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Archive for August, 2014

33 Months for Moviehouse Copyright infringer

26 Aug

Consider this interesting case from the UK where a copyright pirate was sentenced to 33 months in jail for downloading Fast & Furious 6 from the back of a moviehouse and then posting it where it was downloaded 700,000 times.
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-28896675

 

EC Trademark – Confusion of Marks Descriptive only in Some Member States

02 Aug

The INTA (International Trademark Association) reports a recent decision holding that AQUA ADMIRABILIS perfumes are likely to be confused as to source with AQUA MIRABILIS perfumes and thus denied registration of the later in this article

 
 

PTO touted rating as top for job satisfaction – perhaps here’s why – Uggghh!

01 Aug

Over the course of more than four years, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office knowingly wasted and misused more than $5 million in taxpayer dollars by paying salaries to paralegals who had so little work to do, they used the time to watch television, do laundry, surf the Internet, go on Facebook, shop online and exercise, an investigation by the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Commerce has revealed.

 

In a related story, the USPTO touts its rating as best place to work in the US Government.

http://www.uspto.gov/news/pr/2013/13-40.jsp

 

Embarrassing and pathetic.