June 2012

June 29, 2012 1:45 PM | Posted by Krieger, John L. | Permalink

Here’s the scenario:  You’re a well-known athlete.  You’ve worked hard to become the best in your game.  You wake up one morning, grab your coffee, sit down at your computer and start to read the morning’s news.  Much to your chagrin, you come upon a story about …. you.  Apparently, while you were sleeping, you used Twitter to begin “trash talking” players of an opposing team and making derogatory jokes about the deaths of former players in the league.  But, you don’t have a Twitter account -- you don’t even know how to “tweet.”  Yet, your name is now associated with those damaging comments and it’s all over the Internet and on the news.  What do you do?  What can you do?

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June 26, 2012 1:31 PM | Posted by Bachmann, Steve | Permalink
The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act ("AIA") was passed by Congress and signed into law in September 2011. The AIA represents the most significant change to U.S. patent law in over 50 years. Most significantly, the AIA aligns parts of U.S. Patent law with that of other countries, provides for a faster examination option, and opens up the playing field for submission of prior art. What are these portions, and when do they take effect? Well, let’s take a look. read more
June 11, 2012 11:28 AM | Posted by Williams, Nikkya G. | Permalink

Genericide.  While the word might conjure up images of shadowy plots and midnight coups or sounds like it might be thrown around casually on Game of Thrones, luckily genericide does not involve the death of any person.  Unluckily, if you’re a trademark owner, it does involve the death of your trademark.  Many people don’t realize that, much like video killed the radio star, popularity and ubiquity can kill a trademark.  As my colleague Linda Norcross mentioned a little over a year ago (http://www.lrlaw.com/ipblog/blog.aspx?entry=322&fromSearch=true), a trademark owner must be ever on guard against the Looming Specter of Genericide (LSG, for short).

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