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Irwin IP Publications is the go-to resource for the latest updates and insights in the world of intellectual property. Over 250 articles are published on cases addressing unique issues, all of which can be found using the search tool below. Additionally, there is a collection of articles/papers and presentations that cover a wide range of topics. Whether you’re a legal professional, business owner, or simply someone passionate about IP, our publications page will provide you with all the knowledge needed to navigate this dynamic field. 

A patent assertion entity’s sending of a demand letter into a district is sufficient to give rise to personal jurisdiction over that entity.  This case is important because the Federal Circuit clarified that demand letters may give rise to personal jurisdiction in the patent context and that a PAE…
On November 26, 2018, the Federal Circuit affirmed a decision of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) approving the applied-for trademark “Schlafly” of a craft beer brewery that is the surname of the brewery’s founder, Thomas Schlafly.  Separate oppositions to the applied-for mark had been brought by two…
A $5M jury award in a trademark infringement case is uncommon enough. But what if the finder of fact found no damages or lost profits from the trademark and trade dress infringement, yet still awarded $5M in punitive damages to the plaintiff? In a recent case instituted by Monster…
The Queen of Hearts has been foiled, another software patent has dodged the sword, and in the process the Federal Circuit has penned another stroke on the sparse but developing map of Wonderland. As 2018 drew to a close, the Federal Circuit held that a patent directed towards improving…
The Federal Circuit held that an inventor could challenge his or her own patent via an inter partes review (“IPR”) based on the plain language of the statute authorizing IPRs.  Arista Networks, Inc. (“Arista”) filed a petition for IPR of certain claims of U.S. Patent No. 7,340,597 (“the ’597…
On October 11, 2018, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“PTO”) published a final rule entitled “Changes to the Claim Construction Standard for Interpreting Claims in Trial Proceedings Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board” (Dkt. No. PTO-P-2018-0036) relating to the patent review mechanisms introduced as part of…
Covers matters such as the creation, publication, and licensing of poetry and other issues frequently faced by poets such as authorship, privacy rights, and agency/publication agreements….
Presentation designed to help LCA volunteers gain a working knowledge of specialized area of arts law required to represent the LCA Music Client and to provide information and analysis of the common issues faced during band formation….
Examines the four safe harbors created by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, as well as certain landmark cases construing the extent of protection afforded by those safe harbors….
Presentation to help lawyers gain a working knowledge of specialized area of arts law required to represent the LCA Music Client in the creation and protection of musical compositions and sound recordings….
LCA is proud to offer to our clients and the general public its second LCA Law Guide, Band Law for Bands. We believe that this book will assist you in your creative efforts and point out some legal issues you may face as musicians. If you are able to…
Explore the frontier of radiotherapy with Flattening Filter-Free (FFF) beams, promising swift treatment while minimizing tumor motion. But in this quest for efficiency, does compensator-based IMRT alter dose distributions? Our Monte Carlo study reveals intriguing insights: compensators reduce superficial doses but elevate peripheral doses due to scattering effects. Unravel…
A book written by Barry Irwin and Adam Reis meant to introduce musicians to the fundamental issues typically faced by bands, including band agreements, copyright ownership and registration, licensing issues, and recording contract negotiations….
Analysis of recent cases pertaining to copyright infringement of musical works and sound recordings, including “Happy Birthday To You,” “Blurred Lines,” and “Stairway to Heaven,” as well as cases pertaining to infringement of pre-1972 sound recordings….
Covers select developments in patent and trade secret law between 2014 and 2016, including changes to the standard of patentability and patent infringement damages, as well as the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act….
Explore the enigmatic realm of Ack1, a pivotal tyrosine kinase abundant in the brain, poised to unveil the intricacies of neuronal function. Our pioneering study reveals novel partners for Ack1, from cytoskeletal regulators to synaptic mediators, shedding light on its potential role in neuronal plasticity. Witness the intriguing interplay…
Covers typical types of agreements and contractual provisions encountered by artists in the music industry….
Discusses subjects of contemporary controversy regarding the purpose and goals of copyright law, the role it plays in the modern entertainment world, and difficult issues such as the liability of content service providers for the acts of their users….
A brief summary of the local patent rules of the Northern District of Illinois (as they read in October of 2014)….
Dive into the fusion of MRI imaging and radiation therapy, where gadolinium (Gd) emerges as a potential game-changer. In this Monte Carlo study, explore how Gd-containing materials could boost radiation doses in tumor targets, offering a new dimension in cancer treatment precision….