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30 Sep 0
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What You Need to Know Before Sharing Photos and Videos Online

This post originally appeared on OPEN Forum, an online community providing small business owners with information and advice to help them do more business. Cloudigy Law’s very own Kandis Koustenis, was interviewed by Erika Napoletano. You might be sharing stolen content on Facebook and other online outlets without even knowing it. Here’s how to spot […]

23 Sep 0
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Sharing Without Stealing: A Simple Guide to Online Copyrights

This post originally appeared on OPEN Forum, an online community providing small business owners with information and advice to help them do more business. Cloudigy Law’s very own Kandis Koustenis, was interviewed by Erika Napoletano. Internet content isn’t all free, and not everything is yours for the taking just because you found it online. Get […]

19 Sep 0
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Seeing Colors: Who Said Color Trademarks Have No Sole?

Did you know that colors can be trademarks? Color may be protectable as a trademark when it has attained “secondary meaning” among consumers (i.e., it conveys more than just color) and distinguishes a particular brand. However, color may not be protected as a trademark when it is used in a functional manner. And that function […]

15 Aug 0
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In the Game of Global Trademarks, Don’t Lose Your Underwear

We’ve written before about soccer-based trademark issues, and here we go again. This time, it’s not about FIFA but one of international soccer’s star players: Cristiano Ronaldo. Who Owns the Number Seven? Ronaldo wears number seven on his Real Madrid and Portuguese National Team jerseys and thus has earned the nickname CR7. Ronaldo (or more […]

8 Aug 0
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Brewskee Ball Lives On: Two Lessons From the Brewskee-Ball Settlement

A while back, I talked about the trademark lawsuit between Brewskee-Ball, the bar-based Skee-Ball league, and Skee-Ball, Inc., the maker of Skee-Ball machines. Those of you hoping to get in on the fun can breathe easy: the parties informed the District Court and the Patent and Trademark Office that they have reached a confidential settlement. […]

31 Jul 0
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Will Comic Book Superheroes Save Copyright?

Things may be looking up for authors and comic book fans due to a provision of U.S. copyright law that is little known among the public at large. The U.S. Supreme Court is currently considering whether it will review the case of Lisa Kirby v. Marvel Characters. In the Kirby case, the children and heirs […]

29 Jul 2
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Mister Softee and the Case of the Trademark Infringer

You see them everywhere this time of year: ice cream trucks! They are hard to miss—or—resist. In certain parts of the country, they are the unmistakable blue-and-white Mister Softee trucks, complete with the anthropomorphic, well-dressed, ice cream cone smiling from their sides. I have happy childhood memories of Mister Softee’s chocolate dipped cone, and I […]

25 Jul 0
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USPTO Sees New Examination Policy through Alice’s Looking Glass

The PTO didn’t waste a minute. On Wednesday, June 25, the Office issued a new patent examination policy based on the recent Supreme Court decision in Alice v. CLS Bank. We expected this new policy, and we also expected that it would not significantly change our view of how software patents should be written. But […]

22 Jul 0
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Washington Redskins, Football And The Constitution

Wow – the recent decision from the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (PTO) cancelling several Washington Redskins trademarks has sent shockwaves through the Washington, DC area. With the team’s headquarters and training facilities located in Virginia, where they generate lots of revenue, residents—and the commonwealth itself—seem to be taking the news especially hard. Three members […]

24 Jun Comments Off
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Alice v. CLS Bank: Abstract Idea + Generic Computer = Sorry, No Patent

Did you know that Einstein could not get a patent for E=mc2? His famous equation for showing the equivalence of mass and energy is, without a doubt, brilliant. Unfortunately, it is also a pure abstract idea, and, according to U.S. patent law, cannot be patented. Until recently, however, a common way to bring an abstract […]

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