Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week 2016

  Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week, organized by the Association of Research Libraries,  is “an annual celebration of the important doctrines of fair use and fair dealing.”  Events are coordinated around the world. Participate in a virtual Q&A event...
World Intellectual Property Day

World Intellectual Property Day

April 26 is World Intellectual Property Day, marking the date when the World Intellectual Property Organization Convention came into force in 1970. World Intellectual Property Day was established in 2000 by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a...

Celebrating 223 Years of U.S. Patents!

On April 10, 1790, George Washington signed “An Act to Promote the Useful Arts,” ch. 7, 1 Stat. 109 (1790), establishing a patent system for the young United States.  The law was the first of its kind to specifically permit the sale of patent rights.  Art....

Happy Birthday, Barcodes!

US Patent #2,612,994 was issued on October 7, 1952, to Joseph Woodland and Bernard Silver, for a round  symbol with concentric circles or a linear label with lines and spaces which were readable by a special optical device.  Silver proposed the linear barcode while a...

World Intellectual Property Day

Today, April 26, is World Intellectual Property Day, a celebration of innovation and creativity and how IP fosters and encourages them.  World Intellectual Property Day was established in 2001 by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a specialized...

Counterfeit Goods

Fashion Week showcases new trends and styles from creative designers.  However, each year Customs and Border Enforcement confiscates knock-off designer goods at points of entry.  Knock-offs of any type represent theft of American intellectual property, harming the...

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