Intellectual Property Section

This section provides a resource for lawyers who practice in intellectual property or have an interest in building an intellectual property practice. The practice areas of trademark, copyright, trade secret and patent law fall within this section.

Songwriter's Family Wins Right to Popular Christmas Tune

The Wall Street Journal reports that a Second U.S. Ciricut Court of Appeals panel has ruled that the family of the man who wrote the popular Christmas tune “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” will resume the rights to the song at the end of this year. The rights to the holiday melody are currently controlled by EMI Feist Catalog Inc., a Sony subsidiary. The song is the most frequently performed holiday song, according to the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

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Microsoft, Google End Patent War

Microsoft and Google are giving up on a spate of patent lawsuits they have been fighting for years, the Memphis Business Journal reports. The two companies announced yesterday they would dismiss as many as 20 lawsuits between them over the use of various patents for mobile phones, gaming consoles and more. In a joint statement, they indicated an agreement "to collaborate on certain patent matters and anticipate working together in other areas in the future." The five-year patent war started when Microsoft claimed Google’s Android operating system used the Redmond company’s technology without paying royalties.

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