If you are thinking, “I should copyright that,” you probably already have.

Wyche Inside IP By Wallace K. Lightsey I often hear people –many of them lawyers – refer to “copyrighting” something they have written or created in some other form. The truth is, copyright protection arises automatically and immediately at the moment of creation, which means the time that an original work of authorship is first…
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A Tough Year for Justin Bieber

Wyche Inside IP By Wallace K. Lightsey Justin Bieber turned 21 this year.  He also lost a significant copyright case in the U.S. Court of Appeals. Bieber and another mega-recording artist, Usher, were sued for copyright infringement in connection with the song, “Somebody To Love,” which according to Billboard Magazine is Bieber’s 9th-biggest hit.  The…
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Update on Our March Madness Bracketology

Wyche Inside IP By Wallace K. Lightsey In the last Wyche Inside IP, in the spirit of the “March Madness” then happening in NCAA basketball, I hazarded predictions of the results of two patent cases that were to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on March 31. How did I do?  About the same…
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“March Madness” You Say? Be Careful How You Use That Term!

Wyche Inside IP By Wallace K. Lightsey It is March, and the minds of many turn to college basketball and to the NCAA tournament in particular. The intense focus of the American public and TV-viewing audience on the tournament is an irresistible motivation to advertisers to incorporate “March Madness” into the names of sales and…
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Update on the Innovation Act

Wyche Inside IP By Wallace K. Lightsey Wyche Inside IP previously reported on the effort of Congress to combat abuses by “patent trolls” through passage of the Innovation Act (H.R. 9). This legislation was introduced in 2013 and passed the House of Representatives by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 325-91, but became bogged down in…
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March Madness in the Supreme Court – and Our Bracketology

Wyche Inside IP By Wallace K. Lightsey On March 31, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in two important patent cases. How will it decide? Here are our predictions. In Commil USA, LLC v. Cisco Systems, Inc., the Court will consider whether a defendant’s good-faith belief that a patent is invalid is a…
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Protect your company’s valuable trade secrets!

Wyche Inside IP By Wallace K. Lightsey Economists estimate that intellectual property in the U.S. is worth about $5 trillion, which is equivalent to almost half of the U.S. economy. There is little data on the exact value of trade secrets because trade secrets are, by definition, secret. Nevertheless, it is known that the theft…
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“Trip Trap Trip Trap!” Has Big Billy Goat Gruff Come to Kill the Patent Troll?

Wyche Inside IP By Wallace K. Lightsey What to do about “patent trolls” – entities that own patents and threaten infringement lawsuits to obtain license fees, but which do not actually make products using the patents they own – has been the subject of a lot of talk and has prompted a flurry of federal…
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How Much is Your Nonprofit’s Brand Worth? The Path to Trademark Protection

Written by Wallace K. Lightsey and Josh Weiss As seen in South Carolina Lawyers Weekly March 11, 2011 “It”s fun to stay at the Y-M-C-A . . . ” As the theme of the song goes, the YMCA has been recognized and has become a leader in youth and adult recreation. The YMCA, a globally…
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From the Client Meeting to the Boardroom: Presenting Your Case When the Stakes are High

Interview with Wallace K. Lightsey As heard on “South Carolina Business Review” with Mike Switzer Broadcast October 30, 2008 Introduction: Studies continue to reveal that one of the greatest fears for many people is public speaking. Here are some tips from the courtroom that will help seasoned and neophyte presenters effectively present their case in…
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The Medimmune Decision: A Major Legal Development for Patent Licenses

Interview with Wallace K. Lightsey As heard on “South Carolina Business Review” with Mike Switzer Broadcast March 29, 2007 In January, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision that could have profound implications for patent holders and patent licensees. The Change in the Law Previously, one who entered into a license agreement with a patent…
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