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June 2017 Archives

Journalist files copyright lawsuit targeting Tupac Shakur biopic

About 20 years ago, rapper, activist and actor Tupac Shakur took the world by storm with his unique and honest style of rap. Unfortunately, he blew out of this world as dramatically as he blew into it when he was gunned down in 1996. His legacy, however, has survived and in the eyes of many, it has even thrived.

The government cannot ban so-called offensive trademarks

What do the Washington Redskins and the Slants—an Asian-American rock band—have in common? They both have names considered offensive by many Americans and government offices. You probably have already heard about the widespread controversy surrounding the Redskins, but news about the Slants might be new to you and other readers.

Patents vs. trade secrets: Deciding which option is best for you

When it comes to protecting your intellectual property, you have two powerful options at your disposal. You can file for a patent or you can opt to license your property as a trade secret. Both of these choices are valuable, but how can you know which option is best for you?

Uber gets no relief in court, even after firing ex-Waymo engineer

May was a tough month for all involved in the trade secrets infringement case brought by Waymo, Google's self-driving car division, and Uber, which is also developing self-driving technology. The problem is that Uber hired a former engineer from Waymo to run its self-driving car project, and that engineer may have pilfered Waymo's trade secrets.

What does USPTO's Michelle Lee's resignation mean for patent law?

Michelle Lee, director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office since 2014, abruptly announced her resignation on Tuesday. Lee, the first woman to hold the post of director, first joined the agency in 2012. She was then named interim director and ultimately confirmed for the top position under the Obama Administration.

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