Internet of Things: Little ‘Bots Are Watching You!
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Internet of Things: Little ‘Bots Are Watching You!

The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the newest technologies on the scene today. It refers to “things” that are able to communicate on the Internet – things like Fitbits, Smartphones, biosensors, coffee makers, thermostats, and even automobiles. These things collect data and they make determinations about what people…

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Frack! My Patent Is Unenforceable!

Inequitable conduct cases don’t happen every day in patent law, so when one comes along, it can be interesting. A recent decision from North Dakota examined an unusual set of facts surrounding the sale of patented hydraulic fracturing technology almost two years before the inventor filed a patent application. After…

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Monkey See, Monkey Do: There’s No Copyright for You
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Monkey See, Monkey Do: There’s No Copyright for You

A photographer’s journey to an Indonesian nature preserve resulted in macaque monkeys having fun with his camera.When a monkey’s “selfie” went viral, so did the copyright questions. Multiple disputes ensued, including a lawsuit filed by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals against the photographer and his publisher arguing that…

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Rise of the GIFs

They are everywhere you look online: compressed image files, usually animated, of people or animals. Graphic Interchange Format (GIF), created to reduce file transfer time, has given rise to social media feeds full of cats riding burritos in space and ubiquitous iterations of the salmon cannon. And lots of athletes…

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Social Media Trends & Hashtag Trademark Law

Over the past few months, there has been an interesting trend in trademark law around the world, with the creative use of social media technologies colliding with the creative use of the trademark registration system. Yes, I’m talking about #trademark mania, aka the rush to trademark hashtags. We can talk…

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