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Unable to “Overcome”: NY District Court upholds copyright infringement claims in We Shall Overcome Foundation v. The Richmond Organization, Inc.

The Southern District Court of New York recently refused to dismiss a series of copyright infringement claims in We Shall Overcome Foundation v. The Richmond Organization, Inc., which concerns whether the civil rights anthem “We Shall Overcome” is in the public domain. The court determined that the three distinct...

Ukrainian hackers reach US patent brokers

The FBI has started an investigation into the public warning from private security company “Flashpoint”, published on March 3rd, about the danger of an unauthorized access to classified information about leading American law and brokerage companies. Someone from Ukraine, hiding under the nickname Oleras, has...

UK Announces Intent to Ratify UPC Agreement

The Agreement on the Unified Patent Court (UPC) will be ratified by the UK, according to UK Minister for IP, Baroness Neville-Rolfe. Her announcement took place at the EU Competitiveness Council in Brussels earlier this week. This signals one of the final steps in the development of a single European patent court, and...

Brazil to Join the Madrid Protocol

Brazil has just confirmed its intention to join the Madrid Protocol. This treaty permits trademark owners to register their marks in any country that has joined through the filing of a single international application. Last week, WIPO Director General Francis Gurry met with Brazilian Minister of Industry, Foreign...

New Tech, Old Concepts: Georgia District Court Dismisses Patent Infringement Suit against UPS

United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS) was sued by Mobile Telecommunications Technologies, LLC (MTel) in Northern District Court of Georgia for patent infringement. Following years of litigation, UPS filed a Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings, holding that the patent in question (U.S. Patent No. 5,786,748) concerned an...

The EPO’s Online Services User Day Wraps Up in Monaco

This week, the Principality of Monaco hosted the European Patent Office’s (EPO) Online Services User Day in Monte Carlo. The event featured over 19 member states and 100 different participants, mostly patent attorneys and those employed in the IT departments of innovating companies.     The conference was opened...

A Vengeful Trejo and a Case of Infringement: District Court Dismisses Claims in ITN Flix v. Univision Holdings

Recently, a Utah district court dismissed copyright infringement claims against Univision in ITN Flix v. Univision Holdings, a dispute concerning two films featuring actor Danny Trejo as a character out for vengeance. The court held that copyright law solely protects the expression of ideas, not the ideas...

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