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Davis Brown Intellectual Property Law Blog 

The Davis Brown Intellectual Property Law Blog provides updates, analysis, and insight into Intellectual Property topics including trademarks, patents, and much more. 

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Long Term Care Facilities and Music Licensing - April 16, 2019

The ability to play music for residents of a long-term care facility can be important to their enjoyment of life and overall happiness. However, the facilities must be aware of the copyright laws and the rights of others when playing music. Often, and to the surprise of many, playing music in a public space requires a license, and not obtaining the proper permissions can expose the facility to claims of copyright infringement. Read More »


Intellectual property in Medicine: Patent Law Basics - August 15, 2016

For physicians considering patents, there are some initial issues to address and then a comprehensive patent strategy to develop before going down the path toward filing an application. Once your patent strategy is in place, you can turn your attention to your patent application. As discussed earlier, you can file either a provisional (and then a non-provisional within a year) or a non-provisional application in the U.S. Regardless of the approach, you will ultimately need to file the non-provisional in order to pursue a patent. Read More »


Intellectual property in Medicine: Tailoring your Patent Strategy - August 2, 2016

In last week's post, we covered initial considerations for physicians considering patent protection. At this point, you may be wondering why we haven't talked about the actual patent application process. That's because it is critical to have your overall patent strategy in place even before you file your first patent application, and that strategy must fit with your business plans. Read More »


Intellectual Property in Medicine: Initial Considerations - July 26, 2016

Physicians are well-positioned to generate new inventions and thereby improve the treatment of their patients. As a result, physicians have historically been some of the best and most active inventors in the United States. One of the keys to commercial success for any inventor is a sound intellectual property (IP) strategy. Read More »


Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016: What Does It Mean for Employers? - July 18, 2016

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) into law, creating a federal claim for misappropriation of trade secrets. Read More »


Supreme Court Affirms Cuozzo, Upholding PTAB's Claims Construction Standard and Non-Appealable Nature of Inter Partes Review - June 20, 2016

The Supreme Court sided with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Monday when it decided that inter partes review (IPR) cannot be appealed under the American Invents Act (AIA) and affirmed the USPTO's "broadest reasonable interpretation" standard for construing claims. Read More »


Beer Lawyers Rally to Stop Federal Registration of the Mark "CRAFT BEER ATTORNEY" - May 18, 2016

You know you're in for a fight when 14 different law firms come together to launch an opposition--an administrative proceeding before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board--against registration of your trademark application. Read More »


Sean Solberg Authors Article on Patent Strategy for Doctors in Minnesota Physician - May 17, 2016

Sean Solberg, shareholder and chair of the Davis Brown Law Firm Intellectual Property department, recently authored an article in the March issue of Minnesota Physician. Read More »


Battle of the Music Festivals: Why 'Hoodchella' is an Infringement of 'Coachella' - March 9, 2016

What do most sophisticated businesses in common? They actively secure, police and enforce their trademark rights. Therefore, it is not surprising that the organizer of Coachella, Goldenvoice LLC, recently filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against the organizers of another music festival by the name of 'Hoodchella.' Read More »


What is a Patent Troll and Why are you Always Hearing about Them? - February 16, 2016

Though there are a variety of definitions for a patent troll, in this post, a patent troll refers to an individual or company that aggressively attempts to enforce questionable patent rights against accused infringers that are far beyond the patent's actual value or the scope of the underlying rights. So why are patent trolls such a hot topic right now? Read More »


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