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Music Streaming Firm Spotify Faces $1.6 Billion Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

Music streaming company Spotify was sued by Wixen Music Publishing Inc last week for allegedly using thousands of songs, including those of Tom Petty, Neil Young and the Doors, without a license and compensation to the music publisher. Wixen, an …

Why Patent ‘Shenanigans’ Share Blame for High Cost of Drugs

Bob Kelsey can’t afford a cancer drug that could save his life. The retired firefighter, 53, needs Revlimid to stay healthy. Celgene Corp. has raised the price 88 percent over the past seven years. The drug doesn’t have substantial competition …

Rubik’s Cube Maker Puzzled by Toys ‘R’ Us Knockoff

The Rubik’s Cube has delighted and confounded millions of players since Hungarian architecture professor Erno Rubik created it in 1974. Now the company that makes the twisting puzzle wants to stop the maker of Duncan yo-yos from selling an alleged …

Titleist’s Fight Against Logo Parody: Infringement or Free Speech?

A golf-centric social media page had a hit on its hands when it started peddling hats mimicking the logo of Titleist, the golf equipment and apparel company. Only their stuff didn’t say Titleist—the merchandise replaced the brand name with a …

Developing News: Case over Monkey’s Copyright Heads Back to Court

The battle over now-famous selfie photographs taken by a macaque monkey will head back to federal court. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco on Wednesday will hear arguments on whether an animal can own …

Intellectual Property Risks May Not Be Covered by Traditional Products: TMK Expert

Many clients are unaware that intellectual property (IP) risks are frequently inadequately covered by traditional insurance products and, as a result, they actually could be “dangerously underinsured” due to these coverage gaps, according to Ian Lewis, IP underwriter at Tokio …

Intellectual Property Coverage Presents Challenges in Private D&O

Physical property damage due to natural disasters, weather-related or man-made incidents, can be relatively straightforward to assess, but understanding how a different form of property causes damage can be a little more ambiguous, according to panelists at the recent Professional …

Supreme Court Rules Garment Design Elements Copyrightable

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that basic elements in cheerleader uniform designs merit copyright protection, handing a victory to the top American maker of the garments in a decision with serious implications for the fashion industry. The justices …

Court Throws Out $530 Million Smartflash Patent Verdict Against Apple

A federal appeals court has thrown out a jury verdict that had originally required Apple Inc. to pay $533 million to Smartflash LLC, a technology developer and licenser that claimed Apple’s iTunes software infringed its data storage patents. The trial …

IBM Sees Advantage in Client Owning Watson-Generated Knowledge

IBM Chief Executive Officer Ginni Rometty sees proprietary data combined with artificial intelligence technology as the competitive advantage for companies going forward. When International Business Machines Corp. works with clients, it trains a unique version of its artificial intelligence technology, …