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Superheroes of copyright: when do fictional characters enjoy copyright protection?

08/03/2013 Several recent cases have highlighted the interesting issue of whether and when fictional characters - as distinct from the works they inhabit - are…

From the .xxx files: porn industry giants sue over new domain name registry

22/11/2011 The .xxx domain name registry was approved by ICANN and is now taking applications via your friendly neighborhood domain name registrar, so you would be forgiven for thinking that opponents of the .xxx domain are ready to move on and deal with the new regime.

Massachusetts Superior Court finds personal jurisdiction over foreign ski manufacturer where plaintiff purchased allegedly defective skis in Massachusetts from store located through search function on manufacturer’s website

26/01/2012 In Lafond v. Salomon North America, Inc., C.A. No. 2008- 1383 (Mass. Super. Dec. 19, 2011), plaintiff was injured when one of his ski bindings broke while skiing in Utah.

Say good bye to Boston cream thigh: Caballero video gives up “Ben & Cherry’s XXX ice cream” franchise

01/08/2013 It turns out that the folks at Caballero Video were gentlemen after all, at least from Ben & Jerry's perspective. Last September, the ice cream…

Practice tips for employee IP assignment agreements

19/07/2012 A recent Federal Circuit decision discussing the effect of an Employee Intellectual Property Assignment Agreement upon the ownership of inventions made by the employee (Preston v. Marathon Oil Co., Nos. 2011-1013, -1026 (Fed. Cir. July 10, 2012) (decision here)) offers a number of practice pointers.

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