Design Patents: $1 Billion Stepchild

INTRODUCTION: Everyone remembers Apple being awarded $1 billion in damages against Samsung for copying the design of Apple’s iPhone.  The award was the product of Apple obtaining a patent on a smart phone design, particularly the curved corners of the smart phone frame.  Samsung’s copying of a curved frame probably seemed a trivial detail to some.  However Apple…

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How to Register a Copyright for Software

Introduction Copyright protection attaches to original works of authorship fixed in any tangible medium of expression now known or later developed, from which they can be perceived, reproduced or otherwise communicated, either directly or with the aid of a machine or device.  17 U.S.C. §102.  Software is a work of authorship.  It is classified as a literary work…

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