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Federal Judge Dismisses Copyright Suit Over Lyrics to Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off'
Posted on: Mar 29, 2018

The suit, filed by songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler in September, claimed Swift took the “Players gonna play … and the haters gonna hate” verse in the chorus of “Shake It Off” from the song “Playas Gon’ Play,” which Hall and Butler wrote for the girl group 3LW in 2001.

President Considers Big 'Fine' Over China Intellectual Property Theft
Posted on: Jan 18, 2018

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday the United States was considering a big "fine" as part of a probe into China's alleged theft of intellectual property, the clearest indication yet that his administration will take retaliatory trade action against China.

Federal Circuit Finds Trademark Act’s Ban on Immoral or Scandalous Marks Unconstitutional
Posted on: Dec 18, 2017

On Friday, December 15, 2017, the Federal Circuit held that the Trademark Act’s ban on registering immoral or scandalous marks is unconstitutional. 

SpongeBob Wins Legal Victory Against Planned “Krusty Krab” Restaurant
Posted on: Nov 8, 2017

Creators of popular movies, TV shows, books, and video games are sometimes savvy enough to register unique characters and fictional places with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, but a federal court ruling in a case involving SpongeBob Squarepants shows that a fictional business need not be trademarked in order to benefit from trademark protection.

Apple and Samsung Are Headed Back to the Court Room
Posted on: Oct 30, 2017

Following a lengthy and extensive litigation that began in 2011 that culminated in a U.S. Supreme Court decision in December of 2016, smartphone industry titans Apple and Samsung will again find themselves in Federal District Court Judge Lucy Koh’s courtroom on remand to determine appropriate damages for Samsung’s infringement of Apple’s design patents.

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