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

  • “Last month, news broke that Bob Dylan sold his songwriting catalog to Universal’s publishing arm in a deal reportedly worth more than $300 million […] the move was merely the most illustrious in an ongoing frenzy of music copyright acquisitions” – What to Know About Music’s Copyright Gold Rush, Pitchfork
  • “To patent a humble staple like panela struck Colombians as absurd, like patenting café con leche. News of the “panela patent” caused such an uproar in recent months that Riopaila Castilla, a sugar company based in Cali that until recently listed Mr. González on its board of directors, issued statements distancing itself from his efforts.” – Colombians Ask: Who Would Dare Patent Panela?The New York Times
  • “How can I help my patent attorney or agent write my patent applications in such a way that they survive any challenger? Can I help my patent attorney prosecute my patents so that they fend off would-be challengers? That’s what I mean by “bulletproof.” – How To Create A Bulletproof Patent, Forbes

Final tidbits: The Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation Awards hosted a Conversation About Diversity and Inclusion with Dr. Lisa Cook; Microsoft Files Patent to Create Chatbots That Imitate The Deceased; Smithsonian Magazine lists top inventions from this year’s CES;


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