PayPal Launches New Internet Controversy over Decision to Censor Erotica Content Sold through Platform

Comments Off on PayPal Launches New Internet Controversy over Decision to Censor Erotica Content Sold through Platform Written by on February 27, 2012 | Posted in Content Licensing, IP Licensing Deals, IP Transactions

PayPal has set off a new controversy on the Internet by advising e-book sellers that they must remove all erotica content off their websites or PayPal will stop doing business with them.   In particular, PayPal is apparently concerned with content dealing with erotica fiction containing rape, incest, and bestiality, reported Technolog on MSNBC’s website. According […]

Apple Trademark Dispute with Proview Becomes a Global Fight

Comments Off on Apple Trademark Dispute with Proview Becomes a Global Fight Written by on February 24, 2012 | Posted in IP Licensing Litigation, Trademark Litigation

Apple’s trademark dispute with Proview is now being fought on two fronts: at the local level in China and here in Silicon Valley. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Proview has filed a lawsuit in Santa Clara County Superior Court claiming that Apple committed fraud when it used a company called IP Application Development […]

SOPA Blackout Protesters Succeed in Tabling SOPA and PIPA Bills; Focus Shifts to OPEN Act

Comments Off on SOPA Blackout Protesters Succeed in Tabling SOPA and PIPA Bills; Focus Shifts to OPEN Act Written by on February 23, 2012 | Posted in Copyright Legislation, IP Legislation

To follow up on my blog posting about the SOPA blackout, the SOPA blackout protesters achieved their desired result: SOPA and its companion bill PIPA were tabled after its co-sponsors withdrew their support of the bills, as the L.A. Times reported. The focus of Congress will now shift to consideration of the Online Protection and […]

Lessons for Silicon Valley Companies in Apple Trademark Dispute

Comments Off on Lessons for Silicon Valley Companies in Apple Trademark Dispute Written by on February 16, 2012 | Posted in IP Licensing Litigation, Trademark Filings, Trademark Licensing, Trademark Litigation

In case you have not been following the story, Apple has found itself in the middle of a trademark dispute in China over the use of its mark “iPad,” as MSNBC reported on its website yesterday. You might wonder how in the world this happened, given Apple’s large, IP savvy legal department and the fact […]

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