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It's alive! The public domain starts breathing again

USA - February 14 2018 In 1998 the flow of works entering the public domain was halted by the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act, which extended the duration of US

LIBOR Phaseout: What Happened and What's Next?

United Kingdom, USA - February 2 2018 The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) of the United Kingdom plans to phase out the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) by the end of 2021. LIBOR is

Assignment documents now publicly available through USPTO website

USA - September 28 2016 The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) now makes copies of patent assignments available for immediate download. This is a deviation from prior

The end of the I-94 "Little White Card" is a surprisingly big deal

USA - March 27 2013 Travelers entering the U.S. by air and sea after April 25 no longer will fill out for immigration inspectors and receive their tear-off portion of a

L-1 visas valid longer than petition, avoiding renewals

USA - February 15 2012 The U.S. Department of State issued a revised regulation allowing consular offices to issue L-1 visas for intracompany transferees with validity period longer than the underlying petition approval and up to the "reciprocity limit" for the worker's nationality (5 years, for many countries), avoiding need for initial visa renewals

Honey badger don’t care - transforming trademark infringement into artistic or expressive works

USA - August 15 2018 After his video about African honey badgers went viral, Christopher Z Gordon began policing third-party use of the catchphrases. In a recent case against greeting cards manufacturers

Two iconic brands - Federer's uncertain hope to obtain the RF logo from Nike

USA - August 8 2018 Although Nike no longer has a clothing contract with Roger Federer, it still owns the trademark registration for the iconic stylised RF logo. However

USPTO must pay its own attorneys’ fees

USA - August 8 2018 The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals en banc has rejected the USPTO’s attempt to obtain attorneys’ fees in a de novo civil action. It rejected

Nike Jumpman logo: not yet a slam dunk

USA - July 25 2018 Nike had seemingly won the copyright contest over its iconic Jumpman logo when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its opinion of

Federal Circuit expands generics - including ZERO for soft drinks

USA - July 11 2018 The Federal Circuit recently vacated and remanded the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s decision that the term ‘zero’ is not generic for soft drinks