Tag Archives: Copyrights

Design Patents and Copyrights for Designs on Useful Articles

Two recent cases illustrate the potential benefits of protecting intellectual property rights with both design patents and copyrights, particularly for an article that has both utility and a design, including because a design patent infringement analysis may sometimes be more straightforward to apply. In a design patent case, Columbia Sportswear North America, Inc. v. Seirus … Continue reading this entry

Fifth Circuit Upholds Copyright Preemption of Trade Secret-Related Claims

U.S. Supreme Court Expands Scope of Whistleblower Protections
Situations abound in which a defendant has been sued in state court, and wants to get to federal court. In cases in which the plaintiff has not pled a federal claim, and where diversity of citizenship is absent, there may not be a ready avenue to get to federal court. In jurisdictions with a plaintiff-friendly … Continue reading this entry

IP Protection in China: Strategies for a New Era

Recently, China sought to reassure foreign investors that it would never close its doors to the outside world and was committed to making China a fairer place to conduct business. “We are protecting the legitimate rights of foreign enterprises according to law,” said Chinese President Xi Jinping during a roundtable discussion with international business leaders … Continue reading this entry