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“Blurred Lines” for American Music Industry after Copyright Controversy

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On March 10, 2015, a panel of eight jurors of a California Federal Court found the artists Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams guilty of copyright infringement in a plagiarism suit filed by the heirs of artist Marvin Gaye, alleging that the 2013 hit “Blurred Lines” by Thicke and Williams was a rip off of Gaye’s 1977 song “Got To Give It Up”. ‘Blurred Lines’, written and performed by Robin Thicke, T I and Pharrell Williams, was released on March 26, 2013 and became an immense hit worldwide, becoming one of the best selling singles of all times. However, it soon became...

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IP Event held in honor of Late Hitesh Barot

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I-HIPP (In-House Intellectual Property Professionals Forum), an IP Think Tank and advocacy group, had conducted a conference and moot court in memory of Hitesh Barot, a leading in-house IP counsel, on March 6, 2015 at ABB campus, Bangalore. Hitesh Barot, Senior IP counsel and Former Vice President of Technology Policy at General Electric (GE), was in a tragic accident that claimed his life on May 21, 2015. In a very unusual occurrence, Hitesh Barot was dragged by a crocodile into the River Narmada near Bhalod, his native village in Gujarat. Mr. Barot's illustrious career began at McCutchen Doyle Brown & Enersen in California...

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Case Brief: Shamnad Basheer v. Union of India & Others

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Article contributed by Heema Shirvaikar, Intern at BananaIP Counsels, 3rd-year Law Student at Symbiosis, Pune. Facts and brief history of case: In 2011, a Writ Petition was filed before the Madras High Court by Mr. Shamnad Basheer, seeking a Writ of Declaration, to declare the establishment of the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) under the Trade Marks Act, 1999, and the Patents Act, 1970 as violative of the basic structure of the Constitution of India. Shamnad Basheer, founder of SpicyIP, an Intellectual Property law blog, was a Professor of Law, who holds the Intellectual Property Rights Chair at the Ministry of Human Resources and...

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Smartflash takes a $ 532.9 Mn worth bite of Apple

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Apple, known for suing other high profile companies, gets a taste of its own medicine. Apple Inc. has been ordered to pay US$ 532.9 Mn after a federal jury in Texas found that its iTunes software infringed three patents owned by patent licensing firm, Smartflash LLC. To market and commoditize his patents, Patrick Racz, in the early 2000s established Smartflash. As a non-practicing entity, the firm operates solely through patent licensing and litigation. Smartflash, a Texas-based patent licensing company, sued Apple in May, 2013, alleging that iTunes software infringed its patents related to accessing and storing downloaded songs, videos and games. After...

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InterDigital Loses Patent Infringement Suits against Microsoft & ZTE

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In a recent patent battle, InterDigital, the patent licensing company, lost its appeal to revive patent infringement suits against Microsoft and ZTE’s phone unit (previously NOKIA). InterDigital had been fighting with Nokia over royalties for over 7 years before Microsoft inherited the fight when it purchased Nokia’s mobile device business. After the ruling, InterDigital’s share price came down by 3.4% to US$ 49.14. InterDigital had filed a lawsuit against Microsoft and ZTE claiming they had infringed on 5 of its mobile phone technology patents and had requested that the sale of phones, using this technology, be blocked. The US Court of Appeals for the...

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Strategic IP Audits – Presentation by Dr. Kalyan & Somashekhar

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[slideshare id=45506286&doc=smesandipaudits-150306012419-conversion-gate01] The presentation herein, by Dr. Kalyan Kankanala and Somashekar, was given at the National Law School of India University. Broadly speaking, the presentation takes us through the industries of Machine Tools, Plastics and Foundry. Keeping these industries in mind, major areas of IP are looked into such as patents, copyrights, trademarks, designs and trade secrets. Planning strategic IP audits using the available protectable IP in these industries along with the awareness of the actual protected IP is highlighted. It comes to a finish by giving appreciable methods of increasing the effective IP protected through IP audit strategies....

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Presentation on Software and Music Licensing-By Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala

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[slideshare id=45505179&doc=softwareandmusiclicensing-150306003703-conversion-gate01] The presentation herein was given by Dr. Kalyan Kankanala. It deals with the different types of IP, assignment and licensing. Important clauses such as Recitals, Definitions, Grant, Royalties, Term & Termination are discussed. All of these are explained with the help of examples. Open Source licenses are talked about in detail. Licenses and their types with a special focus on music licensing brings about the close of the presentation....

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Hedy Lamarr – Much more than what meets the eye

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As a world of glamour, Hollywood has given us some of the most brilliant people that have been an inspiration. Today, we will see an inspiration of another kind. We will see a new side to someone considered one of the most beautiful and talented women in Hollywood. Someone who moonlighted as an inventor! She is Hedy Lamarr! Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler popularly known as Hedy Lamarr, was an Austrian-American actress and inventor. At the age of 19, she was married to Friedrich Mandl, whom she left before fleeing to Paris. In Paris, she met MGM head Louis B. Mayer, who offered her a movie...

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