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April 2018 Archives

Gender parity in patents: Hedy Lamarr’s frequency hopping

Today we continue our look at the contributions of female inventors to our collective intellectual property in the spirit of this year’s World Intellectual Property Day theme honoring female innovation. As the day approaches on April 26, our focus here will remain on this important subject. 

World Intellectual Property Day is April 26, 2018

On April 26 each year, WIPO, the World Intellectual Property Organization, celebrates World Intellectual Property Day. According to its webpage about the occasion, it offers a “unique opportunity each year to join with others around the globe to consider how IP contributes to the flourishing of music and the arts and to driving the technological innovation that helps shape our world.” 

Does Marvin Gaye family victory "blur the lines" of copyright?

On March 21, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit upheld significant parts of a trial court opinion that awarded $5.3 million to Marvin Gaye's children. Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams were found to have infringed on Gaye's 1977 song "Got to Give It Up" in their 2013 song "Blurred Lines." 

A rise in trademark litigation? It's not a virtual reality.

Augmented and virtual reality are buzzwords in the industries of technology and innovation today. Led by products like the Sony PlayStation® VR and the Samsung Gear VR Headset, virtual reality could soon make its way beyond gaming and entertainment and into simulated training for high-stress, high-precision jobs in health care and the military. However, with the excitement of new technology comes issues related to intellectual property ownership.


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