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Copyright in the Happy Birthday Song Gets Thrown Out

This month, a federal judge has ruled that the company that has been charging for millions of dollars of royalties for use of the Happy Birthday Song never had the right to do so. Find out more at

Added by Roby Robinson on September 28, 2015 at 3:37pm — No Comments

Three Mistakes When Selecting a Trademark Specimen

Here is a discussion regarding three common mistakes when someone selects a trademark specimen to file with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. ;

Added by Roby Robinson on August 26, 2015 at 9:05am — No Comments

What Is the First Step In the Patenting Process?

A common question I receive is, "What is the first step in the patenting process?"  The answer to the question depends on a number of factors. Here is some information to help answer the question: ;

Added by Roby Robinson on June 25, 2015 at 11:48am — No Comments

Indirect Patent Infringement and Component Manufacturers

Component manufacturers beware:  You may be on the hook for patent infringement. Even if a component product does not meet every limitation of a patent claim, the component product manufacturer may still be liable for patent infringement under a theory of indirect patent infringement. Find out more here:  

Added by Roby Robinson on June 1, 2015 at 1:09pm — No Comments

Patent Protection Is Not Always the Best Option

When a new technology is developed, it is often assumed that a patent application covering the technology should be filed. That is not always the case, however, as discussed here: 

Added by Roby Robinson on April 30, 2015 at 11:22am — No Comments

"Do I REALLY need to register my copyright?"

This is a common question I get from copyright owners from time to time. I provide some background info here:  Do I really need to register my copyright?

Added by Roby Robinson on April 29, 2015 at 8:10am — No Comments

Matt Googe, Esq. Joining ROBINSON IP LAW, PLLC

I wanted to let the EOK community know that Knoxville native and patent attorney Matt Googe will be joining Robinson IP Law, PLLC starting September 1, 2013. He resigned today from Luedeka Neely Group. Matt clerked at Luedeka while in law school and worked there as a full-time attorney since 2011.  A few years ago when I taught trademark law at the UT College of Law, Matt made the highest grade in the class and has been a great attorney to work with while we were at our previous firm. Now…


Added by Roby Robinson on August 26, 2013 at 6:42pm — No Comments

I'm Now Officially an Entrepreneur


This past week I have opened my own law practice, ROBINSON IP LAW, PLLC. Now I can truly empathize with the entrepreneurial spirit because I'm in your shoes. The new address is 800 S. Gay St., STE 700, Knoxville, TN 37929. The phone number is 865-766-4023, and I can be reached at my e-mail address of After being a shareholder at a large IP firm, it became clear to me that it was time for the move. So, here we go. As always, you can find me on…


Added by Roby Robinson on July 20, 2013 at 12:29pm — 3 Comments

Part II: U.S. Senate Passes Patent Reform Bill--Good News For All?

As many of you know, I recently posted information regarding the Patent Reform Act of 2011 and why, contrary to its billing, such changes to current U.S. patent law would actually do more harm to individual inventors and small businesses than help them. (The measure passed the U.S. Senate by an overwhelming 95-5 vote last week.)  One response to my position that I would expect from someone more familiar with this particular bill would be as follows: “But Mr. Robinson, the bill specifically…


Added by Roby Robinson on March 17, 2011 at 10:04am — No Comments

U.S. Senate Passes Patent Reform Bill--Good News For All?

            This week, the U.S. Senate passed the 2011 Patent Reform Bill (now dubbed the “America Invents Act”) by a margin of 95-5. This bill has been called by many a bipartisan measure, and many folks are welcoming the notion of the “left” and the “right” agreeing on something these days. Perhaps the Senate was respecting Rodney King’s plea of “Can’t we all just get along?”, as this week also marked the 20th anniversary of his notorious beating by L.A. police which led to riots in the… Continue

Added by Roby Robinson on March 10, 2011 at 9:56am — No Comments

U.S. Patent & Trademark Office's new Data Center available online

"The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today unveiled its online 'Data Visualization Center,' a graphic-driven window to backlogs, office actions and other workings of the world’s busiest IP agency." Find it here at

Added by Roby Robinson on September 8, 2010 at 10:33am — No Comments

Results from Survey Re Entrepeneurs and Patents (Taken by Univ. of Cal. at Berkeley)

The University of California at Berkeley has conducted a survey about "how patents are used by and affect entrepreneurs, start-ups, and early stage high technology companies." Some of the results of this survey are posted today (July 20, 2010) on Dennis Crouch's website Professor Crouch has made a name for himself over the years providing an excellent blog and website covering all things patents. To my knowledge, his website is the most popular of its kind among patent…


Added by Roby Robinson on July 20, 2010 at 8:55am — No Comments

New publication from the United States Patent and Trademark Office for independent inventors

The United States Patent and Trademark Office recently issued the first of many bi-monthly newsletters for the independent inventor community. The name of the publication is InventorsEye and the first of these can be found at

I thought this would be of interest to many of the EOK members. Please let me know if you have any questions or…


Added by Roby Robinson on July 14, 2010 at 9:47am — No Comments

More on the Bilski decision: "Why Bilski Benefits Startup Companies" article from Patently-O Blog

Yesterday, the Patently-O Blog incuded a guest piece entitled "Why Bilski Benefits Start-Up Companies." You can read the post here:

Added by Roby Robinson on June 30, 2010 at 8:14am — No Comments

The Bilski Decision is in; Good News for Inventors, Big and Small

Today (June 28, 2010), the United States Supreme Court issued its long-awaited opinion on the Bilski case (No. 08-964) involving the patentability of business method patents. The decision affirms the specific holding of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, but notes that the "Machine or Transformation Test" is not the only test that may be used to determine whether a business method is patetable under 35 U.S.C. Section 101. This is a very…


Added by Roby Robinson on June 28, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Your patent and trademark questions for May 13, 2009

At the EOK meeting on Wednesday, May 13, 2009, we will be talking patents, trademarks, and other IP topics. If you already have questions you want answered on these subjects, let me know in advance so I can be best prepared to help those in attendance on the 13th. You can e-mail your questions and/or topics you want covered to Thanks! I look forward to seeing everyone on the 13th!

Added by Roby Robinson on May 4, 2009 at 3:11pm — 1 Comment


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