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26 Jun 0
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Periscope, Meerkat, and Vine – IP Infringers?

Between the Women’s World Cup and the U.S. Open golf tournament, we watched a lot of great competition this weekend and are looking forward to more this week. But while others may just see the brilliant play of Megan Rapinoe and Abby Wambach on the pitch or the victorious play of Justin Spieth on the […]

26 May 0
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Where Are They Now? An Update on 4 Interesting IP Cases

We covered some mighty interesting IP cases last year that spanned the worlds of pop culture and sports – and we thought we’d take a few minutes to check in on four of those cases to find out where they are now. The Led Isn’t Out Yet Finally, we had a couple of interesting ice […]

15 May 0
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Social Media Trends & Hashtag Trademark Law

Over the past few months, there has been an interesting trend in trademark law around the world, with the creative use of social media technologies colliding with the creative use of the trademark registration system. Yes, I’m talking about #trademark mania, aka the rush to trademark hashtags. We can talk about the scruples of trademarking […]

10 Apr 0
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7 Ways to Protect Your Startup’s Brand

You’ve spent a lot of blood, sweat, and tears to build your startup (and more friends-and-family money that you care to admit). One of the smartest things you can do at this point (besides hiring a great CFO), is protect your brand from a potential trademark infringers (and avoid a costly rebranding exercise). Here’s a […]

8 Apr 0
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Find Your Brand’s Trademark and Keep it, Too!

Have you ever said to your attorney, “Oh, I know I should be thinking about my IP, but …?” Trademark attorneys hear this all the time: you’ve already fallen in love with your brand name, and neither hell nor high water will keep you from using it. Well, both hell and high water exist in […]

20 Mar Comments Off on What Every Company Needs to Know About Building a Strong Brand
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What Every Company Needs to Know About Building a Strong Brand

Unless you are an attorney, one of the first things you think about when building a company is definitely not trademark issues. Your brand name, logo, product features, services—they all get your utmost attention, as they should. Unfortunately, if you ignore or dismiss trademark issues, it may create issues for your company down the road. […]

17 Mar Comments Off on It’s a War Out There: What Every Small Business Needs to Know About Patents
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It’s a War Out There: What Every Small Business Needs to Know About Patents

I’ll come right out and say it: The world of patents is a minefield for small businesses – and it’s nearly impossible to safely cross by yourself. It is a complicated, often frustrating, and very combative process – and you typically don’t find out how complicated until you’re in pretty deep. By that point, though, […]

9 Mar Comments Off on How to Use Non-Disclosure Agreements to Protect Your IP
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How to Use Non-Disclosure Agreements to Protect Your IP

Popular culture is full of stories about people and companies who lost their intellectual property (IP) to others and forfeited lucrative opportunities because of it. The common refrain in all of those stories: “I trusted him!” But you can’t take misplaced trust to the bank. How trusting are you? Let’s find out – raise your […]

24 Feb Comments Off on Power to the People: In Trademark Law, Consumer is King
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Power to the People: In Trademark Law, Consumer is King

The Supreme Court recently ruled in Hana Financial, Inc. v. Hana Bank that the relatively little-known trademark concept of “tacking” is a factual issue that should be decided by a jury, not a legal question for the judge. While the decision may seem unremarkable, it has important implications for your brand protection. A little background: […]

23 Feb Comments Off on Encryption, Data & Housekeeping: It’s a Dirty Job We All Have to Do!
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Encryption, Data & Housekeeping: It’s a Dirty Job We All Have to Do!

Given our reliance on the Internet and the sensitive information transmitted online, security measures must be implemented. Data security over your Internet connection, regardless of whether it’s wireless or wired, is a requirement in today’s business world to protect your digital data. Examine, if you will, the different types of data we exchange in a […]

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