2017 Set to Become Pivotal Year for War Plain Packaging
Friday, January 27, 2017 2:59 pm | By Philip Thompson

As French revelers brought in the New Year at the iconic Avenue des Champs-Elysées a disturbing anti-smoking law went into effect- plain packaging. According to the Canadian Cancer Society France is the third country following the U.K. and Australia to completely remove branding from cigarette packs, Hungary will be fourth setting 2018 to be their logo quit date. As the year starts 14 other countries are considering plain packaging legislation before release of a pivotal WTO report. No doubt health activists will use 2017 to push plain packaging mainstream, at the cost of intellectual property rights.  

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Samsung sort of Victorious in Unanimous Supreme Court Reversal
Monday, January 9, 2017 2:51 pm | By Philip Thompson

The decision is the first time the Supreme Court has weighed in on design patents in more than a hundred years, and has set off a legal challenge that may last an equal amount of time.
Check-out our last blog on the Samsung v. Apple case when it went to the Court.

The Court rejected the decision of the appeals court that Samsung Electronics should pay Apple $399 million, the total revenue from sales of its smart phones with the three infringed design patents. It still stands that Samsung infringed on Apple’s patents and should eventually pay Apple something, maybe all of it. The Court tasked the Federal Circuit to create a test to determine what portion of the end product is the “article of manufacture” with the infringed designs to enable the court to award damages appropriately. 

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Christmas Counterfeit Conundrum
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 6:40 pm | By Anthony McAuliffe

Like many people, you’re probably waiting until this final week before Christmas to finish up your shopping. Many stores and online retailers run massive deals to remind you to get those last-minute gifts for your family and friends. However, as you go to the stores (or maybe online) to buy these gifts, you need to keep one thing in mind: counterfeit products.

Counterfeits always seem to be a problem, but usually they are easy to spot. With increases in technology, it has become more difficult to figure out if an item is actually counterfeit or not. Consumers not only lose money through the purchase of a counterfeit item, but also could put their health or lives at risk if the product is dangerous. Below are 5 common Christmas gifts that pose a significant risk to consumers if they are fake. 

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