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Practical Perspectives on Intellectual Property Legal Developments

Monthly Archives: August 2011

Copyrights in Works For Hire

Posted in Copyright
What can the Hulk, Spiderman and the X-Men teach us about copyrights? Well, artists and authors alike must understand the terms under which they are creating their works, or potentially lose any copyrights they, and their heirs, might otherwise enjoy. IP Law360 recently reported on Marvel Worldwide v. Kirby from the Southern District of New York, which underscores the importance of such understanding.… Continue Reading

Proper Patent Valuation is Critical in Today’s Market

Posted in Licensing, Patent
$12.5 billion for 17,000 patents! $4.5 billion for 6,500 patents! These purchases by Google and a group spearheaded by Microsoft and Apple represent a shift in the value of respective patents. However, valuing patents is not a simple task, but requires proper attorney diligence to ensure the purchase of patents is done in an efficient manner as not all companies have the resources of Google and the Microsoft group.… Continue Reading

A Challenge to Color Trademarks in the Field of Fashion: Christian Louboutin v. Yves Saint Laurent America

Posted in Trade Dress, Trademark
The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York's August 10, 2011 decision in Christian Louboutin S.A. v. Yves Saint Laurent America, Inc., questions whether a single color may serve as a trademark for fashion. That case arises from an action for trademark infringement brought by luxury shoe designer, Christian Louboutin, against Yves Saint Laurent America ("YSL"). Louboutin is well-known for his collection of high end women's shoes, which have bright red glossy soles. He also owns U.S. Trademark Registration No. 3,361,597 for "a lacquered red sole on footwear."… Continue Reading

Gibbons Director Catherine Clayton to Host Roundtable on Internet Privacy and Emerging Issues Relating to Online and New Media Enforcement

Posted in Copyright, E-Commerce, Privacy, Trademark
Gibbons is pleased to announce that Catherine M. Clayton, a Director in the firm's Intellectual Property Department, will host a roundtable on internet privacy and emerging issues relating to on-line and new media enforcement on September 22, 2011 at 12:00 pm. This program is part of the International Trademark Association's (INTA) roundtable series, and will take place at the firm's Newark office.… Continue Reading

The Intellectual Property Exchange International: A Market for IP Assets?

Posted in Patent
With the importance of Intellectual Property to a company's bottom line, maximizing that value continues to command a prominent role. "Monetizing" an IP asset, such as a patent, is typically done by licensing, where the patent owner, or licensor, and the party wishing to use the patented technology, the prospective licensee, negotiate conditions and terms of use of the patented technology.… Continue Reading