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Newsletter articles from 1999
Congress calls a time-out on Internet taxes
The Internet is a booming marketplace. Internet sales, already reaching billions of dollars annually, likely will reach the hundreds of billions in the next decade.
The hows and whys of Web site audits
By now your company's Web site is up and running. Monthly "hit" reports show that more and more "visitors" (read: potential clients) are accessing your site.
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.
Popular patents. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a record 151,024 patents in 1998, up 33% from 113,720 in 1997. For the sixth year in a row, IBM was the leading patentee, with 2,657 issued patents, up 54% from 1997.
John Augustyn offers these questions to sharpen our patent analyses. We welcome your suggestions of interesting intellectual property questions--with your suggested answers, for publication in following issues.
Native American tribe insignia under study
Federal law requires the Patent and Trademark Office to study a variety of issues surrounding trademark protection for official insignia of federally and state recognized Native American tribes.
The “Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation Act”
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.
Filing a document. To an intellectual property attorney, "filing a document" generally means ensuring the document is accepted by the proper government office, often the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the U.S. Copyright Office, or a foreign government office.
Safe IP: derivative infringement
Obtaining a patent, copyright, or trademark is no guarantee that you do not infringe. Your patented invention may be an improvement on an earlier patented invention, and read on the earlier patent's claims
States gain IP immunity
A narrow but consistent 5-4 majority of the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that state sovereignty prevents suing a state for patent infringement or for unfair competition damages.