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Association of National Advertisers Launches Patent Troll Insurance

The ANA (Association of National Advertisers) has launched an insurance program to protect marketers against the expense of Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs), often known as “patent trolls.” PAEs are firms with the sole business purpose of launching patent claims against …

John Steinbeck, Boeing Drone, Jimi Hendrix, Ford Car: Intellectual Property News

Rightscorp Inc., the company that identifies infringers to copyright holders, said in a company filing that it now has contracts covering about 208,000 copyrights. That’s more than twice the 100,000 copyrights the Santa Monica, California-based company had under contract in …

Intellectual Property: Conan O’Brien, Doobie Brothers, ‘Happy Birthday’, Michael Jordan

Conan O’Brien Sued Over Jokes Comedian Conan O’Brien was sued for copyright infringement for using several jokes on his late-night talk show that he’s accused of lifting from the Internet. In a complaint filed in San Diego federal court July …

Top 5 Risks For Grocers That Are Often Uninsured

Grocery retailers traditionally face a number of risks that are not covered by typical property, crime or cyber insurance programs. A new white paper report from global independent insurance broker Lockton — “Insuring the Operational Risks of Grocers with Intangible …

Etsy Sued by Investors Alleging Firm Hid Products’ Trademark Risks

Etsy Inc. is facing fraud claims from investors after allegations that millions of items sold through its online crafts and specialty wares marketplace likely violate trademarks. Investors filed a proposed class action against the Brooklyn, New York-based company and its …

Copyright Claim Against Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Moved to California

A lawsuit claiming that Stairway to Heaven was filched from an obscure song by the band Spirit has survived its first legal challenge. The Philadelphia judge in the copyright infringement case against Led Zeppelin ruled yesterday that the suit shouldn’t be …

Miami Pop Artist Britto Charges Apple with Copyright Infringement

Artist Romero Britto is suing Apple Inc. and a design firm in Miami federal court, accusing them of misusing his color-splashed images and distinctive style in marketing campaigns. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages from Cupertino, California-based Apple and the design …

Freedom Specialty, IPISC to Offer Intellectual Property Insurance Products

Freedom Specialty’s Programs underwriting has partnered with Intellectual Property Insurance Services Corp. (IPISC) to offer intellectual property insurance products. The policy offers broad coverage provisions for startups to established companies. The policy will offer coverage on a claims-made basis with …

U.S. Trade Rep Sees Progress on Pacific Trade Pact

The final form of an ambitious Pacific trade pact is coming into focus, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said on Tuesday as he urged Congress get behind the U.S. trade agenda. In remarks prepared for delivery to key congressional committees, …

Washington Artist’s ‘Angry Birds’ Lawsuit Goes Forward

A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a Seattle, Wash. artist who designed a line of plush pet toys called “Angry Birds.” Juli Adams designed the plush “Angry Birds” toys in 2006 for The Hartz Mountain …