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GOOGLE’S BOOK-SCANNING IS FAIR USE, JUDGE RULES IN LANDMARK COPYRIGHT CASE

Federal Judge Denny Chin declares that Google Books, which digitizes complete copies of books without an author’s permission, is absolutely legal, thereby putting an end to this 8-year-old legal battle. Chin declares that Google not only meets the four legal factors for fair use defense to copyright infringement, but also…

APPLE HEADS TO TRIAL WITH INVENTOR OVER SMARTPHONE PATENT

Seventy-year-old Richard L. Ditzik, owner of NetAirus Technologies LLC, takes Apple Inc. to trial over a patent that covers a popular smartphone feature, the cellular network. Apple Inc. argues that since Ditzik’s original patent was changed to include technology that Ditzik did not discover until after filing the application, the…

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…