The Past Can Come Back to Haunt You: The Danger of Backdated Copyright Assignments

My latest column for is a case comment on the dangers of backdated copyright assignments, and the questions those dealing with such assignments should ask when presented with such a document. These questions can be especially relevant when faced with a copyright dispute or purchasing intellectual property. The column can be found at

IP Address Blog Updates for January 22, 2013

Crowdsourcing as a way to defend against patent disputes Google Declares War on the Password Obscurity: A Better Way to Think About Your Data Than ‘Privacy’ Did Glee Rip Off a Jonathan Coulton Cover of ‘Baby Got Back’? Researchers Warn: Mega’s New Encrypted Cloud Doesn’t Keep Its Megasecurity Promises Sports … Continue reading

IP Address Blog Updates for January 18, 2013

Game developers urge balanced approach in Biden probe of violence  After a year in the grave, can SOPA and Protect IP return?  This Google patent application had us at ‘laser keyboard’  Congressman touts draft bill aimed at mobile app privacy  Apple Says Appeals Court Hobbles Its Fight With Samsung  US … Continue reading

IP Address Blog Updates for January 16, 2013

This makes me happy as a forestry grad | After forestry’s ‘dark decade,’ work force recruitment effort takes root Can the model for resurrecting interest in math and science among Canadian students be found in Tel Aviv?  Facebook unveils new ‘Graph Search’ social media tools  Civil libertarians fear Compass cards put passengers’ … Continue reading

IP Address Blog Updates for January 14, 2013

Mobile Phones With Fingerprint ID Coming This Year  Cisco Sued For Trademark Infringement Over Marketing Slogan  Hostess Names Flowers as Lead Bidder for Bread Brands  Patent Privateers Sail the Legal Waters Against Apple, Google  Oracle releases software update to fix Java vulnerability  Nintendo Case Poses Patent-War Test  IBM, Ikea, … Continue reading

IP Address Blog Updates for January 11, 2013

Vintage Packaging Designs Of Famous Brands  EU privacy laws to spell an end to Facebook for free?  Zynga’s Patent Portfolio Swells as it Doubles Down on Casino  Mobile Apps Drive Rapid Changes in Search Technology  Chinese Man Pleads Guilty in Copyright Violation Case  Auto software | Ford, GM open their … Continue reading

IP Address Blog Updates for January 8, 2013

Canada’s Top 50 brands … Social Media | The Most-Loved And Most-Hated Brands Of 2012  QUIZ: Can You Spot the Knock-Off Handbags, Shoes, and Gadgets?  Mark Zuckerberg’s Sister Inadvertently Promotes Facebook’s New Privacy Controls  Health Canada caps caffeine in energy drinks  Beer branding – tapping into a profitable demographic? | Game … Continue reading

IP Address Blog Updates for December 12, 2012

Starting a new whiskey company: If good whiskey takes years to mature, how do you start a new brand?  ATELIER for Tequila Confusable with ATELIER WINERY for Wine, Says TTAB …  via @TTABlog Christmas and IP  Looking beyond the patent cliff … Theft of industrial secrets & corporate espionage | The Curious Case … Continue reading

IP Address Blog Updates for December 3, 2012

Twitter in legal spat with data reseller  How Pentastar became Chrysler’s logo  The Twinkie Template For Building An Eternal Brand  Court approves Hostess liquidation; brands draw ‘furious’ interest  Breach of IP agreement scam by Masatoshi Sugioka  Gap Sued by Shoe Designer Over Look-Alike Loafers  Microsoft Patent Shows Which Direction … Continue reading

IP Address Blog Updates for November 27, 2012

Paul Ceglia Indicted for Faking Contract with Mark Zuckerberg re Facebook  Interesting article on one of the major bidders for the new bespoke gTLDs | Donuts Tries a Domain Grab  Macy’s Thanksgiving parade confetti contained sensitive police documents  FBI uses Twitter, social media to look for securities fraud  Tech’s 8 Most … Continue reading