Copyright Tutorial

>> Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Here is a wonderful tutorial on copyrights. Enjoy.


Copyright Test

I came across a very interesting test on Copyrights today. Check it out on the Cornell University website.


May PCT Newsletter

>> Monday, May 11, 2009

The May 2009 PCT Newsletter can be found at the WIPO website. All who deal with foreign patent applications are encouraged to read it, especially the practical advice.


$80,000 for a Year Off?

>> Monday, April 13, 2009

Mixed feelings today re NY Times article here. Would love to know how the attorneys feels about this.


Restructuring the IP practice

>> Tuesday, March 31, 2009

More law firm reductions kicked off the week, with Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP laying off 99, Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP letting go of 25 and Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP cutting 10 percent of its work force. Fried Frank confirmed Monday that it had reduced its head count by 41 associates and 58 administrative staff members, citing the negative impact of the financial crisis on clients.

Bryan Cave LLP has added another intellectual property litigator to the firm's list of partners, luring Kara E. F. Cenar from the newly merged K&L Gates LLP.
Cenar, who joins the firm's Chicago offices, has spent her career litigating intellectual property law, advising clients on their IP rights, and developing enforcement programs to avoid infringement.


Morgan & Finnegan LLP

>> Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Intellectual property law firm Morgan & Finnegan LLP which dissolved last month, filed for bankruptcy on Tuesday, listing liabilities that include nearly $3.8 million in capital owed to former partners at the firm.

A judge on Friday issued an injunction barring defunct intellectual property boutique Morgan & Finnegan LLP from selling or transferring its assets, after a lawsuit by JPMorgan Chase & Co. claimed the firm defaulted on a loan and owed more than $4 million.


Copyright Battle Over Obama 'Hope' Image

>> Thursday, March 12, 2009

The Associated Press has hit back in a copyright suit brought by the artist behind the iconic Obama “Hope” image, saying the artist was “fully aware” the inspirational AP photo was copyrighted and that he is “profiting handsomely.” AP filed its answer and counterclaims to artist Shepard Fairey on Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York where Fairey is seeking a declaratory judgment. Story here. Read AP's answer and counterclaims here.


WIPO Names 2008 As Record Year For Trademarks

>> Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The number of international trademark applications soared to record levels last year, but a slowdown is expected in 2009, according to a statement released by the World Intellectual Property Organization. WIPO received a record 42,075 filings under the Madrid System in 2008, representing 5 percent growth, according to WIPO.
More interesting facts from WIPO here.


Masters Degree in Intellectual Property (MIP)

Did you know that WIPO and ARIPO sponsor a Masters Degree in Intellectual Property at African University in Zimbabwe? I did not but it sounds very interesting and I kind of wish I could attend. You could even win a scholarship. Hurry up though, deadline is March 15, 2009.

On May 4, 2009, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) and Africa University launched the 2nd edition of the Masters Degree in intellectual property (MIP) program at Africa University, Mutare, Zimbabwe. The program runs for 12 months. Read more here.


More Layoffs

According to Law360, layoffs in the legal industry continued to mount Tuesday, with rumors swirling of fresh rounds of firings at Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker LLP, Venable LLP, Chadbourne & Parke LLP and Blank Rome LLP. The deepest cuts were made at Paul Hastings, which reduced its work force in the United States by a whopping 131, including 44 associates and 87 staff.