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What is the “Fair Use” Doctrine in Copyright Law?

U.S. law permits limited “fair use” of copyrighted material without consent of the copyrighter. Fair use is an affirmative defense to a claim of copyright infringement. Courts consider four factors when determining whether an alleged copyright infringement falls under fair use: (1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of […]




What is a copyright?

Copyright law protects original works of authorship that are in tangible form. Literary, musical, dramatic and artistic works are examples of products that can be copyrighted when in tangible form. A dance cannot be copyrighted unless the choreography is recorded in writing. You also cannot copyright facts, ideas, basic names or titles of works. Once […]




June 1, 2000: The Patent Law Treaty is completed in Geneva

Fifty-three states and the European Patent Organization signed the Patent Law Treaty on June 1, 2000. The multilateral treaty was designed to coordinate formal procedures such as the requirements to obtain a filing date for a patent application.




April 26, 2001: World Intellectual Property Day established

World Intellectual Property Day, observed annually on April 26, was established in 2001 by the World Intellectual Property Organization to raise awareness of the role of intellectual property and to recognize the contribution that inventors and artists have made to the development of societies. The organization chose April 26 because it was the date on […]




June 28, 1990: Paperback Software is found guilty of copyright infringement

A federal court ruled June 28, 1990, in the case of Lotus v. Paperback Software, finding Paperback Software guilty of copyright infringement of the Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet program. The program in question was the VP-Planner spreadsheet by Paperback Software, which was designed to work exactly like Lotus 1-2-3. Paperback Software claimed the Lotus program was […]




Provisional Patent Applications

Provisional Patent Applications The two types of patent applications are provisional and utility. A provisional application is not a true patent application; it basically allows an inventor to hold his or her place in line. The inventor receives a filing date but avoids paying the fees associated with filing a utility application. A provisional application […]




Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property Websites Intellectual Property Law Server – Has three main pages: patent, copyright, and trademark. Links, substantive articles, and discussion forums available for all three topics. IP Mall – Hosted by Franklin Pierce Law Center. In addition to the big 3 (copyright, patents, and trademarks), links to information about licensing, trade secrets, technology transfer, […]




Intellectual Property Law

You’ve built a better mousetrap, or you’ve written the great American novel…or maybe you’ve just spent a lot of mental energy creating, developing and establishing a new product or service, and the consumer recognition, or goodwill, that comes with it. How can you protect your efforts, so that someone else doesn’t reap all the benefit […]