In with the New: Expect FTC Activity On Internet of Things in 2015

By | Of Digital Interest | January 26, 2015
In with the New: Expect FTC Activity On Internet of Things in 2015

The “Internet of Things” (IoT) continues to grow.  (IoT refers to the ability of everyday objects to connect to the Internet and one another.)  It is estimated that there will be 4.9 billion connected appliances, devices and other “things” in use worldwide by the end of 2015, an increase of 30 percent from 2014.  The global market for IoT products is expected to reach $7.1 trillion by 2020.

I Know You Know, Because I Told You So: Effective Notice of Infringement in Canada

By | snIP/ITs | January 23, 2015

Copyright infringement is normally a factual question – it doesn’t matter whether one intended to copy a substantial part of someone else’s original expression if, in fact, one did so– but there are circumstances where the alleged infringer’s state of mind does matter.  Knowledge is relevant to secondary infringement under s. 27 of the Canadian Copyright Act, or to the assessment of statutory damages under s. 38.1, for example. 

Supreme Court Charts Clear Course for Trademark Tacking Determination

By | Technology Law Source | January 23, 2015
Supreme Court Charts Clear Course for Trademark Tacking Determination

The U.S. Supreme Court created some wake by issuing their first substantive trademark ruling in more than a decade this week. The Supreme Court decided to hear a case on appeal from the Ninth Circuit’s decision in Hana Fin., Inc. v. Hana Bank, 735 F.3d 1158 (9th Cir. 2013) cert granted, 134 S. Ct. 2842 (2014).