Why Software Startups Need to Register Their Copyrights Now

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When it comes to building an IP portfolio, patents aren’t the only–or even necessarily the most important–ingredient. I am consistently surprised by the number of software startups who spend their last nickel on patent applications, but never even consider dropping $35 to register a copyright. The fact is that copyright registration offers many of the same[...]

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Landmark TTAB Decision Invalidates REDSKINS Trademark Registrations

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This post was authored by Jennifer Hetu, a partner of mine at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP. Ms. Hetu’s practice focuses on trademark law and brand protection. She advises clients ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies on a wide range of trademark matters in the U.S. and international markets. Ms. Hetu also collaborates[...]

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Augment Your Breakfast With Learning at AWE 2014

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Attending this year’s Augmented World Expo in Santa Clara? As the Culture Chair of the event, I’ve collaborated with the organizers to hold “Augmented Breakfast” round table discussions on each morning of the conference. Between 8:00-9:00 on Wednesday and Thursday mornings, gather with us in Ballroom G&H (near the registration desk) for a chance to[...]

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Field Agent – a Crowdsourced IP Enforcement Tool

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Every once in awhile, you stumble across something that makes you say, “how did I not realize this existed?” or “I wish I would’ve found this years ago!” Field Agent made me say both of those things. This service has existed for four years, but I somehow just learned of it. This service is designed[...]

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State Business Courts – New Rules for Tech Disputes

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If you file a lawsuit involving intellectual property, information technology, software, or website development, maintenance, or hosting in my home state of Michigan, it will likely end up in one of the state’s new “business courts.” These are specialized dockets assigned to designated judges and designed to promote quicker, more cost-effective dispute resolution. Over the past[...]

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Wearable Devices as Copyright Enforcement Tools

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What if, instead of being a copyright infringement threat, wearable technology became copyright’s ultimate enforcement tool? Copyright enforcement will be a major challenge in the medium of augmented reality. The mass lawsuits of the past two decades against file-sharers and signal pirates have required a significant amount of detective work and discovery to connect individual[...]

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Can I Augment That? 5 Targets to Be Wary of When Making AR

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With the steady growth of new tools for user-generated augmented reality, I’ve been fielding a ton of questions lately on whether it’s legally okay to augment particular content. In other words–if you’re not familiar with how AR works–they want to know if it’s permissible to associate certain digital content with a particular physical object (the[...]

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Proactively Protecting Your IP Across the Globe

I’m writing from the Mid-Winter Institute of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA). As a lawyer who does a lot of trademark enforcement work, one theme that I’ve noticed from multiple speakers so far is the importance of proactively protecting your intellectual property–especially for young companies. What’s more, in this increasingly globalized marketplace, simply[...]

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IP in an Augmented Reality

My latest article, “IP in an Augmented Reality,” was just published in the Jan/Feb 2014 issue of Landslide, the magazine of the American Bar Association’s IP Section.  It summarizes how copyright, patent, trademark, and publicity rights law will apply to AR technologies. An excerpt is below.  Click here to read the full article on the[...]

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Augmented Reality Patents Are Skyrocketing

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In October and December 2011, I wrote about the extensive number of AR-related patent applications already on file.  “If you’re serious about succeeding with your AR business plan–and especially if you hope to attract investors,” I said, “it would be well worth your time to research the existing patent landscape in your field, and get your[...]

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