Last year we reported on a copyright suit filed by local photographer Brian Masck against former U-M Football great Desmond Howard, Sports Illustrated, and others for infringing the copyright to Masck’s iconic photograph of Howard striking a “Heisman” pose during a touchdown celebration. The suit led to Howard’s tweet expressing disbelief that someone was suing him over a photograph of himself. See prior stories here and here.
Today Howard and Masck announced a settlement of claims against Howard. The settlement apparently includes the assignment of the copyright to the photograph to Howard. More details Here.
MIPLA’s April 8, 2014 meeting will feature Rick Bero of The Bero Group presenting on “Hot Topics in Patent Damages.” More details below.
The USPTO is planning its popular AIA Roadshow program for 2014. This year’s roundtable program will focus on the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s Inter Partes Review and Covered Business Method administrative challenge proceedings. The program will include information about the new AIA trials including statistics, lessons learned, and techniques for successful motions practice. The PTAB is especially interested in receiving feedback about the trials and will feature a panel discussion to elicit public input. At each roundtable, at least five administrative patent judges will participate and be available for questions and conversation.
The State Bar of Michigan Intellectual Property Law Section will host the Roadshow at Cooley Law School in Auburn Hills, Michigan on April 24, 2014 beginning at 1:00 PM. The Section will host a reception for the PTAB judges and USPTO representatives from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the Law School, 2630 Featherstone Road. More information about the program is available on the USPTO PTAB microsite.
Just a quick reminder that the State Bar of Michigan Intellectual Property Law Section Spring IP Seminar is Monday, March 24 at the Kellogg Conference Center in East Lansing. Good speakers; Good networking. For those who cannot attend, I will be tweeting the highlights of the patent law track using the hashtag #IPLSSpring2014. You can follow the EDMichIPReport Twitter feed on the right panel.