Section Newsletter Articles on Intellectual Property
“Pull My Finger Fred” gets his day in court
, September 2007
For years to come, Illinois courts will cite the JCW Investments case (or the “farting doll” case, as it is affectionately known) for the proposition that federal law does not preempt state law in the realm of punitive damages. Who would have thought that Pull My Finger Fred would be such a pioneer?
Pulling the Plug on “The Electric (Slide)”
, March 2007
Thousands of guests at weddings, bas mitzvah, Sweet Sixteen parties, company holiday gatherings, and other events have been cajoled into joining a line dance called “The Electric Slide” over the last thirty years.
What’s in a name?
, January 2007
Recent activity in the UK and USA have highlighted a celebrity’s use of name or nickname as a trademark.
Protecting ‘Works of the Human Spirit’ worldwide
International and Immigration Law
, August 2006
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is one of the many agencies of the United Nations headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. Its main objective is to protect and promote the use of intellectual property, deemed as “works of the human spirit.”
, June 2006
Data Gone. Jacob Citrin, accused of wiping out all the data on the computer he used at work before he announced his resignation faces a lawsuit by his former employer, a group of affiliated real estate companies, under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act., 18 USC 1030.
Legal wrinkles in sponsored links
, March 2006
Like everyone else schooled in a brick-and-mortar world, trademark attorneys and the courts are struggling to apply decades-old trademark law principles to the universe of the World Wide Web.
Corporate assumed name basics
, December 2005
What if a corporation, for marketing or other business purposes, decides to use a name other than its legal name without making it ‘official’?
Copyright in the digital age
Corporate Law Departments
, July 2005
In the information age the risk of infringing another's copyright protected work has never been higher.
Copyright birth & death announcements
, October 2002
Copyright death approaches for older unpublished works. Pre-1978 works that did not receive copyright protection before 1978 may, unless the works are published before January 2003, become public domain.
From ink to e-sign: a conceptual history of the electronic signature
, February 2001
Amidst the Information Age and the electronic commerce revolution, it is a wonderful time to be a lawyer. Much like Thomas Augustus Watson receiving the first telephone communication in 1876, so too, we stand at the precipice of fundamental change.
Academia at risk: antiquated IP policy
, November 2000
Our schools and colleges face enlarging potholes on the information superhighway because of antiquated intellectual property policies in academia. Many academic institutions have no explicit intellectual property policy; others may have established policies for inventions by faculty and researchers and trademark licensing for major college football teams.
, November 1999
DOJ antitrust guidelines for competitor collaboration. The Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission October 1, 1999 released and sought comment on proposed guidelines for lawful and illegal collaboration among competitors.
The “Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation Act”
, February 1999
An important piece of legislation was signed by President Clinton in October, the "Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation Act," passed as part of the "Digital Millennium Copyright Act" (Public Law 105-304), that affects Internet service providers and copyright holders that are infringed online.