Pitfalls of Do-It-Yourself IP – Provisional Patent Applications


Unless you have no access to media (television, print, radio, Internet), you have probably heard or seen at least one advertisement about services, such as Invent Help or LegalZoom, that allow the public to generate their own legal documents at a low cost. In some instances, these services may promote their use to assist inventors in obtaining patent protection. While this may provide an inventor with a supposedly lower-cost way to access the patent system, using these services when patenting can be full of pitfalls for the unwary....
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Want Pizza, Burritos and Booze Delivered This Weekend? There’s eCommerce for That.


The explosion of eCommerce continues to transform how we connect with everyday products and services. When Amazon started selling books online in 1994, few (except perhaps Steve Jobs) could envision our phones would be smart, and we’d have apps to order pizza or a case of beer, but that’s all possible today. If you’re launching an eCommerce strategy , you can learn a lot by examining the approaches taken by food and beverage players Dominos, Chipotle and major liquor distributors, as noted below. You will...
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Klemchuk LLP Co-Sponsoring 2015 Fast Tech Reveal Event


Klemchuk LLP, a leading intellectual property (IP) and technology law firm, announces that they will co-sponsor the 2015 Fast Tech Reveal event, scheduled for August 11, 2015. The Fast Tech Reveal will announce winners of the Fast Tech Award, which recognizes the fastest growing technology, media, telecom, life sciences and clean technology companies, headquartered in the DFW metroplex. The award winners for 2015 will be determined based on percentage fiscal year revenue growth from 2012 to 2014. “We are thrilled to be a...
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Google Attempts to Protect Victims from Revenge Porn Images


Google has begun to take proactive steps to cut down on the posting of revenge porn, i.e., revealing images posted by an ex or hacker in an attempt to humiliate or extract money. According to Amit Singhal, Senior Vice President, Google Search, Google will “honor requests from people to remove nude or sexually explicit images shared without their consent from Google Search results.” To achieve that goal, sometime this summer Google will post an online form so victims of revenge porn can request removal from Google search...
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Judge to Determine whether Shakira’s Copyright Accuser Lied on the Stand


Shakira might have thought she was going crazy when she was accused of copying someone else’s song for her hit single “Loca.” But the judge that found her guilty of copyright infringement now plans to hold a hearing and determine whether Shakira’s accuser lied on the stand. In August 2014, the judge ruled that the famous pop singer copied a song written by Dominican singer Ramon Arias Vazquez in the mid-1990s. But now, two units of Sony, defendants in the case, are saying that they have evidence that the...
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Ghost Town – How the Eastern District of Texas May Shutter Up Its Patent Litigation Docket


Almost 30% of patent infringement lawsuits from 2014 were filed in one district – the Eastern District of Texas (EDTX) – with 20% of the total cases going to District Judge Rodney Gilstrap. Known for its plaintiff-friendly jury pool and large awards to Non-Practicing Entities, the EDTX has encouraged litigants from throughout the country to seek venue there on the most attenuated of grounds. With recent moves in the United States House of Representatives, however, change may be on the horizon. The House Judiciary...
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Survival of the Fittest Fitness Trackers: 5 Tactics to Protect Your Trade Secrets


According to the New York Times, a big battle is heating up between fitness tracker rivals Jawbone and Fitbit , just as the latter prepares for its initial public offering. In May, Jawbone filed a lawsuit in California Superior Court against Fitbit and five former Jawbone employees alleging misappropriation of trade secrets among other charges.  Jawbone alleges that Fitbit lured employees away from Jawbone and those employees improperly downloaded proprietary information prior to their departures from Jawbone. Along with...
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