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Design Patent Term Extended to 15 Years

  Design patents are a critical form of intellectual property for businesses to protect their product designs.  The prior term for design patents were fourteen (14) years from the issuance date.  Now, pursuant to the changes made in the Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act of 2012 (PLTIA), design patents filed on or after Dec.18, 2013 have a term of fifteen (15) years from the issuance date. ...

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Big Hero 6 Innovator Contest

The XPrize Foundation, Inc. in association with Disney’s new movie “Big Hero 6” has created it’s own contest for young innovators.  The challenge is for kids 8-17 to describe how they would S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, arts, or mathematics) to solve problems out there in the world.  The big winners get to walk the red carpet in Hollywood at the premiere of Big Hero 6.  https://www.xprizechallenge.org/.  The United States Patent and Trademark Office is also a sponsor of Xprize. ...

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MGM Defends Rocky Trademark From “Philadelphia Fat-Ass Run”

MGM , the film company that owns the rights to ROCKY sent a cease and desist letter to Philadelphia resident, Rebecca Shaefer who planned to launch a “Rocky 50K Fat-Ass Run” inspired by Rocky’s iconic jogging route through the streets of Philadelphia. Philadelphia Magazine columnist Dan McQuade‘s figured out   that the boxer ran 30.61 miles by analyzing running montages in the films.  MGM, which owns rights to the film objected on trademark grounds because they sponsor a Rocky themed 5k/10k run to take place in the city of Philadelphia in November. The “Rocky 50K Fat Ass Run” sparked concern of consumers being confused...

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Food Invention Reality Show

Eyeworks TV, the producers behind Extreme Weight Loss on ABC and Bar Rescue on Spike, THIS WEEK ONLY, is holding an audition in Redondo Beach for entrepreneurs with food related inventions for a new show. The show is just like Shark Tank on ABC, but for food inventions.  If interested contact: Kelly Klecha Casting Assistant Eyeworks TV http://www.eyeworksusa.com ...

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No Copyright Protection for Iconic Monkey Selfie

In 2011, wildlife photographer David Slater set up a camera on Sulawesi, a small island in Indonesia.  Mr. Slater received an unanticipated gift, a monkey picked up his camera and took hundreds of pictures, including self portraits or “selfies” that have gone viral on the web this past year.  Recently, controversy has erupted over who owns the copyright to the photos.  David Slater has claimed ownership, along with thousands of dollars in unpaid royalties from the photos that went viral.  As reported by the BBC and The Los Angeles Times, “Wikimedia, the nonprofit behind Wikipedia, says the pictures taken by...

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Redskins Trademark Cancelled by the Trademark Office

Today, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), cancelled six registered trademarks, that include the term “Redskins” for the Washington Redskins, owned by the NFL.  The plaintiffs in the matter were able to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that the term Redskins is “disparaging” to a substantial composite of the Native American population. Under Section 2(a) of the Trademark Act, words that “may disparage” individuals or groups or “bring them into contempt or disrepute” are not permitted as trademarks. The ruling pertains to six different trademarks associated with the team, each containing the word “Redskin.” When it comes to...

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