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Ninth Circuit Affirms Existence of Author's Copyright in Batmobile "Character"

Batman's car is protected against infringement by being classified as a DC character.


Defense of Laches Preserved in SCA Hygiene Products v. First Quality Baby Products

The majority opinion concluded laches is a defense to claims of equity but cannot be used to bar an ongoing royalty.


California Court Rules No Copyright Protection for "Happy Birthday to You"

The ubiquitous tune's music and lyrics are public domain.

Articles »

Octane and Highmark: One Year Later

By Alison Haddock Hutton and S. Neil Anderson

After the standard for granting and reviewing attorney fee awards was relaxed, data show an increase in successful motions for them.


International Patent Exhaustion and Postsale Restrictions

By Joshua D. Curry

Federal Circuit en banc will soon address whether foreign sale exhausts patent owner's rights and whether limits on patented items are enforceable.


The Implications of the Supreme Court's Recent Trademark Rulings

By Richard S. Mandel

Decisions on tacking and issue preclusion may impact likelihood of confusion issues in TTAB proceedings.


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ABA Section of Litigation Core Knowledge Project

Get more information about Core Knowledge on our Programs & Materials page.


Committee Presents Programs on Patent Trolls

The April 10th program, "Patent Trolls—Do They Help or Hurt Innovation and Will the Legislation Kill Them," offered a lively debate on this hot topic.

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The calls take place on the second Wednesday of each month at noon Pacific time. Upcoming Committee projects, programs, and publications are all on the agenda.

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