Limiting Limited Liability in Copyright Infringement Suits

Photo: liability by Marco Verch under CC BY 2.0 Mike Chernoff, Associate Member, University of Cincinnati Law Review I. Introduction A copyright holder has the exclusive right to reproduce his copyrighted work, prepare derivative works, and distribute copies of the work.[1] If these rights are violated, the party responsible for the violation can be found to have infringed on the... Continue Reading →

The State of Personalized Medicine in Patent Law

"DNA" by e.coers is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0. Kris Schroder, University of Cincinnati Law Review I. INTRODUCTION In his 2015 State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama launched the Precision Medicine Initiative, which would “lead a new era of medicine -- one that delivers the right treatment at the right time.”[1] The mission... Continue Reading →

Planting Innovation: A Look into Plant Patent Protection and the Deficiencies of the Plant Protection Act and Plant Variety Protection Act

Author: Ashley J. (Clever) Earle, Contributing Member, University of Cincinnati Law Review When thinking about patent protection, most individuals likely picture what patent attorneys describe as a “widget”—a physical, mechanical invention. Patent protection however, covers a much broader spectrum of inventions. It may seem natural to grant patents to protect new innovations such as chemical... Continue Reading →

The “Blurred Lines” of Copyright Scope

Author: Jon Siderits, Associate Member, University of Cincinnati Law Review On March 10, 2015, a federal jury found that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams infringed a copyright owned by the heirs of Marvin Gaye, by copying substantially from Gaye’s song “Got to Give It Up” when they created their 2013 hit “Blurred Lines.”[1] While other... Continue Reading →

Design Patents: How Close Is Too Close? Vacillating Court Decisions Provide Little Guidance, as Shown in Apple v. Samsung

Author: Ashley Clever, Contributing Member, University of Cincinnati Law Review When marketing a new product, a business will often need to protect both the functionality and the overall design of a product to prevent competitors from producing an identical copy. While a utility patent covers a product’s functional features—how it works and what it does,... Continue Reading →

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