IP NEWS

  • The question of whether a cake can be protected as intellectual property has come to the fore: One of Donald Trump's inaugural ball cakes is almost an exact copy of one baked for Barack Obama's celebration. [Quartz]
  • ZeniMax, a game developer, is suing Oculus and Facebook for stealing some essential elements in their virtual reality headsets; Mark Zuckerberg himself testified at a jury trial for the case, which could be worth as much as $2 billion. [New York Times].
  • Patent protection for the drug industry has been manipulated by drug companies to subvert the original intentions of patent protection - to reward progress - and instead keeps prices high for medically necessary pharmaceuticals. [Forbes]
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  • Dating back to the early 1900's, organizations that make the holidays' signature treat "candy canes" have received patents for their unique machines that shape this candy into various shapes and figures. [Smithsonian Magazine]
  • Two Chinese firms were forced to pay a significant sum of money to a large foreign firm for registering trademarks similar to BMW.  [Business Insider]
  • The race to patent and sue others for using patented technology continues as Apple sues Nokia for incorporating various aspects of its patented technology into Nokia's phones. [Reuters]

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  • President-elect Trump will need to focus on securing Intellectual Property if he wants to improve and protect U.S. jobs [Forbes]
  • A Federal Jury in Nevada founds that 10% of the revenue from the Broadway hit "Jersey Boys" is attributable to the copyright infringement of an unpublished autobiography. [Wall Street Journal]
  • The fate of 'blockchain' patents in unknown but the implementation of additional legislation could open the floodgates for patent lawsuits. [Fortune]

IP NEWS

  • Netflix and TiVo signed licensing agreements that allow Netflix access to TiVo's patent portfolios and integrates Netflix into TiVo's offerings. [Business Wire]
  • Despite the fact that intellectual property makes up a majority of many companies' valuable assets, it is generally not given much attention by decision makers, which leads to undervaluation or misrepresentation of a company's true worth. [Real Business]
  • Soon after Fidel Castro came into power in Cuba, he abolished copyright protection nationwide. Because of artistic defections due to lost royalties, he reinstated copyright laws less than a decade later. [Amplify]
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  • 76ers center Joel Embiid has trademarked the phrase 'The Process' in an attempt to brand a future line of pre-bottled Shirley Temple drinks, along with other merchandise. [The Inquirer]
  • With the advent of more efficient 3D printers, it is incumbent on designers and consumers to keep IP liabilities in mind and to steer clear of infringement risks. [TechCrunch]
  • The winners of the John Scott Medal for their work on the CRISPER-Cas9 gene-editing technique are embroiled in a lawsuit over the patent rights, highlighting the disparities in the collaborative nature of research and the winner takes all approach to intellectual property. [The Inquirer]
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