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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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