Passage of Defend Trade Secrets Act Provides Silicon Valley Companies New Trade Secret Enforcement Tools

Comments Off on Passage of Defend Trade Secrets Act Provides Silicon Valley Companies New Trade Secret Enforcement Tools Written by on May 3, 2016 | Posted in Commercialization of Intellectual Property, IP Legislation, Trade Secret Legislation

Print this postWhen Congress passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act last week, legislators significantly expanded the tools available to Silicon Valley companies for addressing acts of trade secret misappropriation.  Previously, trade secrets law had been largely a matter of state law, and U.S. companies seeking to file a claim for trade secrets misappropriation had been […]

Copyright Reform on the Table in Congress: Songwriter Equity Act of 2015 Introduced in the House of Representatives

Comments Off on Copyright Reform on the Table in Congress: Songwriter Equity Act of 2015 Introduced in the House of Representatives Written by on March 18, 2015 | Posted in Commercialization of Intellectual Property, Copyright Legislation

Print this postCopyright reform is on the table again in Congress.  A bill to amend the Copyright Act has just been introduced: the Songwriter Equity Act of 2015.  The text of the bill is available at the attached link.  Surprisingly, the bill was introduced by Rep. Doug Collins from the 9th District of Georgia.  While […]

Copyright Office Seeking Comments on Possible Change to Small Claims Remedies

Comments Off on Copyright Office Seeking Comments on Possible Change to Small Claims Remedies Written by on October 5, 2012 | Posted in Copyright Infringement, Copyright Legislation

Print this postAs an attorney who largely represents small businesses and entrepreneurs, I have often found myself in the tough position of explaining to someone with limited resources just how difficult it was going to be to go after an infringer.  Either it is simply too cost-prohibitive to go after an infringer, or the client […]

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

Print this postTo 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 […]

Silicon Valley Prepares for SOPA Blackout Day Observation

Comments Off on Silicon Valley Prepares for SOPA Blackout Day Observation Written by on January 17, 2012 | Posted in IP Legislation

Print this postThe Silicon Valley cyberspace community is currently preparing for tomorrow’s observation of SOPA Blackout Day. Organizers are requesting that participants make their websites go black for at least 12 hours tomorrow in observation of the blackout. As I reported on the Silicon Valley Software Law Blog, Mozilla, Reddit, Word Press, Boing Boing and […]

Backlog Issues No Longer Limited to USPTO; Copyright Office Also Experiencing Long Delays

Print this postThe Washington Post reported last week that the backlog issues, which once were limited to the Patent Office have now spilled over into the Copyright Office as well. According to the Washington Post, the delays mean that it now takes eighteen months instead of six months to receive a copyright registration, and the […]

Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News Interviews Kristie Prinz on Patent Reform

Comments Off on Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News Interviews Kristie Prinz on Patent Reform Written by on March 27, 2009 | Posted in Blog News, IP Legislation, Patent Reform

Print this postTo follow up on our coverage of the patent reform debate which has been revived in Congress, I wanted to share with you an interview I gave with Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News earlier this month on the patent reform issue. The article explored the competing interests of the biotechnology and high tech […]

Congress Set to Consider Leahy-Hatch, Kyl Patent Reform Bills

Comments Off on Congress Set to Consider Leahy-Hatch, Kyl Patent Reform Bills Written by on March 27, 2009 | Posted in Patent Reform

Print this postCongress is set to consider two newly introduced patent reform bills.  The Leahy-Hatch bill, also known as the Patent Reform Act of 2009, was introduced on March 3, 2009.  The full text of  S. 515, the  Leahy-Hatch bill is attached.  Following the introduction of the Leahy-Hatch bill, Senator Kyl introduced a second bill, S 610, which […]

Copyright Reform: Is it Time to Take Patent Reform Off the Table and Work on Copyright Reform?

Comments Off on Copyright Reform: Is it Time to Take Patent Reform Off the Table and Work on Copyright Reform? Written by on November 12, 2008 | Posted in IP Legislation, IP Licensing Litigation, IP Licensing News, Music Licensing

Print this postGiven where we are on the patent reform debate, is it time to move patent reform off the table and work on copyright reform? If you haven’t heard many calls for this lately, you are not alone, but according to Wired, Judge Miriam Hall Patel, who presided over the Napster case has had […]

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