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Domain names: Seven “dirty words” now acceptable in .US

The Registry operator of the .US domain and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) have lifted a prohibition on the so called “seven dirty words” allowing them to be included in future .US domain name registrations.  The decision came in the wake of the suspension of an anti-Nazi domain name containing a previously banned

US Government slams Chinese domain name rules

As reported in the April 2016 issue of Anchovy News, the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) released a draft of new rules concerning the regulation of the domain name system in China.  The proposed new policy contained a provision under Article 37 that any domain name (regardless of what TLD it is

Comparing EU and U.S. Copyright Protection Frameworks for Non-literary Texts

In today’s business world, non-literary texts are of great economic value. They often hold know-how and reflect the specific skill and competence a company offers to its customers. Thus, the question how to adequately protect non-literary, functional texts is more important than ever. In this post, we shine light on whether and to which extent

U.S. – Federal Circuit revamps “means-plus-function” trigger

An en banc Federal Circuit issued an opinion on 16 June 2015 weakening a longstanding claim construction presumption related to what patent practitioners know as “means-plus-function” language  under pre-America Invents Act (AIA) 35 U.S.C. § 112, para. 6 or AIA 35 U.S.C. § 112(f). This significant shift by the court will impact functional claiming, or

U.S. – Claim construction at the PTAB is under review

Claim construction is at the heart of nearly every patent litigation and the new post-grant procedures at the U.S.P.T.O. are no different.  The claim construction standard used by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) at the PTO during an inter partes review (“IPR”) is currently being challenged before the United States Court of Appeals