Trademark Registration Amendments Are Now Allowed (Temporarily) for Evolving Technology

Yesterday, the USPTO announced a new pilot program pursuant to which it will allow trademark registrations to be amended where the trademark owner now sells different products from those covered by the original registration due to evolving technology.  In the absence of this pilot program, such trademark owners would have to abandon their existing registration […]

“Blurred Lines” Copyright Infringement: Implications for Software Developers

Yesterday, a federal jury found that the song “Blurred Lines” (by Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke and Clifford Harris, Jr.) was substantially similar to the song “Got to Give it Up” (by Marvin Gaye) and awarded over $7 million in copyright infringement damages.  Because the similarities between the songs were largely based on several very small […]

Cloud-Based Export Compliance: Minefield for the Unwary

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has issued a new advisory opinion (its third) on whether and when cloud-based service providers must be concerned with U.S. export compliance.  While such providers are in the clear with respect to many activities, there are still a number of ways cloud-based service providers can unwittingly trigger export […]

USPTO Issues New (Software) Patent Examination Guidelines

After the US Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corp., the USPTO changed its approach to examining patents (in particular, software patents).  The new approach provides insight to how the USPTO construes the Alice Corp decision. The USPTO’s new approach is memorialized in a memo issued by the Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy.  You can […]

Supreme Court Rules on Software Patentability

In a hotly watched case involving the patent-eligibility of software, the U.S. Supreme Court today issued an unanimous (that’s right, unanimous) opinion striking down a software patent on the basis that it was merely an abstract idea and that implementation using conventional computer functions on a generic computer is not sufficient to transform the idea […]

How to Register your API with the Copyright Office

The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision last week in Oracle v. Google has been touted as a decision that application programming https://www.viagrasansordonnancefr.com/ interfaces (APIs) are copyrightable.  See, for example, the article “Tech World Stunned as court ruled Oracle can own APIs.”  So the next logical question is how does one go about registering copyright […]

Oracle v. Google – Interoperability and Copyright Infringement

If you thought that you could do whatever you needed to do to achieve interoperability and be safe from copyright infringement, think again.  The Federal Circuit’s ruling last Friday in Oracle v. Google puts a finer point on the limits of interoperability as a defense to copyright infringement. Quick Background (if you know the facts […]

Are Application Programming Interfaces (API) Copyrightable?

On the one year anniversary of the judge’s decision in Oracle vs. Google throwing levitra dosage timing out a jury’s findings and ruling that Oracle’s Java API’s were not copyrightable, the Electronic Frontier Foundation is chiming in with its perspective. A little background.  The case is Oracle v. Google, 872 F.Supp.2d 974 (N.D.Cal. 2012).  Oracle […]

New Jersey District Court Decision Provides A New Reason for Copyright Owners to Register Early

The mantra of copyright lawyers is that “copyright subsists from the moment of creation.”  While that is true, it’s not the whole story.  A recent New Jersey District Court has decided a case of first impression as to whether a copyright holder must have a registration in hand in (as opposed to having merely filed […]

2012 New Jersey IT Survey (Technology & Talent Trends)

In June, the New Jersey Technology Council, in collaboration with Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla and Withum, Smith & Brown, conducted a survey of  approximately 150 New Jersey IT company executives.  Some of the results were surprising.  Here is a quick summary of some of the top findings: Size of Companies Participating in Survey 7.4% – […]

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