Should It Be Legal to Sell Used Print Cartridges?

What if you could get sued for selling your used technology — your old cell phone, your flat-screen TV, or even your empty print cartridges? That possibility is being considered by the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in a case involving Lexmark toner cartridges and the company’s attempt to control what the consumer can do with the cartridges after they are bought.

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How Brands Like Google Try to Avoid Trademark Genericide

Google had a potential trademark embarrassment recently when it turned out the mark ALPHABET is already in use by carmaker BMW. Some have suggested that Google adopted the Alphabet name with a view toward the day when “Google” loses its status as a trademark through a process called “genericide,” when a former brand name loses its trademark status because consumers come to identify the name of the product or service with the product or service itself. rn

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How Could Fixing a Tractor Violate Copyright Law?

California farmer Dave Alford is prohibited by copyright law from fixing some things that go wrong with his John Deere 8520T tractor. Alford isn’t allowed to hack into his own tractor’s software because of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (DMCA).

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Judge Says EOS Lip Balm Case Should Go to Jury

A federal judge in Colorado refused to grant summary judgement for a competitor in a design patent infringement case involving the popular eos Smooth Sphere lip balm. The question is whether or not OraLabs’ Lip Revo product infringes the design patent for eos Smooth Sphere.

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Facebook and the Ronda Rousey Copyright Fight

Clips of Ronda Rousey’s latest fight are highlighting potential copyright problems for Facebook. The video was reportedly recorded by a woman from her tv screen using her camera phone. The video generated 20 million Facebook views, but was not authorized by the UFC, and disappeared from Facebook soon after it was uploaded.

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Can You Patent a Pot Plant?

Federal trademarks are off limits for pot businesses, but how about patents? The US Patent Office has long granted patents for plants, and a number of marijuana patent applications have already been filed.

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