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IP In the News

Six Strike Copyright Alert System set to go in effect by the end of 2012

Posted on December 1, 2012 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

If you share copyrighted files you might just get a warning from your internet service provider (ISP).  Verizon Communications and AT&T have teamed with ISPs to create a new "six strikes" warning system to address pirated downloads by their customers. The system gives users six chances to change their ways.  Failure to comply may result in slowed or discontinued service.   Users will have to opportunity to contest a violation by paying a $35 fee.  This fee will be refunded if the alleged infringer is able to show that the material was used legitimately.


Student Faces $675K fine for downloading 30 songs

Posted on May 29, 2012 at 6:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Big Fines for Small Time Copyright Violators

Recording industry goes after university student who illegally downloaded and shared 30 songs.

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Does Your PinPost Violate Copyright Law?

Posted on April 22, 2012 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Social Media Site Runs into Copyright Issues

Pinterest is a relatively new social media site that allows users to promote their brands or share interests by "pinning" photos to their user pinboard. While the concept is interesting, placement of copyrighted material on these boards is creating a legal issue for the site and its users.

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Brewers have Unique Plan to Avoid Litigation

Posted on August 8, 2011 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Two brewers selling ale under the same name opted to work together rather than litigate.  A  collaboration between the two led to a new ale called "Collaboration Not Litigation."  While a commendable resolution, trademark attorneys caution that this practice essentially sanctions infringement. This would make it more difficult to prevent others from infringing and may affect the future purchase price of either business if offered for sale.

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Inattention to Patent Marking Could Lead to Expensive Damages - Beware of Patent Trolls!

Posted on May 4, 2011 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

False marking claims may arise when an article is marked with an expired patent number or  an "out-of-scope" patent where the claims of the patent fail to cover the article in question. 

While it may come as a surprise, private citizens are free to sue and collect damages against those who falsely mark their products.  Unlike most cases, plaintiffs filing false marking suits are not required to show injury. If successful, these patent trolls may be awarded up to $500 for each falsely marked article. Click here for full article