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Feb 09, 2021

By: David P. Miranda In 1986 Congress passed the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), to address crimes that occur via unauthorized access to computer. In Van Buren v. United States, 206 L. Ed. 2d 822 (2020), Nathan Van Buren, a police officer in the state of Georgia, was charged under the CFAA after he…

Dec 02, 2020

By:  Benjamin D. Bucinell In Boesen v. United Sports Publications, Ltd., Case No. 20-CV-1552 (ARR) (SIL) (E.D.N.Y.), United Sports Publication (USP) prevails in a Copyright infringement claim by photographer, Michael Boesen related to a social media post. On December 6, 2019, Caroline Wozniacki, announced her retirement from professional Tennis on Instagram. This announcement was accompanied…

Dec 01, 2020

By:  Benjamin D. Bucinell In 1718 Black Beard’s ship, Queen Ann’s Revenge, ran aground and sank about a mile of the shore of North Carolina. Black Beard’s ship belonged to North Carolina, but the videos and images of its recovery efforts were the intellectual property of Frederick Allen, who registered copyrights in all his works….

Nov 09, 2020

By:  Benjamin D. Bucinell Google v. Oracle, currently pending before the US Supreme Court, has the potential to provide one of the most significant copyright decisions from SCOTUS involving the tech industry.  Application Programing Interfaces (APIs) are an important tool, widely utilized in interoperability between platforms.  The tech and software industry has assumed that APIs…

Aug 31, 2020

This year Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C. celebrates its 50th Anniversary. The firm, based in Albany and Rochester, is proud to have earned the confidence of our clients over five decades by providing knowledgeable legal advice and exceptional service. Having grown to nearly 30 attorneys and patent agents and more than 70 employees, the…

May 05, 2020

On May 6th, David Miranda and Matt Hulihan will help the Tech Valley Center of Gravity kick off its new virtual luncheon series with a free presentation on Intellectual Property (IP) law. The session will cover the basics of IP, its importance to individual makers, idea champions, and businesses of all sizes, and the protection…

Mar 17, 2020

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation continues to rapidly change, both locally and globally, Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C. (HRFM) is committed to providing uninterrupted and dependable services for our clients and associates. We, therefore, would like to relay important information to you regarding the current state of HRFM’s operations. We confirm that HRFM is,…

Feb 20, 2020

By Lloyd J. Wilson There are unlimited examples of how businesses, organizations, and other entities are incentivized to use artificial intelligence (AI) technology to improve operations and performance. Thus, it is expected that, like any other entity, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) would also be interested in using AI to improve its…

Feb 19, 2020

Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti, P.C. (HRFM) is pleased to announce the addition of Amanda L. Keys as a Patent Attorney with the firm. Ms. Keys is a registered patent attorney with significant experience in preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patent applications, representing both academic and corporate institutions. She counsels clients in a…

Feb 06, 2020

By Aleksandar Nikolic In KSR Int’l Co. v. Teleflex, Inc., 550 U.S. 398 (2007), the Supreme Court indicated that general knowledge of a person having skill in the art may be used as part of an obviousness analysis. However, courts have been reluctant to apply “general knowledge” or “common sense” to an obviousness analysis because…