Intellectual Property

Judge approves settlement in 'Happy Birthday' copyright case

June 29, 2016
 Associated Press
A judge has approved a settlement that will put "Happy Birthday to You" in the public domain.
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7th Circuit cuts attorney fees in Indy skyline photo case

June 17, 2016
Scott Roberts
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals found the district court did not calculate attorney fees correctly in a dismissed copyright lawsuit and remanded the case so the correct amount could be awarded.
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SCOTUS overturns infringement test for treble damages

June 13, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
In a consolidated case involving Indiana’s Zimmer Inc., the U.S. Supreme Court has tossed the standard test used to determine whether damages awarded in a patent infringement case should be tripled.
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Congratulations, your genius patent is now a military secret

June 8, 2016
 Bloomberg News
Just a handful of people find themselves in Jim Geer’s position, forbidden by the government from pursuing ideas laid out in patent applications due to national-security concerns.
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Merck’s patent win over Gilead reversed over false testimony

June 7, 2016
 Bloomberg News
Merck & Co.’s $200 million jury verdict against Gilead Sciences Inc. was voided in a patent dispute over a breakthrough for hepatitis C because of misconduct by a witness at the companies’ trial.
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Gilead judge re-opens case amid claim Merck scientist lied

May 2, 2016
 Bloomberg News
A federal judge re-opened Merck & Co.’s patent case against Gilead Sciences Inc. over a hepatitis C drug amid claims that an ex-Merck scientist lied to a jury that awarded the company $200 million in damages.
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Davee: Initial trademark considerations when advising clients

April 20, 2016
When helping the client form their business, there are several items that should be discussed early on, particularly if the client has any desire to pursue federal trademark registration.
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Indiana patent law delaying demand letters

April 20, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
While the passage of House Enrolled Act 1102 has not been met with a lot of noise, it is causing attorneys to think twice before sending a letter asserting patent infringement. Lawyers now have to consider the requirements of patent laws that have bloomed in many states and the potential ramifications of being found in violation.
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Nguyen: Is Circuit jurisdictional battle judicial wisdom or patent envy?

April 20, 2016
Having legitimate grounds to hear cases involving patent issues comes with a responsibility that regional circuits must address.
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Bloomington startup cultivates patents for novel way to garden

April 20, 2016
Dave Stafford
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on March 29 issued a design patent for the Garden Tower 2, and other patents are pending for an invention that allows up to 50 plants to grow in a compact space that would fit on the most modest apartment patio.
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Judge clears ‘Stairway to Heaven’ copyright case for trial

April 13, 2016
 Associated Press
A trial is needed to determine if Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” copies its opening notes from a song performed by the rock band Spirit, a federal judge has ruled.
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High court won’t hear appeal in NFL video game lawsuit

March 21, 2016
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States is staying out of a dispute between game maker Electronic Arts Inc. and former National Football League players who accuse the company of using their likenesses in the popular Madden NFL video game series without approval.
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Indiana company brings Jesse Owens to the big screen

March 9, 2016
Scott Roberts
An Indiana company that handles intellectual property rights had a big role in telling the story of one of the most influential track athletes of all time through a recently released movie.
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High court rejects appeal in Batmobile copyright case

March 7, 2016
 Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court is staying out of a copyright dispute involving a California man who produced replicas of the Batmobile for car-collecting fans of the caped crusader.
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High court won't hear appeal over NFL player settlement

February 29, 2016
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States turned away an appeal from three former NFL players who challenged a $42 million settlement between the league and nearly 25,000 former players over the NFL's use of player images in film footage.
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Indiana manufacturer’s ‘willful infringement’ suit set for SCOTUS argument

February 22, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Indiana medical device maker Zimmer Inc. will be fighting for its wallet Tuesday as part of a patent dispute before the Supreme Court of the United States.
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Publisher to pay $14M in 'Happy Birthday' copyright case

February 9, 2016
 Associated Press
Music publisher Warner/Chappell Music will return $14 million in fees to settle a lawsuit that challenges its claim to "Happy Birthday," one of the world's best-known songs.
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Caterpillar loses $74.6M verdict over trade secret theft

December 22, 2015
Caterpillar Inc. was ordered by a jury to pay $74.6 million for theft of trade secrets from a British maker of earth-moving equipment.
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Patent reform law withstanding challenges

December 16, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
A battle between two tech companies put a key provision of the recent patent reform law on the firing line. But intellectual property attorneys were not surprised the patent holder attempted to knock out the administrative review process or that the attempt failed.
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Schantz: Infringing IP in your home with 3-D printing

December 16, 2015
Adherence to a few principles will avoid many of the intellectual property potholes on the road of 3-D printing.
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Warr: Cybersecurity lessons learned from an ostrich

