Brian Higgins, an attorney with offices in Washington, DC, authors the Maryland Intellectual Property Law Blog. Topics discussed includes copyrights, litigation, patents, trade secrets, trademarks and other IP topics.
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Bilski et al. v. Kappos, slip op., No. 08-964, 561 U.S. ____ (Jun. 28, 2010) In Bilski v. Kappos, the Supreme Court affirmed the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit's (CAFC) decision holding claims directed to a computerized method for hedging risk...
Today, too many creators take a passive attitude toward their copyrights. So say the authors of Columbia University Law School's Keep Your Copyrights website. Geared toward artists, but also a good resource for publishers, agents, and distributors, the site is designed to help...
In IA Labs v. Nintendo, the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland granted Nintendo’s motion to exclude evidence at trial pertaining to the outcome of a reexamination proceeding involving one of IA Labs' patents. In doing...
Why Has America Stopped Inventing? By Darin Gibby, Esq., Morgan James Publishing, New York, 2012 Patents are boring, nobody wants to deal with them, and few people can understand them. Yet we all somehow know that they play a significant...
Patent Office data show that the number of individuals in Maryland receiving at least one patent in 2010 that was not assigned to a company was at an eight year high. Overall innovation in Maryland, however, has declined, when measured by...
The Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) recently announced the date for the 2012 Entrepreneur Expo, its second year for the event. The BWI Airport Marriott will again provide the location for this year's...
While T-Sizzle Takes to Gridiron, His Lawyers Tackle "Ball So Hard University" Trademark, Right of Publicity Dispute
Terrell “T-Sizzle” Suggs roams the gridiron looking to make his presence known to opposing quarterbacks by delivering some of the most devastating sacks in the game of professional football. His lawyers, meanwhile, tackle a...
In an effort to reduce the number of multi-defendant patent infringement lawsuits often brought by non-practicing patent owners, the America Invents Act (AIA) includes a new statutory provision that addresses joinder of accused infringers...
Patent litigation activity in Maryland increased in 2011 compared to the previous four years, as the chart at right shows. According to records available from Justia.com and PACER, plaintiffs filed 35 patent lawsuits in the U.S. District...
The Top 5 web page views on the Maryland IP Law Blog for 2011 are perennial favorites. The most popular web page for the second year in a row was one touting the "benefits" of downloading music on the Internet, published...