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10 Dec 0
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Education in the 21st Century: Teaching Copyright to Students

A couple of weeks ago while my kids were having a dance party with their friends, I heard one of them say, “I claim copyright on that.” I chuckled to myself, thinking they must have heard me talk about copyright at the dinner table, and I made a mental note to talk about whether dance […]

2 Dec 0
Patent FAQs: Why Do I Need a Patent Attorney?

Patent FAQs: Why Do I Need a Patent Attorney?

Welcome to the second installment of my Patent FAQs Series, where I answer everyone’s burning question on the value of using a patent attorney instead of going it alone. (If you missed the first on the cost of patents, you can find it here.) Do I really need a patent attorney? Yes, you do. It […]

25 Nov 0
An IP Thanksgiving: Yes, You Can Patent Food If You Follow These Rules

An IP Thanksgiving: Yes, You Can Patent Food If You Follow These Rules

Now that leaves are falling around here, we are in serious planning mode for our Thanksgiving feast. You may be surprised to find that many of the staple dishes on your table were once patent-protected inventions. Don’t believe that you can patent food? Check these out:

18 Nov 0
Patent FAQs: How Much Does It Cost?

Patent FAQs: How Much Does it Cost?

So, you have a fantastic idea and you want to know if you can get a patent. That’s great. But before you dive in, let’s talk. It always makes sense to understand what you’re getting yourself into before you leap. To make things easy, I’m going to start posting a series of patent FAQs. Each […]

13 Nov 0
In The Freezer Section: A Lesson in Trademarks

In The Freezer Section: A Lesson in Trademarks

At the risk of becoming known as the attorney who only blogs about ice cream-related IP, I want to bring your attention to a pending case in the Western District of Texas. There, Amy’s Ice Creams, Inc. and Amy’s Kitchen, Inc. are embroiled in a trademark dispute that is headed to trial. So, beyond my […]

27 Oct 0
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Navigating the Rough Waters of Online Theft

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. Online content theft is rampant, which is why it’s important to know some of the ins and outs of digital […]

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 Comments Off
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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 […]

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