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Ninth Circuit reverses court order granting toymaker Mattel ownership of Bratz doll brand By Abby Lauer – Edited by Janet Freilich MGA Entertainment, Inc. v. Mattel, Inc., No. 09-55673 (9th Cir. July 22, 2010) Slip Opinion In a decision making headlines across the nation, the Ninth Circuit reversed the Central District of California, which had given Mattel ownership rights to the Bratz doll brand after a jury found that the designer who created the dolls was working for Mattel when ... Read More...
Posted On Jul - 31 - 2010 Comments Off READ FULL POST
By Andrew Jacobs FTC Ready to Regulate Blogs On June 21, The Washington Post reported that revised FTC advertising guidelines, set to be approved late this summer, will explicitly include blogs within their scope. The guidelines make clear that bloggers must disclose any compensation they receive for product endorsements and that they may be held liable for false claims made in those endorsements. According to the Post, while some bloggers worry about potential chilling effects, others believe that the guidelines ... Read More...
Posted On Jun - 26 - 2009 Comments Off READ FULL POST
By Sarah Sorscher Supreme Court to Consider Business Method Patents Patently-O reports that the Supreme Court granted certiorari on Bilski v. Doll. The Court will address whether a patentable “process” must be tied to a particular machine or apparatus, or transform a particular article into a different state or thing. The Court will also consider whether this “machine-or-transformation” test, which effectively forecloses meaningful patent protection to many business methods, runs counter to the intent of Congress in enacting 35 U.S.C. ... Read More...
Posted On Jun - 6 - 2009 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Federal Circuit Holds that Automatic Assignment of Employee Rights May Foreclose Certain Defenses By Sarah Sorscher — Edited by David Lawson DDB Technologies, L.L.C. v. Major League Baseball Advanced Media, L.P. Federal Circuit, February 13, 2008, No. 2007-1211 Slip Opinion On February 13, the Federal Circuit affirmed in part, vacated in part and remanded for further discovery a decision of the District Court for the Western District of Texas related to employee assignment of patent rights. The court affirmed the ... Read More...
Posted On Feb - 17 - 2008 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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