Security and Privacy Issues with Internet of Things (IoT)

Expect Lots of Privacy Issues with Internet of Things Cars, TVs, dog collars, condoms, toasters, refrigerators, rectal thermometers, water bottles and hair brushes are some of the everyday items being connected to the internet, collecting and sending your private data as part of the Internet of Things (IoT). 20 billion connected devices. The market will Read more about Security and Privacy Issues with Internet of Things (IoT)[…]

Stan Lee’s Copyrights and Work for Hire

Copyrights and Work for Hire Doctrine Stan Lee, the co-creator and ambassador of the Marvel Universe, died this week. From a copyright perspective, Lee’s legacy is a complicated mess. Marvel, one of the original comic book publishers introduced over 8,000 characters including those created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Joe Simon and Steve Ditko. This Read more about Stan Lee’s Copyrights and Work for Hire[…]

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[…]

101 Series – Copyright for Writers

Copyright for Writers As a writer, you might spend hundreds, if not thousands of hours developing, researching and creating your plot and premise, theme, characters, moral development, the struggles and resolution of your character along with an ending which pulls it all together.  You spend months, if not years, writing it and re-writing your story.  Read more about 101 Series – Copyright for Writers[…]

Filing a Trademark Case to Prevent Confusion

Filing a Trademark Case When a trademark owner believes their mark is being used by someone else to cause confusion, they may file a trademark case.  Infringement is the legal term used to describe the fact that a trademark has been used without permission of the trademark owner in a way to confuse customers.  A Read more about Filing a Trademark Case to Prevent Confusion[…]

How to Create Strong Marks

Strong Marks To be registerable, a trademark must be capable of acting as a source identifier. Strong marks are distinctive, that is they are capable of readily identifying the source of a good or a service.  Weak marks are not capable or do not easily identify a source of a good or service.  Common terms Read more about How to Create Strong Marks[…]

101 Series – Registering a Trademark

What is the Benefit of Registering a Trademark? Why register a trademark?  By simply using a mark in commerce you get what are called common law rights.  That means that you don’t have to register a trademark to obtain some legal rights.  However, these rights are limited and if you plan on using the brand Read more about 101 Series – Registering a Trademark[…]

101 Series – Service Mark

What is a Service Mark? A service mark (or servicemark) is just like a trademark but it is used in connection with services.  A trademark is typically used in connection with goods.  A mark is the general term for both a service and a trademark.  Generally, service marks relates to companies who provide services instead of Read more about 101 Series – Service Mark[…]

101 Series – How Trademarks are Different

How Trademarks are different from Patents and Copyrights? Trademarks are different from a patent or a copyright.  A trademark is a brand used on products and services. A patent typically protects inventions, like new machines, processes or chemical compositions.   A copyright typically protects an original artwork, like a painting, song or book.  Although trademarks, patents, and Read more about 101 Series – How Trademarks are Different[…]