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Zappa’s Widow Has No Trademark Rights in Germany

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When Frank Zappa’s wife Gail found out about a music festival in Germany that honors her late husband, she wasn’t happy about the name that was chosen: Zappanale. So she sued, alleging European Union trademark infringement on behalf of Zappa’s estate. But the Higher Regional Court in Dusseldorf recently ruled that even though the Zappa […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

July 6th, 2010 at 11:12 am

USPTO and Google Make Online Patent Research Easier — and Free

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Searching for patent and trademark information online just got a lot easier — and less expensive too. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has agreed to make available nearly 10 terabytes of data that had previously been off limits, restricted, or available only through paying fees, free online through a search feature at […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

June 14th, 2010 at 11:37 am

Google Sued by Photographers and Graphic Artists

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As Google awaits word on whether its proposed $125 million settlement with authors and publishers over Google Book Search will be approved by a judge, the search engine giant has been slapped with another class action lawsuit. This time the plaintiffs are photographers and graphic artists who claim that the scanned book images of Google Book Search violate their copyrights.

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Written by Michelle Fabio

April 8th, 2010 at 11:00 am

FCC’s “Net Neutrality” Shot Down by Appellate Court

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The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has struck down a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) order to Comcast requiring so-called “net neutrality,” the equal treatment of all Internet content by service providers.

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Written by Michelle Fabio

April 7th, 2010 at 11:18 am

Electronic Communications Privacy Act Under Attack – By Just About Everyone

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Finally something Google, Microsoft, AOL, the ACLU, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and Americans for Tax Reform can agree on! These companies, privacy advocates, and thinktanks are all members of the Digital Due Process coalition, which is pushing for Congress to overhaul the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) enacted in 1986, well before the Internet surge; […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

April 2nd, 2010 at 8:39 am

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