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Bold News! Is Nintendo Finally Waking Up & Using Their IP?

By JD Houvener | March 27, 2017

Everyone who grew up in the 80’s remembers playing the Nintendo Entertainment System, or NES. The NES home console or Famicom, as it was called in Japan, introduced us to many memorable characters that are still part of today’s generations. Nintendo introduced us to characters such as Mario, Luigi, Bowser, Zelda, Link, etc. Nintendo’s IP …

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Bold News! Put That Screwdriver Down: IKEA Introduces New Furniture Click Technology

By JD Houvener | March 23, 2017

In this day and age, there are many ways that an individual can “do it his/herself.” From building from scratch to “upcycling,” people are willing to take it into their own hands to create, produce, and manufacture products for use in their own home or for commercial or individual sale. Etsy is a popular marketplace …

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Bold Move! Design Patents: Request for Expedited Examination

By JD Houvener | March 22, 2017

Design patent applications never fear: the Request for Expedited Examination Program is here! We showed you the two different ways to expedite the examination of your utility patent application, but what about design patents? The USPTO also has a program in place for design patent applications to “jump ahead in line.” Under the Expedited Examination …

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Bold News! Tesla and Toyota are giving away their patents! Why!?

By JD Houvener | March 1, 2017

In 1959, a Volvo Engineer invented the three-point seatbelt, and the company famously released the patent for public use in the interest of public safety. In 2014, Tesla Motors made waves when it opened its patent portfolio to the public, and with his famous post, All Our Patent Are Belong To You, Elon Musk discussed …

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Bold News! YETI Coolers Teaches the Knockoffs to Respect Intellectual Property

By JD Houvener | February 24, 2017

YETI was founded in 2006 in Austin, Texas as a small cooler company that marketed towards the outdoors lifestyle.  YETI was very much marketed to the hardcore enthusiast at the time, selling their rugged high quality coolers (that are advertised as bear proof) for a whopping $300, as much as 10x more as you can …

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Bold News! Apple v. Samsung: Did the Federal Circuit Change the Law of Obviousness Without Telling Anybody?

By JD Houvener | December 28, 2016

In a decision that has left patent attorneys, inventors, and holders of intellectual property rights scratching their heads, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, sitting in an eleven-member en banc panel, reversed a decision of a three-judge panel of the same Court and reinstated the District Court’s opinion.  The decision is one battle …

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Bold Ideas! The Dyson: Vacuum Cleaner May Clean Well, But It Has Also Become A Symbol Of Patent Law

By JD Houvener | August 16, 2016

Now being a relatively clean and card-carrying severe allergy sufferer, I was already familiar with Dyson® vacuum cleaners. I had patiently waited for the right Black Friday sale and mistakenly purchased a Shark® vacuum cleaner, Dyson’s major competitor. I was initially drawn to the cool names such as “Dyson Animal®” and “Dyson Small Ball Multi …

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Fed to Relax Medical Marijuana Laws-How can you get in on the Boom?

By JD Houvener | July 9, 2016

In a lengthy memo to lawmakers, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) said it hopes to decide whether to change the federal status of marijuana “in the first half of 2016.” Marijuana is currently listed under the Controlled Substances Act as a Schedule 1 drug, meaning that for the purposes of federal law, the drug has …

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Bold News! Copyright Infringement: How Close is Too Close? As Usual, it Depends…

By JD Houvener | April 26, 2016

In order for a copyright infringement claim to be brought properly, a number of things must be in place first. Here are the requirements: The Plaintiff must own a valid copyright (filed with the Library of Congress) in the artistic work The Defendant copied from the Plaintiff’s artistic work Plaintiff must show that the Defendant …

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