Apple and Samsung have been fighting for years over copying by Samsung of patented features of Apple’s iPhone and iPad.  The features at issue in a recent Apple v Samsung case before the Federal Circuit Court were swipe-to-unlock, telephone number recognition, and spelling correction.  A jury found that Samsung actively copied these features and infringed the patents […]

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Dear Doc: I know a copyright is only national in scope, but that the Berne Convention requires signatory countries to accord rights to copyright holders from other nations. I recently heard the theme song for the Beijing 2020 Winter Olympic Games. It reminds me of another song I have heard thousands of times, but I […]

We’ve written about the benefits of state trademark registration. There aren’t many but if you believe state registration is right for you, here’s a brief guide on how to register your trademark in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania trademark law closely tracks some of the same principles, which apply to federal trademarks.  These include the definition of trademarks and […]

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Ask Dr. Copyright … Dear Doc: Some time ago, I wrote to you about the song “Happy Birthday” and the law suit over whether restaurants and film makers must still pay royalties if they sing it in public. Has anything new happened? Signed,  Happy Birthdad Dear Hap (can I still call you that?)… Funny you should ask! […]

In our last newsletter we wrote about Taylor Swift’s open letter to Apple, Inc. and the ensuing kerfuffle over Taylor Swift’s hypocrisy for the way she treated photographers covering her concerts. Just to recap, Swift’s letter to Apple scolded the company for not compensating artists during its customers’ 3-month free Apple Music trial. Apple, you […]

In Alice v CLS Bank, the Supreme Court determined that an abstract business method implemented by software entirely within a computer was not ‘patentable subject matter,’ meaning that the invention could not be protected by patent even though it met all of the requirements for a patent; namely, the process was novel, unobvious and had […]