December 16, 2015
When the topic of cybersecurity arises, many companies react by burying their heads in the sand. However, playing an ostrich when it comes to cybersecurity will not save you.
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Nguyen: Banking on intellecutal property

December 16, 2015
What do startups and high-growth companies have in common? Intellectual property is their most valuable asset, separating one company from the others in a fiercely competitive tech environment.
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Class-action status granted in athletic scholarship lawsuits

December 8, 2015
 Associated Press
Class-action status has been granted by a federal judge in two lawsuits against the NCAA that claim scholarships illegally cap compensation to college athletes.
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Michael Jordan, Jewel-Osco reach settlement over use of name

November 23, 2015
 Associated Press
Spokespeople for Michael Jordan and a supermarket chain say there's a settlement regarding the alleged misuse of the basketball star's name.
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High court won't hear appeal over use of Bob Marley's image

November 2, 2015
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States Monday rejected an appeal from clothing companies that claim they have legal rights to sell shirts with the image of reggae icon Bob Marley.
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  1. On a related note, I offered the ICLU my cases against the BLE repeatedly, and sought their amici aid repeatedly as well. Crickets. Usually not even a response. I am guessing they do not do allegations of anti-Christian bias? No matter how glaring? I have posted on other links the amicus brief that did get filed (search this ezine, e.g., Kansas attorney), read the Thomas More Society brief to note what the ACLU ran from like vampires from garlic. An Examiner pledged to advance diversity and inclusion came right out on the record and demanded that I choose Man's law or God's law. I wonder, had I been asked to swear off Allah ... what result then, ICLU? Had I been found of bad character and fitness for advocating sexual deviance, what result then ICLU? Had I been lifetime banned for posting left of center statements denigrating the US Constitution, what result ICLU? Hey, we all know don't we? Rather Biased.

  2. It was mentioned in the article that there have been numerous CLE events to train attorneys on e-filing. I would like someone to provide a list of those events, because I have not seen any such events in east central Indiana, and since Hamilton County is one of the counties where e-filing is mandatory, one would expect some instruction in this area. Come on, people, give some instruction, not just applause!

  3. This law is troubling in two respects: First, why wasn't the law reviewed "with the intention of getting all the facts surrounding the legislation and its actual impact on the marketplace" BEFORE it was passed and signed? Seems a bit backwards to me (even acknowledging that this is the Indiana state legislature we're talking about. Second, what is it with the laws in this state that seem to create artificial monopolies in various industries? Besides this one, the other law that comes to mind is the legislation that governed the granting of licenses to firms that wanted to set up craft distilleries. The licensing was limited to only those entities that were already in the craft beer brewing business. Republicans in this state talk a big game when it comes to being "business friendly". They're friendly alright . . . to certain businesses.

  4. Gretchen, Asia, Roberto, Tonia, Shannon, Cheri, Nicholas, Sondra, Carey, Laura ... my heart breaks for you, reaching out in a forum in which you are ignored by a professional suffering through both compassion fatigue and the love of filthy lucre. Most if not all of you seek a warm blooded Hoosier attorney unafraid to take on the government and plead that government officials have acted unconstitutionally to try to save a family and/or rescue children in need and/or press individual rights against the Leviathan state. I know an attorney from Kansas who has taken such cases across the country, arguing before half of the federal courts of appeal and presenting cases to the US S.Ct. numerous times seeking cert. Unfortunately, due to his zeal for the constitutional rights of peasants and willingness to confront powerful government bureaucrats seemingly violating the same ... he was denied character and fitness certification to join the Indiana bar, even after he was cleared to sit for, and passed, both the bar exam and ethics exam. And was even admitted to the Indiana federal bar! NOW KNOW THIS .... you will face headwinds and difficulties in locating a zealously motivated Hoosier attorney to face off against powerful government agents who violate the constitution, for those who do so tend to end up as marginalized as Paul Odgen, who was driven from the profession. So beware, many are mere expensive lapdogs, the kind of breed who will gladly take a large retainer, but then fail to press against the status quo and powers that be when told to heel to. It is a common belief among some in Indiana that those attorneys who truly fight the power and rigorously confront corruption often end up, actually or metaphorically, in real life or at least as to their careers, as dead as the late, great Gary Welch. All of that said, I wish you the very best in finding a Hoosier attorney with a fighting spirit to press your rights as far as you can, for you do have rights against government actors, no matter what said actors may tell you otherwise. Attorneys outside the elitist camp are often better fighters that those owing the powers that be for their salaries, corner offices and end of year bonuses. So do not be afraid to retain a green horn or unconnected lawyer, many of them are fine men and woman who are yet untainted by the "unique" Hoosier system.

  5. I am not the John below. He is a journalist and talk show host who knows me through my years working in Kansas government. I did no ask John to post the note below ...

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