10 Jan
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Social Media & Copyright: Know Your Rights

Every couple of years, we see social media users publishing long posts containing broad declarations of copyright with lots of legalese. We want to shout from the rooftop: STOP!  Those posters are not doing anything to preserve their intellectual property rights. They simply spread misinformation about the nature of copyright in the age of social media. But we know that […]

28 Nov

Is That Hashtag A #Trademark?

Hastags – a pound sign followed by a word or series of words with no space between – are ubiquitous on social media. People use them to spark and continue conversation about various topics on social media platforms. But can they be trademarked? #Trademark Applications Increasingly, companies are seeking to protect hashtags as trademarks. In 2015, applicants submitted […]

9 Aug

What Does Brexit Mean for European and UK Patents? (Part 2)

The European Union (EU) is an economic and political partnership involving 28 European countries. It began after World War II, in large part because many Europeans felt that countries which trade and work closely with each other are less likely to go to war and attempt to invade their partner states. Now, the EU is […]

19 Jul

Does Your Business Comply with the New Federal Trade Secret Law?

Understanding the New Federal Trade Secret Law On May 11, 2016, President Obama enacted a new federal trade secret protection law as part of an update to the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 (EEA). The new trade secret law, known as the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA), makes federal protection against the misappropriation […]

29 Jun
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New U.S. Federal Trade Secrets Law, New Litigation Options (Part 2)

This blog post is the second in a two-part series covering a new trade secret law, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA). This post focuses on the differences between this new federal trade secret law, state laws, and the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 (EEA) (which provides criminal liability for trade secret misappropriation […]

23 Jun
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Understanding The New Federal Trade Secret Law (Part 1)

When it comes to trade secret protection, there’s a new sheriff in town. Congress recently updated the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 (EEA), and as part of that update, it created a brand new federal trade secret protection law. Shockingly, and in a rare flash of solidarity, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the law, and […]

15 Jun

U.S. Supreme Court Supports Punishing Patent Pirates with Enhanced Damages Awards

Much like Congress, legal pundits, and IP stakeholders, in the last few years, the U.S. Supreme Court has shown great interest in tinkering with the balance of power, litigation costs, and risks associated with the current intellectual property system in an effort to find ways to better support their underlying policies. This term, the Supreme […]

13 Jun

Making the Trump Name Drumpf Again?

The 2016 presidential contest once again pushed trademark law into the news. A few weeks ago, it was the Democrats. Now it’s the Republicans. Well, sort of. John Oliver’s late-night show aired a segment critical of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. In the segment, Oliver pointed out that the Trump family name was originally “Drumpf” […]

7 Jun

Oracle’s APIs are Copyrighted, But Jury Decides Google’s Android Software Use is “Fair”

Many software companies, developers, and legal eagles have been watching Oracle’s and Google’s face-off over the question of whether Google’s Android software infringes a copyright Oracle acquired through its purchase of Sun Microsystems. After 6 years of legal wrangling, a jury recently found that Google’s Android system does not infringe Oracle’s copyright in Java code […]

20 Apr

Press Release: Antigone Peyton is a 2016 Virginia Super Lawyer!

We knew this already, but now it’s official. Antigone Peyton is a Virginia Super Lawyer! This elite recognition is awarded to only 5% of the lawyers in each state. Antigone was singled out because of her significant accomplishments in the field of intellectual property. She is an accomplished member of the patent bar. She writes […]