MARCH 12, 2019
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The US Supreme Court this week provided yet another reason why early application for registration of copyrighted works is important. In ruling that a copyright owner must actually have its work registered by the United States Copyright Office prior to filing litigation to enforce its rights, the Supreme Court underscores the importance of early filing of copyright applications with the copyright office.    More on SCOTUS Decision Here>
To minimize the disruption caused by the exit on IP right holders, the UK government has stated that their goal for IP rights in the UK post-Brexit is to recognize existing EU rights in the UK by creating duplicate protections in UK law and provide continuity where possible.  While exit term negotiations continue, EU IP laws continue to apply in the UK. There are certain types of IP rights that will not change even with Brexit, including:  Read More on Brexit and IP Here>
On March 4, 2019, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v. Wall-Street.com, No. 17-571, 585 U.S. __ (2019), holding that a copyright owner cannot file an infringement lawsuit until the Copyright Office has registered the work at issue.
The Court’s ruling addresses a split among the circuit courts regarding when the pre-lawsuit registration required by 17 U.S.C. §411(a) actually occurs.  Section 411(a) states that “no civil action for infringement of the copyright of any United States work shall be instituted until…registration of the copyright claim has been made in accordance with this title.”  Circuit courts diverged on whether “registration…has been made”   More on Copyright Decision Here>
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