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Monthly Archives: June 2011

FTC Investigation Suspended But No “Stamp Of Approval”

Posted in FTC

It’s been reported that the FTC has “dropped” its investigation of a start-up that searches the Internet for employees’ and job applicants’ past bad acts.  While the FTC may have suspended its investigation relating to potential Fair Credit Reporting Act violations, it never gives a “stamp of approval” as is being reported. Read the alleged copy… Continue Reading

Why Can’t We Practice Our Own Patent?

Posted in IP, Patents, Prior Art

This is a common question.  Just because your company owns a patent doesn’t necessarily mean that you can practice what is covered by the patent. Sound crazy? It’s true. A patent is a negative right. Generally speaking, a patent gives the owner the right to preclude others from making, using, selling, offering for sale and/or… Continue Reading

An Ounce Of Prevention….

Posted in Domain Names, Trademarks

Clients often inquire about whether they need to purchase every variation (e.g., misspellings) of their domain names used for their websites in order to prevent others from infringing their trademarks. The short answer is no.   Indeed, there is no requirement to purchase any domain names at all.  Generally speaking, in the U.S., trademark rights are… Continue Reading

Update: Software Developers Sued In Texas

Posted in Patents, Software

As previously discussed, Apple developers allegedly received cease and desist letters from Lodsys based on the use of in-app applications.  Now, Lodsys appears to have taken it to the next level by allegedly suing several developers for patent infringement in the ever popular Eastern District of Texas.  Read what appears to be a copy of the Complaint. It will be interesting to… Continue Reading