Newsletter – January 2019

IP Update, January 2019

  • Companies may not be restricted from using a competitor’s trade name as a keyword that enables a consumer to find their advertising on the web, says the FTC.  More. . .
  • Copyright law continues to throw up hurdles for those who would resell digital music. An effort to create a secondary market in downloads has been found wanting.  More. . .
  • New legislation refreshes copyright law for our music-streaming world, facilitating blanket licenses and streamlining royalty obligations. More. . .
  • Two recent decisions illustrate the Federal Circuit’s ongoing expansiveness in finding software inventions patent-eligible. More. . .
  • Proposed guidelines for PTO examiners would reflect the Federal Circuit’s growing liberality regarding patent eligibility. More. . .
  • New guidelines spell out key considerations for examination of patent applications directed to computer-related inventions. More. . .
  • A revision of Canada’s trademark law introduces changes you should know about. More. . .