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Internet IP Litigation: Can the Law Catch Up With Technology?

By Henry M. Sneath and Jeffrey B. Cadle

Henry Sneath is an intellectual property and business litigation attorney with Picadio Sneath Miller & Norton, P.C. in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania ( He is a national member of the Board of Directors of DRI The Voice of the Defense Bar, a 22,000 member organization of lawyers defending companies and individuals in civil litigation. 412-288-4013 and

Jeffrey Cadle is an associate at Picadio Sneath Miller & Norton, P.C. in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, focusing on commercial litigation, including intellectual property litigation in state and federal courts. He is a member of DRI and its Commercial Litigation Committee. He can be reached at 412-288-4003 and

The IP wars are heating up, or so it would seem if we measure by the amount of current media attention for internet and technology legal battles. Both mainstream business media and the internet with its blogosphere are filled with commentary and stories of patent, trademark and copyright law suits. Many involve some big names in the internet and gaming industries. Hasbro, Mattel, Facebook, Viacom, eBay, YouTube, Nintendo, HP, Nokia, Adobe, Oracle, Arista Records and others are squaring off in court with competitors and accused infringers over, in most cases, alleged digital knockoffs and derivative works. News organizations have been c...

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