Friday Factoid's by Jon Wachs Esq.
Friday, January 22, 2016
Posted by: Megan Mann
Friday Factoid:Trump Owns NYC-Related Marks
Posted on January 21, 2016 by Jon Wachs Esq.
Presidential candidate Donald Trump owns USPTO registrations for the term CENTRAL PARK as used in connection with various household goods and fixtures. He has earned an undisclosed sum of money from his use and registration of this term.
Source: ABC News; USPTO Reg. Nos. 3,726,448 and 3,728,840
Friday Factoid: Various Patent Offices Launch Harmonization Initiative
Posted on January 14, 2016 by Jon Wachs Esq.
In November 2015 the USPTO and its counterparts in Europe, China, Korea and Japan launched Global Dossier. Global Dossier is an online service providing users with a single, secure point of access to view and manage patent application documents and information. This initiative will streamline and harmonize the patent application procedures of the participating countries.
Friday Factoid: YouTube To Defend Users in Support of Fair Use Doctrine
Posted on January 7, 2016 by Jon Wachs Esq.
Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, copyright owners can demand that websites such as YouTube remove postings of videos that contain their copyright protected material. Many of the videos that are the subject of such “takedown” notices are being used lawfully under the “fair use” doctrine, which allows people to display portions of another’s work for certain purposes (such as commentary, parody and news). YouTube recently announced that it will pay the legal fees to defend several YouTube postings that have received what it believes are unfair takedown notices. One such video features Stephen Colbert rebroadcasting cable news clips and commenting on the same.
Source: NY Times