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DRK Photo v. McGraw-Hill

Takeaway: In the world of intellectual property licensing it is important to obtain the proper intellectual property interest in the works that you are licensing or you may not have standing to sue.
Oct 24, 2017

Federal Circuit Unconventionally Distributes Amdocs a Software Patent Win

Takeaway: It seems unconventional for the Federal Circuit to find software or business methods to be valid in light of the Alice v. CLS Bank decision back in 2014. The court seems to have carved out an exception that allows for known concepts to be applied in new platforms to create a protectable invention.
Sep 26, 2017

The Wonderful Company, Owner of Slogan “Get Crakin’,” Sues UTZ Quality Foods for “Get Snacking!”

Takeaway: On August 18, 2017, The Wonderful Company, owner of the trademark “Get Crackin’,” and Wonderful Pistachios & Almonds LLC, a distributor of the Wonderful® brand of pistachio nuts, filed a suit against UTZ Quality Foods and Rice Investments and alleged that UTZ and Rice Investments were infringing on the “Get Crackin’” mark with their use of the mark, “Get Snacking!”
Sep 12, 2017

Nokia Selling Over 6,000 of its Patents

Takeaway: Nokia Corp. acquired Alcatel-Lucent for approximately $17 billion in 2015 and is now in the process of selling its acquired patents through an investor pool to venture-backed startups.
Aug 31, 2017

Strengthening Intellectual Property Protection in Canada

Takeaway: Through rejection of the “Promise Doctrine” and other recent rulings by the Supreme Court of Canada, there appears to be a new trend of increasing intellectual property protection in Canada, which suggests increasing confidence in R&D and IP investment in Canada.
Aug 29, 2017