Innovation and Creativity Metrics
2009 Quarter 4
Inventors Have Options: What Are theTypes of Patents to Consider?
When a business is evaluating the decision ofwhether or not to file a patent application,common knowledge dictates that a large amountof time and money is invested in procuring thepatent. Businesses may be hesitant to file theapplication because they may be concerned thatby the time the patent issues, the product will beobsolete or altered to such a degree that thepatent will no longer be valuable. Alternatively,the business may be concerned that the patentwill be too narrow and therefore not apply to abroad enough group of inventions to beworthwhile. However, there are several differentoptions available that may reduce or fully removethese concerns for a savvy business owner.
Do I Have to Pay For "PubliclyPerforming" Ringtones? U.S. DistrictCourt says No to Public PerformanceFees for Ringtones.
The U.S. District Court for the Southern District ofNew York recently ruled on a dispute betweenVerizon and ASCAP regarding whether Verizon'stransmission of a ringtone to a user's cellularphone constitutes a public performance. If this actdid constitute a public performance, then ASCAP,one of the primary performing rights organizationsin the United States, would be able to collectroyalties for artists on each ringtone transmitted toa user.Click Here for Article
Social Media for Large PrivateInstitutions and Government: TheCommonality, Confusion and Conflict
by Martin Medeiros
Where should you target your social media efforts? Whoshould employees, lawyers and businesses "friend" on Facebookto meet the iconic goal of having a following? Answers: nowhereand everywhere; nobody and everybody.
The number of new business licenses in the City of Portlandcontinued a trend upwards, despite the economic downturn. Thiscan be a result of a number of issues and the data does notreflect the absolute number of businesses which wasapproximately 49,000 in recent years. The numbers for 2009reflect data collected through 11/12/2009. Source, PortlandBureau of Revenue.