SEMINAR : Legal issues in business websites

On Feb. 27, I’ll be holding a seminar on legal issues you’re likely to run into with your commercial websites. Topics will include protecting your brand and content, privacy policies and terms of use, and risks related to eCommerce and user-submitted content. You can find more details

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INSIGHT: Originality in intellectual property

Originality plays an important role in both intellectual property and business success. Some degree of originality is required to secure the protection of patent, copyright or trademark law. “Novelty” is a fundamental requirement of patent registration.  Copyrights require “original works of authorship”.   When it comes to

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Patent Fees Revised

The USPTO recently published the new patent fee schedule, as part of the America Invents Act.  The new fees are set to take effect on March 19, 2013. The changes should result in overall lower application costs for small business and independent inventors.  While these applicants already

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Design Patents – rapid turnaround

A recent study by Dennis Crouch over at the Patently-O blog finds that over the last three years, the majority of design patents were examined and issued within about 12 months of application. This is not to be confused with the pace of utility patent review –

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INSIGHT : VHS-to-DVD: useless but not obsolete

I was asked if a private school in NYC could digitize its large collection of VHS content onto DVD. Like much of the world, the school had long stopped investing in VHS in favor of more contemporary DVD technology. Now, it’s hoping that it can continue using

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Clients in the News – Carticulate

Client Carticulate, experts in combing cutting edge cartography, information visualization and graphic design, have caused quite a buzz lately with their theoretical Milwaukee subway map.  Milwaukee has an extensive bus system but a subway system was never developed.  Among the glowing coverage from the land of brewers and Laverne

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“Occupy” Technology as Protest

Hacktivist group Anonymous has become well known in recent years for protesting internet censorship as well as for paralyzing secure corporate computer systems using distributed denial of service (DDoS) tactics. As reported by several news outlets, the group is now adopting a new tactic. It has initiated

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INSIGHT : Non-Profits – expedited 501c3 filings

A client recently asked whether their 501(c)(3) application qualified for expedited review by the IRS. The IRS will only accelerate the review process in very limited circumstances. For example : Funding: If you are an existing organization that  has been promised a grant or donation that is contingent

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Software – to patent or not to patent

The validity of software as a valid subject matter for patentability has been the subject of much debate of both sides of the Atlantic. The now famous Bilski decision (130 S.Ct. 3218, 3255 (2010)) included the wise warning “even when patents encourage innovation and disclosure, ‘too much patent

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New Year, New Address

Sending best wishes for 2013 to all our dear friends, colleagues and their families. Due to the need for extensive renovations necessary in the building, the office is relocating just around the corner.  The new address is: 1178 Broadway Suite 3501 New York, NY 10001 Please note,

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Patent Reform, reformed again

Many patent lawyers, as well as a good number of the talented clients we represent, were disappointed by the America Invents Acts of 2011 (the “AIA”). One of the more commonly discussed provisions, implementation of the new First-to-File regime won’t take effect until March 16, 2013. After

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Client Success – Chapter One

Zak is proud to announce that client Chapter One has received 501(c)(3) recognition from the IRS. Among many other benefits, this means that donations to Chapter One are tax deductible for donors. Chapter One was formed in early 2012 to provide support services to patients awaiting organ

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Clients in the News – Corbin Hill Road Farm

Client Corbin Hill Road Farm was recently featured on a segment of NYC’s WABC-TV for their good work bringing fresh produce directly to the residents of South Bronx and Harlem. See the segment here. With an office in Harlem and an educational farm in Schoharie County, NY, Corbin Hill

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