IP Owners Face Tough Legal Issues In United States In 2009 30/01/2009 by William New, Intellectual Property Watch Leave a Comment By Steven Seidenberg for Intellectual Property Watch 2009 could be a bad year for IP owners in the United States. For patent owners, it may be particularly tough. The US courts are likely to continue their recent trend of cutting back on patent rights, according to many experts. The question is: what rights may be cut back and by how much? Copyright and trademark owners in the United States face a different set of troubles. They are struggling to protect their rights in the digital world, and it is far from certain how they will fare.