Contours of Copyright: The States Win One and Lose One 

Two recent U.S. Supreme Court cases affect the rights of states under copyright law, one pro-state, one anti-state (really more pro-public). In his new copyright article, Howard Zaharoff discusses the Court's rulings in Georgia v. Public.Resource.Org Inc. and Allen v. Cooper, Governor of North Carolina. The state loss was Georgia v. Public.Resource.Org. Inc. (decided April 27, …

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USPTO Announces COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program

By: Stanley F. Chalvire On May 7, 2020, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced the COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program, under which the USPTO will grant requests for prioritized examination to qualifying patent applicants without payment of the fees typically associated with prioritized examination. The goal of prioritized examination is to provide …

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USPTO Extends Some Patent and Trademark Deadlines

By: William R. Schmidt On March 31, 2020, the USPTO announced extensions to the time allowed to file certain patent- and trademark-related documents and to pay certain required fees. In brief, some deadlines due between 3/27/20 and 4/30/20 (inclusive) are extendable for 30 days upon submission of a request and appropriate statement attributing the delay …

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Zoom Confusion: The Case for Trademarks

By: Stacey C. Friends The recent news about Zoom and the stock market is a perfect example of why trademarks are important, and also why trademark law does not allow similar marks for similar goods or services. Two companies with the same name - Zoom - both offer technology goods or services. Zoom Video Communications is the …

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Inventor Rights Act Proposes to Grant Certain Rights to “Inventor-Owned” Patents

By: Stanley F. Chalvire The Inventor Rights Act (H.R. 5478) was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in late December 2019, and proposes significant new rights for United States patents that are “inventor-owned.” In particular, if passed, the Bill would create a new class of “inventor-owned patents,” in which the inventor of the claimed invention …

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EU & UK Trademarks: Navigating the changing landscape post-Brexit

By: Stacey C. Friends As of January 31, 2020, the United Kingdom is no longer a part of the European Union. What does this mean for companies with trademark registrations (patents are not affected) designating the EU but not the UK separately? Following Brexit there will be a transition period starting Jan. 31, 2020 and …

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How to Prepare for Counterfeiters, Whether You Sell on Amazon.com or Not

By: Sean D. Detweiler When it comes to online marketplaces, there are numerous traps for the unwary, whether you are a startup or a multi-million dollar company. The “Better Business Bureau (BBB) has received thousands of complaints from people who have shopped for goods online and received counterfeit products instead of what they thought they ordered… …

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Michael Cavaretta Gives Guest Lecture to Intro to Entrepreneurship Class at Worcester State University

On October 30th Corporate Attorney Michael Cavaretta of Morse gave a guest lecture to the Intro to Entrepreneurship class at Worcester State University on intellectual property and contract issues for startups. The class is geared toward entrepreneurs who are developing their own businesses, and is in line with Worcester State and its director of Entrepreneurship, …

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The Trademark Company, LegalZoom & Other Online Services

By: Sean D. Detweiler Consumers continue to become increasingly more comfortable conducting business transactions of all types online, including filing trademark and patent applications, without the help of an attorney. At Morse, this has resulted in an increase of clients looking for help on a pending trademark or patent application previously initiated using an online …

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Trademark Attorney Stacey Friends Joins Morse

Morse is pleased to welcome Stacey C. Friends to the Firm as a Member of the Trademark and Intellectual Property Groups. Stacey's practice will continue to encompass all aspects of brand selection, as well as trademark clearance, registration, and enforcement, both nationally and internationally for large and small companies. She also advises clients on various copyright, fair use, and licensing …

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