Intellectual Property

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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FILE - This April 11, 2019 file photo shows Katy Perry at the 10th annual DVF Awards at the Brooklyn Museum in New York. A jury has found that Perry’s 2013 hit “Dark Horse,” copied a 2009 Christian rap song. The nine-member federal jury in Los Angeles returned the unanimous verdict Monday, July 29, 2019. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)
July 30, 2019 - 12:06 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A jury's verdict that Katy Perry's 2013 hit "Dark Horse" improperly copied a 2009 Christian rap song represents a rare takedown of a pop superstar and her elite producer by a relatively unknown artist, and sets up a battle over damages that will begin Tuesday. Monday's unanimous...
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FILE - This April 11, 2019 file photo shows Katy Perry at the 10th annual DVF Awards at the Brooklyn Museum in New York. A jury has found that Perry’s 2013 hit “Dark Horse,” copied a 2009 Christian rap song. The nine-member federal jury in Los Angeles returned the unanimous verdict Monday, July 29, 2019. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)
July 29, 2019 - 11:29 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A jury on Monday found that Katy Perry's 2013 hit "Dark Horse" improperly copied a 2009 Christian rap song in a unanimous decision that represented a rare takedown of a pop superstar and her elite producer by a relatively unknown artist. The verdict by a nine-member federal jury...
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FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2016, file photo EpiPens that Mylan CEO Heather Bresch bought with her are seen on Capitol Hill in Washington as she testifies before the House Oversight Committee hearing on EpiPen price increases. Pfizer, the country's largest drugmaker, will absorb the generic pharmaceutical company Mylan, potentially creating a global generic powerhouse, the two companies said Monday, July 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
July 29, 2019 - 7:49 am
Pfizer, the country's largest drugmaker, is creating a hybrid new drug company by combining its off-patent branded drug business with the generic pharmaceutical company Mylan. The two companies said Monday that they'll ultimately spin off the combination of Mylan, a $10 billion company, with Pfizer...
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FILE - In this May 31, 2009, file photo, Western Kentucky's Matt Rice celebrates after beating Mississippi during the NCAA Tournament regional baseball game at Oxford-University Stadium in Oxford, Miss. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas chose Berkeley graduate James Matt" Rice for a one-year Supreme Court law clerkship. Bruce Newman/The Oxford Eagle via AP)
July 20, 2019 - 6:24 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — What do these people have in common? A former Marine who deployed twice to Afghanistan. A patent law professor. A blind woman. Two Rhodes scholars. They're some of the lawyers starting work this summer as law clerks at the Supreme Court. The group of 16 women and 23 men hired by...
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FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2019, file photo, the Trump International Hotel near sunset in Washington. An appeals court wants a judge to reconsider letting Justice Department lawyers immediately appeal a case accusing President Donald Trump of profiting off the presidency. The order issued Friday, July 19, by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit includes a reprimand of U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan for abusing his discretion. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, file)
July 08, 2019 - 6:38 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department on Monday challenged a federal judge's decision to allow a case accusing President Donald Trump of profiting off the presidency to move forward, asking an appeals court to take up the case instead. Justice lawyers asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...
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