This Week in Intellectual Property, January 8th

This Week in Intellectual Property, January 8th

Happy new year!

Rent Check

How worried should we be about Chinese IP “theft”? In a twopart blog post, Bryce Farabaugh argues that the threat posed by this theft is overblown. The PRC is far more IP-friendly than one might think, and it may not be a problem if the “costs” come at the expense of rent-seekers.

Nirvana v. Marc Jacobs et al. Despite grunge rock’s decidedly anti-corporate themes, the surviving members of Nirvana have no problem collecting the rents from the late Kurt Cobain’s signature smiley-face design.

For the first time in over 20 years, a large collection of works from 1923 will be in the public domain. You can thank the 1998 Sonny Bono Act for the extra 20-year delay.


News and Commentary

Since 2011, Google has been inundated with over 3.8 billion url takedown requests for copyright infringement. TorrentFreak reports that the top 0.0001% copyright holders (16 separate organizations) were responsible for more than 50% of the takedown requests.

Denise Shull sues TV show “Billions” for copyright infringement. The alleged copying in question? The character Wendy Rhoades is allegedly copied from Shull’s book Market Mind Games.

The FTC should get involved in addressing the anticompetitive behavior of patent trolls, argues Adam Candeub in Forbes.


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By |2019-01-08T14:07:39-08:00January 8th, 2019|Blog, Intellectual Property|