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In surprise move, Copyright Office can decide Copyright Infringement Cases

COVID Relief includes Copyright provisions Last night, as part of the latest round of COVID relief, Congress enacted new intellectual property regulations within the proposed legislation.  There are almost 100 pages of new intellectual property regulations within the COVID-19 appropriations bill.  The new legislation has not yet been signed by the President.  Based on the Read more about In surprise move, Copyright Office can decide Copyright Infringement Cases[…]

Counterfeiting costs american businesses billions each year. As a result of increased online shopping, this year there are increased sales of counterfeit merchandise.

How to Protect Goodwill and Good Cheer During the Holidays

Christmas Counterfeiting As a result of Christmas Counterfeiting, a business’s goodwill and its good cheer can go down the drain this holiday season.  This Christmas, counterfeiting is an issue because many of us are purchasing holiday presents online without ever seeing the products or the sellers.  Over 80% of all consumer products were purchased online Read more about How to Protect Goodwill and Good Cheer During the Holidays[…]

Historical Trademarks are Good for Strong Branding

Strong Trademarks Creating a strong brand is an integral aspect of forming a new business. Businesses using historical trademarks help create a strong brand. A historical trademark is a brand which includes a historical term. Generally, the historical term in a historical trademark has some historical significance. A brand name which includes a famous person’s Read more about Historical Trademarks are Good for Strong Branding[…]

How Much does a Patent Cost

Cost of a Patent One of the first questions from inventors is how much does a patent cost.  The answer, unfortunately varies.  You can file your own patent for as little as a few hundred dollars.  However, because of the complexity and potential value most people prefer to have a patent attorney file a patent Read more about How Much does a Patent Cost[…]

Washington Redskins new name may involve 5 steps Trademarking a New Name

5 Steps To Trademarking a New Name

Based on the trademark issues when Washington decided to change their football team’s name, you should follow the following 5 steps when choosing a new trademark.

Intersection between Copyright and Trade Secret Protection

When protecting computer code, your failure to properly protect the trade secret can result in a loss of IP rights. If you wish to protect a trade secret, the copyright office allows you to keep portions of the computer code a secre.

NCAA to Allow Student-Athlete Endorsements
Trademark infringement litigation is used to enforce trademark rights during a pandemic

Trademark Rights during a Pandemic

Enforcing Trademark Rights during a Pandemic In an unlikely scenario, 3M has filed a lawsuit against a reseller of N95 surgical masks to enforce its trademark rights during a pandemic. The reseller, a medical supply company selling surgical masks to NY City for use during the pandemic, was price-gouging city officials.  3M brought suit against Read more about Trademark Rights during a Pandemic[…]

Copyright

Because of Blackbeard, States free to Loot

On March 23, the U.S. Supreme Court held that a state cannot be sued for copyright infringement.  The basis for the Court’s ruling dates back to 1718 and involves the pirate, Edward Teach (aka Blackbeard). In 1718, Blackbeard’s ship sank off the coast of North Carolina. The wreckage was discovered 300 years later, in 1996.  Read more about Because of Blackbeard, States free to Loot[…]