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In the classic movie When Harry Met Sally, Harry says, “When I buy a new book, I always read the last page first. That way, in case I die before I finish, I know how it ends. That, my friend, is a dark side.” At the beginning of any licensing relationship, things always seem rosy and full of potential. We talk about royalties, advances, and guarantees with the dream of a relationship that will be enduring and fulfilling for both licensor and licensee. But licensees would do well to heed the advice of young Harry by giving in to their dark side and looking to what lies at the end of the story. Because what may be waiting for them there is an audit for which they are ill prepared.
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By Robert Angle and Brittanee Petrik
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ITC was forced to suspend in-person hearings and halt its fast-paced schedules while it explored existing technological resources and reliable and secure options available for video conferencing that would protect parties’ confidential business information (CBI).
By Rob Maier
Despite the recession — or partly as a result of it — 2020 was also a year of growth for patent litigation in the United States. This article provides a look back at patent litigation filing statistics in recent years across district courts in the United States, with an eye toward current trends that in all likelihood will continue deep into 2021.
By Eugene Y. Mar, Nate A. Garhart and Ashleigh Nickerson
The new, more than 5,000-page spending bill, which includes the latest COVID-19 relief, had a few surprises under its cover. Two of those surprises focus directly on intellectual property and amount to sea changes in the trademark and copyright infringement realms.
By Jonathan Bick
Online publication impacts the duration of copyright protection among other purposes, including optimizing creative and ownership rights and the availability of statutory damages and attorney fees. Thus, it is important to determine when Internet distribution constitutes publication.