December 2018 Archives

False allegations of copyright infringement

Copyright infringement takes all sorts of forms, and this is particularly true in the digital era. Some people and businesses may unknowingly violate copyright law, while others may do so thinking that they will never be caught. Furthermore, some businesses are falsely accused of copyright infringement, which can happen for different reasons. For example, a competing business may want to tarnish the reputation of the company or there may be a major misunderstanding. Either way, these cases need to be handled appropriately since there is so much at stake.

Dealing with multi-jurisdictional infringement

Copyright infringement can be incredibly challenging no matter the circumstances, but some cases can be very hard to work through. For example, multi-jurisdictional infringement can present a number of hurdles and if you are dealing with a case like this, it is imperative to take the right approach. The laws can vary from one jurisdiction to another and there are other potential hurdles to work through, including differences with respect to laws in one country to the next and even the distance of one jurisdiction to another. It is very important to carefully handle these types of cases and understand what may be at stake.

What is the purpose of an inter partes review (IPR)?

Inter partes review is a trial-like process before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) developed the process in 2011 to replace a string of less efficient processes for challenging patents. A person or company who wants to patent an invention files a patent application, wherein they make claims about the invention and why it should receive a patent. IPR allows a third party (not the patent owner) to challenge the patent claim before the PTAB. The purpose for the petitioner is to show that the claimed invention is unpatentable.

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