Need some good reading material? Here’s a quick recap of the top IP news stories and hot topics in IP we loved diving into this month!

  • “…the Senate confirmed Kathi Vidal, a Silicon Valley patent attorney, this month — there’s a fresh opportunity to modernize and fortify the patent system. Ms. Vidal and Congress should seize that opportunity quickly. Here’s how they can start.​” – Opinion: Save America’s Patent System, The New York Times
  • “The company was therefore none too pleased when digital artist Mason Rothschild started selling nonfungible tokens (NFTs) in the form of digital images he termed MetaBirkins, each of which depicts a furry, artistically-colored Birkin-shaped handbag sitting atop a pedestal. In January, Hermès filed a trademark claim against Rothschild in a New York federal court.” – NFTs and Birkin bags: A Hermès lawsuit tests the limits of trademark rights, Brookings
  • “But here’s the thing: When you write a song, you don’t have a lot of notes to choose from. And most songs use only a few chords. Inevitably, sooner or later, two people will write songs with sections that sound alike, right? Should there even be lawsuits?” – The blurred lines surrounding music copyrightsCBS News
  • “…the Chamber is releasing its annual companion study, the IP Index Statistical Annex (Annex), examining the relationship between an economy’s IP framework and different socio-economic outputs. The report examines 29 different correlations to illustrate the economic benefits of improving IP protection.  ” – Making the Case: The Economic Rationale for Intellectual Property Rights , U.S. Chamber of Commerce


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