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Google Threatens to Sue Youtube MP3 Conversion Site

Google recently wrote a letter on June 8 to the owner of the website Youtube-MP3.org, stating that it must stop its activities within seven days of Google’s letter.  Youtube-MP3.org is a site devoted to converting Youtube videos to audio MP3s, that is widely popular, accessed by 1.3 million people each day. Google and Youtube argue […]

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Shape of Hookah Pipe not Protectable with Copyright

The recent case of Inhale v. Starbuzz Tobacco, Inc. held that the shape of a water container to be used in a hookah device is not afforded protection under the Copyright Act.  Inhale made a water container that had a specific design on it – a skull and crossbones, in 2008 and registered it with the […]

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American Universities Sued for Copyright Infringement

In September 2011, a group of authors, as well as the Authors Guild and Australian Society for Authors, brought one of the largest copyright infringement suits in history against five major American Universities.  These universities included University of Michigan, University of California, University of Wisconsin, Indiana University, and Cornell University.  The suit, filed in the U.S. District […]

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Court Appointed Experts Recommended to Explain Technology in Patent Cases

After presiding over a recent case involving a dispute between Motorola and Apple, Judge Richard Posner of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals spoke to a group of lawyers and judges about the ever increasing disconnect between the level of technology employed in patent cases and the ability for judges and juries to understand […]

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Impact of US Supreme Court’s Prometheus Patentable Subject Matter Decision

In its ruling in Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Laboratories, Inc., the Supreme Court unanimously reversed the Federal Circuit’s decision, stating that the diagnostic tests for determining the appropriate dosage of medication employed by Prometheus were not patentable because they “effectively claim the underlying laws of nature themselves.”  In issuing its ruling, The Supreme Court […]

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