Intellectual Property Copyrights

  • US-patent-application-200.jpg

    China has overtaken the United States to become the world's biggest processor of patent applications, giving an innovative edge to Beijing's economic and industrial clout.

  • Ericsson Sues Samsung for Patent Infringement

    Ericsson, the world's biggest telecom network equipment maker, said on Tuesday it had filed a suit in the United States against Samsung Electronics for patent infringement.

  • New Revolution: Great Ideas Needed

    Chris Anderson, Wired Magazine, discusses how anyone with a great idea could spark the nation's next industrial revolution through the latest innovations in technology.

  • The Village People, circe 1981

    In a court ruling with significant implications for the music industry, a California judge has dismissed a suit by two song publishing companies aimed at preventing Victor Willis, former lead singer of the 1970s disco group the Village People, from exercising his right to reclaim ownership of “YMCA” and other hit songs he wrote, the New York Times reports.

  • Shepard Fairey, the creator of the Barack Obama "HOPE" poster.

    The creator of the Obama "HOPE" poster pleads guilty  to contempt for destroying documents in a lawsuit pertaining to the photograph he relied upon to make the poster.

  • Website Blackout: PIPA & SOPA Showdown

    Debating whether the anti-piracy bills in Congress will curtail the hijacking of online intellectual property, or give media companies too much power to shut down internet sites, with Rep. Marsha Blackburn, (R-TN), and Gary Shapiro, Consumer Electronics Association CEO.

  • Shoppers check out at a newly-opened Target store near Royersford, Pa., on Monday, Nov. 13, 2006. Discount retailer Target Corp. said Tuesday its third-quarter profit rose 16 percent, beating analyst expectations as its sales rose 11 percent. (AP Photo/George Widman)

    When Procter & Gamble challenged Christy Prunier's name Willa for a line of skin care products for preteenagers, Prunier chose to fight. The case goes to court next month, the New York Times reports.

  • The Village People perform on stage at the taping of the American Bandstand.

    The prefab, gaudily costumed 1970s group the Village People and its big hit “Y.M.C.A.” are enduring symbols of the disco era. But now this campy and eternally popular song has become the centerpiece of what could be a significant test of copyright law. The New York Times reports.

  • Woman using laptop in internet cafe

    Righthaven, a Nevada company, finds newspaper material that has been republished on the Web and obtains the copyrights. Then it sues, the New York Times reports.