US implications of new European software patent guidelines

As of the beginning of November, regulators in Europe have new guidelines for how they assess and grant requests for patents. These updates by the European Patent Office have come to be expected annually. Analysts report that the greatest changes this time around deal with computer-implemented inventions (CII) – effectively, computer software. According to more […]

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2018 Nobel economy prize highlights value of patents

Is inventiveness simply the result of clever thinkers who get notions and run with them, or is it something more? While the former is clearly valuable in furthering innovation, many observers offer that the latest Nobel Prize for Economics reflects a view that we believe to be equally important. That the most valuable innovations follow from solid […]

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The latticed IP infrastructure that supports daily technology

Do you remember the VHS-Betamax war? This was the epic struggle between home video recording technologies. By most standards, Sony’s Betamax format was considered the best. In the end, however, VHS (Video Home System) claimed the field. Key in the fight was the fact that the formats were device-exclusive. Betamax tapes didn’t run on VHS […]

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Can you put a patent on love?

The patent litigation between dating app sites Tinder and Bumble has raised the stakes in digital patent protection. Tinder’s parent company, Match, filed suit against Bumble over the concept of swiping left or right. Match claims Bumble infringed on Tinder’s intellectual property by using the concept of swiping on its dating app. Bumble claims the concept of […]

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The right way to protect a copyright under the DMCA

In one of our recent posts, we outlined the four situations under which online service providers can avoid monetary liability if some user infringes on another’s copyrighted material. Among these so-called safe harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is the takedown. If the provider swiftly acts to remove infringing material after being notified, that […]

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