Copyright Alert: Deadline for DMCA Registered Agents to Submit New Designation Electronically is Quickly Approaching

If you are a service provider that designated an agent with the Copyright Office prior to December 1, 2016, you must submit a new designation electronically using the online registration system by December 31, 2017. Any designation not made through the online registration system will expire and become invalid after December 31, 2017. We've posted a recap in this month's …

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With Seagate Overturned, More Careful Analysis of Competitor Patents May Be A Good Idea

By: Sean D. Detweiler The U.S. Supreme Court has just issued a decision in two unrelated cases[1] that overturns the 2007 Federal Circuit ruling[2], known as “Seagate”. The Supreme Court considers Seagate to be “unduly rigid” and overly limiting as to the potential for enhanced damages in patent infringement cases. Since 2007, under the now-overturned-Seagate-analysis, a patent infringer could more easily …

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Howard Zaharoff & Faith Kasparian Quoted in Lawyer’s Weekly

On April 28, 2016, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly newspaper published the article titled "Ex-'View' co-host Hasselbeck survives copyright suit by author". This article explains how Susan Hasset, author of "Living with Celiac Disease", took Elisabeth Hasselbeck, author of "The G Free Diet" and "Deliciously G Free", to court accusing her of violating copyright infringement.  U.S. District court Judge George A. …

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MBBP Publishes February M&A Today Newsletter

Hot off the press! Articles include: Tips for Enforcing Indemnification Provisions Permanent Exclusion of Gain on Sales of Qualified Small Business Stock IP Due Diligence: Patentability vs. Patent Infringement Get more info on our M&A blog or read the full newsletter.  

Infringement v. Homage: Pharrell Williams, et al. v. Bridgeport Music Inc., et. al.

By: Callie L. Pioli The music industry did not get far into 2015 before delivering a blockbuster copyright case. Pharrell Williams’ and Robin Thicke’s 2013 hit Blurred Lines was in fact only 50% their hit, according to a jury verdict in mid-March that found in favor of Marvin Gaye’s children.  As co-owners of his original …

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