmurs of disapproval became a chorus, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board recently made changes to its Trial Practice Guide. Eleanor M Yost outlines the key points...

Patent, US & Canada

Proposed changes to the AIA

‘Quick fixes’ proposed by the US Patent and Trademark Office are a step in the right direction to make AIA trial proceedings fairer. Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg’s Jim Muraff and Tom Campbell review

Patent, US & Canada

Protecting your assets: dealing with the threat from within

It is the responsibility of every company to make sure that their data is kept safe from employee misuse, Proven Legal Technologies’ Phil Beckett says


Obviousness trends: get the edge

Examining every post-KSR Hatch-Waxman case involving obviousness, Jonathan Harris, Saira Haider and Brett Garrison offer advice on what every generic pharmaceutical manufacturer should know

Patent, Licensing, US & Canada

2014 Eastern District of Virginia IP year in review

The Eastern District of Virginia Court remains the fastest docket in the US. Hunton & Williams’ Shelley L Spalding explores notable cases and key developments

Patent, US & Canada

Getting tough in Turkey

Despite a poor reputation for counterfeit enforcement, Turkey has a variety of civil and criminal tools at a lawyer’s disposal. Barış Kalaycı, Zeynep Seda Alhas and Talat Yörük explain


Searching for a solution

The scene is set for an epic struggle between the European Commission and Google over anti-trust charges, explains Norton Rose Fulbright’s Caroline Thomas and Mark Simpson