IP Stars Honors B&I Attorneys

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Brann & Isaacson partners Peter Brann, Kevin Haley, Stacy Stitham, and David Swetnam-Burland have been named as 2020 IP Stars in Maine. The annual rankings compiled by IP STARS recognize excellence in intellectual property practitioners and firms around the world. You can view the full list of rankings here.

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Stacy Stitham Addresses Maine Crafts Association on IP Issues

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On Saturday, April 6, 2019, partner Stacy Stitham gave a presentation on “Intellectual Property Basics: How Do I Protect My Craft & My Brand?” to the Maine Crafts Association at Mechanics’ Hall in Portland. Stitham addressed legal issues affecting craftsman and artists, such as how to protect work from “copycats;” what to do about works...

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Big Week For IP In The Supreme Court

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While the political world roils, the Supreme Court issued two major IP law decisions this week. In SCA Hygiene Products v. First Quality Baby Products, the Court, in an opinion by Justice Alito, held that the equitable doctrine of laches could not be asserted as a defense in patent cases. Laches is an old doctrine...

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Good Enough For Patent Law, Good Enough For Copyright Law…

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Google copies Java’s method headers in its API for Android. Java’s creator, Sun Microsystems, is purchased by Oracle. Oracle sues Google for copyright infringement. (Admit it. That last bit didn’t surprise you). The district court finds that the API method headers aren’t protectable under copyright. The Federal Circuit reverses—Java API taxonomy is copyrightable as a...

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