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The latest issue ofLegal Times’ IP looks at the Federal Circuit kicking several cases back to counsel. What tripped up those patent lawyers? Als Ten fables about copyright exemptions that won’t fly in any court; How to preserve your vendor’s IP when you can’t rely on the vendor; plus more.
Editor’s Note A few words from Managing Editor Elizabeth Engdahl about the latest issue of IP. • Last Question Three times this year alone, a Federal Circuit panel has clapped its hands over its ears and refused to listen to an appeal. As Judge Richard Linn wrote, “despite our repeated admonitions,” lawyers keep bringing cases with a fatal jurisdictional flaw: The District Court has not reached a final decision. Don’t let this happen to you. • Myths of Creation Every day intelligent people are breaking the law and artists are failing to fully protect their work. Why? Because they’ve been led astray by the urban myths of copyright. But the concept of fair use does not cover everything that “seems fair” to the person using another’s creation. Here are 10 copyright “rules” not to follow… • When Your IP Is Far Away The siren call of cost savings has persuaded you to outsource. That’s smart but also risky. How are you going to preserve the company’s critical IP rights when that intellectual property is no longer under your direct control? • The Secret Sharer Millions in revenues rest on a key business relationship with a financially shaky partner and its very critical IP asset. How do you make sure that the intellectual property will be there for you even if the partner doesn’t make it? • Yes, We Can Build a Better Patent Trap Cisco Patents Online is only one of two dozen tools that Cisco Systems Inc. has put in place to improve the efficiency and productivity of its legal department. While other corporations have developed similar systems, Cisco says it has one of the most comprehensive. IN THE NEWSKatrina Pounds Trademarks‘Last Best Place’ for Trademark Fight?Who Writes Groklaw? And Why?Genetic Bits Lack Specific UtilityDid They Ask Him About Festo?

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