Intellectual Property

FILE- In this May 27, 2011 file photo, a 3,000 pound anchor from what is believed to be the wreck of the pirate Blackbeard's flagship, the Queen Anne's Revenge, is recovered from the ocean where it has been since 1718, in Beaufort Inlet, in Carteret County N.C. The Supreme Court is wrestling with a modern-day dispute involving the pirate Blackbeard's ship that went down off North Carolina’s coast more than 300 years ago. The justices on Tuesday heard arguments in a copyright case over photos and videos that document the recovery of the Queen Anne’s Revenge, discovered in 1996. (Robert Willett/The News & Observer via AP)
November 05, 2019 - 11:17 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is wrestling with a modern-day dispute involving the pirate Blackbeard's ship that went down off North Carolina's coast more than 300 years ago. The justices on Tuesday heard arguments in a copyright case over photos and videos that document the recovery of the...
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Vice President Mike Pence discusses U.S. and China relations Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, at the Wilson Center's inaugural Frederic V. Malek Public Service Leadership Lecture, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
October 24, 2019 - 11:46 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence took a swipe at Nike and the NBA on Thursday in a speech criticizing communist China's record on trade and human rights, saying American corporations have been too willing to ignore censorship and repression in pursuit of profits. Pence singled out the...
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FILE - This Oct. 9, 2012 file photo shows, from left, Jason Bonham, son of the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham; singer Robert Plant; bassist John Paul Jones; and guitarist Jimmy Page at the "Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day" premiere in New York. Members of an 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals harshly challenged plaintiffs who argued that a new trial in the copyright fight over Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven is justified. The lawsuit that alleges 1971’s “Stairway” was stolen from 1968’s “Taurus,” by Spirit. (Photo by Dario Cantatore/Invision/AP, File)
September 23, 2019 - 4:44 pm
A group of federal judges aren't sure all that glitters is gold, and they don't seem to be buying that a new trial is necessary in the copyright fight over the Led Zeppelin song, "Stairway to Heaven." Members of an 11-judge panel at a Monday hearing before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in...
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September 05, 2019 - 2:51 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two men from Italy and Russia have been charged with trying to steal trade secrets from an American aviation company, U.S. prosecutors said Thursday. The Justice Department unsealed a criminal complaint Thursday accusing the two of plotting to steal intellectual property,...
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Australian Education Minister Dan Tehan speaks at the National Press Club in Canberra, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. Australia announced Wednesday that it has formed a task force to crack down on attempts by foreign governments to meddle in Australian universities. The move comes as concerns grow over Chinese influence at Australia's universities, where Chinese students are by far the largest group of foreign students. Tehan said the task force will comprise half university staff and half government agency officials. (Rohan Thomson/AAP Images via AP)
August 28, 2019 - 2:38 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia announced Wednesday that it has formed a task force to crack down on attempts by foreign governments to meddle in Australian universities. The move comes as concerns grow over Chinese influence at Australia's universities, where Chinese students are by far the...
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August 23, 2019 - 2:37 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Some of the country's top publishers are suing Audible, citing copyright infringement as they ask a federal judge to enjoin the audiobook producer-distributor's planned use of captions for an education-driven program. The so-called "Big Five" of publishing — Penguin Random House,...
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady speaks to the media following an NFL preseason football game against the Carolina Panthers, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
August 23, 2019 - 9:43 am
BOSTON (AP) — It's settled: Tom Seaver is "Tom Terrific," not Tom Brady. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office rejected Brady's application to take control of the nickname on Thursday, ruling that it "points uniquely and unmistakably to Tom Seaver." It adds that giving Brady a trademark for "Tom...
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FILE - In this May 18, 2019 file photo, pedestrians pass through Ohio State University's student union in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State University wants to trademark the word “The” when used as part of the school’s name on university merchandise. The school submitted a trademark application this month to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The application requests a standard character trademark for the title “The Ohio State University” that would cover various items including T-shirts, baseball caps and hats. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
August 14, 2019 - 9:45 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University wants to trademark the word "The" when used as part of the school's name on university merchandise. The Columbus Dispatch reports the school submitted a trademark application this month to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The application requests a...
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In this Aug. 1, 2019 photo the corporate headquarters of Cheyenne-based Taco John's, which has nearly 400 locations in 23 states, is seen in Cheyenne, Wyo. Taco John's recently sent Freedom's Edge Brewing Co. in Cheyenne a cease-and-desist letter for using "Taco Tuesday" to advertise the taco truck parked outside on Tuesdays. Taco John's has owned the trademark to "Taco Tuesday" since 1989 and calls the term part of its "DNA." Some say the term has become so common that Taco John's can't legitimately continue to claim it. (AP Photo/Mead Gruver)
August 13, 2019 - 4:23 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — "Taco Tuesday" may be a well-known term for a themed dinner night out or at home, but as restaurants across the U.S. have learned, it's also trademarked. Cheyenne-based Taco John's — which has nearly 400 locations in 23 states — put its legal stamp on "Taco Tuesday" 30 years...
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FILE - In this March 22, 1963, file photo, Nobel prize-winning author John Steinbeck, right, admires a prize-winning poster by his son, Thomas Steinbeck in Hartford, Conn. A three-judge panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will be in Alaska's largest city on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, to hear arguments in an appeal by the estate of Steinbeck's late son, Thomas Steinbeck, over a 2017 ruling in California. In that case, a federal jury awarded the author's stepdaughter Waverly Scott Kaffaga, more than $13 million in a lawsuit claiming Steinbeck's son and daughter-in-law impeded film adaptations of the iconic works. (AP Photo, File)
August 05, 2019 - 11:14 am
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Another chapter is set to play out this week in a decades-old family dispute over control of the classic works by author John Steinbeck. A three-judge panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will be in Alaska's largest city on Tuesday to hear arguments in an appeal...
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