Software Distinctions and Ideas

Software distinctions from existing software presents a hiccup to many developers with novel ideas.  Software considerations to push for a patent will encounter nuances that need to be addressed.  The approval process has been presenting hurdles for software patent filings.  The hurdles are more about what contribution is being offered by the idea rather than…

Startup Business Consumer Issues

Startup business consumer issues are not usually raised in discussions at the outset by entrepreneurs.  Consumer protection issues creep up as time goes by in their daily business process. But the reality bites, when startups encounter issues not thought through. If the startup is engaged in a business entails a contract or a detailed proposal…

Website Safe Harbor Copyright Notice Designation

Website safe harbor takedown requirements by the Copyright Office is soon to undergo changes.  According to the Copyright Office, it is the responsibility of a website owner or online service entity to make it easy for a copyright holder to contact the website regarding the possibility of content infringement.  The agent designation requirement[1] process form,…

Trademark Infringement and Sibling Rivalries

Trademark infringements may be common in the business world, but they are as well not unheard of among family members in business who are competing in the same products.  The Southern District Court in Ohio heard a case between siblings which touched on pivotal points regarding trademarks. The court wrestled with the issue of ‘use’…

Copyright Challenge – Ideas and Expression

Copyright for many individuals appears to be anything they write, express, or present on paper.  By putting content on a book one assumes it’s copyrightable, whether it is text, photos, or drawings.  For a yoga studio in California this was the mindset.  That which they organized together in the form of photos displaying poses was…

Digital Copyright Disputes and First Sale Defense

Digital copyright disputes throw around terms such as “sale”, “license”, “first sale”, and “right ownership.”  The distinction of these terms began in 1908 by the Supreme Court determining that a “sale” serves as a defense as opposed to a “license” under a copyright claim.[1]  In a cited case, Bobbs-Merrill, the defendant purchased copies of a…

Copyright Preemption

Issues with copyright preemption from state court to federal court become germane under the Copyright Act.  A recent decision in federal court dealt with the issue where what was being claimed was about ideas expressed in a tangible form in a software program, i.e., Spear Marketing, Inc. v. Bancorp South Bank. The Fifth Circuit determined…