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So You Have A Phone App That You Want to Patent — Or Subject Matter Patentability

So You Have A Phone App That You Want to Patent — Or Subject Matter Patentability

Subject matter patentability defines what types of inventions may receive patent protection, and favors physical objects. A phone app or software program is not, in and of itself, a physical object. To obtain a patent on a phone app or software there must be more than the app itself. It is not sufficient to take a task that has been preformed without use of the internet, and then make an app to do the task on the internet. The invention must improve the functioning of the computer or phone, or must show an improvement in another technological field

What’s In a Name? Unicorn Latte v. Unicorn Frappuccino

A juice shop in Brooklyn NY created the Unicorn Latte, and filed for federal trademark registration. After getting some good publicity for the Unicorn Latte, Starbucks began selling Unicorn Frappuccino. Now, the owners of the juice shop seeking damages for trademark infringement from Starbucks

Copyright Trolls Update

A previous article discussed how Getty Images, Inc. and other image licensing companies routinely send out demand letters claiming copyright infringement based on a one-time or accidental use of an image in a blog or other online forum.     If you are the...