Michael Jordan Scores for IP in China
Monday, December 12, 2016 5:02 pm | By Philip Thompson

What’s in a name? If you’re basketball legend Michael Jordan about $100 million a year in royalty payments. That’s more than he or anyone else has made while playing. Big brands like Nike, Hanes, and Gatorade pay Jordan handsomely to use his image and likeness to sell their products all over the world. Jordan, after all, did put in the sweat equity to make his name synonymous with excellence and being a champion on and off the court. Recently he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for “pushing America forward {and] inspiring millions of people around the world along the way.” 

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State Chambers of Commerce Push for IP protection
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 11:53 am | By Lorenzo Montanari

Last week 150 state Chambers of Commerce signed a coalition letter to urge Congress to protect intellectual property (IP). These organizations have joined together to stress the critically important role that IP plays in driving the U.S. economy.
As noted in the letter:

"America’s IP – our patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets – has been an engine of economic growth for our Nation, offering innovators and creators the promise of a return on their investments of time and resources. In fact, IP-intensive industries employ over 45 million Americans." 

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Design Patents Make It to Supreme Court
Thursday, October 20, 2016 12:28 pm | By Philip Thompson

Smart phone giants Samsung and Apple have been duking it out over intellectual property infringements since 2012.  The latest bout has roped in the Supreme Court, the first time in 100 years, to referee on design patents, to determine how much Samsung should pay for infringing three out of four of Apple’s design patents.
The design patents at issue are rectangular surfaces with curved edges, beveled sides and a grid of 16 icons for graphical display. None of these are used on products on the shelves today. Samsung was ordered to pay Apple $399 million for infringement on these patents, or the total profit it received from selling “the article of manufacture” with infringed designs.

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