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Matal v Tam

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

Unanimous Supreme Court ruling that the U.S. government violates the 1st Amendment by refusing to register trademarks that disparage people or groups.  The case involved an Asian-American musical group that called itself “The Slants.”  The Patent and Trademark Office refused to issue a patent.  The decision has implications for the long-standing controversy over certain professional sports team names.  From the Cornell University Law School Legal Information Institute


Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices. 3rd edition

Categories: Copyright/Patents

Revised draft of a text originally released in 2014.  The Compendium is the administrative manual of the Register of Copyrights.  Most recent changes involve how duplicate claims and deposit requirements are handled.  From the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress


Copyright Review Board Letters Online Database

Categories: Copyright/Patents

A new online database of recent decisions from the Board that reviews and makes final determinations when appeals have been made about decisions to refuse copyright registration.  From the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress


North American Free Trade Agreement: Notification for Renegotiation

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Foreign Trade/Investment,Property Rights,Treaties

Copies of letters sent to Congressional leaders with official notification of reasons for renegotiating NAFTA.  From the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative


2017 Special 301 Report

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Foreign Trade/Investment,Property Rights,Treaties

Annual report on global trade developments relating to intellectual property protection and enforcement.  Also identifies nations which the U.S. considers to have harmful records on protection or enforcement of intellectual property rights. From the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative


2017 National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Foreign Trade/Investment

Describes significant barriers to American exports such as tariffs, export subsidies, “buy national” policies, inadequate protection for intellectual property rights, and more. From the  Office of the U.S. Trade Representative


Copyright Office Redesign

Categories: Arts/Humanities,Copyright/Patents,Laws/Regulations

Newly redesigned site now includes section entitled “History and Education” with a History of Copyright Law, and past publications.  From the Library of Congress


2017 Trade Policy Agenda and 2016 Annual Report of the President of the United States on the Trade Agreements Program

Categories: Business/Economics,Copyright/Patents,Foreign Trade/Investment,Headlines,Treaties

Outlines the Trump administration’s four trade priorities: promoting U.S. sovereignty, enforcing U.S. trade laws, expanding goods and services exports, and protecting U.S. intellectual property rights.  Cites preference for bilateral rather than multilateral treaties, and skepticism toward the value of the World Trade Organization.   Includes an annex listing trade agreements entered into by the U.S. since 1984.  From the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative


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