SOFTWARE

“Two of tech’s biggest behemoths are slugging it out in court,” reported Jon Swartz in an article in USA Today on May 11, 2016. After noting that billions of dollars of damages are at stake in this six-year software copyright case, Swartz quoted Dunlap Codding’s Jordan Sigale, an... read more
On this one year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corp., much of the Section 101 jurisprudence still remains a little jumbled, which gave us at Dunlap Codding, an idea: What would Alice and its progeny look like as word jumbles?The above word jumble depicts the most frequently... read more
On January 4, 2013, the US Patent and Trademark office announced some interesting news in the infamous area of software patents. Everyone has heard about software patents, and most people seem to have a strong opinion about them one way or the other. Love them or hate them, it looks as if software... read more
As reported by Gamezone on January 4, a new rumor has surfaced about the development of the next generation Xbox, or Xbox 720 – a clever twist on the current Xbox 360 title, due to a patent recently granted to Microsoft.  United States Patent No. 8,083,593 was issued on December 27, 2011, and... read more
The other day I mentioned a chart from the Economist outlining the largest patent granting countries – with Japan coming out on top. The Intellectual Asset Management Magazine also picked up on the online chart and added some additional thoughts to the debate concerning software patents.... read more
Be very careful when you make threats against ISPs under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).  The Electronic Frontier Foundation is taking the issues seriously and are pushing for a preliminary injunction to stop the potential harassment and abuse.  As a primer: under... read more
Well, not really.  But I figured that headline might get all the anti-patent folks riled up.  Turns out the Microsoft filed a patent application (Pub. App. 20060095262) in 2004 on a method of automatically sensing and removing curse words.  Arstechnica is on the case “... read more
So last week we asked ya'll to give us your best shot at a litmus-test definition for the term "patent troll."  It's an understatement to say that the response was somewhat underwhelming.  We received a grand total of......zero definitions. We've decided to take that as an indication... read more
Steve Nipper sent me a handbook from the Japanese Patent Office outlining different methods of mapping patent information and data. (JPO Patent Map Handbook (294 KB))  Steve always comes up with these little jems that he finds while scouring the Internet. As Steve knows, Matt and I are deeply... read more
No software patents at all, of course. To the die hard advocates it isn’t about the quality of the patents being issued or the term of exclusivity that is being given.  It is about very existence of patent rights for software – period. In an article at NewsForge (the online... read more
Steve Cummings at Hodges Partnership was kind enough to send me a link to an interesting documentary (documentary is enttiled “What Do you Think?”) he directed for the IP Institute at the University of Richmond School of Law. It is a great tutorial and raises some interesting questions... read more
According to an article entitled Content must catch up with new-media world, the real world ramifications of “rampant” intellectual property theft are shocking: A study released by NBC Universal on Monday put a fine point on just what is at risk not only to media and entertainment... read more
Digital Video Recorders (DVRs), such as TiVo are sweeping the country. If you do not have at least one DVR, you are really missing a new way to watch television. When you choose to record your favorite programs, you get to watch what you want, when you want. If you do not own a DVR, you... read more
IP Memes will include a couple of new contributors in the next issue due out on September 26 - namely, Matt Buchanan of the Promote the Progress blog and myself. If you're not familiar with The TechnoLawyer Community...you should be. TechnoLawyer provides a number of great newsletters (including... read more
I was recently asked whether radio station playlists are considered intellectual property. My first response was a simple "yes." However, I got to thinking a little more. I even asked around to find out what others thought. The result? A bunch of confusion. As long as the expression is recorded in... read more