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ASIAN-AMERICAN BAND FIGHTS TO TRADEMARK NAME ‘THE SLANTS’

An Asian-American rock band, “The Slants,” is preparing to take their fight to patent their name to the federal circuit court, after already having been denied for the past four years on the grounds that the group name is ostensibly a disparaging racial slur. The Slants argue that the term…

SUPREME COURT DENIES PATENT FOR HUMAN GENES

In a unanimous ruling on June 13, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court held that human genes are not patentable…or at least not natural human genes. Although all nine Justices said that naturally occurring isolated biological material is not patentable, their ruling was still a compromise by allowing for the possibility…

ICANN’S NEW GENERIC TOP-LEVEL DOMAIN (GTLD) PROGRAM WILL AFFECT ONLINE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PROTECTION

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced last June their decision to expand internet domain space through the new generic Top-Level Domain (new gTLD) program. The program will allow for potential domain owners to create their own top level internet domain name which constitutes the “.com” part…

SUPREME COURT TO DECIDE ON PATENTABILITY OF HUMAN GENES IN THE MYRIAD GENETICS LAWSUIT

Should researchers and scientists be able to claim human DNA as their intellectual property? That is the question the U.S. Supreme Court must now decide after hearing oral arguments yesterday. Robert Barnes of the Washington Post reported that the Justices expressed trepidation as they listened to the parties’ explanations of…

FAMOUS SHOW HOST ADAM CAROLLA FACES BACK-TO-BACK LAWSUIT FOR PODCAST NETWORK

Famous comedian, television host, radio personality and actor, Adam Carolla, now faces two lawsuits for his iTunes podcast network, ACE Broadcasting Network. The production company creates top-charting podcasts including Ace on the House, the Adam & Dr. Drew Show, and the Adam Carolla Show. On January 17 2013, Carolla’s former…