Copyright Suits Over USPTO Apps Face Uphill Battle

Law360, New York (March 5, 2012, 10:40 PM EST) -- Law firms that use academic articles in patent applications have little to fear from recent lawsuits alleging the use constitutes copyright infringement, attorneys say.

American Institute of Physics and John Wiley & Sons Inc. sued Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner PA and McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP on Wednesday, alleging that the major patent law firms infringed their copyrights by submitting journal articles to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and making copies for internal use.

But the publishers will have an uphill battle in the...
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