101 Series – How to Get a Patent in 5 Easy Steps

How to Get a Patent In the United States, a patent is issued by the United States Patent Office.  To get a patent, they will need to register your patent and to register your patent, you will need to file an application.  However, before we get too far ahead of ourselves, we need to take a Read more about 101 Series – How to Get a Patent in 5 Easy Steps[…]

Copyright in Buildings for Architects and Artists

Copyright in Buildings Generally, copyright protects all works of art including those which are related to a building design and to artwork fixed to buildings.  However, because copyrights do not extend to functional works, buildings were not always considered Copyrightable.  Currently, the law protects artwork for and on buildings under both traditional copyright law and Read more about Copyright in Buildings for Architects and Artists[…]

Trademark Protection – Cease and Desist

In America, a lot of successful companies like Apple, Disney, Google and Microsoft invest time and money into trademark protection.  However, trademark protection is not limited to large companies, many smaller companies including sports teams and universities also invest in trademark protection.  In some cases, they have whole departments in charge of brand management where Read more about Trademark Protection – Cease and Desist[…]

Plant Patent Provides Monopoly for Holiday Flowers

U.S. Plant Patent Many of us associate the holiday season with Poinsettia Plants. However, few people realize that it was covered by a plant patent for over a hundred years. Like the poinsettia plant, its history, is colorful and interesting. It also provides an example of how valuable a patent can be, namely, Plant Patents. Read more about Plant Patent Provides Monopoly for Holiday Flowers[…]

The MET Announces Access to Free Images

The Metropolitan Museum announced access to nearly 400,000 images – for free. The Museum provides these images under an Open Access license for all public-domain works in the Met collection. The Creative Commons Zero (“CC0”) license allows use of the images without restriction. Entrepreneurs, artists, and business owners can now use and share these images Read more about The MET Announces Access to Free Images[…]

Intellectual Property: the Types, the Benefits, and How We Can Help

In the modern world, intellectual property protection is becoming ever more important.  We are constantly seeing headlines about billion dollar intellectual property disputes between tech giants like Google, Samsung and Apple.  Most often, these articles jump right into the details that grab our attention and fail to explain what intellectual property is and how something Read more about Intellectual Property: the Types, the Benefits, and How We Can Help[…]

Copyright Infringement Deadline

Copyright Law requires that the filing of a civil lawsuit related to copyrighted work must be “commenced within three years after the claim accrue[s].” See 17 U.S.C. 507(b). Most copyright infringement lawsuits involve actions by a defendant who has copied the plaintiff’s copyrighted work. These are referred to as ordinary copyright infringement cases when the Read more about Copyright Infringement Deadline[…]

Best Edition and Copyright Law

Under copyright law, copies or phonorecords deposited in the Copyright Office must be the “best edition” of the work. The best edition of the work is the edition that the Library of Congress determines is the most suitable for its purposes. When two or more editions of the same version of a work have been Read more about Best Edition and Copyright Law[…]

Damages in Trademark Litigation

Trademarks are symbols such as logos and brand names used to identify products and services and are frequently a company’s most valuable asset.. In such a suit, recovery for the harm suffered by the unlawful trademark use can be problematic. To help navigate through the complexity of documenting and proving the economic and non-economic damages Read more about Damages in Trademark Litigation[…]

Trademark Priority Rights

In the United States, trademark rights arise from use in commerce, regardless of whether or not the mark is registered. The first user of a mark generally takes priority over all subsequent users with respect to use of the mark in that market. The first user of a mark in commerce, labeled the senior user, Read more about Trademark Priority Rights[…]