Will Federal Trade Secret Protection Become a Reality in 2015?

The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015 was introduced to the Senate and House of Representatives on July 29, 2015 and supported by an unprecedentedly bipartisan coalition of senators from all over the U.S.[1] The Act is also supported by large multinational corporations including Nike, Boeing, and Intel and trade organizations like the National Association of […]

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“Recommended for You”: Netflix Guide a Brilliant but Unpatentable Idea

Everyone wonders how Netflix decides what to include in its recommended categories. Although its algorithms for picking flicks certainly seem unique, did you ever consider whether the concept of suggesting films in creative categories could be protectable intellectual property? A court in the Northern District of California recently said it wasn’t, invalidating five patents held […]

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TransPacific Partnership: IP issues go global

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, is a trade agreement under negotiation between many countries bordering the Pacific Ocean, including the United States. The biggest controversy at the moment is whether Congress will agree to “thumbs up/thumbs down” the treaty, rather than having to debate and approve each of the proposed terms after the international negotiations […]

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Blurring the Lines of Copyright Law

Is a “vibe” something you can claim ownership in? Earlier this month, a Los Angeles federal jury issued a stunning $7.4 million verdict that implied it might be – potentially seeding the clouds for a rainstorm of copyright litigation against an industry that often “samples” from works of other artists. The copyright dispute involved the […]

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