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March | 2019 | Woodard, Emhardt, Henry, Reeves & Wagner | Patent, Trademark & Copyright Attorneys, Indianapolis, Indiana

2019 March

Steve Zlatos Elected to the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library Board of Trustees

March 12, 2019

The Firm is pleased to announce that Members of the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (NCSML) elected Steve Zlatos to a three-year term as a new member of its Board of Trustees. The election took place March 5 at the NCSML’s annual meeting of the membership.

The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is a museum that celebrates life:  Czech life, Slovak life and American life. The Museum seeks to inspire people from every background to connect to Czech and Slovak history and culture. Through extraordinary exhibitions and experiences, the Museum tells stories of freedom and identity, family and community, human rights and dignity connecting yesterday with today and tomorrow. The Museum honors those who immigrated to America and worked hard, contributing their skills and vision to the formation of our nation.

Steve represents inventors in patent litigation in federal courts throughout the United States. In 2003, Steve was appointed Honorary Consul for the Slovak Republic. His consulate area includes the states of Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee. He has traveled extensively throughout Central Europe, speaks Slovak, and is active in assisting Indiana companies in developing business ties there.


U.S. Supreme Court Decision and the Importance of Registering Copyright Works Early

March 4, 2019

On March 4, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision regarding the requirement for copyright registration prior to filing a lawsuit for copyright infringement. In the unanimous opinion authored by Justice Ginsburg, the Court settled a split in Circuit Court decisions regarding whether the “registration . . . has been made” requirement under 17 U.S.C. §411(a) is satisfied merely by the filing for copyright registration or is only satisfied by the Copyright Office’s act of granting registration. The Court, settling on the latter, held registration occurs—and a copyright claimant may commence an infringement suit—when the Copyright Office registers a copyright. And, upon registration of the copyright, the copyright owner may recover for infringement that occurred both before and after registration.

While there are some exceptions to this rule (e.g., a copyright owner who is preparing to distribute a work of a type vulnerable to predistribution infringement—e.g., a move or musical composition—may apply to the Copyright Office for preregistration. §408(f)(2)), it is now perhaps more important than ever to register your copyright works early. Early registration provides not only evidence as of your date of possession of the work but also can expedite the filing of an enforcement lawsuit against alleged infringers.