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  • Feb 6, 2013
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“Paperman” – Oscar nominated for Best Animated Short Film, seamlessly merges CGI and hand-drawn animation

We’re really looking forward to the release of Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph this month – even more so now that we know we’ll get to see this charming accompanying short on the big screen. Paperman has been nominated for Best Animated Short Film at this year’s Oscar’s (where it’s up against Irish producer Cronin O’Reilly’s Head […]


  • Jan 30, 2013
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  • Comments Off on From the Sundance Film Festival: “Google And The World Brain” – the failed book settlement and the world’s knowledge in the hands of a corporation
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From the Sundance Film Festival: “Google And The World Brain” – the failed book settlement and the world’s knowledge in the hands of a corporation

    30 January 2013 – Valerie Pelton … a Principal of EAM Capital and its General Counsel … gets to go to all the cool media events.  Well, she lived and worked in Hollywood for a number of years so why not?  She recently came back from the Sundance Film Festival and said her favorite […]


  • Jan 28, 2013
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Phones and tablets push patent applications up 20%

  28 January 2013 — According to figures released by Sweet and Maxwell, the legal information provider, patent applications under the Patent Co-operation Treaty (PCT) jumped sharply to reach a new high of 14,205 in 2012. The figures indicate that smartphones and tablets drove a surge in patent applications in 2012. The PCT allows companies […]


  • Jan 15, 2013
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Smartphone Wars: Micron’s Slide-to-Unlock Patent

  15 January 2013 –  In an attempt to circumvent Apple’s hotly-debated Slide To Unlock patent, which has resulted in a few lawsuits with many more likely on the way, Google filed a patent of their own for a lockscreen that looks fairly similar to the one found in HTC’s Sense UI. To most analysts, […]


  • Dec 13, 2012
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Global IP filings off the chart, China tops global patent filings, and IP jobs continue to grow

  13 December 2012 — If you bury yourself in the Financial Times or Wall Street Journal or Business Insider you know that the global economy is slowing, and some places have almost stopped. But for our world-wide intrepid inventors and IP mavens their reaction is … “huh? Slow?  Are you nuts?” Patent filings and […]


  • May 22, 2012
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Apple and Samsung begin settlement talks

                  22 May 2012 – Yesterday began the court ordered talks between Apple (Tim Cook) and Samsung (with Choi Gee-Sung, chief executive of Samsung).  Apple alleges Samsung is the chief culprit in copying its iPhone and iPad inventions. Their two days of settlement talks in a San Francisco courthouse […]


  • Apr 16, 2012
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This should be a doozy: Oracle and Google meet in the “World Cup” of IP lawsuits

              16 April 2012 –  Let Games begin!  In what almost every pundit is calling the “World Series” or “World Cup” of intellectual property trials”, the Google/Oracle trial gets underway today with jury selection in a federal court in San Francisco. And it is a biggie.  The trial marks the […]


  • May 5, 2010
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Hollywood and subprime risk: join the party!

5 May 2010 — The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commisison (CFTC)recently approved two exchanges (one to be administered by Cantor Fitzgerald, the other by Media Derivatives) that would allow trading in contracts that are based on the box-office take from films.  The second of these exchanges was approved by the CFTC on April 20. Our colleague Neil […]


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