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Monthly Archives from April 2022

How a Design Patent Infringement Case Works

Welcome to part two of our two-part series on design patents. In the first part, we covered what a design patent is, what they protect, the increase in design patents over the past several decades, and a few specifics regarding how they work. Below, we are going to focus on design patent infringement, including how the standard has evolved over time and how the courts generally construct design patent claims. The Law on Design Patent […]

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Understanding the Basics of Design Patents

Design patents can be a useful and valuable tool when seeking to protect a new and original ornamental design. This is part one of a two-part series that will delve into the basics to help you in understanding design patents. In this first part, we will focus on what a design patent is, what role they play in the overall universe of patents in the US, and how the patents work in terms of length […]

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Budget and Craft Beer Go Head to Head Over Trademark Confusion

As the days warm, you may find yourself cracking open a cold beer on the porch. If a friend asked you, “Is that a ‘Stone or a Stone?” would you know how to answer? That question is at the heart of a trademark infringement and trademark dilution lawsuit between two brewing companies, Molson Coors (the owner of Keystone Light) and Stone Brewing Co. Founded in 1996, Stone Brewing Co. is a craft beer company, creating […]

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SoCal Professor Sues Students for Copyright Infringement with Surprising Motivations

Can copyright lawsuits ever be used for purposes other than protecting your own intellectual property? A recent case in Southern California shows a novel copyright infringement suit.David Berkovitz, a professor at Chapman University, taught his Business 215 class remotely throughout the pandemic. In January 2022, he discovered Course Hero, a website in which students share documents to help each other study and excel. Berkovitz stumbled across a surprising document in this labyrinth of forums: His […]

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