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Copyright owners left legally jet lagged? the Supreme Court embraces the international exhaustion doctrine
  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • USA
  • March 20 2013

A multi-year legal drama over the proper scope of certain sections of the U.S. Copyright Act, as applied to goods made and first sold outside the


Celebrity trademark watch: Elizabeth Taylor, godmother of celebrity branding, is this year’s highest earning dead celebrity
  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • USA
  • November 30 2012

The history of celebrity endorsements is over 100 years old, dating back to at least the late 19th century when acclaimed stage actress Lillie Langtry began appearing on packages of Pear’s Soap.


Sliding the scale: the UK's new small claims court for intellectual property disputes
  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • October 15 2012

An often-frustrating aspect of IP law is that in relatively small matters, the cost of litigation can quickly become disproportionate to the value of the intellectual property in dispute.


U.S. Customs and Border Protection proposes greater cooperation with IP owners to crack down on counterfeits
  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • USA
  • April 24 2012

Earlier today, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that it would disclose information to intellectual property owners regarding suspected counterfeit goods stopped at the border, in situations where CBP desires assistance from the IP owners to determine if the goods are genuine or counterfeit.


Google Books settlement rejected
  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • USA
  • March 25 2011

This week a federal court put the brakes on Google's plans to create a universal digital library by rejecting the company's proposed settlement of class-action lawsuits filed by authors and publishers challenging the Google Books project.


Supreme Court clarifies scope of patentable inventions
  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • USA
  • June 28 2010

The Supreme Court today affirmed the Federal Circuit’s holding that Bilski’s business method was unpatentable subject matter because it sought to claim patent protection on an abstract idea.


"Fair use" of copyrighted works contributed $4.7 trillion to U.S. economy in 2007, reports CCIA
  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • USA
  • April 30 2010

This week, the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) released the report Fair Use in the US Economy, concluding that industries that rely on the "fair use" exception in copyright law contributed $4.7 trillion or 16 of the US gross domestic product in 2007, growing faster than the other sectors of the U.S. economy.


Are genes no longer patentable?
  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • USA
  • April 2 2010

In a much-anticipated decision that has attracted the attention of pharmaceutical and biotech companies, medical researchers, physicians, attorneys and patients concerned about their risk for breast or ovarian cancer, Judge Robert W. Sweet of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled in favor of the plaintiffs on March 29, 2010 in Association for Molecular Pathology, et al. v. United States Patent and Trademark Office, et al.


Biotech patent held invalid for failing to disclose preferred host cells
  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • USA
  • March 11 2010

On March 8, 2010, the Federal Circuit affirmed a ruling of the International Trade Commission invalidating the asserted claims of two U.S. patents for failure to meet the best mode requirement.


Microsoft no longer seeking removal of Cryptome or leaked Compliance Handbook
  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • USA
  • March 5 2010

Last week, lawyers from Microsoft issued a demand under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) seeking the removal of leaked copies of Microsoft's "Global Criminal Compliance Handbook" that pulled website Cryptome.